Kasimedu Fishing Harbor – Diptych Instax Street Portraits Plus

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The twice a month Chennai Photowalk group held its 105th photowalk at of all place, Kasimedu Fishing Harbor / Fish Market.  I’m in this crowd somewhere holding up my Fuji GF670 Medium Format camera.

On this photowalk, I once again used my Fuji X-Pro2 to wirelessly transmit JPEG images to Fuji’s SP-2 Instax Printer as gifts to those deserving street portrait subjects.  Isn’t a print what we as photographers strive for and what a great way to say thanks.

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X-Pro2 Manual showing how to transmit an image to the SP-2 Instax Printer

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Instax SP-2 Printer: Film cartridge holds ten prints at ~50 cents each.

I choose to use Diptychs (Greek for “Two Fold”) to display the printed Instax image alongside the subject holding the Instax print.  Cool.

Diptych Instax Street Portraits

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1) He was pleasantly surprised that as the 3rd person to photography him reading his morning paper in the warm morning sun that in return I gave him a print.  I need to stop by again to see where he hangs it.

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2) Enjoying a morning smoke in the warming rays, he enjoyed being photographed and even better when I gave him his Instax print. Sweet.

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3) Another morning scene with this gentleman enjoying his South Indian filter coffee under the morning sun. Look at that smile as he holds his Instax print.

Fish Market Plus Gallery

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4) One of my favorites for the soft colors and glowing reflection.  Used for all these image the Zone System Express Panel for Photoshop by Blake Rudis f.64 Academy

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5) Up high on a pile of 2m by 2m concrete blocks (4 layers high) was an excellent observation platform to witness the crowds of buyers, sellers and fishermen during a hectic Sunday morning frenzy.

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6)  An odd numbers of things work well to capture the viewer’s attention with an image.

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7) Just look at all the stories being told in a single slice of time.

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8) Melissa up high capturing her next winning image.

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9) There is an sense of order in this visual chaos that in the end prevails.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Image Gallery: Faces of Varanasi

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

who’s facial expressions were vast.

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9) What lovely colors.

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10) The twist of a stache means what?

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11) School children’s smiles.

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12) Temple bouncer hanging out at the front entrance.

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13) Lovely pose.

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

Back to Film at Last, i.e. F.I.N.D.

Welcome back to Dashan Sheying, where film is reborn today.

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It’s been 40 years since I last used a 35mm film camera, i.e. c.1976 or so.  Yet why today do I want to go backward?  Well, I’m shifting towards Days of Future Past c.76 (MB, not X-Men).

Given today’s digital progression, one could say digital has caught up with 35mm – okay maybe.  Yet not to 120 Medium  Format or larger unless you’re made of money for the big bucks for an MF Hasselblad, Mamiya Leaf, PhaseOne, … and the new Fuji GFX 50S coming in 1Q17.

“The Song Remains the Same (LZ)” as the appeal for me of an image shot with film is “The Look” as it is for other die-hards after all these years.  I’m one of those who admires the non-homogenous grainy look and all the detail, tonality, print size…

So today I received my first processed and scanned 120 film roll of Fuji Pro 400H in 6×7 aspect ratio from The FIND Labs.  Processed in LR with Mastin Labs Presets followed by the Zone System Express by Blake Rudis then finished off by a John Tuttle inspired framing scheme (still learning to find my Right Brain).

The Learning Process Again

My first five rolls experienced multiple mistakes and errors on my part, yes I make mistakes (or as they now say learning opportunities).  Okay, I accept this; so stand up,  shake off the dust and move on.  Here’s a listing of my initial thoughts:

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** Film Usage: Watch and align the film roll arrow when loading.

** Film Usage: Watch and use the tape from the roll to seal after exposed.   Had to place exposed film rolls into the original pouch. Hmmm.

– Film Usage: Bring scotch tape

** Operating: Watch out on closing with PeakDesign buttons

** Operating: Use two hands to open/extend and close lens/bellows

** Operating: Return focus to infinity prior to closing.

– Focus: Hold steady. Try a “New” grip, i.e. ThumbsUp – ordered

** Focus: Try the red soft button for ease of shutter release.

– Focus: Use a tripod, will do.

