Travel Photography: Do your research prior your departure it can help you later. The colorful Sari from India

The colorful Sari from Rajasthan India...
a little History and its Origin.


It is very important that you do your research well in advance prior you departure to any destination, don’t relay on your travel companion or your Travel Agency. They can help but knowing it yourself can be a tremendous help in understanding the Culture, Tradition and the do’s and don’ts for any new Country you might plan to visit.

Sari, India, Jodhpur, Blue City, Market, Clothing, Travel Photography, Research, Gunther Deichmann, Rajasthan,
© Gunther Deichmann - Jodhpur Market, Rajasthan India, April ‘09

Did you ever wonder where the Indian Sari had its birth or origin? Interesting reading and useful information if you should travel to Incredible India. Google has made our life fairly easy these days, you can find just about anything, so do spend some time and do your research well, you will not regret it later. The images from today’s post have been taken in Jodhpur also known as the
“Blue City”

Market, Sari, India, Jodhpur, Blue City, Clothing, Travel Photography, Research, Gunther Deichmann, Rajasthan,
© Gunther Deichmann - Jodhpur Market, Rajasthan India, April ‘09

The word 'sari' evolved from the Prakrit word 'sattika' as mentioned in earliest Jain Buddhist literature.
The history of Indian clothing trace the sari back to the Indus Valley Civilization, which flourished during 2800-1800 BCE around the western part of the Indian Subcontinent.The earliest known depiction of the saree in the Indian subcontinent is the statue of an Indus valley priest wearing a drape.
More at Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sari

The Indian Saree (a.k.a. Sari, Seere, Sadi) boasts of oldest existence in the sartorial world. It is more than 5000 years old! It is mentioned in Vedas, the oldest existing (surviving) literature (3000 B.C.) Patterns of dress change throughout the world now and then but, the Sari has survived because it is the main wear of rural India. 75% of the population (now a billion as per official estimate) wear versatile sari. We can certainly call this cloth versatile because it could be worn as shorts, trousers, flowing gown-like or convenient skirt-wise--all without a single stitch!
More info at:
http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/attire/saree/sari_story.htm

More Images from Rajasthan at: http://www.deichmann-photo.com/page2/page2.html
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Photography:The art of Fine Art Printing, reproducing your Digital Photos in high quality.

Special thanks to OneWorkshop,Inc. for an outstanding Job in the production of my recent Images on Rajasthan, India. Produced for the Hyatt Hotel in Manila & the Power Mac Center in Greenbelt 3, Makati.

“7000 images later, a Journey Through
Rajasthan, India…
Aperture 2 & beyond…”

The Fine Art Prints!


Aperture 2, Photo Exhibition, Gunther Deichmann, Photographer, Philippines, Manila, Hyatt Hotel, India, Rajasthan, Travel
Fine Art Photo Prints from Rajasthan, India at the recent
Photo Exhibit at the Hyatt Hotel in Manila during the Event
- A Taste of India -

I prepared the selected digital images in Aperture 2 using my calibrated Apple Cinema screens getting them ready for delivery on my portable hard drive. Additional adjustments where not necessary, they reproduced absolutely perfect just like the original from the screen.
Further more OneWorkshop guarantees the archival quality prints, they are certified for their fade resistance.

Photo Exhibition, Gunther Deichmann, Photographer, Philippines, Manila, Power Mac Center, PMC, Makati, Apple, India, Rajasthan, Seminars, Workshops, Aperture 2,Travel

A big enlargement graces the wall at the PMC, Photo Exhibit at the Power Mac Center in Greenbelt 3, Makati, Philippines some of the images from Rajasthan will be on display from June until the end of July. During this time we have also some Seminars, Workshops & Consultancy on Aperture 2, for more details check with the Power Mac Center.
For questions and special requests, you can call 729-7087 or 88,
or email us at
training@powermaccenter.com
http://www.powermaccenter.com/training.php

Power Mac Center, Exhibition, Display, Photographer, Aperture 2, Rajasthan, India, Travel, Apple TV, Multi Media,Gunther Deichmann

More Photos on display at the Power Mac Center in Greenbelt 3, if you in the area check out also the Multi Media presentation on the Apple TV set-up.

