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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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Fujifilm GF670 Medium Format

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.

Shooting Like a Renaissance Painter

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Arcanum Update

I’ve now an apprentice in Glenn Guy‘s Landscape Luminaires Cohort for Sphere 2.  This is not a snapshot club, but a serious group of photographers with great talent and experience in all genres yet focused on Landscape.  I will be challenged to shoot par with this cohort.   Glenn is an Australian living in Brisbane with years of teaching experience, world photography stories and at a level of intensity unmatched within The Arcanum.   I’m a lucky guy.

Photographic Society of Madras

I’m at the monthly PSM meeting now getting a head start on this post as we share, critique images at the start ahead of our guest speaker, Mr. Parthiban T.  Hope we’ll have a B&W and/or a Print workshop soon.  I’m learning so much now need the time to apply.

Disclaimer:  I'm a novice seeking the path towards Fine Art Photography.  If I've misspoken then let me know yet I believe I've captured the essence of the Rules of the Road in taking me forward.

Now onto the subject of this post, i.e. Mr. Parthiban T. gave a thought provoking talk on the Renaissance Period (c1400-1700s) as the birth of “Perspective Art” plus the emergence of naturalism and realism to give use Renaissance Art.   The Renaissance painters lead the way for photography as we know it today with the what and how behind the artistry of the craft.  Let me explain.

Shooting Like a Renaissance Painter

by Mr. Parthiban T. (Thank you for sharing)

One must strive to capture in-camera the essence of composition as taught by the Renaissance painters.   (Of course a little crop here or there never hurt.)

Elements of Composition: Lines, Symmetry, DOF, Color, Shape, Tone and Texture

Principles of Composition: Directional Emphasis, Placement, Space, Balance and Unity

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In this IR B&W image in the muddy rice paddies calf-deep in the mud, I’ve captured various Elements of Composition from the use of horizontal / diagonal lines, texture of the rice, curves of his body, a feeling of space with a defined foreground, midground and background having a defined tonal range of dark to light.

It’s a start, more to learn and apply.

 

We can apply the Renaissance Techniques to Photography by giving a Sense of Direction, Leading the Eye, Light Play, Balancing and Dynamic Tension.

Sense of Depth

You can add perspective in your image with a horizon line to limit the view, having elevation in the frame, separating the plane with a defined foreground, mid-ground and background, placing tonal differences of light to dark with elevated contrast and adding color. Wow- many options to consider and visualize the end image.

An image can appear deeper with converging lines (leading lines) from both sides that extents to a vanishing point. As a rule of thumb one can use these focal lengths for creating a Sense of Depth: Aerial Perspective 300mm-100mm, Linear Perspective 100mm to 18mm and Vanishing Point 300mm-10mm.

Leading the Eye

Alfred Yarbu (c1967) with his work on Eye Movement and Vision relates to photography relative to the Viewers perspective as follows:

The Viewer’s attention is usually highlighted by only certain elements in the picture.

The Viewer’s focuses his attention on  unusual, unfamiliar elements with his eye movement reflecting the human thought process.

The Viewer’s eye always returns to the same elements in the photo irrespective of the points of fixation.

Use of Dynamic Lines

Horizontal Lines give a sense of stability, calm, restfulness, and peace

Vertical Lines shows power, strength and growth

Diagonal Lines leads the eye and creates visual tension

Curves adds beauty and grace and a natural free flowing sense

In Summary

The Renaissance painters have provided us with the means to draw in the viewer and hold his/her attention.

Leonardo DaVinci: Golden Ratio and Diffused Lighting (⇓)LDVMichelangelo: Tonal Values (HDR-Like) and Forms (⇓)Mic1

Raphael: Perspectives and Visual Tension (⇓)RalRembrandt: Lighting of Portraits (⇓)Rem1Caravaggio: Low Key and Visual Dynamics (⇓)Cav1Lorraine: Tonal Separation and Perspective (⇓)Lor

Fine Art Photography

This is the direction, which I strive for. When the Elements and Principles of Composition are utilized to their fullest, we begin to reach a Fine Art Photography level that few in the profession have fully obtained.

Notable Fine Art Photographers

Tips as Photographers in Reaching a Fine Art Level

 

Adyar Eco Park, Chennai – Photocrawl

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Welcome and thank you for visiting my photoblog where I share not only my images but the story behind the camera.

