I just discovered Photoshop Express and quickly become addicted to photo ‘apping’ my pictures. What a nightmare! I have over 5000 photos to sort through just from my last trip, and thanks to this app I’ve ended up revisiting a bunch of photos that I thought I had finished with.
And now I find out that there are even more photo apps out there: Instamatic, Hipstamatic, etc, etc. At this rate I will NEVER get through editing all my photos!
So here’s Tu Duc’s Tomb revisited:
The day we visited Tu Duc’s Tomb the lighting was grey and flat, not especially great for photography. But since we were on motorcycles we were just thankful it wasn’t pouring.
The outer grounds of the tomb had been abandoned to time and the creeping jungle. The magical ‘Dream Look’ makes the feeling of wandering through some lost archeological site come alive. The ‘Dream Look’ is probably my favourite look/filter, but it doesn’t work for everything. One room was full of royal costumes to rent so that you could pretend to be ’emperor for a day’. The costumes were all brightly-coloured and new. The dream look made them too dark. I seem to prefer them as faded memories, from applying the ‘Memory Look’. An interesting note: I had several costume shots and this was the only one that was ‘improved’ by applying a filter/look. I thought the ‘Dream Look’ would work for this shot, but the pavilion seemed to prefer the heightened reality of the ‘Bueno Look’. How Tu Duc’s Tomb looks, unfiltered…
PS. I went for PhotoShop Express because I couldn’t figure out how to get Instagram to work on my Mac. Apparently it can be done, but now I’m afraid that if I get into it I will never be able to get out! Photoshop Express is free, and I found it easier to set up than Instagram too.