Skip to content

MonthApril 2017

Happy Pinhole Photography Day 2017-04-30

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

2017 Pinhole Photography Day

Today is that one day of the year for all Pinhole Photographers to get out and shoot their lensless camera.  Since I did yet could not get instant images given this is still an Analog World, let me post at least some images from my 6×17 RealitySoSubtle camera using Fuji 400H Pro medium format film taken in Xi’an, China.
Patronage: Please “Follow” along as our adventure continues in the UK and EU  Comments, Likes, … always welcomed here.
Note: Bold, Underlined Red highlighted text is an external link of interest.
Xi’an City Wall: South-side looking East.
B&W: I knew these people may be stationary or in a fluid state given my Pinhole Assist App had the exposure targeted for 2 seconds.  This is the Drum Tower north of the Bell Tower (Center of Town) and the start to the left to the Muslim Quarter.
Color: The Same image which I like better for the people movement and those stationary for 2 seconds in their life.

Fuji GF670 Film Camera: 6×17 Fujifilm 400H Pro

Xi’an City Wall:  Facing North to the Bell Tower (Green Roof).  FYI: Got an immediate Like from my better-half on this image.  I’ve arrived as she provides my balance in photography.
Mylapore, Chennai:  A quick diversion to a local Car (Cart/Chariot) Festival.  Got that look again.
Xi’an City Wall:  Didn’t plan this but after two separate shoots 180 degrees apart showing the massive, protective nature of teh City Wall – I placed them in one image.
Xi’an City Wall:  Yes that Red Lantern is really red. That’s Fuji saturation.  I decided to leave it as it was.

 

Baggie City Center (Centre) in B&W

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

Birmingham City Center

The best way to get acquainted with your new surroundings is to walk it.  So I have around Birmingham’s City Center and enjoy the variation of architectural styles across the years. So with this post, I’m practicing my B&W image processing using the recipe below.  Like any recipe one salt and peppers to taste.
Recipe (Photographer’s Stuff)
  1. Lightroom: Import and cataloging
  2. (Iridient Developer: Used for the Fuji RAW files for Exposure, Color (Fuji Soft), Details)
  3. Lightroom: Basics for Highlights, Shadows, Whites, Blacks, Transform-Auto, Crop…
  4. ON1 Photo RAW 2017: Add Dynamic Contrast (30%), B&W w/Color Sliders adjusted to taste, Big Softy Vignette
  5. Photoshop: Framing and Distraction Removal.
  6. Lightroom: Watermark and Export
Patronage: Please “Follow” along as our adventure continues in the UK and EU  Comments, Likes, … always welcomed here.
Note: Bold, Underlined Red highlighted text is an external link of interest.

B&W Gallery

Selfridges: “Touching the Sky”
Victoria Square: “Stand at Attention”
Birmingham Library: “See Me”
Bullring Mall: “Bull – It”
Grand Central Station: “Train Time”
Apple Store: “Apples Three”

Arrived in Brum

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

Hello Birmingham

After a 12 hour Shanghai to Paris flight followed by a 2.5-hour wait then a 1+ puddle jumper (English Channel actually) over to Birmingham, Dashan Sheying has shifted locations from India.  Stay tuned for future UK posts.  For now I’ve included some initial images from my walks around downtown Brum and my first countryside walkabout.
Photographers Only: Given the English weather (hourly forecasts from sunny to cloudy and everything in between) it keeps the scene down to 4 Stops of light for the contrast range.  So Velvia film will work fine here.  Yes, I’m sure the contrast range bumps up to 5 or even 6 every so often.
Listening to Joe Walsh’s Analog Man (stuck in a digital world) thinking of James Gang and Eagles concerts of days gone by yet looking towards this digital future we have ahead of us.
Patronage: Please “Follow” along as our adventure continues in the UK and EU  Comments, Likes, … always welcomed here.
Note: Bold, Underlined Red highlighted text is an external link of interest.

Birmingham Gallery

“The Bull” at the Bullring shopping mall entrance.  Iconic Birmingham.  Waited until all the kids got off the bull then took my shot.  VSSR processed.
Selfridges near The Bull.  Another iconic shot yet at night the colored lights explode
The canal along the Digs.

Tardebigge Canal Circular Walk w/St Bartholomew’s Church

My favorite image with its soft lighting of the subject at sunrise and the natural vignette.
Canal Boat at rest
Canal reflections around the bend in a soft glow at sunrise.
St Bartholomew’s Church

Latest Additional to the Arsenal of Gear

The Beast.  Shenhao 6×17 view camera intended for landscapes with a 210mm f/5.6 lens attached.  This will be fun as I learn the old ways of taking images using medium format 120 film (4 images per roll at 6×17).  Stay connected as I venture out in the beautiful UK countryside for those special images.  End result, a huge fine art print, i.e. 19″ by 25″ to start.

A Pirate’s Life

This pretty well sums it up:

Aaaarrrrgggghhhh! 


Getting ready to visit my roots in the U.K., i.e. Scotland and Wales. Maybe a little bit of Ireland thrown in for luck. 

Xi’an City Wall 

Goodbye Nikon

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

Goodbye Nikon

I knew this day would come given my Nikon D810 and its many associated lenses have become just “Dust Collectors” over the last 10+ months with not one shutter click.  My Fuji X-Pro2, 6×17 Pinhole, and Fuji GF670 cameras have had all the fun of late.
Today, I sold my Nikon Gear as I’m a believer in not being a pack-rat.  It’s okay to let possessions go and move on.  Now I’m moving on to a Shenhao 6×17 view camera for landscapes.  I did, however, keep my Nikon IR converted D300s with two lenses plus one Zeiss lens.
I’ve listed the original prices and was amazed at what I’ve collected over the last 4 years and estimated that I would target 50%, i.e. around $6,000 USD as my asking price.  To my surprise, the offer from our local camera dealer which we’ve used for years here in Xi’an was spot-on the $6k target price.  How did he know?
Did I lose out by taking only 50% of original cost, I don’t think so as I’m better to have cash in hand than dusty camera gear.
I’ve included a few gallery images from my short time in Xi’an ahead of leaving for Birmingham, UK, i.e our next residence.
Patronage: Please “Follow” along as our adventure ends in India then over to Xi’an, China and later in April to the U.K.  Comments, Likes, … always welcomed here.
Note: Bold, Underlined Red highlighted text is an external link of interest.

Xi’an Gallery – VSSR Applied

%d bloggers like this: