“Faces of Chennai” Returns

Another Chennai Sunday Photowalk for more “Faces” using the Peter Hurley “Headshot”, i.e. cut off  the top 1/3 of the hairline.  Still absorbing the difference.

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IR Photography – Cont’d

Using a 720nm near-infrared filter allows a touch of faux color yet more dramatic, high contrast potential with B&W.  Still experimenting on what works and what doesn’t.

You as the viewer are more than welcome to provide feedback on what works for you.

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Macro for Fun

Little green spiders, yellow tree sap, camouflage spiders, … the land of “Macro”.  I enjoyed the Macro Walk today yet need more hours in the field to refine my skills, in particular manual focus at the minimum focus distance (30mm).  Trying a crossed-arm position to hold the camera steady while leaning back and forth for the focus given the very shallow depth of field.

Spider Eating Spider

Spider Eating Spider

Green Spider

Green Spider

Sap Cooled Down

Sap Cooled Down

Sap Golden Brown

Sap Golden Brown

Xi’an Tidbits

Cigarettes 烟 Yān and Liquor 酒 Jiǔ – This is the most popular neon sign in China advertising Yan and Jiu.


Beijing Duck – The Best Dish in Town


Small Cars – There is a never-ending array of small vehicles.


Finally, the flight back to Chennai, India


Xi’an – CityScapes in IR

Regrettably, I haven’t found the time to get out and shoot here in Xi’an as I had hoped.  Since I’ve been away for a year,  the “To Do” list is long – almost done.  Back to Chennai on Friday.

Did take these two images from the 21st floor of a very nice apartment complex in SE Xi’an.  You can see the mountains to the South (2nd photo at sunset) and the East (1st photo).

I did pick up an Apple iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil.  I’ll be using an app called AstroPad to do my image processing in LR/PS, NIK SW,…  Should be interesting.

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Xi’an City Wall 西安城墙 – 14th Century

Made it to the City Wall (Fortifications of Xi’an) yesterday with the emergence of the sun, i.e. warmth.  At 13.8km around, it’s a wonderful peaceful walk.  We entered the West Gate (xi men) and exited the South Gate (nan men) with the goal to make it all around next time.

At 12 meters high, the view walking the wall either looking to the horizon, inside, outside and/or down are just a “big” feeling.  Will head back if time allows this trip.


Muslim Street 穆斯林街 – Xi’an, China

Visited the Muslim Street (Quarters) yesterday and never again during a Chinese Holiday as it was full of Chinese tourists, i.e. packed in like a can of sardines.  We didn’t see too many Laowai (foreigners like me).  We did log in another 16,500 step day against the standard target of 10,000 steps/day – great.

My personal challenge for the day was the use of a 100mm prime lense as all too often I was up against people unable to move in or out for the shot.  See the featured image and the Bell Tower.

The Muslim Quarter and Bell Tower in the center of town will be a repeat for next week as the tourists get out of Dodge (US saying).   Today it’s a long walk around the 13.8 km long City Wall.  Will stay late for the night time colored light displays.


Not What Emperor Qin Had in Mind for His Army of Terrcotta Soldiers

I’m enjoying street photography again in Xi’an at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.  Later today we head for Muslim Street, Drum Tower, Bell Tower and the City Wall.  I’ve been told only one lens at a time – hmmm which one should I take?

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What are We Doing?

Hanging out at Xi’an’s Big Wild Goose Pagoda taking IR images.  Need more sun.





Faces of Xi’an

I’ve now expanded my “Faces of Chennai” to “Faces of Xi’an”.  All but two images are candid, i.e. no permission asked.  Out again today for more walk-abouts in Xi’an.

Can you tell which were taken with my near-infrared converted camera?