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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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