My advise:

Do not perform major color adjustments on your Laptop, instead work on a good quality & calibrated screen for you final output. You never look back or regret if you invest in a high quality Monitor or Screen they are vital for accurate color renditions and fine-tuning.
Thanks again to Ross Capilli & Rick for an excellent Job.

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Giclee prints are advantageous to artists who do not find it feasible to mass produce their work, but want to reproduce their art as needed, or on-demand. Once an image is digitally archived, additional reproductions can be made with minimal effort and reasonable cost. Another tremendous advantage of giclee printing is that digital images can be reproduced to almost any size and onto various media, giving the artist the ability to customize prints for a specific client.


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Photography... a sad day! My Tribute to Kodachrome Film...one of best films ever produced. Kodak Retires KODACHROME Film!

A Tribute... & my sincere thanks to one
of the best films ever, Kodachrome...
an era has finally come to an end.


cattle Muster, Australia, Outback, Kodachrome Film, Gunther Deichmann, Photographer

© Gunther Deichmann - Cattle Muster near Tenant Creek Northern Territory Australia, Tennant Creek, a small township of about 3500 people located 500 kilometres north of Alice Springs. Shot on Kodachrome 25 ASA in 1983 using a X700 Minolta.

No Digital, Camera and Gadget talk today...

A sad day for photography! Kodak has now finally announced the discontinuation of its Kodachrome Film, what has long been expected became a reality yesterday.
It was my film of choice for many, many years, as a matter of fact most of my award winning images had been taken with Kodachrome 25. Among the well-known professional photographers who used KODACHROME Film was Ernst Haas, Peter Turner, Eric Meola and Steve McCurry but the list goes on, they all used and loved it. As part of a tribute to KODACHROME Film, Kodak will donate the last rolls of the film to George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, which houses the world’s largest collection of cameras and related artifacts. McCurry will shoot one of those last rolls and the images will be donated to Eastman House.

APSARA Dancer, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Gunther Deichmann, Photographer, Mekong, Traditional, Girl, women, Performer, Arts

© Gunther Deichmann - APSARA Dancer at the Royal Performance Hall in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, I had been assigned by Animan Magazine from Switzerland to cover the Mekong River. The assignment took some three month to complete and I shot over 300 Rolls of Kodachrome Film, using Kodachrome 25 Pro to Kodachrome 200 Pro. (Nikon FM 2) The image above became a double page spread from a total of 26 pages on my story on the Mekong River in 1992.
See excerpts from Kodak’s press release below.

PRESS RELEASE
Kodak Retires KODACHROME Film; Celebrates Life of Oldest Film Icon in its Portfolio

ROCHESTER, N.Y.--Eastman Kodak Company announced today that it will retire KODACHROME Color Film this year, concluding its 74-year run as a photography icon.

Sales of KODACHROME Film, which became the world’s first commercially successful color film in 1935, have declined dramatically in recent years as photographers turned to newer KODAK Films or to the digital imaging technologies that Kodak pioneered. Today, KODACHROME Film represents just a fraction of one percent of Kodak’s total sales of still-picture films.

“KODACHROME Film is an iconic product and a testament to Kodak’s long and continuing leadership in imaging technology,” said Mary Jane Hellyar, President of Kodak’s Film, Photofinishing and Entertainment Group. "It was certainly a difficult decision to retire it, given its rich history. However, the majority of today's photographers have voiced their preference to capture images with newer technology – both film and digital. Kodak remains committed to providing the highest-performing products – both film and digital – to meet those needs."

While Kodak now derives about 70% of its revenues from commercial and consumer digital businesses, it is the global leader in the film business. Kodak has continued to bring innovative new film products to market, including seven new professional still films and several new VISION2 and VISION3 motion picture films in the past three years. These new still film products are among those that have become the dominant choice for those professional and advanced amateur photographers who use KODAK Films...for the complete Press release go to: http://www.pdngearguide.com/gearguide/content_
display/news/e3i707a10734b4b7a6237915ad940a9443a

Twitter plug-in & Aperture 2…useful in Travel Photography, or is it just another gimmick?