You’ve heard of a Photowalk, but what’s a Photocrawl?  We associate a Photowalk with a group of people (5-20) covering a 3-5 kilometer route shooting urban scenes, country back roads, street portraits, landscapes, … lasting around 2-2.5 hours.

A Photocrawl is when you shoot in the Macro Photography genre, i.e. bugs, flowers and tiny things at a 1:1 scale to a full frame sensor size. This genre forces one to deliberately slow down to observe the environment at your feet across across a 10-30 meter radius.  Many insects, spiders, … are camouflaged by nature and hard to find without an experienced, trained eye.  Today’s Hint: Look for Green Leaves having non-uniformity, discolor as an indication of bug activity.

The Photocrawl often matches that of a Photowalk for time given you slowly scout the insect world around you.  At times you’re at a crawl (going slow) and at times in a literal sense you really do crawl on the ground for the shot.

Ten (10) members from the Photographic Society of Madras  held a Photocrawl at the Tholkappia Poonga or Adyar Eco Park recently.  Here are a few images for your review.

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Image 3 – Spider Having Dinner w/100mmDaShanSheYing-1505

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Note: The light shown in the featured image is a Zebralight H52Fw AA Floody Headlamp Neutral White which works well for Macro backlight and/or sidelight.

 

PS Don’t forget the PSM Confluence Photo Exhibit from 5/31 to 6/2 11:00am to 7:00pm. Please stop by and enjoy professional photographers sharing their images for your viewing pleasure.

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Confluence 2016 Photo Exhibition – 5/30-6/6

Dear Viewers,

As you may be aware from previous posts, I’m a member of Photographic Society of Madras, PSM in Chennai, India.  I really enjoy the camaraderie, learning workshops, new photography genres (Macro)… offered by PSM.  A great bunch of guys and gals to associate with.

I’m very please to announce that five photos have been selected for the annual PSM members 2016 photo exhibition.  This is a very humbling honor to have been selected for the exhibition as the professionalism and competency of my peers is well-known.

First, I owe a big thank you to my wife for having the patience with my photography deep dives and the tolerance to be woken up at 5:50am every other Sunday for Chennai photowalk (see Facebook group).

Second, to my experience in The Acranum and Les Saucier as my Master for his patient teaching which over the last 8 months has leveled me up in photography.

“Confluence 2016”

May 30th thru June 6th at the

Lalilt Kala Academy on Greams Road in Chennai

from 11am – 7pm each day.

I’d appreciate those in Chennai marking their calendars and take time to visit the photo exhibition.  Given PSM has many talented photographers from all the genres,  you wouldn’t be disappointed.

Here are my chosen five images to be printed 12″ by 18″ (or 5400 x 3587 pixels):

A Black&White Infrared image of hard-working women planting rice north of Chennai.

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Faux Color Infrared image of a Chennai temple tank with the ideal IR recipe: Green foliage to reflect IR, blue skies, white wispy clouds, water and reflections.

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A Chennai photowalk street portrait from my “Faces of Chennai” collection – Grandma.

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A second Chennai photowalk street portrait from my “Faces of Chennai” collection – Grandpa.

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A misty morning landscape image from my visit to a Tamil Nadu Bird Sanctuary.

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“Faces of Chennai” @ The Kasimedu Fish Market

The Featured Image above is a creation using Topaz Impression in the look of a Georgia O’Keeffe painting.

Our Photographic Society of Madras photowalk at Chennai’s Kasimedu Fish Market allowed the opportunity to continue capturing the friendly Faces of Chennai.

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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.

PSM Macro Photography Workshop — Update

Trying a totally new genre today with a Photographic Society of Madras (PSM) macro photography workshop.  Lucky to test out a Zeiss Milvus f/2 100mm Macro lens. Sweet glass not just for macro but great for street portraits and landscape thus for me an all-arounder.

Had to adjust my hands to manual focus, i.e. no need to push the back-button AF focus (still did).  Now I appreciate the technology of auto-focus as my keeper to scrap rate was not high.

The challenge is to find this little guys hanging out on leaves, tree bark, … which is a totally different mind set.  Great am session learning the ins/outs and the pm session out at Guindy Children’s Park.  Back on Sunday for an “image processing” session.  We don’t call it post processing as that is after processing which is then printing and/or web viewing.

A very informative, skill-set improving and fun workshop.

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