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Photo Contest

I have just entered my first photography contest.

The National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest sends me updates every year. In the past I haven’t entered, but this year I felt it would be nice to enter and try something new, come what may.

Please check it out the link below if you are so inclined. It is one of my favorites from Varanasi this year.

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PS. The smiley faces are the link. πŸ˜‰

Never Far

I finally got the Nikon film developed from my trip to Varanasi!

When I held up the slide shots to the light, I was pleasantly surprised. The one shot I had the most hope for, a little Indian girl with bright blue eyes, didn’t turn out as I had hoped.

However other shots jumped out at me. A red tea stall. A snake charmer’s cobra, and a small dog suffering sleeping in the back streets.

I’m thinking of framing some of these. Especially the one of the dog. It’s an element which those who have gone to India would be hard pressed to miss, and with the picture India is never far from my mind.

Old School

After a busy week I’d like nothing better than a nice photo-walk, and this time I’ll be bringing the old family camera along with me. This is one of my first experiments with film since I was ten.
Truthfully I have no idea how well it holds up since I haven’t been in any place which could develop the film, but I know that I have some of my best potential shots on here.
It’s 7:am Himalaya time, and I’m going for a walk.

Photo Challenge: Ladybugs

This weeks photography challenge wasn’t planned as much as it was a sudden fascination with ladybugs. There are hundreds outside my door living around a large leafy plant who’s name escapes me right now.

So here’s to the little guys and gals.

The One Who Grows

Today I read a story about a samurai and a man who cultivated flowers. It reminded me of the spirit and energy we can placed into life other than our own. The Japanese know this very well.
So as a personal celebration for receiving 1,000 views on the New Nomad Photography I want to share a flower which has been growing in our garden in India. Even without much work it holds it’s own spirit and I have tried to capture that even once it is cut.

Photo Challenge: High speed

Wow. It’s been a busy week, but there’s always time to fit in a photo challenge somewhere. πŸ™‚
This weeks challenge is thanks to my friend Preeti, who suggested high speed photography. When I thought of this I thought of super fast shots of milk droplets splashing or shots of super fast objects. Well, we don’t have much in the way of super fast photo equipment, and not much in Bir moves at high speed, except for birds. So birds it is.
I spent a few days trying to catchΒ  birds in flight, particularly the elusive Asian Paradise Fly Catcher. It was tough, but I found a few interesting shots.
My thanks to Preeti for the idea πŸ˜‰
Enjoy.

Dealing with Over-Exposure Pt 3: Surprise!

So, as I mentioned in my previous post, the shots I initially worked on were staged and were taken at a higher exposure. But it didn’t take long to take an overly-bright shot completely by accident.
I was taking a walk around the village when a woman from another town approached me on the same road carrying her crop of barley. I made way for her to pass, and snapped this shot before heading down the path.
I didn’t have much hope for this picture, honestly. The sky was so bright I wasn’t sure if I could draw any color out of it, and if I tired my black and white method I wasn’t sure if I would lose shade tones would look too similar to be be interesting.
(Of course, this is all my own likes and dislikes of B&W photos.)
It only took a few minutes on Photoshop, adjusting color and black points to see that there was much more potential here than I thought. I even saved a edited color version where the I shortened the green scale, and added a soft gradient layer around the edge for fun, like in the lomo photos.
The first picture is the original.
The second is my first color shift.
The last one was made by applyingthe B&W method I posted earlier.
I’m really enjoying this. It’s like a puzzle, and it’s only finished when I say “There. I like that.”
Try it out.