Tweet...Tweet... & Aperture 2


Communication, Twitter, Aperture 2, Travel, News, Photography,

I had the Twitter plug-in for Aperture 2 for quiet sometime but only recently during some Twitter exchanges I thought to have a closer look at it.
The world is twitting like crazy now…some very good stuff but there is also some real rubbish out there, I guess that applies to just about everything with today’s technology.
But lets not get to hyped up about it, what is good and bad; filtering is the keyword read what you like and ignore the other stuff, at least we have a choice.
Now to the Twitter Plug-in for Aperture 2, is it useful or just a waste of time?
Easy to install and easy to use…but when and how?
For example; you traveling and get this great image a real scoop, you easily upload this image and have it on Twitter in no time direct from within your Aperture 2 Project and let the world know.
This maybe great for News Type related events, e.g. Iran right now, but you still have to have a connection no matter which way you turn and twist.

Twitter, Photos, Gunther Deichmann, Aperture 2, News, Travel,

You can also use the Twitter plug-in to share images with your friends & family, keep them informed, letting them know where you are and this can be fun.
However you do need to have your original file in your Library or have access to your external Hard drive if you have stored your images as reference files otherwise you cant send them via Twitter. You can’t Export your image using the Previews, of course you can work around this, but then why use Aperture in the first place if this is the software you’re using while on the road.

In short the Twitter Plug-in could come in very handy but using it everyday I don’t think so. You can also use it to direct traffic to your Blog or website e.g. announcing New Images or a new Gallery on your PhotoShelter site etc.,
Try it out and install it, definitely fun to use and you never know when you have this scoop of a photo you like to share with the rest of the world on Twitter.
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Photography, Aperture 2 & GarageBand equals a nice Keynote presentation plus a lot more.


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Leading up to the Power Mac Center Event... 7000 images later, Aperture 2 & beyond I have produced a Presentation in Keynote using GarageBand for the soundtrack.
I converted the Keynote presentation into a small Quick Time file to give you a small Preview on the Net, join us at the Power Mac Center for more on Aperture 2 & beyond. Watch the high resolution Keynote presentation & all the other things you can do on a Mac using your images from Aperture 2.
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Also on YouTube NOW in higher resolution,
click here or the Logo.

Photography & Aperture 2 Training/ Free Seminars & WORKSHOPS at the Power Mac Center, the things you can do after the shoot.

A Journey Through Rajasthan India...
how to cope with 7000 images after
the shoot, plus the integration on the Mac.



Poster production using Pages from iWork ’09
creating a pdf file for final printing.


June & July ’09 Aperture 2,
a Power Mac Center special, Images from India on display through out the Store plus get the chance to win a limited edition Book (available in August ’09) with the images from Rajasthan, India... entirely produced using Aperture 2 plus a lot more.

Photography & Aperture 2 Training/ Free Seminars & WORKSHOPS at the Power Mac Center incorporating Keynote & Pages from iWork 09 ...plus a little GarageBand using the iPhone as a Recorder.

The Seminars: An introduction to Aperture 2 the workflow after the shoot and the things you can do with your selected images using iLife ’09 GarageBand and iWork ’09 working with Pages and Keynote plus a lot more. How to use Aperture when traveling, things to watch out for.
Total integration using the Mac.

The Workshops: Travel Photography and Aperture 2, tips and tricks while on the road plus the integration on the Mac using Pages and Keynote from iWork ’09 the possibilities after the shoot. Tips when you’re on the road using your Mac and Aperture 2.
How to record traditional music when you’re miles from nowhere by just using your iPhone and mixing sound tracks later in GarageBand for your slide shows and Keynote presentations.

Consultation on Aperture 2: Trouble shooting, performance improvement, ideal set-up & storage solutions, choice of Hard Drives, how to back up your images and any other Questions you might have to make your workflow easy using Aperture 2 after the shoot.

For questions and special requests, you can call 729-7087 or 88,
or email us at
training@powermaccenter.com
http://www.powermaccenter.com/training.php


June 19 - 6:00PM to 7:00PM (seminar)
June 27 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM (workshop)

July 10 - 6:00PM to 7:00PM (seminar)
July 18 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM (workshop) 

FREE Consultation on Aperture @ PowerMac GB3 Store
July 4 , 25 and 31 please check with the Power Mac Center for the Time.

