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2nd Roll Kodak Etkar Film w/Shenhao 617 View Camera

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

Reference this original POST covering my first Shenhao exposures.

Just a quick follow-up note on my next 4 exposures on the Shenhao 617 view camera two weeks ago, always an enjoyment with the lag of getting the film in for development then tiff scans back, i.e. like opening an X-mas gift.

Four Exposure Summary: 2 Exposures focused and well exposed.  1 Exposure well exposed but people movement (walking) causing a blurred motion look as LF lenses are slow, <1/500sec – maybe okay.  1 Exposure blown-out – no clue.

Still acquiring my cadence for a view camera yet find the exposure setting (SS and Aperture) with the Pentax Spot Meter V using Ektar 100 somewhat simple when spotting on Zone 3 for shadow details and shifting 2 stops to Zone 5 with the EV number.  This will change as I get challenged next up with Fujifilm Velvia 50 at four stops of light, low contrast scenes.   I’m ready to get out for more exposures this long weekend.  It’s a 617 weekend.

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Shenhao 6×17 Gallery (3) at the Base of Pen-Y-Fan Mountain in SW Wales

Long Exposure Workshop w/Craig Roberts of e6 YouTube

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

This is my second time with Craig for a “1:1 teaching moment”.  This time the subject is “Long Exposures” under various conditions from full sun to full rain and everything in between, i.e. this is Britan.
Raining kittens and dogs were the cards we were dealt for the day so one must have an umbrella to cover the filters as you can’t use your air bulb blower fast enough to remove the raindrops.  Take Note: Need a tripod attachment to hold an umbrella as Craig wouldn’t be there next time in the rain.
The focus of this workshop was the use of  Neutral Density (ND) Filters, i.e. Polarizer 2 Stops, Little Stopper – 6 Stops, Big Stopper – 10 Stops and Super Stopper – 15 Stops in conjunction with 0.6 / 0.9 Graduated Filters to balance the light from the sky and the ground.
Note: Interesting to see how long exposure photography brought to the surface various camera functions unseen before.  Need to study up.

Long Exposure Location – The City of Manchester (Recognize the Manchester United Stadium above?)

Given the architectural shapes, textures, leading lines… combined with the water and clouds, The Lowery area at Salford Quays was an ideal location.
Craig has great insight to understand what you should consider, no matter what your skill level.

Previous Post on Cityscapes in Birmingham          

Website: Craig Roberts Photography – e6

YouTube Channel: e6 Vlogs

Lee Filters Phone App

Experience

In short, we learn thru doing and regretfully experiencing errors, i.e. Things Gone Wrong.  We then turnaround with proper actions to mitigate errors in the future.  I look forward to my future w/o errors.

My Long Exposure Check List – Work in Progress  (Critical in Bold)

Tripod

  • Ensure the tripod is level
  • Mount your camera for the horizontal or vertical shot

Camera

  • Change to Manual focus.
  • Stay in AF in Aperture Priority for now
  • Turn off the Long Exposure Noise Reduction as it doubles your exposure time.  Can address noise later if an issue or get a better body/sensor.

Composition

  • Determine composition using a 1×1 Square format (RAW still at 3:2 and JPEG at 1:1)
  • Lock down the panning knob on tripod

Focus/Initial Exposure

  • Set lowest ISO allowed
  • Set Aperture Sweet Spot:  For me f/8, maybe f/11
  • Manually focus with Focus Peaking while zoomed in.
  • Focus 1/3 into the composition in the single point focusing mode
  • Take your base shot noting the SS, shutter speed
  • Check histogram for use of ND Grads
  • Write down the SS as you will forget once you add the ND Filter (6S-10S-15S)

ND Grads

  • Base Guideline:
    • Sun is behind you, 1 stop (polarizer is 2 stops)
    • Sun is to your left or right, 2 stops (0.6 Grad)
    • Sun is in front of you, 3 stops (0.9 Grad)
    • (Can always check exposure for SS on foreground to background (sky) to compare stops of difference)
  • Soft or Hard:  Plain unobstructed horizon = Hard, obstructed with vertical objects = Soft

