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(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

Happy Holi Everyone.  It’s colored-powder time with a splash of water – enjoy.

This post reveals one of the most beautiful, intricate flowers I’ve seen here in India.  It’s from the Couroupita guianensis, i.e. Cannonball Tree.
Get the Wikipedia rundown here
Often you see this tree in the temples as sometimes its striking flower is referred to as the Lingam Flower given its resemblance to the Snake of Shiva with its yellow teeth and Lingam as its tongue.
VSSR Applied.
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Gallery – VSSR AppliedDaShanSheYing-2756

 

Wrapping it Up in India

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography

(Dashan Sheying –大山摄影)

It’s been three years in Chennai and I’ve only seen the tip of the “Indian Iceberg” (Paradoxical to relate the coldness of an iceberg to the three-season scenario enjoyed in South India, i.e. Hot, Hotter and Hottest.) relative to what India has to offer, especially for photographers and travel enthusiasts.
Yet, over this time I’ve journeyed from the technical side of photography by fine tuning my techniques and now discovering the elusive craft and art beyond snapshots.
As you get older, you begin to have thoughts that would have never percolated in your youth, e.g. I know so little and now in the Fall of my Life, I have so much to learn.  This has been the driving factor in my photographic journey which has expanded my technical left brain with improved techniques and now challenges my artistic right brain.  A humongous challenge yet like learning Photoshop it’s one tool at a time, one step at a time…
Let me share my recent VSSR images of late in no particular order.
The good news is I have 4 rolls of exposed 120 film ready to head to the US for development and scanning.  It’s like an opening an X-mas present every time the scans arrive (~2-week turnaround).
PS Debating if I should attend the Holi Festival in Sowcarpet, Chennai on Monday 3/13 as the images can be very colorful.

Note: Value-Shape-Separate-Relate is the artistic image processing approach by John R. Tuttle.  I highly suggest you follow John on Instagram or Facebook to get an appreciation for his wonderful fine art images and available archival prints. VSSR is explained here in an earlier post which provides the thinking and image processing approach.

Patronage: Please “Follow” along as our adventure ends in India then over to China and later in the U.K.  Comments, Likes, Dislikes… always welcomed here.

Gallery – VSSR Applied

“Pink Ladies”  Shoot at the Georgetown Flower Market in Chennai, India

“Orange Welcome”   A Besant Nagar, Chennai Photowalk image.

“Red Fingers”   A Besant Nagar, Chennai Photowalk image.

“House of Colors”   A Besant Nagar, Chennai Photowalk image.

“Mellow Yellow”  A Besant Nagar, Chennai Photowalk image.

“Temple Guardian”   A Besant Nagar, Chennai Photowalk image.

“Rust Bucket”   A Besant Nagar, Chennai Photowalk image.

“Purple Morning Haze”   A Besant Nagar, Chennai Photowalk image.

“Temple Tank Float”   A walkabout at the Arulmigu Parthasarathyswamy Temple in Triplicane, Chennai.

“Look Away”  Photowalk at Georgetown, Chennai.

“Pointer-Outer”  Photowalk at Georgetown, Chennai.

“Opposites”  Photowalk at Georgetown, Chennai.

“Morning Read”  Photowalk at Georgetown, Chennai.

“Three Amigos”  Photowalk at Georgetown, Chennai.

“Just for Fun”  Photowalk at Georgetown, Chennai.

VSSR Image Processing Continues

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography (Dashan Sheying –大山摄影) and Happy  Chinese “Lunar” New Year  – Year of the Rooster.  

I continue down the VSSR journey with digital / film images from Varanasi, India and Xi’an, China today.  VSSR is explained here in an earlier post which provides the thinking and image processing approach.

Note: Value-Shape-Separate-Relate is the artistic image processing approach by John R. Tuttle.  I highly suggest you follow John on Instagram or Facebook to get an appreciation for his wonderful fine art images and available archival prints.

Disclaimer:  By no means do I claim to possess the mastery of an Artist Eye nor have highly skilled touch in Photoshop so I push myself to improve the images I create.

Patronage: Please “Follow” along as our adventure in India, later China and maybe UK continues.

Varanasi, India Gallery – Medium Format Film w/6×17 Pinhole and Fuji GF670

Varanasi, India Gallery – Fuji X-Pro2 Digital

Xi’an, China Gallery – Fuji X-Pro2 Digital

Value-Shape-Separate-Relate (VSSR)

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography (Dashan Sheying –大山摄影).