Take Control...coincident? When your pictures don’t turn out the way you want (underwater or on land), it’s tempting to blame your camera

Tony Wu, remember the guy who made me green with envy when he send me these Dinosaurs images (one of my previous Blogs) posted an interesting article today,
Thanks Tony for sharing this with us.
Take Control.
A coincident? Or our minds think alike? What ever it is, a story worthwhile reading
It just occurred to me that the dinosaur exhibit I went to recently provides a convenient backdrop for making a photographic point…specifically, that if you want to take nice pictures, you should really learn how to control exposure manually.
For the sake of illustration, let’s compare a couple of images. First, here’s a photo of the trio of Mapusauruses on display (with a veggiesaurus of some sort in the background), taken with a Sony DSC-W300 compact digital camera set on P mode (automatic everything): read the complete article @
http://www.tonywublog.com/

Photography: The Battle between Camera Models…Canon v. Nikon plus Sony, Pentax, Olympus and so many others. Aren’t we forgetting something?

With hundreds of Camera Models to choose from these days it can be difficult to make a decision which one to buy.
From a Pro point of view I really don’t give a damn…I use a Nikon, I got used to it, if I loose it tomorrow I get another Nikon, because I am used to it!
I firmly believe all professional models out there (more being released almost every month) are more than enough for creating great images, well at least for me.
The continuous battle between Canon v. Nikon gets a bit too much these days… its actually annoying, have we all forgotten that it is us who creates the ultimate image?


© Gunther Deichmann - Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Rainbow over the Olgas west of Ayers Rock in the Northern Territory, Australia using a X700 Minolta and Kodachrome 25 ASA. NO Photoshop!
Many years ago I was shooting with X700 Minoltas, I pushed them to the limit in the Outback of Australia under extreme conditions, shot pages after pages for Stern Magazine, GEO published my Images including for their calendars and I shot the cover of Time. Then I traveled for over eight month shooting the National Parks of Australia for a Coffee Table Book, the list goes on and on. All of that with my trusted X700 Minoltas, my work horses during the Film days.
You might asked why I don’t use Minolta anymore, very simple they stopped producing Pro cameras and the company as such is no longer, otherwise I be still using them now.
That was the time and I went over to Nikon, but I could have easily gone to others, like Canon, Pentax or Olympus.

There are some great photographers out there who use neither Nikon or Canon, the problem in today’s Photography is very simple…we go and look at the web, checking reports etc. get too involved with lines, numbers and what gadgets are build in. (not to mention Photoshop, see one of my earlier blogs)
Instead we should be focusing on the real issue…
Our Vision.
Understanding photography, learning the basics and not relying on Auto settings that should be our Goal.

Education is the magic word again, to many long debates on Cameras, how many pixels, how many FX buttons the list goes on and on.
Today’s Pro Cameras are very good, but you have to learn how to use them and read the manual, once you understand the basics concentrate on your subjects. Think before pressing the shutter and stop worrying about the next and latest Model, you can always get that one later.
Learn how to use your Camera, believe me if I get my old Minolta X700 out I still produce some nice images tomorrow.
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News: Two Interesting stories...Delete, Delete & Undelete from the New York Times plus Dinosaurs from Tony Wu

Two totally different stories, two different sources, but both interesting and worthwhile reading.

The first one:
Delete! Delete! Delete! (Undelete)

An amazing story how a Photo-Journalist recovered his images, brought to my attention by Robin Grabherr.
http://baghdadbureau.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/11/22/delete-delete-delete-undelete/?scp=1&sq=delete%20camera&st=cse


The second one:

A Dinosaurs afternoon with Tony Wu...Tony made me green with envy, he had the opportunity in Japan to Visit my “past” yes, you all know I still love my fossils. As a good friend would do... he send me some Images in the past few days...to get me going...grrrrrrr, but thanks anyway Tony, much appreciated. Below excerpts from his Blog...

Walking with Dinosaurs...

Dinosaur, It seems like this was my week to see old stuff…expensive fossils on Monday, and yesterday, a dinosaur exhibit at the National Museum of Nature and Science Tokyo.
This will probably come as no surprise, but I was obsessed with dinosaurs and other prehistoric life forms when I was a kid. I devoured every dinosaur book in every library and bookstore that I came across, and I probably spent hundreds of hours digging through gravel, mountain rocks, river beds, construction sites, etc. for fossils. (I found a lot!)