Placing ND Grads in Filter Holder

  • With the filter holder off the camera, place the ND Grad on the front slot pushing 1//4 of the way down.
  • Go to the front of the camera to place the holder on the adapter.  Why to ensure proper placement and full engagement of both the fixed side and spring-loaded wedge.Will position using the live view in the camera.
  • Slide the Grad up/down watching the clouds and histogram change.  Tilt left or right for the proper horizon line
  • Carefully set aside

ND Filters (2-Stop, 6-Stop, 10-Stop and 15-Stop)

  • Base Guideline:
    • Little Stopper to blur people and movement at 1-3s
    • Big Stopper to blur water and/or clouds for 30s to 1min
    • Super Stopper to blur clouds w/o water for 2-4min
  • Use Lee Filters Little-Big-Super Stopper App setting the SS that you wrote down to determine what the long exposure time is against the 3 options.
  • Given what exposure time you desire, select the proper Stopper, i.e. 6S, 10S, or 15S.

Placing the ND & Stopper in the Filter Holder

  • First, check your composition and SS for the base exposure.  Still the same.
  • If not, will need to use the app for the long exposure time.
  • Slide the Stopper of choice in the front slot (usually a hard push) until the foam in centered for sealing against light

Placing the Holder with Filters on the Camera’s Adapter Ring

  • First, switch to the full-manual mode to avoid the Auto-Focus hunting.
  • Go to the front of the camera to place the holder on the adapter. with Grad & ND.  Why to ensure proper placement and full engagement of both the fixed side and spring-loaded wedge.
When the filter holder is partially engaged with the adapter as placed from the rear of the camera, you have a false sense of security.  When you tip the camera with the holder on, off it goes to the ground.  Not pretty.

Camera

  • Recall the base exposure SS.  Did you write it down?
  • The Lee Filters App provide the long exposure time vs. which Stopper.  What is the long exposure time?  (Note: Can be off +- 2/3 of a Stop)
  • Install your remote control cable or mechanical shutter release
  • Change to “Bulb – B” mode for your shutter speed
  • Did you switch to full manual to avoid AF hunting?
  • Press and hold (or slide up) the remote watching the time count up in seconds… to your chosen long exposure time.
  • Release when the long exposure targeted time is reached.
  • Look at the JPEG preview’s “Histogram,
    • Any right-hand clipping of the Highlights?  If yes, a shorter time is required.
    • Is histogram pushed to the edge of the Highlights (RD Side)?  If not, a longer time is required.
    • Experiment with various times as the Lee Filters App is directional in nature and you must flavor to taste.

Removing the ND & Stopper in the Filter Holder

  • Again, go to the front of the camera and remove filter holder / filter set.
  • Pull out the filters and replace in your holder one by one.
  • Fingerprints and/or rain drops – Need to address later with a proper cleaning.

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My First Long Exposure Gallery

Wales: Pen-Y-Fan Mountain Day 1

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

Pen-Y-Fan Mountain

in the Brecon Beacons National Park

Here’s a slight diversion: Brecon Steam Engine Railway Ride

Wales: My Ancestry – Mother’s Side
Dead Center via Apple Maps – Easy Drive w/90% Divided Highway.  Birmingham is off to the Northeast

Visualize Your Walk Around the RED LINE

A moderate trek covering 4 miles in 2.5 hours, red line.

Hipstamatic iPhone App Images

Shenhao 617: Getting Set Up with Lens, Composition, Focus, and Image Exposure
Shenhao 617: Image Taken Looking Up the Path to the Top Covered in Clouds
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I arrived at Pen-Y-Fan ~8a after leaving Birmingham at 6a, do the math.  The forecast was for rain at Pen-Y-Fan yet knowing the weather is an hour-by-hour thing here in the UK, I went for it.  It did rain but a slow drizzle which let up for awhile for me to get a few images.  The top of the mountain was blanketed in clouds so I came home to return Sunday.