Happy “Calendar” New Year 2017.  Why would I say this?  Well, we have another two pending New Year celebrations in the form of the Chinese “Lunar” New Year on 1/28, followed in April by the Tamil “Solar” New Year.  Which to follow?  All of course.

It’s been awhile since my last post as I took a holiday break combined with some deep learnings from John R. Tuttle. I highly suggest you follow John on Instagram or Facebook to get an appreciation for his wonderful fine art images and available archival prints.  VSSR is the artistic image processing approach by John R. Tuttle.

I’d like to share my experience in developing my artistic eye and shifting to my RH-brain when processing a photograph.  In particular,  the use of Photoshop just as a painter envisions and creates his image on canvas.

Disclaimer:  By no means do I claim to possess the mastery of an Artist Eye nor have highly skilled touch in Photoshop, rather I push myself with a strong desire and embedded curiosity to improve the images I create.

Patronage: Please “Follow” along as our adventure in India and later China continues.

I pulled out an old PDF File on Art that I acquire from Les Saucier as my first Master in The Arcanum.

VSSR in a Nut Shell
  • Determine Tonal “Values”
  • Find the Big “Shapes”, Not Details
  • “Separate” the Shapes by Contrast Range
  • “Relate” the Shapes to Each Other
1. The Simple Secret to Better Painting by Greg Albert

I dusted off an old PDF File on understanding the golden rule(s) of Art that I acquired from Les Saucier , my first Master in The Arcanum.  I would suggest you take a brief read yet stop and read Chapter 5 two times on Tonal Value and Contrast.

The Simple Secret to Better Painting

2. Key Highlights of Chapter 5 on Tonal Value and Contrast

Values

  • Lights and dark contribute more to the success of a photography than any other factor, including color.
  • Value contrasts attract and entertain the viewer making any part of the photograph an eye magnet.
  • Points of contrast provide touchstones for the eye as it scans the photograph.
  • Lights and Darks in your photograph must be at least consciously considered if not deliberately planned.
  • Think of Value Scale as a series of grays from black to white, i.e. Zone System.

Shapes

  • Seeing your scene as a simplified pattern of lights and darks.
  • See the subject as a pattern made up of value shapes.
  • Look at your subject, not as a group of things that can be named, but as a pattern.
  • Think Dark or Light Shapes.
  • What an object is is not as important as its shape and value.

Patterns

  • Reduce your subject to a few big shapes.
  • Simplify the subject into a pattern of shapes then turn the pattern of shapes into a pattern of values.
  • Reduce the subject to three values: Black, Gray, and White.  Most subjects reduce themselves to three values.
  • Maybe to five values adding Light Gray and Dark Gray thus adding distinctions to make the identity of your subject matter clearer.
  • Once you start thinking about your photograph as a pattern of value areas, you can check to see if that pattern format an effective composition.

Graduation

  • Value Contrast is a great technique for attracting the viewer’s attention, Gradation of a Value is a great technique for retaining it.
  • Graduation is the gradual change of tonal value from light to dark over distance.
  • The Gradual Change in Tonal Value in the foreground pulls the eye into the photograph.
  • A Value Area having both Contrast and Graduation attracts and retains the viewer’s attention, creates depth in the photograph and helps focus the eye on the center of interest.
  • Value Changes Within Shapes: Graduations of each Shape go back and forth between light and dark.

Notan

  • Harmony With Value Contrast: The Japanese word “Notan” by Arthur Dow expresses the beauty and harmony of darks and lights balanced together or interacting in what Japanese called Visual Music.
  • The concept of Notan includes figure-ground relationships formed by dark shapes against light or light shapes against dark.
  • Notan combines all that makes shape and value contrast interesting: variety dimension, concavity and convexity, interlocking figure-ground ambiguity and dramatic opposition
  • All the shapes both positive and negative must be interesting shapes in themselves with varying intervals.  Their interaction should create harmony and balance.
  • Values Help Define the Subject: Soft and hard, smooth and rough, light and dark can all contrast to make a seemingly simple picture one of subtle mystery.
3.  VSSR Workflow in Lightroom / Photoshop
In Lightroom (or Adobe Camera Raw):
1) Basic Tone and Color Adjustments
2) Distraction Removal (or in Photoshop)
In Photoshop:
3a)  Visual determine the Large Shapes.  Usually 2-3.
3b) Using Selection and Masking tools, create a separate layer mask for each of the 2-3 large shapes to which we will adjust tonal values to separate the shapes.
3c) For each layer selection, add adjustment layers that as a Clipping Mask for Curves at a minimum. Other adjustment layers to consider adding are Hue/Saturation, Brightness, Vibrance, Gradient…  Suggest not to use Levels as Curves is the superior tool.  Here we are Separating the 2-3 Shapes using contrast with varying Tonal Values.
3d) Then add a Curves Adjustment Layer for the entire image thus getting the Shapes to Relate.
4. Example 1
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Raw File Before Processing in LR – Not a pretty sight but wait as I work the magic of VSSR.

