Photo by @sergeymuzlov for #BeBoundless || I had never been to Asia before, but this was a really great place to start my trip. Journeying from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in Sri Lanka was one of the best train rides of my life. The train goes through Sri Lanka’s hill country and winds through the tea plantations. It passes in and out of the many mountain tunnels, eucalyptus forests, and nearby villages to reach the town of Ella.
The whole way there, the doors and windows of the carriage were open, so I was able to enjoy all the surrounding beauty. Sitting at the entrance to the wagon, I captured many wonderful photos that will remind me of this awesome trip for the rest of my life.
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Photo by @kegansovay for #BeBoundless || This photograph was taken on my trip to Iceland earlier this year. On our last day, we were exploring a peninsula north of Reykjavik. We stopped at this small village and spotted this house sitting right on the cliffs by the water. It was sitting all by itself, and it looked so majestic with Iceland’s incredible landscape surrounding it! It’s exactly the kind of place I would want to live.
Photo by @roundtheworldgirl || My style is constantly developing as I continue to learn more about photography and editing, but I’ve always been attracted to rich, warm, earthy colors and try to focus on bringing those out no matter the environment I find myself in.
Swipe left to see the “before” of this image, edited with Elise’s “Utah Red” preset. You can get six of her presets, and learn more about her personal photography style, at the link in our bio.
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Photo by @d.leong for #AdobeRisingStars || Sometimes, the best photos come about by accident. This location is actually a common one and very popular with photographers, but that part is not shown in this photo. I had told my friend to wear something simple, and I am always on the lookout for complementary/matching patterns, so these particular colors on the ground caught my eye. It was a big coincidence, but that’s part of the fun. This photo was shot with my phone.
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Photo by @d.leong for #AdobeRisingStars || Some of my favorite memories from the past few years have been the times in which a group of fellow photographer friends and I have taken a short drive somewhere to catch the sunset. We are always at the mercy of the weather, but this day was incredible because we got to experience both low fog and fire colors. A tip for anyone else seeking to shoot sunsets: the best colors are revealed after the sun has dipped below the horizon.
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Photo by @d.leong for #AdobeRisingStars|| Don’t let your dreams be memes. For a long time, I had wanted to make it to this place and take a photo like this. To me, it represented adventure and thrill. However, getting here was not easy. It required advanced logistical planning and expensive international travel costs. Plus, even being in this spot at the right time required getting up at an ungodly hour and waiting in the cold. Rather than going through all of that hassle, I could have set this idea on the back-burner and focused on easier goals. However, I knew that I wanted this, so I did everything necessary to get it. Given enough time and dedication, almost any goal you set is attainable. Don’t give up on your dreams!
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Photo by @d.leong for #AdobeRisingStars || I love when I’m able to work with a minimal landscape – essentially a blank canvas. Less is often more. That was certainly the case in this incredible desert, in which any footprints we left were soon covered by windblown sand. This was shot with my phone as well.
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Photo by @d.leong for #AdobeRisingStars || My name is David Leøng, and I’m excited to share some moments with you this week during my #AdobeRisingStars takeover! I took this photo with my iPhone and a wide-angle lens attachment. I didn’t have a concept in mind at the time, so it was just a fleeting moment.
However, the photo was very well-received once I published it. People would tell me what immediately came to mind for them when looking at this image. The most common reaction was often something along the lines of “This looks like the dance scene from Anastasia!”
I had never watched the movie before, but after constantly hearing about it, I looked up the clip online and could definitely see the similarities. This just goes to show that often the stories don’t get created until after the photo is taken.
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Photo by @mekdeezy for #AdobeRisingStars || This is one of the many khanga shops in Zanzibar. The layers of prints that adorn the women's bodies gave me a kind of joy that allowed me to walk taller. I hope my photos remind you of the beauty in the ordinary, as well as what should be ordinarily beautiful. Thank you again for joining me this week as part of #AdobeRisingStars!
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Photo by @mekdeezy for #AdobeRisingStars || I called this man Gashe. He helped me climb the wall behind him, which led to Abuna Yemata Guh, a church over two hundred meters in the sky. I laughed at myself internally, looking at his sharp outfit and then back at my activewear. After reaching the church, we spent time with the priest and felt the weight of history accumulate with every song they sang. We all climbed back down together. This is their daily commute.
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Photo by @mekdeezy for #AdobeRisingStars || I was visiting Lalibela, Ethiopia with my cousins for Gena (Christmas). We travelled there during the annual pilgrimage. Tens of thousands walked for days and descended into the rock-hewn churches. Everyone seemed in sync and understood their innate connection to one another. There were no empty hellos. This young lady welcomed me.
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Photo by @mekdeezy for #AdobeRisingStars || While in Moshi, Tanzania, I was a media resident with @mama_hope. I was sitting in the back of a dala dala looking out of the sliding door, watching as people got persuaded to come into our car instead of the one parked to our right. Dala dalas don't really leave unless they're full. We waited while everyone was unbothered by this, especially the women. Their strength and patience overwhelmed me during my entire month-long stay.