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Next Post – Wales: Pen-Y-Fan Mountain Day 2

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Pen-Y-Fan Gallery – Saturday 5/13

Pen-Y-Fan Gallery – Sunday 5/14

Next Post: Wales: Pen-Y-Fan Mountain Day 1

Cityscapes Workshop – 1:1 With Craig Roberts in Birmingham

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

My photography checklist of things to do had a “1:1 teaching moment with a Professional Photographer”.  The list is now checked, i.e. Craig Roberts.
The focus of this workshop for me was the use of graduated / polarizer filters given the constant on and off again gray cloudy skies to sunny skies. Grads help pull out the details and balance the light to avoid blowing out the highlights.  Next, Neutral Density (ND) filters for long exposures with some Polarizing effects thrown in for fun …
Craig has great insight to understand what you should consider, no matter what your skill level.

Website: Craig Roberts Photography – e6

YouTube Channel: e6 Vlogs

My Personal Take-Aways  (Top Three in Bold)

– Get it right in-camera first, minimize the processing.

Shoot 1:1 Square aspect ratio for improved composition.  PS No need to turn the camera for those vertical compositions – right?

– One camera, one lens – get it right.

– Landscapes: Use the Fuji GF670 for 6×7 (almost 4×5 AR) to master manual exposure with metering the scene ahead of bringing out the big guns, i.e. Shenhao 6×17 view camera.

– Velvia 50:  Meter the highlights (VII) and let the shadows fall for high contrast range.

Cityscapes: As with Landscapes look for the foreground, mid-ground and background, i.e. not just a landscape thing.

– Look for the abstract with minimalist application

– Look up and back

Lee Filters Seven5 SystemGrads (Hard or Soft) : Back -1 Stop, Sides – 2 Stops and Front – 3 Stops, i.e. 0.9, 0.6. and 0.3

– Avoid G.A.S. (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) and don’t get hooked on Olympus’ 5-axis stabilization…

– Tripods: Spikes needed for landscape, Carbon Fiber too light for the UK winds – agree…

– Zoom-In to fill the frame for 100-300mm focal lengths shooting in color and B&W

– Rules of the Road: Photography on a Public Footprint is Okay, Private Footprint is Not Okay.  Got asked at the Grand Central not to shoot on 2nd floor as considered private.  That’s okay as today I went by and got a written okay to photography on the 2nd floor.  No questions asked and nobody bothered me given me little pass.

– Watch the histogram even though it’s tiny in the Fuji during in-camera composition.  Use for placing the Grad to see the highlights drop in balancing the light.

– Sell on eBay my fun lenses: Lensbaby, Fisheye

– A G.A.S. Thought: 18-55mm Fuji lens vs changing primes

– Get my ONA sling bag from China to the UK

– Craig likes two cubes of sugar or 12 tiny sleeves of sugar in his white coffee.  No tea allowed.

– The Selfridges structure has endless compositions, that’s okay – go for it.

– Later, I dropped into the City of Birmingham’s Library.  Decided to join the Library (largest in EU so they say) and asked about what’s up with the construction area in front.  The Library Desk Man said it will be trees, fountains, lights….  An elderly lady (probably my age) let us know her take was a conspiracy theory, i.e.the City Council is reducing the large areas to avoid future protests…  hmmm.

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e6 Photowalk Gallery

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Last Dance

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Good-bye Chennai

I thought it appropriate to have my Last Dance (Photowalk) here in Chennai around Mylapore knowing that it’s a bustling city at sunrise.  We were surprised as we turned down Chitrakulam West Street to see the Sri Audikesava Perumal Peylar Temple (RED X) holding its local Car Festival, pulling the Temple Car (Chariot / Cart).
The Temple Car was being decorated for a 7:15am Pooja followed by a 7:30am towing around the block.  We waited through the hour of preparation capturing the daily lives of the locals, the way Street Photography should be.
 
The more prestigious Car Festival in Mylapore is this April 8th at the Arulmigu Kapaleeswarar Temple with 10s of 1000s of people in attendance.  I headed for the roof last year to witness the event from up high.
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Car Festival Gallery – VSSR Applied

“Three Idols on Parade”.  Here is one of the rare times during the year Idols are taken from their enclave and paraded around for all to see and worship.
“Up We Go”. The task now to load up the Idols upon the “Car”, i.e. Cart / Chariot…
“First a Pooja”.  Fire, Bells, Incense, Melons, Colors… the Priests Pray (Pooja) to their Hindu Idols.
“Loaded Up and Ready to Go”.  Everything is set, now waiting for the Auspicious Time to arrive.  Time for one last call.
“The Band Played On”.  Loud yet foot stomping music to the heart.
“Lone Trumpeter”.  South Indian Tamil Nadu people always have a smile in their hearts.  My job is to bring to the surface and document it.