**Focus: Use of a monopod / ballhead. Tried it, much better.

– Focus: Maybe a hand strap, PeakDesign

– Focus: Get finger placed on the focusing ring – muscle memory required

** Film Holder: Free cashew tins from flying Indigo works great holding for five rolls of film

– Format: Try 6×6

– Cleaning: Blow out / dust off interior and exterior after use, changing film too.  Bring blower.

** Carrying: Works fine carried inside my ONA bag without a sling/shoulder strap.  Use the X-Pro2 strap when required.

** ISO: For a new roll be sure to double-verify the ISO and change it on camera. (Shoot a 100 ISO film in 400 ISO.  Okay so I need to push development 2 stops. Better to overexpose film than underexpose)

– Shutter: Get a feel for the stroke and/or of click as there is absolutely no sound nor tactile feel

** Exposure: Look at the shutter speed red indicator to be < 1/500 and greater than 1/30 for a handheld shot.

– Exposure: Try manual aperture and shutter speed

– Exposure: Try spot meter in Zone 3 for shadow details for an 18% Gray manual setting then move up two stops for Z5.

Image Gallery

Not as many keepers as I hoped for yet with the above adjustments, I’m shooting for 100% keepers.

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1)Street Portraits are my first love and in South India they ask me to take their photo.  Love it.

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2) Blocks of ice (Rs250 each) being delivered to the Fishing Vessels as they ready themselves for sea including 500-1200 liters of diesel.


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3) In the end it’s all about The Fish, i.e the smell of money for these Tamil Fishermen.

PSM Photowalk at Sunset in Mylapore 2016-10-09

Back again (and again) to Mylapore as it’s a happening place during festival time with lots of people, colors and the morning/evening lighting as icing on the cake.  The stand out attraction was Navarathri Golu Dolls.

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Photowalk Gallery

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1)  Light and Color are two ingredients for any image (B&W too).  Here he appears to be floating.

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2) Looking up at the temple main gate as the setting sun spreads its rays across the various idols at work.

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3) One of my favorites in capturing the essence of light’s tonality at sunset.

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4) Street Kid at play in Mylapore

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5)  I assume these two are waiting anxiously for the return of someone special after a brief shopping spree.

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6) If it’s not on this two-wheeler I’d be surprised.

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7) Temple in B&W.  The flagpole was empty today.

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8) Paths inside the temple and getting the uplifted hand from passerbys.

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9)  Where’s my customers?  All these Golu Dolls to sell and no takers.

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10)  Looking up again at the main temple gate as the sun sets.

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11)  I take the big one in the back.

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12)  Sunset on Mylapore Temple

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13)  Coming thru, make way as I have places to go, things to sell.

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14)  Added a film look here (FujiColor 400H) with Medium Format grain.

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15)  Hanging out waiting for customers

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16) Shared an Instax Film Picture

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17) Together as one.

Scott Kelby WW Photowalk 2016-10-01 in George Town, Chennai, India

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Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk – 2016 Facebook Link

It’s been 6 weeks in the planning, walked once to ensure safety, fun, photographic opportunities, fun… and it was deemed a “Go”.  Today was the day.  The photowalkers staggered in for the 6:00am start with eyes full-open for the adventure ahead.   Now I need to work these images and more for my one global submission by 10/10.

Please provide your feedback on which image I should submit for the global competition.

Just a word of thanks to the Scott Kelby organization who pulled this global event off with ~22,000 photowalkers across ~1,200 global event sites. Cool.  Also, a special thanks to “RK” for help me organize and walk the route ahead of 10/1.  Went smooth.

Our Photowalk Route, 2.42km in George Town

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Notice the wavy blue walking line – why? Had to avoid puddles, streams … of standing water from the night’s downpour.

Photowalk Image Gallery

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1)  Over the last 2 months, I’ve been providing Fujifilm Mini-Instax Prints to those who may have never touched a print of themselves.  My small way to say thanks.  Here I left ahead of the full film exposure as I want him to enjoy the experience alone.

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2)  Finally found some light rays in this alleyway as these three gentlemen were preparing to weld a store sign frame.  Safe work practices – maybe.