© Tony Wu - Dinosaur Exhibit at the National Museum
of Nature and Science Tokyo

I drew dinosaurs at school (usually during reading and grammar classes), and dreamed up all sorts of little projects to pursue in lieu of doing homework. When I visited Washington DC…straight to the dinosaur exhibit.
…so seeing the dino displays at the museum yesterday brought back a flood of fond memories.

The were a number of dinosaurs on display. True to form, I gravitated to the ones with big teeth and sharp claws, giving only a casual glance to the duck-like, pacifist “veggisaursuses”.
The one at the top of this post was the first to greet visitors to the hall. It’s a Cryolophosaurus ellioti (can you hear me saying “cooooooolllllllll” as I walked in?).
...read more at Tony Wu’s Blog @
http://www.tonywublog.com/20090613/walking-with-dinosaurs.html

Breaking NEWS!!! MacFixIt has announced New Mac Trojan targeting Mac OS

Beware...Mac has again been targeted by malicious software according to a report only 12 hours ago from
MacFixIt.

Latest News from Version Tracker.

Late-Breakers
Friday, June 12 2009 @ 09:12 AM PDT
New Mac Trojan, OSX/Jahlav-C has been discovered
2009 has seen quite an onslaught of malicious software targeting the Mac OS. The siege continues with a new Trojan, OSX/Jahlav-C.
For complete details and information on this New Virus go to:
http://www.macfixit.com/article.php?story=20090612091219496

Another except from macnn
While malware remains uncommon on the Mac, Apple has had to stray from assertions that the platform is effectively immune to problems experienced by Windows users. A high-profile Trojan released this year has been tied to
pirated copies of iWork and Photoshop, and it is believed that more malware will debut as Macs gain popularity. Hackers are known to target common platforms for the widest possible impact.
Read the complete article @
http://www.macnn.com/articles/09/06/11/new.mac.malware.circulates/

Aperture 2 & Travel Photography how to deal with 7000 images after the shoot, Seminars & Workshops at the Power Mac Center

A Journey Through Rajasthan India...
7000 images later.



Created with iWork ’09 using Pages
How I work with Aperture 2 & deal with 7000 images after the shoot, visit my Seminars and Workshops at the Power Mac Center in Makati, Greenbelt 3, see the dates below.

June 19 - 6:00PM to 7:00PM (seminar)
June 27 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM (workshop)

July 10 - 6:00PM to 7:00PM (seminar)
July 18 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM (workshop
)
For questions and special requests, you can call 729-7087 or 88, or email us at
training@powermaccenter.com
http://www.powermaccenter.com/training.php

The Seminars: An introduction to Aperture 2 the workflow after the shoot and the things you can do with your selected images using iLife ’09 GarageBand and iWork ’09 working with Pages and Keynote plus a lot more.
Total integration using the Mac.

The Workshops: Travel Photography and Aperture 2, tips and tricks while on the road plus the integration on the Mac using Pages and Keynote from iWork ’09 the possibilities after the shoot.
How to record on the road by just using your iPhone and creating real sound tracks later in GarageBand for your slide shows and Keynote presentations.

Late Breaking NEWS...Palau cites human rights in resettling detainees

Latest NEWS...

Palau, Rock Islands, micronesia, Aerial, View, Gunther Deichmann, Photographer
© Gunther Deichmann - aerial view over the
Palau Rock Islands after sunset.

Associated Press
Palau cites human rights in resettling detainees
Associated Press, 06.11.09, 12:44 AM EDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Palau's president says his tiny Pacific island state considered human rights - and not China's reaction - when it agreed to take in 17 Chinese Muslim separatists detained at Guantanamo Bay.
Palau President Johnson Toribiong says his country has agreed to a U.S. request to resettle the detainees out of humanitarian concerns and because their imprisonment is unlawful...
read the complete article and more NEWS LINKS at:
http://www.palautours.com/blog.html


Palau, Government, Capitol, Building, Micronesia, Photographer, Gunther Deichmann, Aerial
© Gunther Deichmann - was the decision made here?
The Palau Capitol Building

Travel Photography: Colors… if you travel through Rajasthan in India then you’re surrounded by it, color is everywhere!

Everything one way or the other
has some color...