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Here I envisioned two Big Shapes; all the people as one big shape and the inverse as the 2nd big shape.  So I zoomed in with a small brush to select all people one at a time ensuring a proper edge selection. This was my first layer mask which I added a Curves and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers.  Then, copying and inverting the layer mask I have my 2nd big shape of the everything else which again I added a Curves and Hue/Saturation adjustment layers.  

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The Curves and Hue/Saturation adjustment tools were tweaked to taste with first sliding to the extremes then backing off.  Here you see a Curves being applied to the 2nd inverse big shape.

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The final image with a border having a thin black band, thick white band and chop.

5. Example 2
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RAW File Ahead of LR Processing – A So-S0 Look

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After Lightroom basic adjustments plus conversion to B&W in Photoshop, I selected three Big Shapes, i.e. 1) the water, 2) the photographers plus camera and three the shoreline background.  See the three layer masks where the “White” on Black is what is selected.  For B&W, I just added one adjustment layer, i.e. Curves – the most powerful of all tools.

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Here’s a close-up of the Curve Adjustment Tool being applied to the Photographers with the standard S-Curve.

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To finish off the image and “Relate” the three Big Shapes, I applied a Curves Adjustment Layer to the entire image.

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A close -up of the Curves Adjustment Tool.  I could have applied the Brightness – Contrast Tool yet held it in reserve.

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The final image with a two-band border with texture applied in Photoshop.

You-Tube has plenty of videos explaining the Selection and Masking Tool Set available in Photoshop.

Here are a few to get started:

VSSR Gallery  (Let Me State the Big Shapes That I Adjusted Tonal Contrast and Color)

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Big Shapes to Adjust Tonal Values for Separation Then Related Together: 1) The butterfly 2) The flower/bush and 3) The background

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Big Shapes to Adjust Tonal Values for Separation Then Related Together: 1) The young priests walking in file 2) The background sky 3) The background Steps and 4) All the rest.

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Big Shapes to Adjust Tonal Values for Separation Then Related Together: 1) All 5-6 towers 2) The 3 firewood stacks, 3) The water and 4) All the rest.

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Big Shapes to Adjust Tonal Values for Separation Then Related Together: 1) The water 2) The 6 boats 3) The sky and 4) The shoreline with buildings.

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Big Shapes to Adjust Tonal Values for Separation Then Related Together: 1) The water, 2) The two girls, 3) The upper RH wall and 4) All the rest.

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Big Shapes to Adjust Tonal Values for Separation Then Related Together: 1) The man, 2) The structure he is sitting on, 3) The RH vertical wall and 4) All the rest.

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Big Shapes to Adjust Tonal Values for Separation Then Related Together: 1) The center structure plus its reflection, 2) the water, 3) The back wall and ground and 4) All the rest.

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Big Shapes to Adjust Tonal Values for Separation Then Related Together: 1) The man, 2) The RH painting, 3) RH vertical wall and 4) All the rest.

Here John provided some great feedback on his take of the image by filling the frame with the subject, i.e. the man.  I was going for the diagonal glance of the god down on the man yet this is a better composition.  Never stop learning.

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Being able to bounce ideas off each other which in turns helps to level me up, is the rewarding experience for me.  Thanks John.

Hodge-Podge

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography with a Hodge-Podge collection of recent film and digital images.  Effective 2016-12-09, I stopped posting my images on Facebook as this is my homepage. FOLLOW if you like.

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.

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Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Edge 50 Optic

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

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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.

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

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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

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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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”.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

Kasimedu Fishing Harbor – Diptych Instax Street Portraits Plus

Welcome to Big Mountain Photography (Dashan Sheying –大山摄影).

It’s my pleasure to submit to you, the viewer another photo blog post of the life and times here in India.  If you choose to keep updated (and we wish you would), please “FOLLOW” along.

