Golden Triangle – Day 2 in Jaipur, Rajasthan

Jaipur, Rajasthan

Started off Day 2 with a drive north from the hotel thru the city stopping first at the South Gate to the Jaipur, “The Pink City”.

The color is more a Jaipur Peach, but okay it’s a Jaipur Pink.  See Featured Image.

Here are some images from our travels thru the city.

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Here’s a Gallery of Jaga Shiromani Temple Images:

Ventured up to Amer Fort.  Here’s a Gallery of Images from looking up, within and looking out:

Off to Agra to the NE, the home of the Taj Mahal.  More tomorrow.

St Thomas Mount Church Photowalk

We arrived after a short climb to the top of the hill, St Thomas Mount Church.  Couldn’t resist the sunrise above the city.  To be brutally honest with myself and you the viewer, I’m burnt-out on sunrise/sunset for a while yet these two images I do enjoy.

Of course being at a prominent church, I took a few shots and used Topaz Impressions for a more artsy look.

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Even though there wasn’t enough sun for IR, still took a few images for this gallery.

Mylapore Kapaleeshawarar Temple – Chariot Festival

In part II of the Mylapore Chariot Festival, let’s shift from viewing people to showing the “Chariot” (Car) in its splendor as it exits the temple garage to travel around the block.  I didn’t stay for the entire event yet being on the rooftop this year was definitely an improvement with different point of views and a safe haven against the crowds.

Chariot Festival Gallery – Color

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Chariot Festival Gallery – Black & White

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Chariot Festival Gallery – Monochrome

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Chariot Festival Gallery – Infrared (720nm)

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Chariot Festival Gallery – Sketchings and Paintings

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Mylapore Kapaleeswarar Temple Festival – Mar 16

Well I got up at 5:00am to be at the Mylapore Temple in readiness for today’s main event.  Luckily I meet up with another PSM member and he took me to an elevated vantage point.

I used my Lumix LX-100 as my primary camera today but as I loaded the RAW files into Lightroom, something happened and the files got corrupt.  Luckily I used my D300S IR converted camera for a few images so at least I’m not empty-handed for the effort today.

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Used Topaz BW Effects for the first time.  Comparing to NIK and MacPhun B&W plug-ins for +s and -s.

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Repeat of the “Featured Image”.  Notice the “flowers” being dropped on the idol.  Those three ropes on the right-hand side are control the “flower-dropper” back and forth.

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Used Topaz BW Effects with VanDyke Filter

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Trying Topaz Lens Effect – Pin Hole Recipe

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Looking forward to Sunday’s Car (Chariot) Festival on Sunday March 20, 7:15am. Last year’s festival was an overwhelming mass of people.

 

Chennai’s Own “Royal Enfield” – The Bullet

India’s coolest motorcycle with it’s own rolling thunder that would bring a smile to even a Harley rider: Royal Enfield

The above “Featured Image” is shot in Infrared at 720nm – Good looking image yet the B&W conversion below is why I believe Infrared rocks with high tonal range and high contrasts.

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PSM Photowalk at Chennai’s Kasimedu Fish Market – Part I

If you’re wondering, PSM stands for the

“Photographic Society of Madras” founded in 1857:

http://www.photomadras.org/

Today’s photowalk began at 6:00am sharp with the yellow-orange sunrise greeting us over the harbor.  Great photo opportunities amongst the fishing boats docked tightly together with their water reflections.  We started at the Green Arrow and walked east then south towards the fish market (at the 2 km marker).  Finishing 2.5 hours later and 3.5+ km walked at the Red Arrow, see map below.

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Here is a gallery of IR B&W images for your review – jump in.  Let me which images are appealing to you the viewer or not.  Feedback is a gift, it’s you/my choice to open it.

Update on Infrared Image Processing

First let me be clear I profess to be no IR expert rather an apprentice sharing his learning experience.  Let’s begin.

After watching Mark Hilliard’s (and others) multiple videos on infrared image processing, I took the suggestion to use Nikon’s native RAW image processor called Nikon Capture NX-D (free download) to get the best white balance.  Getting white balance correct is critical in IR, so take the time to do it right with the right tools.  Neither Lightroom or Photoshop will get you there.  Yes, one could use the DNG profile app for the Camera Calibration Profile yet I have found it’s not enough.

This workflow applies to those using Nikon Camera shooting in RAW format.  Similar approaches can be found for native RAW processors for Canon, Sony, …

Let me take you through step by step explaining as I go along.  My workflow may not be the most efficient yet in the end it has been effective for me.  I’m open to enhancements and efficiency changes so those who know, let me know.

  • Nikon RAW file (.nef) opened in Nikon Capture NX-D.  Note: No white balance adjustment at this point.

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  • Here I’ve taken the WB dropper in a small area to make the first adjustment to the RAW file.  Wherever I sample, I haven’t seen much of a difference. I picked a neutral gray from my memory of the scene.  For this image I sampled the right-hand vertical wall.

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  • Next I moved over to the right-hand side of the menu to adjust the Master Lightness (like Curves) to pull in the right-hand side thus bringing up the brightness.
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  • Now I convert (like exporting) the file as a .tiff to my Finder for importing into Lightroom which I’ll do Adobe Camera RAW (ACR) as it’s my comfort zone. Finished photo in Lightroom with Basic Edits ready for export to Photoshop.

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  • In Photoshop, I make the A-B Channel Swap (A-Channel: A now 0% and B now 100% then B-Channel: A now 100% and B now 0%) using an Photoshop Action Panel for Infrared Channel Swap.  Plus the Hue/Saturation panel with Cyan selected to put back the blues in the sky.

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  • Now exiting Photoshop back to Lightroom with this image.

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  • In Lightroom, I do some local HSE adjustments and move the image over to NIK Viveza 2 then finish with NIK Dfine 2 for noise reduction.  Here’s the final image to give an idea of the possibilities.

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The End of this IR explanation, Yet never the end to learning so let me know if you other have ways to process IR images.

Today’s Mylapore Heritage Home Photowalk in Chennai, India

Here’s a collection from today’s photowalk.  As the Viewer, let me know your thoughts.  Thanks.

 

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Triptych – What the Heck Is It?

What Is It?

A Triptych (pronounced Trip’tik – did you get it right the first time) is as one would think involves three of something.  In photography (and painting) it’s often referred by as three-panel wall art.  There are no stead fast rules as it’s art.

The Triptych is preceded by a Diptych and followed by a Quadtych, Polyptych which leads to what we know as a Collage.

Two of Many Paths to Take

1) Use a single-image split into three panels image in portrait or landscape position with framing, shadows… added for desired effects.

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2) Take three similar / closely associated images into a single three-panel image in portrait or landscape orientation with effects added to taste.

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At this moment, I like the single image Triptych best.

Funky IR Photography

On my way into and back from work, the morning/evening light provides those special opportunities for capturing the light just so.  Sitting in the backseat with the window down, I’m taking photos along the way on what I call a PhotoDrive, not PhotoWalk.

Here are some more faux color IR images from the “backseat” as I forge ahead into the land of IR.  Next IR in Monochrome.

Roadside Food Stop

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Bus Stop with bench repair.  Note: How a person who dyes their hair now has colored hair in IR.

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Gateway Arches and a Statue.

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Chennai’s “Speaker’s Corner”

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