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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 During the research for those articles I discovered a number of images that would otherwise have remained unpublished.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

Towards the Border_Tibet

Canon New F1 camera and Canon 24mm lens with Agfachrome 100 film

The last leg on that momentous 1988 journey from Lhasa to the Nepalese border, via Chomolungma (Mt Everest), and then onto Kathmandu and beyond found my friends (Liz and Lee) and I driving for the last few hours on a steep descent down to the border. The hard and mostly barren landscape and the dry, rarified air of the Tibetan Plateau were being replaced by gentle, green water-filled views and moisture-laden air as we continued our descent towards the border. I remember feeling invigorated and extremely alert. It’s amazing what a dramatic change in landscape and a heck of a lot more oxygen will do for ones sense of well being. My skin was tingling with excitement.

Closing the aperture down to f22 provided the large depth of field (DOF) I required and, with the resulting slow Shutter Speed, allowed me to emphasize the speed and softness of the flowing water. It’s a fascinating concept be able to record movement within the still frame. Just remember the slower the Shutter Speed the more mist-like the water will appear.  It probably only took about 30 seconds to jump out of our 4WD and make the shot. And I’m glad I did. The trip was so long ago, and there have been others since, that a photograph is often the best way to trigger memories of places, faces and friendships. Here’s to more of the same for us all.

The original 35mm transparency was brought back to life through scanning prior to being processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop CS4 where I applied split toning to produce greenish shadows and subtle yellow and pink highlights.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

Pic of the Week_River_Everest Region_Tibet

Canon New F1 camera and Canon 24mm lens with Agfachrome 100 slide film

My friends Liz, Leif, Lee and I crossed this river, with the aid of a 4 wheel drive and our Chinese driver, on the way to a night spent at Base Camp in the valley directly below Chomolungma (Mount Everest) in Tibet. This was 1988 and our 1,000km trip from Lhasa to the holy mountain and then beyond to the Nepalese border involved passes of around 5,000 meters above sea level. I thought this was a pretty fair achievement for a lad from a small town in Western Victoria in South East Australia. Then I met a young western woman (possibly Swedish, though I can’t remember with any certainty) who was undertaking the trip on horseback.

On our arrival I remember passing an English mountaineering expedition who were not very happy with the fact that we would be camping closer to the mountain than them. I befriended an Italian climber who asked me to join his team for breakfast. He was a really nice guy and made sure the team’s doctor checked me over as I’d had trouble due to the high altitude.

My friends and I were treated with a wonderfully clear night by which to view the north face of Mount Everest. We then spent a very cold night huddled together in our tiny tent, prior to the last leg of our journey down to the Nepalese border.

The original 35mm transparency was scanned prior to being processed in Adobe Camera RAW and Adobe Photoshop CS4.

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Glenn Guy, Blue Sky Photography

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