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MonthMarch 2016

Unplugged at the Club

What a rockin’ Saturday night listening to Badri and Arvind play sweet renditions of my 60s-70s Rock’nRoll favorites.  Deja Vu.  Thanks Badri.

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Everyday People

Another enjoyable Sunday morning photowalk today at 6am in north Chennai.  As usual I continue to expand my portfolio of “Faces of Chennai”.  Thank you.

 

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho,
It’s home from work we go.

From my time in Chennai witnessing the local laborers daily work, I have two observations which may or may not be generalizations – not want to be hasty:

1) Women do the “Heavy Lifting” here, i.e. carrying heavy goods on their head (buckets full of sand, brick, dirt…).  Bless them.

2) Men are “Highly Skilled Craftsman” at their trade with years of experience passed down over the centuries.

Next Adventure – Indian’s Golden Triangle

Plans are set and we’re pumped to head out on a six-day holiday to navigate Indian’s Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Yes, this is an one-hundred percent tourist adventure where we can expect hoards of people yet still ahead of summer vacation.  Since we’ve arranged a dedicated driver w/Innova, we should be able to deviate the plan in a spontaneous manner as the need arises.

I’ve bolded/italicized those sites where I look forward to capturing some great images with an embedded link for those unfamiliar with the site.  As usual, I struggle with what camera gear to bring knowing the KISS principle applies, i.e. Keep It Simple Stuart. :))   [D810, Tamron 15-30mm, Nikkor 24-70mm and Nikkor 70-300mm should do]

For those who know the Golden Triangle, what should we focus on, what should we skip, did we miss a site, what should we buy that’s special…

Leave your comment below.  Thanks.

Day 1: Chennai-Delhi

Arrive Delhi from Chennai.  Relax, recovery and get ready.

Day 2: Delhi-Jaipur

We focus our first tourist day on Old Delhi with these sites: Rajghat, Shantivan, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandi Chowk.  We’ve visited Delhi before yet no time allocated for Old Delhi as we checked out the many sites in the National Capital Region area.  Playing catch-up here.

After sight-seeing, we drive 280 kms (5+ hours) to Jaipur the capital city for the state of Rajasthan.  Jaipur is the “Pink City” for it’s 20 ft wall city with eight gates.

In the evening, we’re off to the ethnic village of Chokhidhani for a sit down dinner with entertainment.

Day 3: Jaipur

This will be a tourist day with bazaar shopping opportunities. Sites included Amber Fort, City Palace Museum, Janatar Mantar Observatory, Hawa Mahal – Palace of the Winds, Jauhari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Nehur Bazaar.

Day 4: Jaipur-Agra

We leave first thing in the morning for a drive to Agra stopping at Fatehpur Sikria deserted red-sandstone city.  Another 24o km roadtrip around 5+ hours.

As we arrive in Agra, we hope to catch the Taj Mahal at sunset (~18:27) from its backside, i.e. north across the river at Mughal Garden.

Day 5: Agra

Taj Mahal at sunrise (~06:25) and sunset (~18:28) with all the time in between as this is on the “bucket list” of millions.  Have to take time and do it right.  We’re sure there’ll be sufficient “bazaar” time for those special souvenirs.

Day 6: Agra-Delhi-Chennai

We pack up and head towards Delhi Airport 225 km away for flight back home to Chennai.  Maybe there’ll be time for a great sunrise at Taj Mahal before we hit the road.  Along the way,  we stop at Agra Fort.

Viewer Poll on the Taj Mahal

Go ahead, don’t be shy.  Now it the planning stages for a Bhutan adventure in September.

Mylapore Kapaleeshawarar Temple – Chariot Festival

In part II of the Mylapore Chariot Festival, let’s shift from viewing people to showing the “Chariot” (Car) in its splendor as it exits the temple garage to travel around the block.  I didn’t stay for the entire event yet being on the rooftop this year was definitely an improvement with different point of views and a safe haven against the crowds.

