Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India: Part II – Faces

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography where my photographic journey continues with Part II of IV from a visit to Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.

Link to Part I – Intro.

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By far this is the most photogenic experience I’ve ever witnessed with the character of an ancient city still alive with the smell, noise, visual tension, … from years past.

The City of Varanasi is rich in Hindu history as the birthplace of Lord Shiva and his reincarnation the Lord Hanuman – (Monkey King)… the list goes on.


Lord Shiva


Lord Hanuman

I hope you’ll walk away visualizing the strong and appealing character of Varanasi in this IV Part Series.  As always your comments, likes, shares… are most welcome.


Image Gallery: Faces of Varanasi


1) This elderly lady just finished her early morning dip in the River Ganga which I assume is a daily event.


2) This gentleman his proud and his confident stare tells the story.


3) On the steps of the Ghat, this gentleman gives me the look, i.e. semi-stare.


4) Although he most likely is some level of a holy man, it appears to be more of a tourist photo-op.


5) Same here.  They both do make a great photo-op, i.e. couldn’t walk on by without giving the headshake and the camera held up.


6) Fresh out of his morning dip in the River Ganga, this elder gentleman posed with water droplets falling from his face.


7) This is daughter and grandson of the gentleman in #6.  A lovely image of motherhood.


8) This rubbery-faced elder woman reminds me of Walter Matthau

who’s facial expressions were vast.


9) What lovely colors.


10) The twist of a stache means what?


11) School children’s smiles.


12) Temple bouncer hanging out at the front entrance.


13) Lovely pose.


14) I helped this gentleman as he appeared down and out.

Back to Film at Last, i.e. F.I.N.D. – UPDATE

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography where my photographic journey continues with my re-introduction into medium format film.  This is an update from my first post on getting back to film.

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The FIND Lab did an excellent job providing feedback on my exposure, contrast, … the look especially on how to manage Fuji Pro 400H film to bring in contrast.  This is valuable customer service at a small incremental cost as I would have never known this small yet important tidbit.

Here is their feedback on my first roll of film:

Hey Stuart!

Your basic plus scans for invoice 53061 are ready for download!

This roll looked really nice! Fuji 400H tends to be one of the more neutral film stocks, and if you consistently prefer warmer tones you may want to give Portra 400 a shot. We typically recommend rating 400H at 100 ISO for best results (it’s quite light hungry and does best overexposed by 2 stops).

These were slightly flat but we were able to re-establish some contrast in scanner (these were scanned on the Noritsu which gives us a good amount of control over contrast). I’d recommend overexposing a bit more to provide higher contrast in the negatives if you still find these a little flat.

Overexposure is particularly important when working in overcast conditions as the available light is more limited. Your exposures were very consistent from frame to frame. You had a few frames that were slightly soft. If you find this continues to be an issue I might recommend a bright screen (sometimes the focusing screen on these film cameras can become difficult to use, and a bright screen can make a huge difference).

Please let us know if you have any questions, and thanks so much for choosing the Findlab!