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:

** Corrected Already **

** 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.

Tamil Nadu Fort and Temple Run 2016-11-05

Welcome to Dashan Sheying where my photographic journey continues with a road trip down southwest into the state of Tamil Nadu, India for a Fort (1) and Temple (3) Run.  I’d appreciate your patronage in following via email alerts, i.e. FOLLOW button RH side.

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We left at 3:00am from Chennai and returned at 9:00pm.  The map below shows our route with details tin this link 429 km trip:

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  1. Gingee Fort and Anjaneyar Temple in Gingee, Tamil Nadu
  2. Melmalayanur Temple in Malaiyanur, Tamil Nadu
  3. Arulmigu Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu
  4. Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple and Vellore Fort in Vellore, Tamil Nadu
(1) Image Gallery: Gingee Fort and Anjaneyar Temple
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1) The entrance to Gingee Fort with signs everywhere – Hmmm.  Of course, the standard price jack from Rs15 to Rs400 – even for an Indian Gold Taxpayer.  Yes it irks me, maybe Trump should try this one at our National Parks.
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2) Well, it’s not a Kingfisher as the beak is too short, it’s a ??? – forgot.
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3) Sunrise at Gingee Fort side lake and temple.  Not allowed in until 8:30am to Gingee Fort.  
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4) Temple Tank at Gingee Fort with 8mm fisheye lens – works after perspective distortions removed in Lightroom.
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5)  This is the “Gymnasium” at Gingee Fort – amazing the size.  Again put my fisheye to work.  Cool.
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6) Archways at Gingee Fort – Many to Photograph
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7) With a Monochrome treatment.
(2) Image Gallery: Melmalayanur Temple
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8)  Sunlight caught as it begins to descend for the evening.
(3) Image Gallery: On the Road Fun
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9)  Took this image one purpose of demonstrating the confound factors of the Indian wiring skill set which is required to decipher the maze of wires so you can attach yours.
(4) Image Gallery: Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple and Vellore Fort
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10) Vellore Fort horse at rest.
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11) Vellore Fort Temple Tower Entrance.

Iron Men & Brick Women of Chennai

Thanks for dropping by again.  This time, I want to provide some insight into two scences which I pass every day going to lunch and headed home, i.e. The Iron Men and Brick Women of Chennai.

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Iron Men of Chennai

For over 15 years these Iron Men have been forging iron rebar tools for local construction workers, e.g. Metro Subway.  They live on the sidewalks and on the street where jurisdiction gets confusing and without consequence given bureaucracy at work.  Yet they serve the need to keep construction moving along in Chennai.

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1)  Here as the coals are stoked by the air fan, the rebar is being heated (sparks flying) ahead of being forged, i.e. pounded and pounded.
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2)  Time to pound and forge the steel into the shapes you desire.  Move quickly before it cools.
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3) Don’t forget the guy who prepares the coal to precise sizes for the perfect heat.
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4)  Around in circles at a slow, steady rate to keep the coals burning hot, real hot.
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5)  In the end, steel is forged in the shape desired thru the brute force of a hammer slung by the Iron Men of Chennai.

Brick Women of Chennai

For R450/day from 10a to 5p these women of all ages, mostly old pound bricks with a ball peen hammer weighing `10 oz or less.  Thus to attain the force required to bust the brick into chunks requires a powerful swing.  I continue to witness that women here in India do all the heavy lifting – a strong . The use and performance of concrete made with broken brick as

The use and performance of concrete made with broken brick as coarse aggregate are quite extensive and satisfactory for ordinary concrete here in India.