Gunther Deichmann, Photographer, Eyes, Colorful, India , Rajasthan, Women, face, covering
© Gunther Deichmann - Eyes and colors...
Thar desert Rajasthan India

Gunther Deichmann, Agra, taj mahal, Women, Photography, Color, Jodhpur, Tribal,
© Gunther Deichmannn - movement & color, Jodhpur women
visiting the Taj Mahal in Agra, note the
traditional silver ankle bracelets.


Bracelet,  Bangle,Gunther Deichmann, Photographer, feet, Colorful, India , Rajasthan, Women, traditional, tribal, Culture

© Gunther Deichmann - Bangles are part of traditional Indian jewelry and its origin is from the late 18th Century, from hindi bangli “glass bracelet”. Women, one or more on each arm, usually wear them in pairs. Most Indian women prefer wearing either gold or glass bangles or combination of both. Inexpensive Bangles made from plastic are slowly replacing those made by glass, but the ones made of glass are still preferred at traditional occasions such as marriages and on festivals.
For more info go to:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangle

Gunther Deichmann, Photographer, hair, Colorful, India , Rajasthan,  market, Combs
© Gunther Deichmann - everything has color,
including the combs in Jaipur
Gunther Deichmann, Photographer, Building, Strange, Co

© Gunther Deichmann - the colors of Pushkar, Pushkar means born due to a flower. Hindus believe that the gods released a swan with a lotus in its beak and let it fall on earth where Brahma would perform a grand yagna. The place where the lotus fell was called Pushkar. Pushkar is one of the oldest cities of India. The date of its actual founding is not known, but legend associates Lord Brahma with its creation. It is mentioned that Brahma performed penance here for 60,000 years to have glimpse of Radha Krishna.
For more info go to:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pushkar

Gunther Deichmann, Photographer,  Colorful, India , Rajasthan,  Bikaner, Thar Desert, Fort, Windows , design, Glass

© Gunther Deichmann - Color glass window designs at the upper floor of the Fort. The Bikaner Fort also known as Junagarh Fort is an impregnable fortress that has withstood the ravages of time and has remained unconquered since elapsed times. This impressive fort of Northern India is bounded by a moat and consists of 37 palaces and pavilions. One could spend a whole day here wandering through the corridors of this tryly amazing place, a treasure cove for Photographers, Art lovers and Historians.
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Photography & gadgets...the Net is full of them, do we really need them? Have we forgotten how to create real images without resorting to Photoshop or other toys.

I like to start with one of my Quotes from my Book
Journey Through Color & Time:

“To see something which is not there
makes a great image”
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This subject is cropping up all the time in Twitter, Facebook and Blogs the web is full of it… gadgets that is. More applications for this and that, new iPhones, new software the list goes on and on, not to mention cameras with this and that new thing.
Sounds cynical…yes, so it should.

Eye, explosion, photography, Gunther Deichmann
© Gunther Deichmann - Vision... the eye and not the gadgets...
Composite created in PS

I recently read an article I picked up on Twitter by Jack Hollingsworth a very simple but so true statement:
Gear is good…
but Vision is better!

I have written my fair share of articles about today’s digital Photography, lets call it today...
“Graduating in manipulation.”

As Jack put it, Vision is better… and I agree with him fully hearted. Why do I bring this subject up again is simple.
During a small Exhibition recently at the Hyatt Hotel showcasing images from India, people kept asking…who is the Painter? (by the way I can’t even draw a straight line)

I could consider that as a compliment but when I talked to them they could not believe the images where Photographs, and once they knew, they immediately thought of Computer and Photoshop. Grrrrrr.

This is exactly the dilemma we are facing today, very recently a good friend said to me … education is the magic word or better the lack off it.
I created the image above a long time ago in Photoshop, yes you have heard correctly, and yes I know how to use Photoshop. There is a place for PS no question about it and I have been using PS also but in the right context in commercial and advertising Photography, but not for my documentary and nature work.
The image above portraits an eye surrounded by colors and the “explosion of the brain” during the visualization of an image in front of us. In other words Vision first, then the capture of the image via any media using a camera or through the hand of a painter.
After the “explosion” you get the image like the one below…
NO Photoshop!

india, Agra, reflection, Taj mahal, Gunther Deichmann, Photographer
© Gunther Deichmann - A Reflection of Excellence the Taj Mahal
India April 2009 - Reflections are the work of Nature!

