We went island-hopping in Phuket today from 11 am to 8 pm.

The post on the boat ride can wait but this photo just can’t…

The lighting was tricky, the boat was rocking, the sun was going down fast. I’m still an amateur who can’t get the perfect settings for Manual mode the first time, so I had to choose between getting the shot and getting the perfect settings. And so I took the shot and had to rely on Photoshop Elements to get the perfect settings, to make the photo look exactly the way I saw it today — shafts of golden sunlight streaming through clouds heavy with rain, shafts of light coming from the heavens.

Like I said in a previous post, I almost never Photoshop my photos. This is one of the exceptions that made it almost never instead of never

I was looking at the various sunset shots from my previous post and thought to myself how the PD sunset photo looked a bit too blue. All other pics looked nice and red and orangey. You know…really ‘sunset-y’.

So I decided to tweak the PD pic a bit during lunch break using Photoshop Elements (which came preloaded with my Sony VAIO) and see what I could do with it.

Here’s the original photo:

And here’s the same photo after Photoshop:

I’d have to confess that I was very tempted to change the photo in my previous post, but then again, that wouldn’t be keeping it real. Oh well… 😉