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6)  The number o women pounding away on a particular day varies from 3 to 10 with a total of 40 employed.
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6)  Here the truck/lorry has arrived to take the processed bricks away.  Those steel pans sure have taken a beating yet still do the job.
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7)  Wondering what I’m doing.  Had to do a lot of talking first to break the ice with their boss ahead of taking pictures.  Plan to stop by with some snacks as a way of saying thanks.
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8)  Finishing with a B&W depicting the never-ending process of brick breaking to be done as over the 3 years I’ve witnessed them every day pushing forward for the next load to bust.

 

 

Reminder – Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk Here in Chennai Saturday 10/1

There’s still time to sign-up for the photowalk:  Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk Sign-up.
Please join us on Saturday October 1st at 6:00am in George Town, Chennai.
Back on Sunday Sept 4th, we took a pre-photowalk in surveying the landscape and people we will encounter – it’s a great diversity of colors, smiles, fruits, vegetables, rickshaws, people – young and old…
Here’s our route: FullSizeRender
Here’s a previous post explaining the photowalk route we will take on 10/1.

https://dashansheying.net/2016/09/04/george-town-chennai-photowalk-2016-09-04/

See you there as we start at 6:00am sharp.  As my old friend would say: What time does a 6:00 am photowalk start?  We know the answer don’t we.
Thanks, Stuart
SK WW PW Host and Leader

 

 

Ganesha Immersion at Foreshore Estate Beach 2016-09-11

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography

(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

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Transitioning from a Nikon D810 to Fujifilm XPro-2 Rangefinder Camera with Fujinon Lenses, see Gear/SW Page.
Please enjoy the images and stories they tell from our life and times in South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).
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The Ganesh(a) Festival ends with an immersion into the sea after being worshipped over a period of days at home and/or local temple.  A final pooja (prayer) is perfomred ahead of immersion.

Here, I’ve captured a local temple with a 30′ pineapple Ganesha and the sequence of immersion into the sea at Foreshore Estate Beach in Chennai.

Local Pineapple Ganesha

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At a T-Intersection near work, there’s a small, local temple which erected a “Pineapple Ganesha”. I had to stop and take a shot of the morning traffic jam of people on foot, bike, two-wheeler, car, truck… going to work. This image is processed in Fujifilm Velvia film simulation giving the bright rich colors and shot with an 8mm fisheye lens.
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“Pineapple Ganesha”. Look at the detail involved in putting this together with the lines of the trunk, the RH broken tusk used to write a book by Ganesha… Well Done. PS Haven’t figured out how the “eye” is made.
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Here individual and/or family terra-cotta Ganesha from Monday’s home Pooja sit next to the Pineapple Ganesha waiting for a ride to the sea and immersion.
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Sometimes the best image is behind you, just look. Here with my 8mm fisheye, I caught this bus passing as I turned around. Not until I saw the image in LR did I realize the reflection I captured. Cool.

Immersion Photowalk Route

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An interesting route I took around the beach and cranes watching trucks arriving with Ganesha immersed. Yes, I got wet to my knees getting the shot.

Ganesha Immersion Sequenced

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Thr trucks arrive from all over Chennai’s neighborhood temples and line up for “Ganesha Disembarkment”. Here volunteers assist the temple devotees. If the Ganesha is too large, then the crane is used to lift it up and out to the beach.
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Here the Ganesha is off-loaded and carried by 6-8 devotees to the sea’s edge for a final Pooja ahead of immersion.
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This hand erected wooden tower for police surveillance as the crowds grow is being used my 5 boys intensely watching the event. What memories are made of.
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A VanDyke Brown image showing as the crane drops of its prize, i.e. a huge black and gold Ganesha.
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The Purple / Yellow colors pop with Fujifilm’s Velvia film simulation applied. Another Ganesha being off-loaded for immersion.
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This larger paper mache Ganesha statue is being whisked thru the air to the edge of the sea.
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Here’s one of two cranes used all day to off-load 2,615 Ganesha for immersion, i.e. the local police’s limit for immersion. Again an 8mm fisheye lens. Distortion is just part of the story.
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Here a local fisherman’s boat is used to take the Ganesha far out into the sea by three adventurers.
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This Velvia Film simulation has lovely colors and detail. My favorite image depicting the final moments before immersion.
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Here a temple devotee takes this smaller Ganesha to sea, isn’t he having fun. – all smiles.
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Immersion complete as the waves come in to finish the work.
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Oh yes, some of these paper mache Ganesha statues fall apart with body parts being used in a joyful way for the Immersion.