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3) I surprised this young man with a shot as he was in the wash mode in scrubbing his body for his morning bath.  Later as you will see, we laughed.

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4) Again I provided this gentleman an Instax Print of this image in color as I’ve rendered it a Monochrome – Coffee Look.

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5) As we approached this Rickshaw, the driver immediately stood next to his rickshaw wanting us to take his picture.  He’s very proud of his “Ride”.  Wonder how much the fare is?

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6)  With less than 2,000 Rickshaws left in Chennai, here we see parked amongst the “Autos” a lone “Rickshaw”, i.e. still a popular mode of transportation as witnessed this morning.

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7)  What would a Chennai Photowalk be without a few Cows crossing our path on their morning walkabout.  Gentle creatures, fearless of traffic – straight ahead they plow.

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8)  We Laughed 🙂

Chennai Photowalk 2016-09-25

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Please enjoy the following 11 Images and the story told from our life and times in South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).

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Photowalk Route, 3.72km

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Photowalk Image Gallery

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1) I really like this fun image from inside an “Auto” rickshaw.  Used an 8mm fisheye and poked my camera inside for the shot.

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2) A shot looking into St. Theresa of Avila Parish Church in Nungambakkam, Chennai established in 1912.  I love the colored light coming in from the stain glass window, RH side shining on the backs of the three parishioners.

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3) “Featured Image” at the top of the post. I jumped ahead of the photowalk group to have a photo shoot around St Theresa Church alone.  I’m glad I did as when the main group showed up, no pictures were allowed, outside or inside.  Hmmm.  Here is the RH side entrance with an 8mm Fisheye.  Distortion retained.

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4) Take a tree, start a local temple for prayer and add an Auto Stand for good luck.

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5) Shot up into the trees capturing the morning sunlight varying in intensity across the green leaves.  Being Fall, the one season I miss the most from Midwest US, I added a touch of fall colors.

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6)  Another shot looking into to St. Teresa Church.  Love the wood grain revealed in the two doors.

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7)  This is shot again with an 8mm fisheye lens with the distortion removed.  The RAW file was taken to ON1 Photo10 (soon to be ON1 RAW) with a B&W filter where you can manage different colors, i.e. drop the luminance of the blue sky to get the Ansel Adams Red Filter look.  My favorite image from the photowalk.

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8)  Here the morning light lit up the coconuts in the palm tree just right as if a spotlight was used.  May take this to B&W later to capture the tonal range and blue sky potential.

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9)  Another Street Portrait, yet this time I had the gentleman sit in his “Ambassador”, an Indian Icon.

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10) Trying B&W again with this store front display.  Notice the reflection seen in the top half.

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11) Again, B&W with the bright blue sky turned black against this white stucco house.

Early Morning Walk – Arulmigu Kapaeeswarar Temple, Mylapore

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We’ve included 15 images  with a short narrative of each image in sharing our life experiences from South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).   For the first time, I strolled around the inside of Arulmigu Kapaeeswarar Temple as my previous 10+ visits where only  along the outer perimeter as always the crowds were too much.  I’m glad I stopped in this time.

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Photowalk Route – 2.4km

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Photowalk Image Gallery – Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple

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1) Sunrise above the Temple Tank Mylapore.  Add a starburst flare with the camera stopped down to f/22 plus as an added feature – red lens flare for free.

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2)  Inside looking out with an 8mm fisheye lens.

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3)  Pictures were allowed yet never for any idol in any temple .

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4) I’d like to thank this gentleman for sharing the history behind the temple – very interesting.  At the end, I asked if I could take his portrait, no problem.

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5)  Using a film VanDyke Brown look, here is the morning sunrise in Mylapore as seen in the Featured Image.

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6) Had an enjoyable conversation with these two gentlemen before I asked to take their portrait.

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7)  Using the 8mm fisheye again, it appears these five idols are “dancing”.

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8)  The main entrance of the temple in Fujifilm Acros B&W.  A little dodge & burn on the side to guide the fewer from the foreground to the background.

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9)  Elephant Fun Time – Smile

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10)  The 8mm fisheye lens is back.

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11)  The Temple Tower main entrance as seen from the outside, note recently re-painted.

