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This Photoshop tutorial reveals unique strategies to remove image noise created when using high ISO values of 1600 and 3200 by utilizing different amounts of Luminance Noise Reduction in the highlights, mid-tones and shadow areas of the image.
Akha hill tribe women in northern Laos dress in faded shades of black cloth. Color exists only in their decorative accouterments. Old coins add a bit of glinting highlight to their costumes. The Akha are a proud people. It's thought they may have originated in Mongolia about 1500 years ago. Today most Akha hill tribes live in southern China or in northern Thailand or in two provinces of nearby northern Laos. Today their culture is on decline . . .
Bali is one of the worlds' most sought after tourist destinations. Its unique ancient Hindu culture is rich with elaborate religious ceremonies and processions that occur almost daily.
Kathmandu . . . the name itself seems to connote an enchanted land where ethereal Buddhist stupas are draped in prayer flags reaching for heaven. The purity of line in the design of nearby Bodhnath Stupa is not replicated with such grace anywhere else in Nepal.
I persevered in my quest to conquer the slopes of Mount Kyaiktiyo in southern Myanmar. It wasn't a mountain to be approached lightly.
The giant, mythical tortoise rallied himself from deep slumber at a depth far below the surface of the mysterious, murky waters of Lake Hoan Kiem positioned smack in the center of bustling Hanoi. The old turtle chuckled to himself . . . some locals didn't think he existed. But many of his adherents ascribed to him god-like powers. Truth be it, he reveled in this euphoria. A sub-surface crab had just clinched its pinchers into his leg. Ouch! So this magnificent tortoise knew what was real . . .
I entered the bizarre world of of the Pushkar Fair: Camels, sadhu holy men, pilgrims, touts, tourists, snake charmers, lepers and little blue boys dressed as the Hindu god Lord Shiva. They were all there. The full moon of November brings a bit of insanity to the local atmosphere--fireworks, glitter, Rajasthani fashionistas--all side-by-side with the filth. But that's India . . .
The ethereal white palace seemed to float on the water's surface. Shimmering twilight reflections gracefully danced across my mind and across the idyllic Lake Pichola. When you sit at the lake's edge and the approaching night sky slips into hues of mauve and deep blue, it's easy to let yourself be transported to another time--one of painted elephants and maharajas and royal floating palaces and extravagance you might only have dreamed about. This is only one of Rajasthan's magical cities . . .
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