Chariot Festival Gallery – Color

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Chariot Festival Gallery – Black & White

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Chariot Festival Gallery – Monochrome

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Chariot Festival Gallery – Infrared (720nm)

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Chariot Festival Gallery – Sketchings and Paintings

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“Faces of Chennai” – Mylapore Kapaleeshawarar Temple – Chariot Festival

Got up early (again) and arrived at the temple in front of the Chariot (Car) Festival at 6:00 am sharp.  The crowd hadn’t arrived so it gave me a chance to walk around with an un-obstructed view.  Having been here last year, I knew what the morning held, i.e. in one word – People.

Here’s my walking route including elevated platforms and rooftops:

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For more on the Kapaaleeshwarar Temple, try this link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapaleeshwarar_Temple

Faces of Chennai – Mylapore

As for the Chariot Festival photos, they’re coming tomorrow as part II.  If you are new to my photoblog, please “Follow” me for email updates.

 

Car Show at the Women’s Christian College (WCC)

Headed for the Old Car Show this morning (34degC) at WCC as they celebrate 100 years.  It was a venture back in time: ’67 Mustang, ’62 Chevy Impala, … Dodge, Vauxhall, Buick, Studebaker, Fiat, Rolls Royce…

“Faces of Chennai” @ The Kasimedu Fish Market

The Featured Image above is a creation using Topaz Impression in the look of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting.

Our Photographic Society of Madras photowalk at Chennai’s Kasimedu Fish Market allowed the opportunity to continue capturing the friendly Faces of Chennai.

Please have a look at the gallery in slideshow and let me know what you think, i.e. Like and/or Comment.  If you’re a new Viewer to Dashan Sheying, please click “Follow” to keep up with my frequent photoblog posts.

Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Temple Festival – Mar 16

Well I got up at 5:00am to be at the Mylapore Temple in readiness for today’s main event.  Luckily I meet up with another PSM member and he took me to an elevated vantage point.

I used my Lumix LX-100 as my primary camera today but as I loaded the RAW files into Lightroom, something happened and the files got corrupt.  Luckily I used my D300S IR converted camera for a few images so at least I’m not empty-handed for the effort today.

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Used Topaz BW Effects for the first time.  Comparing to NIK and MacPhun B&W plug-ins for +s and -s.

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Repeat of the “Featured Image”.  Notice the “flowers” being dropped on the idol.  Those three ropes on the right-hand side are control the “flower-dropper” back and forth.

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Used Topaz BW Effects with VanDyke Filter

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Trying Topaz Lens Effect – Pin Hole Recipe

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Looking forward to Sunday’s Car (Chariot) Festival on Sunday March 20, 7:15am. Last year’s festival was an overwhelming mass of people.

 

Seeking Your Feedback – An One Minute Poll

Thank you in advance for taking a short one-minute survey on image preference.  Results are available as you vote.

What’s the difference between B&W and Monochrome images?

B&W

A black and white image is a specific type of monochrome image which uses black against a white background.

Monochrome

A monochrome image is an image consisting of a single color against a neutral background. For example, old “green screen” monitors were called monochrome monitors because they used a single color (green or amber) against a neutral background (black). All black and white images are monochrome images, but not all monochrome images are black and white. For example, a monochrome image might consist of black on yellow.

Chennai’s Own “Royal Enfield” – The Bullet

India’s coolest motorcycle with it’s own rolling thunder that would bring a smile to even a Harley rider: Royal Enfield

The above “Featured Image” is shot in Infrared at 720nm – Good looking image yet the B&W conversion below is why I believe Infrared rocks with high tonal range and high contrasts.

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PSM Photowalk at Chennai’s Kasimedu Fish Market – Part I

If you’re wondering, PSM stands for the

“Photographic Society of Madras” founded in 1857:

http://www.photomadras.org/

Today’s photowalk began at 6:00am sharp with the yellow-orange sunrise greeting us over the harbor.  Great photo opportunities amongst the fishing boats docked tightly together with their water reflections.  We started at the Green Arrow and walked east then south towards the fish market (at the 2 km marker).  Finishing 2.5 hours later and 3.5+ km walked at the Red Arrow, see map below.