Since we are in a new age now, of course we need software like Aperture 2 or Lightroom to process our digital images, but lets think for a moment…are we manipulating to much? We do need to process the digital images converting from Raw or creating B/W images, some sharpening and at times adjusting the white balance all of that is acceptable today, but not changing the overall look and color.

Even in underwater photography some divers moving critters around and later fixing a lot in the computer, what ever happen to the real images or better the challenge of getting the perfect shot.
Hence the reason that many good images have been judged and misunderstood today, oh this is a great shot but I am sure he/she done this in the computer.
I stop rambling on now, trying to explain, I don’t have the answers and properly want change a thing but it is somewhat very sad in particular for our next generation and only the proper education can make a difference.
GD

Photography & Aperture 2: Black and White in India, conversion made easy provided the subject is right.

For a change... India in Black & White...
from the Car Window.

India, Man, Muslim, Camel, Rajasthan, Black & White, travel, photography, Gunther Deichmann
© Gunther Deichmann - Bikaner Rajasthan India, April 2009
No fur...the Camel had no fur, Camel hair is used in Rajasthan for carpets
and other materials he must have been just to the “Barber shop”

I just love the Aperture 2 Monochrome Mixer converting Color to Black & White but the subject needs to be right.
I am known for my strong colors and contrast, but occasional I convert images to Black and White due to their nature and subjects.

Children, Eyes, India, Rajasthan, Black & White, travel, photography, Gunther Deichmann
© Gunther Deichmann - Just Eyes...Bikaner Rajasthan India, April 2009

Aperture 2 makes it very easy and I have explained the process on numerous occasion in my Blogs. I thought I share with you today some images which I felt where perfect for the conversion, again these shots have been taken from The Car Window one of my favorite shooting techniques when traveling.
The Images are taken in the Desert Town of Bikaner in the Thar Desert, Rajasthan India, April 2009.
How I work with Aperture 2 and deal with some 7000 images after the shoot check out my Seminars and Workshops at the Power Mac Center in Makati, Greenbelt 3, see the dates below.

June 19 - 6:00PM to 7:00PM (seminar)
June 27 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM (workshop)

July 10 - 6:00PM to 7:00PM (seminar)
July 18 - 3:00PM to 5:00PM (workshop)

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Children, looking, India, Rajasthan, Black & White, travel, photography, Gunther Deichmann
© Gunther Deichmann - these children where not begging they just walked
up to the car to check me out... Bikaner Rajasthan India, April 2009

Join me on a Journey through Rajasthan using Aperture and the Mac, how to create slideshows, Keynote presentations with sound from GarageBand recorded on an iPhone, prepare and produce Flyers and Posters using Pages
from iWork ’09.
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Late News: Images, great food and super company at the Hyatt Hotel Manila, Philippines. “ A Taste of India”

The Rain didn’t stop the “Taste of India” at the
Hyatt Hotel in Manila.




My personal press release!
I just arrived back home, WOW it was a great show with genuine Indian food, traditional dances and some Sitar as background music.
A great evening with some amazing food and great company like:
The honorable Rajeet Mitter Ambassador of India, the Undersecretary of
Tourism Philippines Eduardo Jarque, Jr., Mr. Vishnu Hathiramani from the Indian Chambers of Commerce, Anthony A. Sebastian the General Manager of the Hyatt Hotel in Manila.


Getting together for a “Taste of India”

Part of the Gallery

Blessing the Chefs Indian style

I also had the pleasure to be in the company of Lawrence Siason from the Power Mac Center and his wife, my good friend Luis Harder and Company and my better half Grace the sometime driving force behind me.
Overall a fantastic evening, a very special thanks goes to Arjun Shroff and his charming family from
Shroff International Travel, without their help and India Tourism my Images on display tonight would not have been there.
Thank you so much!


http://www.incredibleindia.org/


Later in the evening I had a surprise visit by my very good friend
Dirk Fahrenbach from Club Paradise and Dugong Dive Center, he just snowed in at the spare of the moment.