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 10/1 in Chennai, India

ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear Friends,

I will be leading a photowalk in George Town area and hope you’ll be able to join us.  Time: 6:00a-8:00a Sharp.

Photowalk Details and Sign-Up

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Sunrise Offshore

Thank you for stopping by again for another photoblog post depicting my times in here in South India.  If you choose (and we wish you will) to keep updated, please “FOLLOW” along.

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Thank you for stopping by, please enjoy the images and the story behind the scenes as we headed offshore for sunrise at 4:45a, i.e. Blue Hour at 5:35a.

 

Route Taken

Sea Route

 

 

 

I’ve never seen such a full, intense sunrise with the impromptu fishing fleet headed to sea making great silhouettes.

The whispering clouds streaked across the slowly emerging blue sky.

 

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Rail-Fanning in India

Welcome to my latest  post on Rail-Fanning and “Follow” my photoblog to keep abreast of the latest postings.

Last Sunday I headed south of Chennai to Kolavai Lake at 4:00am for a sunrise shot over the lake at 5:30am.  We parked the car near a temple where already at 5:15am they were getting ready for a wedding event – auspicious time driven.

We headed for the lake first walking under the flyover (elevated roadway) then over an abandoned railroad track and headed towards a (manual) railway crossing including a local crossing guard who gave us our set of final directions.  We turned left down the track for 300m to reach an opening on the lakeside.  We kept to the left most set of three tracks given it’s used for switching, i.e. non-active.  All this was in the pitch dark with a little flashlight showing the path.  An interesting walk to say the least while maneuvering around meadow muffins.

After taking images of the sunrise (see below) we hung out watching the trains pass by, first at a slow speed around the bend then accelerating in the straight.  Took the chance to do some rail-watching (rail-fanning) with people living on the edge, or actually hanging out over the edge of the train.

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There is something special about rail watching as even with what we consider today as low-tech makes us slowdown and enjoy old-time travel the way is should be.  Who doesn't love a steam engine.

The US has no real rail service worth mentioning other than the Amtrak northern route with adventures like this one to Yosemite National Park.  In Australia, I took the rail for travel to and from work then into Sydney on the weekends.  Of course we know European and British railways are efficient / effective yet here in India it has a flavor of its own.  Love it.

Here are some images in IR, Non-IR, Color and B&W processed with the previous mentioned Digital / Color Zone system plus seasoned to taste with Topaz Lab.

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Laowa 15mm f/4 Macro Lens – First Time Out

Had my first serious outing with this new macro lens.  Yes it has soft edges and fringing yet what it captures is very unique.

Getting true 1:1 requires a 5mm distance from the subject and when combined with a large DOF (say f/22) becomes a true challenge for any photographer hand-held, i.e.  subjects fly off and getting good focus requires precise back and forth movement.

At the end of the day, it's about getting out and having fun which this manual certainly provides.  Recommended for those fun seeking photographers.

This first image with the green fluorescent flying bug (name??) was an exciting moment so without hesitation I moved in as I couldn’t wait for the bug to pose.

FYI – Threw in two images using Topaz Impressions for an artistic painted look.

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Off Topic – Bus Stop Seat Heights

Welcome to my photoblog.  Today we’re off topic to reveal the variation observed in Chennai Bus Stop seat heights.  Why?  As a photographer one observers the light, determines the subject, creates the composition,… which is the art of “seeing”.

Over my 40 years in the Quality profession, I’ve been challenged to get the mean (average) on target to the standard while reducing the variation (standard deviation) whether it was a product dimension, a business process output or a production process parameter.  This has influenced me as to how I see the world.

As my eyes wander whether on a production shopfloor or the back seat of a vehicle, I’m always observing the environment and its variation.  One item that caught my attention is the varying heights of bus stop seats.

The variation seen for Chennai bus stop seat heights is only “a reflection of Chennai’s unique character” which by the act of variation, creates those wrinkles of interest forming our Chennai memories.  
Thanks for the memories.

