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“.