I also had some very interesting questions all evening, guests referred to me as a Painter. I wish I could paint, however I cant even draw a straight line.
Maybe my images come across like that, I guess I paint with my camera but NOT Photoshop which I had to point out on numerous occasions. It is just my style, my interpretation and my ability to work with light. As I keep saying…Photography is light…light is Photography.
Thanks to One Work Shop and Ross Capilli for a great job on the archival printing.
We have also some seminars and workshops at the
Power Mac Center in Greenbelt 3 shortly, and if you have the time please drop by, I am only to happy to guide you through my Light. However if you feel hungry then you better drop by the Hyatt Hotel for a real “Taste of India”
A very special thanks to the Engineering Dept, PR and Marketing Dept. at the Hyatt Hotel Manila for a very professional service, they did such a great Job, and of course it goes without saying, thanks to the Chefs for a real ”Taste of India”.
All Photos by Hermes Singson, thanks Hermes.
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Travel Photography: Never leave home without it…the Camera that is. Monsoon rain… & how to fight boredom in traffic jams…with the Leica D-Lux 4

Yesterday was just one of those days…meetings and organizing images for today’s “A Taste of India”at the Hyatt Hotel in Manila.
See the images now as mention in my text from yesterday’s Twitter post.

Gunther Deichmann, Traffic, Rain, Monsoon, Streets, Manila, Philippines, Photogrphy
© Gunther Deichmann - abstract colors on my way to Makati
Gunther Deichmann, Makati, Manila, photography, Rain, Monsoon, Traffic Jam, Road
© Gunther Deichmann - abstract colors on the windshield, stuck in traffic, near Makati

I spend most of the day in the car going through (or not going at all) traffic jams navigating flooded streets until 10 PM last night.
I had no choice but things had to be done, I rather have stayed at home in this weather, a 2 hour affair become a whole day madness in flooded streets and traffic jams.

Flooded, Children, Boys, Gunther Deichmann, Traffic, Rain, Monsoon, Streets, Manila, Philippines, Photogrphy
© Gunther Deichmann - streets are flooded but the kids having fun, last night in Makati.

Of course I always have my travel companion with me, the Leica D-Lux 4 just in case or when I get too bored sitting around waiting for the cars to move.
Rain was pounding the vehicle and the light from the traffic was painting colors on the windshield creating some abstract colors right in front of me, so I started to shoot what was right in front of me.


© Gunther Deichmann - fighting boredom in the Traffic jam, yesterday at about 6:30 PM

The weather this time of the year is nothing new…the wet season has arrived and is here to stay for a few month and if I have to venture out again, maybe I see some more interesting subjects to shoot, at least I am not getting bored sitting in traffic jams.
The way it looks, it is going to be another very wet and traffic clogged affair today, lucky I am not too far from the Hyatt Hotel where I have to be at 6:30 PM tonight, enjoying
“A Taste of India”.
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Travel Photography: Compact Flash Cards and a fully-grown Beard for sale... where else can you find that... but in Incredible India

Compact Flash Cards & Beards...
a very strange mix...but not in India.


Street Vendor, Gunther Deichmann, Photography, Travel, India, Delhi, Beards, Selling
© Gunther Deichmann - vendor selling Beards outside the Fort in New Delhi.
The largest of old Delhi's monuments is the Lal Quila, or the Red Fort.

It is truly amazing what you come across in India; take New Delhi for example, visiting the Red Fort one afternoon I saw this vendor selling “fully grown beards”. Are they for the Tourist or the locals? I still have to figure that one out yet.
Then in Jaipur at the entrance of the astronomy and observatory area, a vendor approached me; I guess he had spotted my Nikons, he was trying to sell me CF Cards up to 4 gigs. Wow… in the old days they sold films, but now Compact Flash Cards, just amazing.

Photography, Gunther Deichmann, India, Jaipur, vendor, Street, Compact Flash Cards, Kodak, Fuji,Films
© Gunther Deichmann - Compact Flash Cards and a lot more, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

I am not sure who is going to buy them, but I am sure some tourist might get them after their Card is full; this guy was selling them in all shapes and sizes up to 4 Gigs.
Of course he also carried some Batteries, Cigarettes, Video Tapes, other bits pieces and in case some Tourists who had not made the switch to Digital, he had some Fuji and Kodak films too.
In other words, if you run out of supplies on your trip in India I am sure there is always someone around the corner who carries what you looking for. Everything from CF Cards to Beards, or what ever you might need at the time. You just have to watch out how genuine these things are, carry your own CF Cards makes a lot more sense and it is a lot safer for your valuable images, as for the beard; who needs one in this heat anyway.
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