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12)  Another temple tank sunrise.

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13)  Looking up the Temple Tower, look at the detail.

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14)  Temple Portrait in B&W.

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15) Looking up at Idols stacked upon each other.

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Chennai Photowalk 2016-09-11

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A friend found this brick with my initials.  I supposed one could look a lifetime for a match and never be successful.  Thanks for the “SMK Brick“.

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Keep an eye out for the pesky Bearista Bear.

The Chennai Photowalk Facebook group coordinates 2 walks per month on the 2nd and 4th Sunday early in the morning (~6:15am) to beat the day’s heat.  I’ve been very lucky to have observed various locations across Chennai that I would have never explored given no immediate need.  I suppose this is true for any photowalk, anywhere.

Photowalk Route

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This was one of the longest photowalks over the last 2+years, i.e. 5.47 km. Enjoyed every minute as we ventured into Burma Colony hit heavy by flooding last Dec’15. The Adyar River went over the banks by 12′.  Hope this doesn’t repeat.

Photowalk Sights Along the Way

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1) A young “MGR” look. As I was taking a fisheye shot of the temple statue, this young boy with shades jumped in for his picture. How could you not take a push the shutter release.

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2) All smiles and missing a tooth – what happiness is made of.

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3) Frame Within a Frame. Love the story here as Photowalkers tour around the temple followed by the local temple cow, the boy sits outside the entryway.

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4) Madras War Cemetary: Our photowalk group of 20+ was not allowed in initially to the cemetery so I had to shoot from afar, ~200′.

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5) B&W of the Madras War Cemetery

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6) Faces of Chennai: This elderly lady had no issue with a photo especially after I gave here a Fujifilm Instax print on the spot.

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7) Capturing the moment as the lady of the house sitting in the shadows wonders what the heck is this guy doing. A VanDyke Brown look.

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8) Faces of Chennai: An unposed Street Portrait as this gentleman as he wonders what the heck all these photographers are doing on my street.

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9) A bluebird day with a blue sky and white puffy clouds above this local temple tower.

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10) Caught in the action of smiling generously as she was bringing in the paper to her father.

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11) The local temple drum band waits for the loading of their Ganesha onto a truck headed to the sea for immersion.

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12) Mother and Daughter of the house in the Burma Colony were all smiles for passer byes.

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13) At the local temple seen in other images, we ran into a wedding party. Here the girls are greeting attendees to traditional Indian welcoming items. Somehow Bearista Bear jumped in the scene to steal the show again.

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14) An alleyway in Burma Colony looking out to the Adyar River between houses.

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15) Darn, just as I was taking this image of the colorful warrior, Bearista Bear jumped in the foreground with the auto-focus on him and blurring the background. Oh well.

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16) Angala Easwari Muneeswarar Aalayam – Click Me

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17) Veludharan. Stay alert.

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18) Dec 2015 flooding (water-logging) brought the Adyar River 12′ above the already 15′ banks. Click and watch the video.  The trash shown here is what’s left from the terrible flooding.

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19) Here at the start of the photowalk, a local temple provided very colorful, highly textured idols.

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20) Of course, one trash pile becomes another’s treasure or meal in this case. Along the Aydar River in Burma Colony, post Dec-15 Big Flood.

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21) The same local temple with three in a row.

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22) A different, drive-in temple. Here this Devotee is leaving after completing his plan.

Shri Aadhi Para Sakthi Temple – Konnur Chennai

Here I am in South India in the state of Tamil Nadu absorbing the cultural richness of people, festivals, colors and anything else one sees around the corner.

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the story we witnessed at Shri Aadhi Para Sakthi Temple

 

 
Had a chance to visit a small, local residential Amman Temple in Konnur this morning.  People were extremely friendly and as usually asked that I take their photograph – what an honor

The Gold Star is the location of the temple, see below.  The physical temple may be small at 80sqm, yet the local families make a small temple large with heart.

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Faces of Shri Aadhi Para Sakthi Temple
Images of Giving Personal Penance
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Leftovers from Aalayamman Temple in Teynampet

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August, the month of Adi for the Goddess Laki Amman Festival.

Image Gallery – Fujifilm Color and B&W ACROS Film Simulation