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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 IV – Ghats on the River Ganga

Thank-you for visiting Big Mountain Photography where the Varanasi, India adventure concludes with a visit to 5-6 Ghats and the River Ganga. The Ghats’ uniqueness is the foundation of Varanasi’s strong character.  If you plan on visiting India, please place this city on the top of your list planning a 2-3 day minimum stay.  You will not be disappointed.  Good Luck

PS Bring your camera.  Film cameras preferred.

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High pressure washing away the hardened silt back into the Ganga River only to return next year.

Side Note: In July – August each year, the Monsoon floods rise the water level on the Ganga River 12-14 m higher than what I experienced. There is another ~10m drop to go until the steps rising out of the water revealing the true shoreline.

So every year after the monsoon flood resides, the work of high pressure washing the hardened silt from the Ghat’s steps begins with the cycle repeating year after year as it has for years gone by.

Link to Part I, Intro

Link to Part II, Faces

Link to Part III, Alleyways

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Image Gallery: Ghats on River Ganga
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1) Fuji GF670 Medium Format Camera, Yes Film: These stairs rising from the Ganga River were the most colorful of all.  A fresh paint job in time for the full moon festival the day after I left where 100,000s of people converge.

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2) Fuji GF670 Medium Format Camera, Yes Film:  Wall mural art along the Ghats.

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3) Fuji GF670 Medium Format Camera, Yes Film: The same set of descending stairs now immersed with enthusiastic schoolboys out to make their mark.

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4) Here the family of deceased purchase their wood for the cremation with prices varying on quality and weighed with simple a counterbalance scheme.  Appears the previous buyer had ~80kg of wood purchased visually the weights’ size.

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5) This wall mural struck me immediately as a symbol of death and rebirth at the Cremation Ghat, 1 of several.  A good candidate for a Tatoo Artist.

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6)  Not sure what these Mexican Standoff between two diagonal men, but it did create the leading line I was looking for.

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7) A view from afar of this Cremation Ghat as it’s not appropriate to take photos up close.  Some people did after paying the local operator yet not for me.  I did see a YouTube video where there are photographers (with a small p) whose job it is to take close up photos of the deceased for the family.

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8)  Another view of Cremation Ghat from the Ganga River with a telescopic lens showing one fire ends, one fire underway and another fire starting.  So is death along the Ganga.

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9) A view upstream along the Ghats in the early morning mist.

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10) A Ganga Riverboat waiting for its next voyage.

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11)  The Laundry Ghat with freshly washed clothes from the Ganga River (hand scrubbed and rock-pounded) set to dry on the open steps.

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12) The evening Ganga Aarti in sepias.  A must see event.  There are two simultaneously Aartis underway and adjacent to one another.   I viewed it from off shore on a rowboat yet will try it on shore next time.

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13)  Another close up of the Ganga Aarti.

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14) Early morning cleansing of the soul and body on the Rive Ganga.

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15)  Another view of the Laundry Ghat from off-shore.

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16) Chinese tourists / photographers shooting their big gun Canons and Nikons.  I just had a little Fuji X-Pro2 to compete. 🙂

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17)  Cremations continue 24×7 at this Ghat.  PS I did take a photo of a dead, bloaed cow left to float off-shore on the Ganga.  So is life, so is death here.

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18) A Fish-Eye view fo the boats along the Ghats of River Ganga.

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19) A morning River Ganga ritual repeated over the 1000s of years past and years to come.

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21) Fuji GF670 Medium Format Camera, Yes Film: A fresh coat of paint and he’s ready for the 1000s of tourists descending the steps of the Ghats looking for the special boat ride on the Ganga.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India: Part III – Alleyways

Thank-you for visiting Big Mountain Photography where the Varanasi, India adventure continues with a visualization of the network of narrow back alleyways which parallel the 87 Ghats and River Ganga. Varanasi alleyways are but a dichotomy stuck in time while all else in Varanasi works hard to modernize. I enjoyed the feeling of times gone by.

It’s easy to get lost and even Google Maps may not set you in the correct direction – be careful. 🙂

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Image Gallery: Alleyways of Varanasi

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1) What do you suppose he’s carrying, milk, water, …?

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2) Pooja-ware for sale with eyes peering above the table in the morning sunlight.

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3) Morning prayer finished.

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4) Up and to the right.  Watch out for cow pies.

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5) Turn right and loss 200 years.

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6) Morning pooja starts.

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7) A great read in solitude.

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.

Link to Part I – Intro.

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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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Lord Shiva

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Lord Hanuman

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.