I have been working on this very short (2:06) SoundSlides multimedia on the Barley harvest in Lamayuru for two reasons. The first reason is I am creating a SoundSlides example for an On Field Media Project workshop I am leading in Medan, Indonesia the first week of Dec. The other reason was to use it as a sort of teaser of coming attractions; The 2014 Ladakh Photo Trek. It is very short and frankly, it has no real plot or theme it is meant to be a peak at the harvest. A “day-in-the-life” type of thing. Instead of keeping it to myself, I thought I would share it with you.
By the way, we still have a few spots left on this amazing workshop/tour. Learn more about it HERE and come join us.
I woke up today thinking I would go out and shoot some rain photos. It has been raining here for the past two to three weeks. I was getting stir-crazy and needed to get out. As I was getting dressed I kept hearing the speakers of the local mosque in the background talking about something. Then it occurred to me, today is Eid-ul Adha! Holy cow..well, holy cow, goat and any other halal animal. Continue reading →
Mitchell Kanashkevich is probably one of the most talented photographers I know. He has gotten that way by shooting continuously. Mitch doesn’t stop — or at least not for long. It was during one of these quick respites that I was able to catch up with him and find out what he has been up to over the past two years since we last spoke. In a word: Africa. Mitch has spent the last year or more slowly traveling through Africa. In this hour long interview we talk about his adventures, misadventures and his entrepreneurial adventures. Mitch has started a new e-book publishing house called EyeVoyage where he has published his latest titled called Powerful Imagery: The Photographer’s Insight. As a special offer for Digital Trekker readers you can get 20% off your order if you use the code “DTREKKER20” on your check out.
The Swayambhunath Stupa or The Monkey Temple. Remember me complaining yesterday about not having an equivalent 16mm lens? This is what happens when you don’t have a wide enough lens, you cut off the top of a stupa! f/2.8, 1/25 sec, at 14mm, 800 ISO, on a X-Pro1
You can tell by the past few posts by Jon McCormack and I that we filled out days shooting everything that moved. The Swayambhunath Temple is located near Kathmandu on top of a large hill. It is often referred to as, The Monkey Temple because of the hundreds of rhesus macaques roaming the site. Have I mentioned here before that I hate monkeys and rhesus are the worst – a long story for another time. I digress. We arrived and hour or so before sunset to be sure to get in position to photograph the stupa with the evening sky blue behind it. Fortunately, for us this time the floodlights on the stupa worked. Unlike the Boudhanath stupa there were no buildings to climb up to get better views.
Playing the triangle for Puja. f/1.4, 1/80 sec, at 35mm, 200 ISO, on a X-Pro1
Bhaktapur was the capital of Nepal until late in the 15th century. As a result it has many amazing wood and stone temples and statues all around the city. Both days Jon McCormack (Check out Jon’s images here.) and I shot there it was rainy and overcast. Not the kind of rainy skies that give dramatic dark clouds, the other kind of sky, the white and boring washed out kind. Luckily bland cloudy skies are good for shooting portraits and detail shots of life. This is precisely what we did. We roamed the city looking for culture unfolding before us. Life as it is lived in the 21st century Bhaktapur. The trick is get up early, really early, before the tourists rise. The locals are already up and about by 5:30am. We would arrived around 6. Just in time for morning puja and the vegetable markets. (Note: if you can’t see all of an image due to a small monitor just click on the image and it will popup and fit your screen.)
The classic shot of Boudhanath. Been there done that. f/10, 1/480 sec, at 14mm, 200 ISO, on a X-Pro1
Kathmandu is a strange mix of Hindu and Buddhist culture. With only a few days to explore my friend Jon and I are sticking around Kathmandu. Our hotel is right across the road from Boudhanath – one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu, Nepal. It’s also the most photographed spot in the country, so how do you photograph it in a way completely different than (a) you’ve done before or (b) like no one else has done?
Devotees run around the burning effigy of the King of Hell and pour out an offering of beer around it. f/2.8, 1/40 sec, at 14mm, 200 ISO, on a X-Pro1
This is the last post in this series. We have been looking at images from the 7th month of the Chinese Lunar calendar locally known as Hungry Ghost. As I stated before, the Chinese Taoist believe that at the first of this month the King of Hell release the dead to roam the earth. Locals appease the spirits by offering them gifts of Hell Bank Notes to spend in hell, other offerings and entertain them with puppet shows and opera performances. On the evening of the 15th all the spirits are to return back to health and then within a few days afterwards the King of Hell himself returns. He’s given a send-off in each community. Continue reading →
A masked performer waits for an opportunity to dedicate his opera to the king of hell. f/4, 1/18 sec, at 14mm, 1600 ISO, on a X-Pro1
As I said in a previous post, the Hungry Ghost month is full of performances of puppet shows and Chinese opera all around Penang. Just about every night of the month there’s a Chinese opera somewhere in the city. Many of these performers are brought in by the government from Taiwan. I photographed two operas. The first was at the Lim Jetty and the other on the mainland near Butterworth. They were both visually stunning but the performers at Butterworth were much more open to being photographed. They even allowed me backstage during the performance. It was really fun to photograph this amazing event. Continue reading →