Chennai, India

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

Dàshān Shèyǐng  大山摄影

Well here goes nothing.  Not correct as I truly endeavor to create unique and wonderful images to share with family, friends and acquaintances which paves the path on my photographic journey towards a Visual Artist.

The journey re-started in 2014 by gaining technical competence with my gear (see “Gear”) and post-processing softwares (see “Software”).  Still learning everyday but have achieved a sufficient foundation to move towards my craft which at this point is focused on various genres (see “Galleries”).

Street Portraits is my favorite genre yet I’m expanding now to Infrared Photography as my latest path to journey down.  LifePixel (Seattle area) helped with an IR conversion of my never used Nikon D300S, i.e. hot mirror removed and a 720nm IR filter added.  Should be returning to Chennai, India soon.  IR images to come.

To accelerate my journey I joined “The Arcanum” in 2015-10 which uses a small cohort consisting of your Master and fellow Apprentices.

I posted my information and photos for selection to the Arcanum by a Master, very lucky to having been selected by Les Saucier. The Cohort can be and should be brutally honest with your posted photos to drive improvement along with share articles to advance our learning.

The Arcanum – The Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery

I’m now focused on post-processing softwares, in particular Photoshop not to “photoshop-it” yet rather to pull you in and hold your attention. The image must tell a story with a clear subject that fills the space with low to high contrast and deep textures.  Photoshop helps me remove the distractions to highlight the subject which provides you the viewer with the best image I can create.  As I look back at photos processed months back, I’m not satisfied with what I created and often re-process with new attained skill sets.

As I end this first blog post, let me share a recent insight to a true visual artist – Georgia O’Keeffe from Les Saucier.  Thx Les.

“Nothing is less real than realism. Details are confusing. It is only by selection, by elimination, by emphasis, that we get at the real meaning of things image.”

Dàshān Shèyǐng 3

My Chinese Chop

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