Triptych – What the Heck Is It?

What Is It?

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

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

Two of Many Paths to Take

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



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



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

Xi’an Tidbits

Cigarettes 烟 Yān and Liquor 酒 Jiǔ – This is the most popular neon sign in China advertising Yan and Jiu.


Beijing Duck – The Best Dish in Town


Small Cars – There is a never-ending array of small vehicles.


Finally, the flight back to Chennai, India


Xi’an – CityScapes in IR

Regrettably, I haven’t found the time to get out and shoot here in Xi’an as I had hoped.  Since I’ve been away for a year,  the “To Do” list is long – almost done.  Back to Chennai on Friday.

Did take these two images from the 21st floor of a very nice apartment complex in SE Xi’an.  You can see the mountains to the South (2nd photo at sunset) and the East (1st photo).

I did pick up an Apple iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil.  I’ll be using an app called AstroPad to do my image processing in LR/PS, NIK SW,…  Should be interesting.

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Xi’an City Wall 西安城墙 – 14th Century

Made it to the City Wall (Fortifications of Xi’an) yesterday with the emergence of the sun, i.e. warmth.  At 13.8km around, it’s a wonderful peaceful walk.  We entered the West Gate (xi men) and exited the South Gate (nan men) with the goal to make it all around next time.

At 12 meters high, the view walking the wall either looking to the horizon, inside, outside and/or down are just a “big” feeling.  Will head back if time allows this trip.

Muslim Street 穆斯林街 – Xi’an, China

Visited the Muslim Street (Quarters) yesterday and never again during a Chinese Holiday as it was full of Chinese tourists, i.e. packed in like a can of sardines.  We didn’t see too many Laowai (foreigners like me).  We did log in another 16,500 step day against the standard target of 10,000 steps/day – great.

My personal challenge for the day was the use of a 100mm prime lense as all too often I was up against people unable to move in or out for the shot.  See the featured image and the Bell Tower.

The Muslim Quarter and Bell Tower in the center of town will be a repeat for next week as the tourists get out of Dodge (US saying).   Today it’s a long walk around the 13.8 km long City Wall.  Will stay late for the night time colored light displays.

Not What Emperor Qin Had in Mind for His Army of Terrcotta Soldiers

I’m enjoying street photography again in Xi’an at the Big Wild Goose Pagoda.  Later today we head for Muslim Street, Drum Tower, Bell Tower and the City Wall.  I’ve been told only one lens at a time – hmmm which one should I take?

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What are We Doing?

Hanging out at Xi’an’s Big Wild Goose Pagoda taking IR images.  Need more sun.




Faces of Xi’an

I’ve now expanded my “Faces of Chennai” to “Faces of Xi’an”.  All but two images are candid, i.e. no permission asked.  Out again today for more walk-abouts in Xi’an.

Can you tell which were taken with my near-infrared converted camera?

First “Face(s) of China”











This gentlemen was resting at the DaXingShan Temple yesterday and by habit I gave him my head bobble (used in Chennai during photowalks to get the okay to photograph).  He looked at this strange Laowai (foreigner) and was okay with a photo.  Need a different introduction in China for street portraits.

Today is Chu Er – 2nd Day of CNY which dictates a gathering of the family for a great meal.  We’re headed for a great local Hot Pot restaurant at noon (

Chu Yi – 1st Day of Chinese New Year: Time to Visit Your Local Temple

Every year on Chu Yi, we visit our local temple – Da Xing Shan where we are amongst 1000s of worshipers.  As usual, fireworks never cease at the front gate as seen in this series of stills.  Very loud as intended to keep the xiao ren (devils) away and keep your luck for the year.