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Ronbulk Gompa_Tibet

Canon F1 camera and 50mm f1.8 lens with Agfachrome 100 CTi Precisa film

Regular followers of this site will no doubt remember several articles I posted recently regarding my first overseas trip in 1988. During the research for those articles I discovered a number of images that would otherwise have remained unpublished. I’ve decided to bring those images back to life and share the results through this blog.

The above image was made at Ronbulk Gompa (monastery) in sight of Chomolungma (Mt. Everest). My travelling friends and l made a quick visit to the Gompa, prior to taking the short drive on to Base Camp, where we camped overnight.

During processing I employed a bit of Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop hocus pocus to add extra depth and sharpness to the image that, together with most of the photos made during the trip, had been adversely affected by a camera fault resulting in significant overexposure. I also applied a sepia-like tone to add a sense of old world nostalgia to the final image.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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Monk_Sri Lanka

Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad 180mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 film

Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad 180mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 film

I photographed this monk during a brief break while travelling with my old friend Darren Cuttler (Cutts) from Colombo to Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.

The monk was happy to walk with me to the top of the ancient stone steps for a view of the ruins and forest below. After a few quick frames it was time to get back on the road and continue our journey.

As well as the original color image I’ve included a black-and-white version for your perusal. Which do you prefer?

Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad 180mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 film

Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad 180mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 film

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Detail_Seated Buddha Statue_Bagan_Myanmar

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Leica M6 camera and Leica 35mm f2 Summicron-M Aspherical lens with Kodak Ektachrome Elite 100 Extra Color film

Myanmar (Burma) is a very special country, rich in history with a sublime natural beauty. The peaceful and deeply spiritual nature of the Bamar majority permeates everyday life. Their Buddhist beliefs have helped them cope with a range of difficulties over the years, including the devastation caused by Cyclone Nargis that ravaged the country on 2 and 3 May 2009.

This image was made in Bagan, the country’s most glorious and well-known ancient capital. It’s a wondrous place for exploration and offers photographers a wealth of subject matter including architecture and religious iconography.

The original 35mm color transparency was made with the aid of side lighting, to emphasize the shape and texture present within the statue. The scanned transparency processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

In all of my travels Myanmar ranks up there with my best. I hope to return to soon.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Temple_Sagaing Hill_Myanmar

Hasselblad 500CM camera and Hasselblad 50mm f3.5 lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film

Hasselblad 500CM camera and Hasselblad 50mm f4 Distagon FEL T lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film

Myanmar (Burma) is an amazing country, rich in natural beauty with a long history evidenced in a plethora of marvelous Buddhist shrines and temples. The above image was made towards the end of an absolutely wonderful day photographing around the towns of Ava and Sagaing.

The scene inside this hilltop temple was somewhat surreal: a seemingly infinite line of Buddhist statues, set amongst vividly colored surroundings. To achieve the large depth of field (DOF) required from the foreground right through to the background I needed to close the aperture down all the way to f32. This, together with the low light levels, required an exposure time of 4 minutes.

The original 6x6cm color negative was scanned. The resulting digital file was processed with Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Pic of the Week_Serenity in Stone

Hasselblad 500CM camera and Hasselblad 150mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film

Hasselblad 500CM camera and Hasselblad 150mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Ektacolor Gold 160 Professional film

Built in the 7th Century A.D., by King Agbo IV, the Medirigiriya ruins are located in a quiet, peaceful setting thirty-nine kilometres north of the famous ancient city of Polonnaruwa.

While the above image is an old one, recently emerging from my film-based archive and given a new life on the desktop, it brings back memories of the day and the very act of making the image. I remember wandering around the site with my best friend Cutts (Darren Cuttler) and the trouble I took to compose the image with my camera, firmly fixed to a Manfrotto 055 tripod, with one of those silly three-lever heads. These days I find the ball head to be a smaller, faster, more flexible, and superior alternative.

The site itself seems to possess a haunting power. It’s off the beaten path and, therefore, somewhat isolated. I remember being taken by the quiet solitude of the site. It was as though its history, spoken through the ages, somehow remained in the present. I hope that the grim textured surface of the stone Buddha statue, contrasting with the lush green of the surrounding lake and trees, provides a sense of the underlying power of the site.

Sri Lanka is a very beautiful country. Despite a turbulent recent history, the people of this island nation remain true to their Buddhist beliefs. They are kind, gentle and compassionate. I look forward to re-visiting this marvellous country again.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Novice Monk_The Bayon_Cambodia

 

Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad Sonnar 150mm f4 lens with Kodak Professional Portra 160VC film

Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad Sonnar 150mm f4 lens with Kodak Professional Portra 160VC film

This image features a novice monk at the Bayon in Angkor Wat, Cambodia. I was fascinated by the way the warm sunset, illuminating the top of the structure, was compositionally balanced by the young monk at the bottom right of the image.

I utilised a Hasselblad 500C camera and Hasselblad 150mm f4 Sonnar lens with Kodak Professional Portra 160VC film. The telephoto nature of the 150mm lens, with its ability to diminish the sense of 3 dimensional space, concentrates attention on the structural elements of the scene. However, as most of the Bayon was in shade, I utilised Adobe Photoshop CS3 to ensure brightness and contrast were sufficient to hold shape, texture and color throughout the structure.

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