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Chakrit Yau (Ben)
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A non-professional photographer. I do photography as my primary hobby.

If you like my gallery, please leave comments on my photos or guestbook; and I'll get back to you! :D
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It was a quiet afternoon here in Thailand. I was writing my papers when I found out, with delight, that I received the third Daily Deviation! I totally did not expect to receive it so soon, as my first and second DDs were over one year apart! It was a total surprise, in a great way, for me. I would love to thank all of you for your continuous support. :love:

Sangklaburi by palmbook

This is the first photo which I changed my post-processing technique. Usually, I rely on Level and Curve tools. Recently, I was told by a friend of mine, whom is one of my favorite photographers as well, that he mainly uses brightness/contrast tool along with dodging and burning. So, I tried it out. While I love the results, I think I still have a long way to go to perfect this technique. I am therefore very glad to receive this DD, as it encourages me to keep trying and exploring :)

Siamese Tulips by palmbook
Second picture using the technique

A little bit of bad news: I have just received an article confirming that Kodak is discontinuing one of its black-and-white films - Kodak BW400CN. This film used to be my main workhorse and I have made memorable pictures with it, including my first DD. Now I only hope that Portra, my last remaining favorite film, does not get discontinued anytime soon.

Saladaeng by palmbook

To conclude, I would like to feature some photos I have collected in my favorites over the years :) Thank you all of you who make DeviantArt such a heartwarming community :love:

Long Book Exposure by Andriandreo Colossus by Inebriantia Inviting Melodies by markborbely
 Untitled by Menoevil Pretty dullness. by lomatic Crying Apsara by PansaSunavee Evolving Depths by MikkoLagerstedt Believe by Menoevil
The Cloud by A2Matos No title by lomatic Prairie Moon by Questavia

I wish all of you a very nice day! :D

If you know you have a Pulitzer-winning picture in front of you, and you have only a film camera, what will you load? 

28 deviants said Color!
14 deviants said Monochrome :D



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sesam-is-open Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thank you very much for :+fav::heart:
Andriandreo Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Cheers :llama: :)
palmbook Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you :)
vowbreaker Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014   General Artist
palmbook Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello there :D
ArianeTorelli Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thanks for the fav =D
palmbook Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're very welcome :)
Andriandreo Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you so much for the :+fav: in Long book exposure :D
palmbook Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome. Your picture deserves 100 favs from me.
Andriandreo Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2014  Student Digital Artist
wow it's much appreciated ;)
The-Egg Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
You have some really stunning photography and I really enjoyed browsing through your gallery.  I was wondering if you have done any tutorials or have any advice for night shooting?  It's something I've recently been trying to improve at, but even shooting at low ISOs and with really long shutter speeds I seem to end up with more noise than I know how to control in post. Thank you very much :)
palmbook Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello. I'm glad that you like my gallery :)

I have not written any tutorials yet. You can just drop me questions here and I will answer.

You mention noise in night shots? May I ask what camera you are using and what settings were you on when you took such shots?
The-Egg Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
thank you very much for the reply! I'm currently shooting with a Nikon D80, and a Nikor 18-55mm f-3.5-5.6 VR lens. I generally shoot autobracketed RAWs at +2/-2EV in program mode and just adjust EV, but I've been trying to get myself to embrace full manual mode for a while now. :lol: I remove noise in-camera, batch process them as HDRs in photomatix with noise removal, tone map with smoothing turned up, and then use a remove noise filter in photoshop, generally just masked to the sky and deeper shadows, since those are the areas where it's really noticeable. eggHDR1076 by The-Eggis about the best I've managed, but the sky still looks a bit blotchy.  I've heard good things about noise removal in dxo, but i've yet to try it.
palmbook Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I see. I think noise is brought up by HDR software. When I was using HDR software, my images were very noisy as well.

There are several approaches to improve the results.

1. Turn off in-camera NR. Shoot RAW. Apply NR during RAW conversion. RAW converters like Adobe Camera RAW or Lightroom have superior NR. They let you apply much stronger NR but still retain details.
2. Try Noiseware or Topaz Denoise. They offer 30-day trials.
3. For sky, you can duplicate your picture layer, apply "surface blur" to the new layer,decrease the new layer's opacity, and do layer mask to remove the noise in the sky.

I had to use multiple approaches to control noise with HDR, probably because I was shooing films. Films are way grainier. You should have more luck with noise than I did.
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jb00bs Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You have an amazing gallery, I can't wait to see more!
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