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Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic

Last Sunday morning, I took a brief photowalk around the local Mylapore Temple with a Lensbaby lens on my Fuji X-Pro2 to experiment with its Tilt and Swing features in moving the plane of focus.  It’s a creative lens, i.e. miniature effect, selective focus…

Surprisingly the most difficult focus was to bring the lens back to its neutral position with a full focus plane.  Shooting in manual mode with a mirrorless allows using “focus peaking” was a breeze as one clearly understands where the slice of focus is moving.


Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic


View Camera Movements: Lensbaby Left<=> Right is like “Swing” in a View Camera Lensbaby Up<=> Down is like “Tilt” in a View Camera


1) Focused on Fiat: Used a left horizon swing to move the focus plan to the rear of the Fiat 1000 as a Selective Focus technique.


2) Temple Tank in Focus: The pink water lilies in full bloom provides the color balance against the green grass (weeds too).


3) Temple Tower Sliced:  This slice of life begins to show the multitude of stories on the Temple’s Tower.

Fuji GF670 Medium Format Film, 6×7


4) Hyderabad Scarecrow: A repeat of digital work.  After passing this cotton field for 15+ times it appears he’s keeping it secure.


5) At Rest in Dock: The faded green color of this fishing vessel is a true representation of its real visual appeal.

Fuji X-Pro2 with Iridient Developer RAW Processing


6) Looking Down: At the entrance to the Mylapore Temple Tower, I found this scene of Hindu Gods watching over the many visitors as I turned around to look up.


7) Quiet Sunday Morning Read: My walk around Mylapore Temple found this gentleman enjoying his newspaper in solitude.


Kailasanathar Temple at Sunrise in Kanchipuram 2016-11-20

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography where my photographic journey continues with a sunrise visit to Kailasanathar Temple in Kanchpuram.

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As I listen to Petula Clark – Who? Yes, Ms. Downtown herself; I thought I’d finish off this post given I’ve been waiting for my film scans from The FIND Lab in UT, US.

It’s a 3-week turnaround from mailing to downloading the TIFF files at 98Mb each, i.e. that’s medium format at 4x the size of a 35mm.   The FIND Lab does an excellent job film processing and delivering scans with helpful guidance for correcting errors and/or enhancing images.

For my Image Gallery, I’ve combined both analog film (something special about that non-random grain) and digital mirrorless images for your viewing pleasure.

Note: (1) I’m driving standardized workflow with the using titles for each image as a prelude to Photographic Salon Competition and (2) At the bottom of the page, I’ve included an Opinion POLL.  Feedback appreciated.

Image Gallery


1) Guardian Lions – Analog Film (Kodak Porta 400H): Applied a Sepia tone from


2) Guarded Dancers – Analog Film (Kodak Porta 400H): FIND Lab mentioned to shoot this ISO 400 film at ISO 100 (2 stops of extra light) as this film is “light hungry”.


3) Walled Off – First Analog B&W Film (Ilford HP5):  Found out from my friend John that due to the shallow slope of the toe of the Stop-curve for this film (looks like an S-Curve) that Zones 8-10 has little tonal separation in the darks.  Suggested Ilford HP4 or Delta instead, i.e. on my list.  Have a look at John’s FB images – spectacular images as he sculptured with strong tonal separations.


4) Guardians at Attention – Digital Fujifilm Trans-X Image: If it’s old, a Sepia-look may be appropriate.  I like here.

Side Bar: I used Iridient Developer for the Fuji RAW files.  Iridient is a new RAW processor I started using in place of Lightroom to stop, minimize the muddy look of the details with LR. Fuji RAW files are X-Trans in design unlike all other sensors using a non-random Bayer design

Bayer Sensor Design (R-G-B)                                         Fuji X-Trans Sensor Design



5) Blue Hour Walls – Digital Fujifilm Trans-X Image: At the “Blue Hour” of sunrise, looking opposite the sunrise reveals a powerful sky.


6) Weaver – Digital Fujifilm Trans-X Image: Stopped to cruise the streets of a small village and as one would expect there’s a story around every corner.  Here many of the streets were lined with weavers at work.


7) Moonlit Temple Tower – Digital Fujifilm Trans-X Image: As the sun rises the moon sets.  On 12/14 there is a “Super Moon” and I’ll be there capturing it this time.  Missed shooting the last full moon.

POLL on the Use of Borders

I’m still shifting my LH logic side of the brain over to the RH artistic side with the addition of frames.  Ever see an old master’s image without a frame?  No, the frame is part of the total presentation.

Fuji GF670 Camera and Medium Format Film Journey Continues

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120 Medium Format Film


Just to get level-set on the image size of medium format, i.e. 6×7 (0r 6×6).  It’s ~4x the size of a 35mm negative (or full-frame digital camera).  Although not exact it provides 200+MB of resolution dependent on scanning DPI chosen.  In short, I choice medium format to enable its scalability to large prints (16×20) when I finally attain that fine art image to hang on my wall.  The journey continues for this quest.

My Film Journey

My learning continues with “getting it right in-camera” as never before has this phrase meant so much. I’ve made silly errors like rolling the take-up spool the wrong way thus allowing light leaks to occur, soft-focusing (my eyes need a +2 diopter added to the rangefinder) and composing (need to back-up to get what I seek in the frame).

As for focusing, I’ve changed to the use of a monopod when doing “street photography” yet know the tripod is the ultimate choice.  When forced to use the GF670 hand-held like for the temple shots below as no …pods allowed, I’ve added a Thumbs Up grip similar to the one use for my X-Pro2.

Image Gallery


1) Sandstone temple carvings


2) Varanasi Cremation Ghat – Guys hanging out.


3) Varanasi Cremation Ghat – “Love All”


4) Varanasi Cremation Ghat – First portrait shot.


5) Varanasi Cremation Ghat – Wall Mural Art


6) Mylapore Temple at Sunset.


If you made this far down the page, I have a new camera coming, i.e. a 6×17 pano “pinhole” camera.  I look forward to trying the basic Camera Obscura.