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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 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.

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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.

再见

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.

Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India: Part I – Intro

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography where my photographic journey continues with Part I of IV from a visit to Varanasi in the state of  Uttar Pradesh.

This is a photographer’s dream come true as the “Character of Varanasi” is unchanged from years gone by given its 87 Ghats alongside the Ganga (Ganges) River.

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I’ve decided to make four (4) unique posts on Varanasi to enable the full coverage it deserves, from an “Intro to Varanasi”, “Faces”, “Alleyways”, and the “Ghats”.  But  first, let me level set us with some visualization on the back alleyways, Ghats and River Ganga.

PS With the number of images to process, I’ll be sending out parts II, III and IV very soon.

Walking / Rowboat Routes

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Afternoon of the Day 1: Walked the back alleyways of the old city of Varanasi then up along the Ghats.
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Evening of Day 1: Again through the alleyways then via rowboat for the evening Aarthi performance (2 adjacent to each other).  Next time I’ll be on the shore, close up.
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Very Early Morning Day 2: Up for sunrise from the RH side shining on the Ghats.
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Early Morning Day 3: Moving further down for the southern Ghats. It was a very pleasant stroll with a minimum of people.

Image Gallery: Intro to Varanasi

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1) Back Alleyway of the old City of Varanasi: The lanes are narrow and well travel by man and beast.  Always watch your step and keep your camera ready.
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2) Faces: From children to young / old adults there is a wide diversity of looks one can capture.  Is your cameras ready?
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3) Steps of the Ghats: With 87 Ghats to walk up or down, you can image the variation of scenes you walk into from Cremation Ghats, Laundry Ghats, Bathing Ghats, Pooja Ghats…
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4) Rowboats: The best way to view the Ghats of the Ganga River as you have time to watch and watch again the rush of images you encounter.  Again, have your camera ready with a telescopic lens.
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5) People:  From young to old, they bath every sunrise to wash away one’s sins.
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6) Rebirth: Well organized outdoor (or indoor electric) crematoriums are busy 24×7.  At times bodies are just pushed out and sunk in the Ganga River.  I saw two dead cows floating just offshore.  Yes, there’s pollution yet people live with it from bathing to drinking water.

Sunrise at Kasimedu Fishing Harbor / Sunset at Mylapore Temple

Welcome to Dashan Sheying where my photographic journey continues with repeat visits to Kasimedu Fishing Harbor and Mylapore Temple.  I’d appreciate your patronage in following via email alerts, i.e. FOLLOW button RH side.

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I’ve taken you before to the Kasemidu Fishing Harbor for dockside and fish market images plus the Mylapore Temple yet each visit brings new sites worthy of capturing.

I’ve changed my framing look for now with the large band in “White” for color images and B&W has two choices using White-Black-Gray or White-Gray-Black bands.  Thoughts?

(1) Image Gallery: Kasemidu Fishing Harbor (Video)
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1) Captain’s Pilot House looking for a ship.
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2) A real rust bucket serving out its last years attached to the dock as a floating home for crew members.
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3) Calm as can be for this Dock Portrait
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4) This rust bucket is in for an overhaul, long way to go.
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5) Take our picture, no problem with this 10mm lens.  Distortion – yes but acceptable.
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6) Just finished pulled this boat into dry dock for repair and refurbishment.  Friendly crew.
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7) A new boat under construction using local wood combined with fiberglass reinforcement for the boat’s hull. Cool.

(2) Image Gallery: Mylapore Temple (Video)

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8) Temple Priests discussing particulars of which we are not privy.

 

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9) Street Vendor selling cauliflowers, look good.
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10)  The Temple Tower, i.e. main entrance on the east side.
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11) A great place to sit down and relax which I did.  Bill – Is that you?
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12) The Chariot / Car Mascots at rest.
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13) Temple colors are rich and full of life.
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14) Temple Cow holding and milking facility.

Hyderabad, India Framed

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Welcome to Dashan Sheying where my photographic journey continues with a lesson from John Tuttle on adding frames to images in Photoshop using the Canvas Size tool under Image.  The color for the widest band around the image is created with the color eye-dropper by sampling the main color of the image thus obtaining an overall blended look.

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You must jump over to see John’s work on Facebook with his 4×5 large format camera of his recent images from New Mexico. Beautiful. The ability to capture tonality, texture, detail… with medium/large format film is the motivator for my next camera, i.e. a 120 film 6×6, 6×7 Fuji GF670 Folder.  Arrives Monday 11/7.

Watch for my next post.  I will be using The FIND Lab in Utah, USA for the development of negatives and subsequent scans.  Hoping for a two-week turnaround from mailing to scans being uploaded.

PS I have my eye on a ShenHao 4×5 large format with a 6×17 film back / ground glass accessory.  Not this year but maybe a 2017 adventure.

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Three-Band Framing Gallery

Next, I’m fixing to add Chinese Characters to the LH side for a short poem representative of the image.  Will need the help of my niece Li Ying (excellent in oral and written English) to find the appropriate characters in telling a complementary story.  Thank-you John and Li Ying.

I appreciate your feedback on the framing as it’s potentially the beginning of my SMK “Brand Image”.

