Published on March 20th, 2013


Random Photo Memory: Angkor Wat Temple Tweak

I just realized that I’d not showcased a single one of my Angkor Wat photos for my Random Photo Memory  corner. Shame on me. For there are precious few sights in the World that can compare to the splendor of Angkor Wat.

Ah but photography-wise, I wasn’t so lucky the few days I wandered amid these majestic temples last May. The sky was a ho-hum pale blue at best (see insert photo below), and that was when it wasn’t pouring down sheets of rain.

But no problem. With a bit of Photoshopping (actually, I’ve long used an equally powerful graphic software that’s less than a fifth the price of spendy PS: PhotoImpactX3). The trick? Find a photo with a nice big chunk of spectacularly stormy sky; grab those crumbly temples with the “Magic Wand”, and plop them on the new sky background.

Viola! A much more dramatic image worthy of these legendary temples.

But what do you think? Is fiddling a wholly new sky somehow “cheating”?


About the Author

Off-the-beaten-path travel is my passion,and I’ve always lived life “like-a-kid-in-a-candy-store” – eager to sample as many flavors as I can. Indeed, my life motto has long been: This ain’t a dress rehearsal, folks!

2 Responses to Random Photo Memory: Angkor Wat Temple Tweak

  1. In my humble opinion, the Angkor temples are spectacular in any light, at any time of day. As the saying goes, no need to “gild the lily.”

    • TravelnLass says:

      Oh so true, cosmoH. Indeed, they were purely AWESOME even in the pouring down rain!

      And I agree that some seem to go overboard with the PSing nowadays – tweaking their photos til they all appear like cartoons. In short, just ‘cuz you CAN do something… doesn’t mean you SHOULD.

      Still… happily, I now have BOTH versions to remind me of my days gawking at the splendor – the original pale blue at high noon, and the tweaked version that reminds me more of how I actually FELT while standing there.

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