Steve:

How do you over come the heavy haze and smog like conditions found in and around Bangkok when taking you pictures?

I am getting a lot of haze and smog effect (not clear) in the pictures taken here in the San Francisco area. I am also expecting this condition on the trip to China next month.

Do you use various filters on the lens or can it be reduced using Lightroom 3 adjustments?

Any suggestions?

Rickster

 

Hi Rick –

Ah, I see you’re discovering why this is the worst time of the year to photograph Thailand..  We’ve gone months without serious rainfall or heavy winds which means the pollution has built up and has settled around the city like a heavy cover of sludge.

To be practical there isn’t a filter in the world that will break through this mess, much less make it disappear from your photos.

For light haze I find UV filters work better on this side of the world, while Skylight 1b’s work best in North America. This is a personal choice/observation. What these filters really do is provide a bit more contrast in the wavelengths the colors of haze generally appears in, but they serve best in a protection role.

This is where having your cloud and sky library  comes in handy, as well as knowing how to process in a different sky.

 

This is where having your cloud and sky library  comes in handy, as well as knowing how to process in a different sky.

 

Not to worry, by July the monsoon season will be in effect and wash the pollution away revealing blue clear skies and great cloud formations..

I’m sorry I haven’t been of much help.

Steve

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