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Sukhothai, Thailand...continued

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,  conversion to jpeg for web display and output sharpening.    ~KD

Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai
Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai

Wat Mahathat is the largest of the Sukhothai wats and the most heavily visited.    It has pride of place in the central historic reserve so those people who only have limited time available seem to head straight there.  This image had the most post processing work of all today’s images as it is a three shot composite.  The compositing was done in Photoshop with masking to try and conceal as many of those bloody tourists as possible! :-)

Buddha in "subduing Mara" posture, Sukhothai
Buddha in "subduing Mara" posture, Sukhothai

A beautifully preserved/restored Buddha in the “subduing Mara” pose.     There are about 8 classic Buddha poses (if I read correctly!)  the upturned hand on the Buddha’s lap and the second hand pointing towards the ground are the keys to this pose.   “Mara” is described in literature as ignorance and must be subdued or overcome in order to achieve enlightenment.

Golden fingernails, Sukhothai
Golden fingernails, Sukhothai

Close up detail of the Buddha’s hand,  note the colour of the fingernails and the textures present.

Buddha with Chedis, Sukhothai
Buddha with Chedis, Sukhothai

Once again a beautifully restored and detailed Buddha.   Once again,  note the fingernails,  the colour is due to the use of gold leaf.

Details, Sukhothai, Thailand.
Details, Sukhothai, Thailand.

This is the only cropped image presented here.   Visitors tomy Facebook page might recognise the image as it’s currently my homepage image.    The fine detail on the statues is done in stucco,  a lime based plaster like substance.

Columns, Old Sukhothai, Thailand
Columns, Old Sukhothai, Thailand

Throughout the old city there are many columns such as those shown above.   Whilst the Buddhas and stupas are still recognisable,  it has to be remembered that they were originally housed in impressive buildings.    The columns supported the long lost roofs of those buildings.

Early evening, Sukhothai, Thailand.
Early evening, Sukhothai, Thailand.

Taken after sunset,  camera propped up on a nearby wall/ledge and self timer used to enable a slow shutter speed to be used without the risk of camera shake.    Perhaps ironically,  this was one of the few shots that I took without the use of a tripod.

I’m currently still on the road and so these images have been processed on a laptop computer.   The laptop was colour calibrated before I started the trip but is still not the best for reliable colour processing of the images.   I’ll have plenty more processing to do once I’m back home!    You can ultimately expect a sizable image gallery!   :-)  ~KD