I’ve observed the full spectrum of people waiting at Chennai bus stops with their “knees up in one’s torsal”, “legs in a full dangle” and “leaning against the seat” as it was too high to sit.

So I set out to understand the statistics of this issue with the premise that there must be assignable cause to the high variation and not just common cause variation one would observe in a normal distribution.

Extreme 1:  11″ Height in Action

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Extreme 2:  36″ Height in Action

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The “Stats”

1)Frequency Count, Sample n=40

Frequency Count With Outlier

2)Summary Statistics

Given a p-Value of 0.013, the data failed the test for normality – not a normal distribution as the value is not > 0.050.  There must be a special cause driving the

Mean 22.14′, StdDev 4.52, Min 11″, Median 22.5″ Max 36″

Statistical Summary With Outlier

Short Poll

Inferences and Conclusion

I Googled the ergonomic dimensions for bench set heights finding a 17″-19″ targeted range.  
If we accepted 18″ as our target then the 4″ shift on the sample average with a range of  25″ leads one to conclude we have special cause(s) at work as confirmed by a low p-value for normality.  This variation is not normal.
I leave the root cause of the special variation to the readers.

Post Script

After finishing this post, we found even a shorter bench seat height of 10″ for which I didn’t re-do the statistics.  Is there one taller than 36″?

 

Next Adventure – Indian’s Golden Triangle

Plans are set and we’re pumped to head out on a six-day holiday to navigate Indian’s Golden Triangle: Delhi, Jaipur and Agra.

Yes, this is an one-hundred percent tourist adventure where we can expect hoards of people yet still ahead of summer vacation.  Since we’ve arranged a dedicated driver w/Innova, we should be able to deviate the plan in a spontaneous manner as the need arises.

I’ve bolded/italicized those sites where I look forward to capturing some great images with an embedded link for those unfamiliar with the site.  As usual, I struggle with what camera gear to bring knowing the KISS principle applies, i.e. Keep It Simple Stuart. :))   [D810, Tamron 15-30mm, Nikkor 24-70mm and Nikkor 70-300mm should do]

For those who know the Golden Triangle, what should we focus on, what should we skip, did we miss a site, what should we buy that’s special…

Leave your comment below.  Thanks.

Day 1: Chennai-Delhi

Arrive Delhi from Chennai.  Relax, recovery and get ready.

Day 2: Delhi-Jaipur

We focus our first tourist day on Old Delhi with these sites: Rajghat, Shantivan, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and Chandi Chowk.  We’ve visited Delhi before yet no time allocated for Old Delhi as we checked out the many sites in the National Capital Region area.  Playing catch-up here.

After sight-seeing, we drive 280 kms (5+ hours) to Jaipur the capital city for the state of Rajasthan.  Jaipur is the “Pink City” for it’s 20 ft wall city with eight gates.

In the evening, we’re off to the ethnic village of Chokhidhani for a sit down dinner with entertainment.

Day 3: Jaipur

This will be a tourist day with bazaar shopping opportunities. Sites included Amber Fort, City Palace Museum, Janatar Mantar Observatory, Hawa Mahal – Palace of the Winds, Jauhari Bazaar, Bapu Bazaar and Nehur Bazaar.

Day 4: Jaipur-Agra

We leave first thing in the morning for a drive to Agra stopping at Fatehpur Sikria deserted red-sandstone city.  Another 24o km roadtrip around 5+ hours.

As we arrive in Agra, we hope to catch the Taj Mahal at sunset (~18:27) from its backside, i.e. north across the river at Mughal Garden.

Day 5: Agra

Taj Mahal at sunrise (~06:25) and sunset (~18:28) with all the time in between as this is on the “bucket list” of millions.  Have to take time and do it right.  We’re sure there’ll be sufficient “bazaar” time for those special souvenirs.

Day 6: Agra-Delhi-Chennai

We pack up and head towards Delhi Airport 225 km away for flight back home to Chennai.  Maybe there’ll be time for a great sunrise at Taj Mahal before we hit the road.  Along the way,  we stop at Agra Fort.

Viewer Poll on the Taj Mahal

Go ahead, don’t be shy.  Now it the planning stages for a Bhutan adventure in September.

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