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A visit to Oslo, Norway, should include a visit to Akershus Slott, (that’s Akershus Castle in English, but it just sounds so much better in Norwegian!) The castle-fortress complex dates back to the 13th Century but has seen numerous changes over the hundreds of years since as various parts were rebuilt or modified according to [...]
Continuing to revisit some of my Egypt photos when I decided to reprocess this shot of an abandoned monastery. A late afternoon’s camel ride took us through a desert area in Egypt where a long abandoned monastery still stands. High contrast lighting conditions meant the image required a bit of work to balance [...]
Going back over some of my Egypt photos for my Egypt-Jordan photo gallery, when I decided to reprocess the image you see in today’s post. The image was captured back in 2007 and this is it’s third processing. In truth this is a multi frame composite in order to remove modern day tourists from an [...]
Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand, sunset.
As indicated in my previous post, I’ve not long completed a trip to the historic city of Sukhothai in Thailand. Today we continue to review some of the photos from the trip. All the following images have been processed using Lightroom with Photoshop only being used for the finishing touches, resizing, copyright reminder text, [...]
Early morning, Wat Mai, Old Sukhothai in Thailand. The town/city of Sukhothai is historically significant as the capital of Thailand (then known as Siam) between 1238 and 1438. This was considered to be something of a golden age in Thai history and involved the building of many impressive wats within a walled city and also [...]
I’ve done a few blog posts recently where the use of Nik Software’s Photoshop plugins have been discussed or highlighted. At risk of sounding like a Nik fan boy, I’ll present another example today. This is another image captured on film over a decade ago during my first visit to India and latter scanned [...]
Digging back into my archives, a photo taken back in 2000, on film of course and since scanned into the computer…. I processed this image both in Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro and Silver Efex Pro. I decided to go with the SFX version which includes a fairly strong Sepia toning and a heavier than [...]
Puako Petroglyph Preserve on the Big Island of Hawaii is the site of more than 3000 petroglyphs, lava rock carvings etched into stone centuries ago by native Hawaiians. The meanings of the petroglyphs are not known, but it’s generally believed the carvings recorded births and other significant events in the lives of the people who [...]
During my trip to Hawaii earlier this year I did of course make a journey to Pearl Harbor to check out the memorials, historic exhibits and take in the history of that “date which will live in infamy”. I set aside a full day to explore the various displays including the retired battleship Missouri, [...]
For any visitor to Honolulu, a visit to Iolani Palace is really a must. Formerly the official residence of the Hawaiian Royalty, it is today preserved as an important part of Hawaiian history and is open to the public. Building of the palace was commenced in 1879 and by 1882 it was being used for [...]
After completing my travels through India in 2010, I was fortunate enough to get a few days in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a good chance to catch up with some friends and also to see some of the sights. I’d heard of a small restaurant by the river which looked across the water to Wat [...]
A photograph from the historic Qutb Minar complex in Delhi, India. I’ve entitled this one “A Study in Stone” and given the historic nature of the subject, I decided to go with the monochrome treatment. A couple of things to note, the small aperture ensures a great depth of field, and the shutter speed was [...]
Quwwatul-Islam (might of Islam) Masjid is part of a complex of mosques, cloisters and courtyards built in what is now Delhi between the 12th and 14th centuries. Today’s image shows the ceiling details in part of the complex, the observant reader might note that this image has also been cropped to panoramic format and is [...]
A doorway within the Constitution Hill historic site in Johannesburg, South Africa. The site is the home of the modern day Constitutional Court of South Africa, but was previously the site of the notorious ‘cell block 4′ where prisoners were held in atrocious conditions during the apartheid era.
The city of Xian In China is best known for its amazing terracotta warriors, however there are other interesting things to see there including the bell tower (zhonglou), pictured here, in the city centre. Built in the late 14th century, it was relocated/rebuilt in its current location in the early 1700s. As you can see, [...]
Looking back again to my Latin America trip of 2005, this shot was taken in a small town in Guatemala and gives perhaps a different take on the “graveyard around a church” theme. You can see that the church would once have been an imposing structure but now is a ruin, the interior and roof [...]
From the Egypt-Jordan gallery, a more abstract view of one of the pyramids at Giza. In ancient times these pyramids were covered in polished white limestone and would have been dazzling, reflecting the sunlight. Over the years the limestone has weathered away leaving the now familiar stone construction visible. ~ KD.
I’m currently going through some photos compiled whilst travelling through Latin America including, the Yucatan Peninsula region of Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. There are quite a few images to sort through and process, in time it will result in another photo gallery and slideshow presentation. It’s just a matter of finding the time to do [...]