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Here is a gallery of IR B&W images for your review – jump in.  Let me which images are appealing to you the viewer or not.  Feedback is a gift, it’s you/my choice to open it.

Update on Infrared Image Processing

First let me be clear I profess to be no IR expert rather an apprentice sharing his learning experience.  Let’s begin.

After watching Mark Hilliard’s (and others) multiple videos on infrared image processing, I took the suggestion to use Nikon’s native RAW image processor called Nikon Capture NX-D (free download) to get the best white balance.  Getting white balance correct is critical in IR, so take the time to do it right with the right tools.  Neither Lightroom or Photoshop will get you there.  Yes, one could use the DNG profile app for the Camera Calibration Profile yet I have found it’s not enough.

This workflow applies to those using Nikon Camera shooting in RAW format.  Similar approaches can be found for native RAW processors for Canon, Sony, …

Let me take you through step by step explaining as I go along.  My workflow may not be the most efficient yet in the end it has been effective for me.  I’m open to enhancements and efficiency changes so those who know, let me know.

  • Nikon RAW file (.nef) opened in Nikon Capture NX-D.  Note: No white balance adjustment at this point.

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  • Here I’ve taken the WB dropper in a small area to make the first adjustment to the RAW file.  Wherever I sample, I haven’t seen much of a difference. I picked a neutral gray from my memory of the scene.  For this image I sampled the right-hand vertical wall.

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  • Next I moved over to the right-hand side of the menu to adjust the Master Lightness (like Curves) to pull in the right-hand side thus bringing up the brightness.
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  • Now I convert (like exporting) the file as a .tiff to my Finder for importing into Lightroom which I’ll do Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) as it’s my comfort zone. Finished photo in Lightroom with Basic Edits ready for export to Photoshop.

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  • In Photoshop, I make the A-B Channel Swap (A-Channel: A now 0% and B now 100% then B-Channel: A now 100% and B now 0%) using an Photoshop Action Panel for Infrared Channel Swap.  Plus the Hue/Saturation panel with Cyan selected to put back the blues in the sky.

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  • Now exiting Photoshop back to Lightroom with this image.

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  • In Lightroom, I do some local HSE adjustments and move the image over to NIK Viveza 2 then finish with NIK Dfine 2 for noise reduction.  Here’s the final image to give an idea of the possibilities.

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The End of this IR explanation, Yet never the end to learning so let me know if you other have ways to process IR images.

Faces of Koyembedu Market

My 2 year genre of “Faces of Chennai” continues at the Koyembedu Market.  The Photographic Society of Madras (PSM) founded in 1857 had its monthly photowalk at this government run wholesale flower, vegetable and fruit market. The market is continuously busy.  Previously I visited at a 6am photowalk and found the market very busy with continuous movement of goods and retailer/wholesaler price negotiations.  This time at 4pm, it still a very active in the wholesaler stalls.

Koyembedu Market is full of wonderful colors, friendly people and great prices over the retailers.  Pay a visit.

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Today’s Mylapore Heritage Home Photowalk in Chennai, India

Here’s a collection from today’s photowalk.  As the Viewer, let me know your thoughts.  Thanks.

 

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Triptych – What the Heck Is It?

What Is It?

A Triptych (pronounced Trip’tik – did you get it right the first time) is as one would think involves three of something.  In photography (and painting) it’s often referred by as three-panel wall art.  There are no stead fast rules as it’s art.

The Triptych is preceded by a Diptych and followed by a Quadtych, Polyptych which leads to what we know as a Collage.

Two of Many Paths to Take

1) Use a single-image split into three panels image in portrait or landscape position with framing, shadows… added for desired effects.

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2) Take three similar / closely associated images into a single three-panel image in portrait or landscape orientation with effects added to taste.

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At this moment, I like the single image Triptych best.

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