Fiery Sunset II ~ Thailand

A fiery and beautiful sunset through the clouds over the city of Chiang Mai in Thailand.

Every once in a while, I go back through my archives to check out some photos and spend some time editing again.

Photography is an endless learning process. Every week I learn something new. A new lighting technique, a different way to edit photos, a new idea.. It just doesn’t end. There is no mastering, there is just learning more.

Lately I have been trying different techniques to process my photos and so far I’m pleased with the results. Of course the more I learn, the longer I spend time editing. This particular shot took me more than 30 minutes.  Just to make it clear, this is not HDR.

Of course, some will tell me that it’s too much time spent in front of a computer and that I should focus on getting the shot right in camera. Well, I did get the shot right. But photography isn’t just about getting a shot right, copying a scene. It’s a creative process, it’s my own vision and interpretation of the scene. It’s art.

I truly enjoy editing photos and turning them the way I want them to be. Some people try HDR, some convert to B&W, some refuse to retouch their shots. Fine with me!

It’s just worth reminding that there’s no such thing as “being a purist“.

  • Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    This is breathtakingly beautiful! You got me even more excited about my upcoming trip to Thailand.

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you Andi :)

  • Ross

    Well that was definitely 30 minutes well spent. I enjoy processing photos on the computer. I used to spend much more time than that in my little black and white dark room processing. I agree that there is no such thing as a purist. There is artistic creativity in the simple act of selecting what to include and exclude in a photo. (And if there isn’t, it’s probably is not an interesting photo.)

  • Allison

    Not only do I think this image is breathtaking, but your comments are perfect. You stated, so perfectly, exactly how I feel about all the haters who think there way is the only way. It’s not. It’s art. Thank you :)

    • Allison

      *their (oops, sorry!)

  • Jeremy K

    Wow. I am speechless. That has got to be one of the most amazing sunsets I’ve ever seen. Brb going thailand :P

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Hehe, Thanks :)

  • Amer

    The photo is amazing and definitely worth your 30minutes of time. Learning is a somewhat time consuming process but at the end of the day, what matters most are the results achieved. Well I can easily say you’ve definitely achieved something incredible.

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you very much for the comment Amer!

  • chris blyth

    That is truly awesome man !

    • Daniel Nahabedian


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  • jun

    Firstly, your shots are beautiful. You capture moments in time, and that’s not hard to see. I agree totally that photography, like writing or any other art form does not allow mastery. You just keep on improving and learning and becoming better at what you’re doing because there’s always room to grow. And by the way, an eye for beauty – that’s what you have.

    • Daniel Nahabedian

      Thank you very much Jun for the kind words :)
      I also believe that everyone has an eye for beauty and everyone can become an artist, not just a few selected people “born with it” :)

  • Mandy Teerlink

    This is such a beautiful photo! I think you might appreciate this article from Stowaway, a travel magazine.

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