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1) Waiting: Another early morning scene in front of the Chicken Market.  What caught my eye doing 50kph was the man sitting on three-stacked plastic chairs – a first.
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2) Calling: A Muslin School for Orphans starts the day with what I presume to be one of the teachers catching up with friends.
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3) Sun(s)rise: A more artsy image as I’ve added a color gradient followed by adding a texture layer showing multiple suns at Sunrise.
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4) Illuminated Scarecrow:  Found this lonely scarecrow amongst the cotton as the field is in transition to bare its white fruit.
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5) Miniature Scarecrow: Using the Fuji Filter for a Miniature-Look (Tilt-Shift) placed on the JPEG file.
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6) Auto Conversation:  No doubt these two gentlemen are solving world hungry with an intense discussion.
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7) Speakers Corner: Past (deceased) Leaders from across India await a buyer yet in the meantime they’re in  good company.
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8) Toy Scarecrow:  Again with a different Fuji Filter for JPEGs the Toy Camera look is achieved.
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9) Golden Leaders: As they look out on their India, what do they think?
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10) Coffee Time:  Traveling a brisk 65kph, took this image noting the tw0-wheelers (motorcycles) loaded with goods, i.e. colorful winter blankets.  This is a 16×7 aspect ratio, popular amongst photographers for “panos”.

One Load After Another Until The Road Is Done

Let me take you into another small paragraph of my life and times in India.  Had a chance to witness a concrete road being laid at sunset so pulled out the X-Pro2 to capture the moment.  Maybe not a “Decisive Moment” but a moment none the less.

As is normally the case, I get interesting looks, i.e. smiles, frowns, look-aways… as they wonder who is this foreigner taking my photo – why?  What caught my eye was the unique load-carrying safety hard hat used by the women.

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Load-Carrying Safety Hard Hat – Clever Dual-Purpose Wear

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Concrete Road Construction Gallery

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1) Making concrete starts with the ingredients, sand, coarse rock aggregate, mortar/cement mix… then mix it all together and pour it out.  The cycle repeats.
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2) A track and trolley system is used to transfer the mix.
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3) Into the straightaway, heading towards the finish line.
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4) At the end of the finish line.  I was told the track is pull up ahead of being buried in the cement.  Leveling, vibrating, striking, texturizing… the cement remains to be done over the next 24 hours.  Remember concrete curing is an exothermic reaction generating heat which if not cooled (water/wet rags…) causes cracks/faults in the concrete.
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5) Finally the “Rubber mMeets the Road” as the load is dumped. One down, 100s to go.
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6) In a retro-style image, the women engage in talk awaiting their next task.

Sunrise at Kasemidu Fishing Harbor

Glad you stopped by.  Let me share with you another sunrise photowalk around Kasemidu Fishing Harbor.  Blue Hour started at 5:38a with Golden Hour ending at 6:38a.  I overslept (first time) and we arrived at 5:55a with plenty of time to get the early morning light.

Given other commitments, we didn’t have time to walk south towards the Fish Market which is another story altogether.  Next time on 11/7.

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You can see the six piers on the LH side going left to right.  We walked the 2nd and 3rd piers with plenty of action to witness as ships were readying themselves to leave (ice and diesel placed onboard).   While other boat crews were counting their hard earned money from a day’s catch including a small portion of fish to take home to the family.

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Icemen Gallery

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Here he’s unloading ~25 ice blocks which are broken down into 4 pieces each then loaded by hand into the hull of the boat, cost Rs250/big block.  The tire caught each block’s impact in avoiding the generation of ice cubes.
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A three-man operation loading the boat with the ice for the next catch of fish.
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If you have the money, the ice is placed in a pulverizer then taken to the boat’s hull hole by a conveyor and drop tube.
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Pulverizing the ice.  Added a painting-like look to the image.

Boatmen Gallery

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These two made a great diagonal image as they took a rest for the next haul out to sea.
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Time to repair the fishing net.  Apparently, ~10 boats go out together with one big boat which anchors after laying the net and the other 9 boats later pull-in net for the day’s catch.  Wonder if I could go out for an all-day excursion to see it first hand.
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After repairing the net, it’s pulled onto the boat and positioned for the next time at sea.
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Portrait of a young fisherman.
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An utility three-wheel cart for miscellaneous hauls.  Love the bright red and yellows colors.
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There he was resting on a pier post like a seagull.  His stare was interesting yet later turned to a smile.
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The Crew.
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Just a mixture of color and trash.
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Another Fisherman Portrait up close.  He never changed his pose from the first I saw him.
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Of course, I shared Instax prints with 6 people this time.  Fun to do.

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.

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.

 

 

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

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(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

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

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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

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography!

(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

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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(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

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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500 PX Photowalk at Marina Beach 2016-09-18

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography!

(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

Please enjoy the following 10 images and the story told from our life and times in South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).

On G+, FB… please click on the link to my photoblog to view the rest of the story.  If you like what you see, feel free to share on the social media of your choice.

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Photowalk Route at Marina Beach

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The meeting point was at the Gandhi statue after that it’s go where you want then meet back 2 hours later at the starting point. Headed to the “Pigeon Covey” – 1000+.

Image Gallery

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1) During the morning golden hour, we see an 8mm fisheye look.  See the morning yoga class to the left?
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2) Applied a VanDyke Brown look to these two Marina Beach Horse Patrol – Old approach, Effective approach.
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3) Shot just as he was waking up, eyes just opening.
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4) Again the 8mm fisheye lens with these pigeon covey active on the beach feeding on the fresh bird feed provided by the locals.  Went on for an hour as they flew up and flew back down over and over.
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5) Gandhi Statue looking north.  Yes the 8mm fisheye again.
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6) Mr Pigeon Patrol at Work – Move with caution as one is threatened to leave.  Public beach – not today.
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7) Looking to the sunrise as the pigeons continue to feed.
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8)  Teacher and Student boxing lessons.
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9)Sunrise over Ghandi
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10) State Emblem of India – Four Headed Lion,  symbolizing power, courage, confidence, and pride,

Chennai Photowalk 2016-09-11

Welcome back to Big Mountain Photography!

(大山摄影  Da Shan Sheying).

Please enjoy the following 22 images and the story told from our life and times in South India, i.e. Chennai (Old Madras).

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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.
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