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Travelling in Bright Colour

I’m not a photographer, and I’ve never had a fancy camera. Often my photos turn out with the colour looking quite different from what the subject of the photo looked like in real life. I decided to tweak some of my travel photos to make them more colourful and, in some cases, more true-ish to life. Here are some of the colourful results.

A tree growing out of a temple at Angkor Wat, Cambodia

This is from the Angkor Wat complex in Cambodia. There are a bunch of ancient temples that have been there since pretty much the beginning of time, give or take a few years. Since then, the jungle has been trying to reclaim the area for itself, so there are plenty of examples like this of trees growing above, around, and through temples. The real thing was a lot more muted in colour, but I like how it looks with more vibrance.

The photo below is from the same area. The contrast between damp area and algae (or something like that) helps to show off how intricate these wall carvings are.

intricate details carved into the walls at Angkor Wat complex
rock temple in Petra

This is The Treasury at Petra, Jordan. The whole shebang is carved out of the surrounding rock, which has a rosy tint to it. During the day, it has a rose-gold hue, but once the sun goes down, it has more purply tones. It’s absolutely spectacular to see in person. To get to it, you walk through the Siq, which is a narrow winding canyon, and you round a corner and boom, The Treasury.

sphinx and Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt

This photo of the Sphinx and Great Pyramid was taken on a smoggy day with dull light, which made for a pretty bland photo. This was the best I could do to tweak it. Giza is a suburb of Cairo, so we were just driving along in our taxi until all of a sudden, boom, the pyramids jump up out of nowhere. This and the two other pyramids at Giza used to be encased in limestone, but all that remains of this is the hat that the Great Pyramid appears to be wearing.

You can go inside, but I didn’t, because there’s not much to see, but more importantly, hello claustrophobia!

St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow, with multicoloured onion domes

This is St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, with the classic Russian onion-style dome. I tweaked the colour a little, but it’s pretty true to life.

inside an ornate blue and gold-walled mosque in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

This is in one of the buildings in the Registan complex in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The intricacy of the designs on the walls and ceiling was absolutely amazing. I’ve enhanced the colour a little, but it’s pretty close to the real thing.

two peacocks in a building facade over an archway

This is in Bukhara in Uzbekistan. Those are two peacocks getting their flirt on. There’s a story behind the dude shown inside the side, but I couldn’t be bothered to look it up.

close-up look at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India

This is the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. It looks beautiful yet simple from a distance, but up close there’s a lot of detail.

Happy travels!

All photos © 2021 Ashley Peterson – all rights reserved

39 thoughts on “Travelling in Bright Colour”

  1. Beautiful photos! I looked up the pyramids of Giza once on Google Maps and was stunned by how close they are to civilization. I thought they were isolated in the middle of nowhere, but no, they’re right next to the city.

  2. I love the photo of one of the buildings in the Registan complex in Samarkand, Uzbekistan it looks like an amazing place to visit

  3. What a seasoned journey of adventure and exploration you have embarked upon!! These photos are stunning, thank you for sharing them with us here. Totally awesome ❤

  4. I’m pretty sure I’ve read about the Angkor Wat complex before. The tree roots are absolutely incredible. It makes you wonder how it’s possible, how many years it takes to do something like that. Incredible. I really like the slightly sepia contrasts on that one.

    Is The Treasury in Jordan rosy and then purple-ish because of the rock it’s carved from, or it because of the lighting and sand in the air? However it happens it’s pretty funky.

    I’d love to go to Egypt one day. Never going to happen, so I do like seeing photos other people have taken. This one looks super imposed, doesn’t it? I find my iPhone is pretty naff taking images in even slightly darker lights. I always have to edit the photo afterwards just to see anything.

    The Cathedral in Moscow is stunning. Such vivid colours. I wonder if they have to repaint every few years to prevent fading? What a ballache that would be.

    Awesome photos, Ashley!

    1. The Treasury is rosy because of the rock itself, and them the lighting at dusk makes it looks purple-ish.

      I’m too shaky to be able to take pictures when it’s dark.

      I love Brit slang, such as ballache. It’s so much more interesting than North American slang. I would say pain in the ass, but ballache is so much more descriptive.

  5. I loved the color of the pictures you took. It is so cool to see the different places you have been. It gives mea chance to learn more about you and get to know you.

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