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“Faces of Chennai” – Jul’16

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It’s been awhile since I’ve posted “Faces of Chennai” given my efforts to discovery and practice other photography genres.  Yet, let me return to the beginning with Street Portraits.

Image Gallery

The gallery shows the XPro-2 in action with Fujifilm Color and B&W Acros Film Simulation w/Red Filter images.  The Acros Film Simulation has an optional Green Filter which is more applicable to portraits.  Next time I’ll give the Green a go.

Train-Spotting / Rail-Fanning Jul’16

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Train-Spotting (Or Rail-Fanning): There s just something about experiencing trains whether it’s being on board, watching from afar and/or hearing the clink-clink, air-horn blowing … that level-sets us all back to our childhood.  I’m a novice in Rail-Fan-Fanning yet I’ve been watching these Indian Railway YouTube videos to catch up.

All the images were up to the task with the trains going at a quick clip requiring an precise auto-focus tracking from the XPro-2.  It’s up to the task.  Have a look.

Image Gallery

Fujifilm Color and B&W Arcos w/Red Filter

Chennai Photowalk 2016-07-24 B&W Part 1

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Korattur Lake was the choice for The Chennai Photowalk #101 and what another great time.  The “Featured Image” is Sunrise Over Korattur.

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B&W Image Gallery (Fujifilm JPEG Arcos Plus Red Filter)

Nanmangalam Reserve Forest 2016-07-23

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This is our photowalk 4km+ route. It was a relaxing, peaceful walk in nature.

Nanmangalam Reserved Forest is our Chennai’s Most Serious Photographer’s Google+ Community 2nd Photowalk and what a great time with fellow photographers who share the passion.

The featured image above are of the four gentlemen who provided us security and direction as we walked given the trails are unmarked.  Thanks to the TN Forest Service for their gracious support in allowing us into the reserve for our photowalk.

Even though we were prepared, we found no snakes lurking around.  We did see a lot of birds, butterflies, two now abandoned stone quarries filled with water and plenty of flowering bushes / trees.  The path was clear and an easy walk.

Here is a brief photo gallery from today:

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Flower Unknown – Purple FunDaShanSheYing-1695

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The Crew

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Singapore Leftovers

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Here’s another confluence of images from Singapore taken at and around the following areas:

Fullerton Bay Hotel – Our home for the week.

Marina Bay Sands Hotel – We left up $700 SD.  Paid for the steak dinner at The Cut.

The Shoppes at Marina Bay – Top brand shopping, not for the weak of heart.

Universal Studios Singapore – A full-day’s adventure.

Vivocity Shopping Mall – A full-service shopping experience.

Singapore Flyer –  Haven’t tried it yet for some it’s a must do.

Gardens by the Bay – A must see.  Free unless you want go to top on the catwalk.

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Long Exposure Photography Made Easy

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Finally had a chance to try long exposure photography (LEP) at night and really enjoyed it.  Just a small step for LEP, but a leap forward towards my next chosen genre.

Long exposures were taken with my Fujifilm XPro-2’s Wifi function linked to the FujiFilm’s iPhone (Android too) app.  Here’s a screenshot showing the ability to adjust the aperture, ISO, shutter speed, exposure comp, touch focus and shutter release.  I’ve used other camera Wifi and phone apps yet this one worked without issue.

Fujifilm Camera Remote

 

 

 

 

Manfratto Pixi Tripod

Long Exposure Recipe

Nothing secret here as it’s

  • Use your lowest native ISO, 200 in my case to minimize noise in the shadows.
  • Tripod, i.e. Manfrotto Mini (~5′ high).  This is a great little always carry tripod. See photo above.
  • Camera set for Aperture Priority to control DOF in this case yet the Manual Mode is really the correct choice.  Next time.
  • Activate Wifi on the camera and link up with your phone.
  • The Fujifilm App then allows various functions one of which is the “Remote Function“.  Select this one.  Now you see what the camera sees – cool.  See photo above.
  • With the Remote: Adjust the Aperture to high values (lower opening) from f/11 up to your lens’ maximum, f/22 in my case.
  • With the Remote: Touch where you want the focus point, usually 1/3 of the way into the frame to optimize depth of focus which follows depth of field.
  • The Shutter Speed then increases with a smaller apertures.  In my case the following images are from 15-20 seconds.  Of course the length of time is dependent on the luminance of your scene.  As one approaches time greater than 30 seconds, the “Bulb” mode comes into play, i.e. operator controlled – not camera.
  • Focus w/Mirrorless Cameras: Using “Focus Peaking” and then zooming in to fine tune the focus is an excellent technique to practice, including myself.

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Singapore Universal Studios Adventure

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The Singapore Universal Studios theme park is big, really big.  This time we choose not to wait in a 2.5 hour line for the main attraction: The Transformers Ride.  As the kids decided to have a go at waiting in line for the Big T, we walked around the theme park eventually ending up where we started. Found a bench for two and took a break.

We sat on a bench for an hour, I people watched taking candid photos which I call a “PhotoSit“.  Amazing how people are constantly taking photos, me included nowadays.

Gallery of PhotoSit Images

 

Chennai Photowalk 2016-07-10

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The Fujifilm XPr0-2 has two SD card slots which I’ve set up with the primary slot = RAWs and secondary slot = JPEGs which is set from an array of Fujifilm simulation options.  Today I set the JPEGs secondary slot to “ACROS” film simulation.

Let me start with “Faces of Chennai” in ACROS B&W

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What would a Photowalk be with an image of a leading line of Photographers

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The 1970s Polaroid SX-70 Look

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Today we have an off-topic on Polaroid Photography with that classic, iconic Polaroid look.  The SX-70 Land Camera was truly a fantastic  improvement for instant photos in the days of film, pre-digital.

SX-70 Land Camera – 1972

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My Dad had one and as a kid (High School) I experimented and went thru the 10 prints (and flash bars) in lightning speed.  I’m not sure if Dad appreciated my photographic endeavors yet it’s still vivid in my memory of that instant gratification seen in today’s digital age.

Here I’m using a Polaroid Photoshop psd template to pull the image inside the frame and write in a felt-pen font my comments.  The image has a faded look to it.  Absolute fun!

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Gallery w/o the Polaroid Color

Photowalk in Kotturpuram Tree Park, Chennai, India

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The newly formed “Chennai’s Most Serious Photographers” Google + Community hosted an early Sunday morning photowalk at Kotturpuram Tree Park on the edge of the Adyar River.

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The park is open from 5.45 am till 10.30 am in the mornings and 4.00 pm to 7.30 pm in the evenings.  Admission is free.  Photography for non-commercial purposes allowed.

Although a rather small plot of land at 5 acres as a park goes, yet it was full of flowering trees and bushes which drew in 100s of butterflies today.  Many walkers too.

Although I had the wrong lenses with me today (not long focal length macros)  I was able to capture a few interesting images for you the viewer:

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