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Photography: Magic light, shadows and patterns in architecture

Magic light, shadows and patterns in architecture,
different views on Manila’s High-rise Buildings.

Happy New Year

The story behind the images:

One late afternoon in the week between Christmas and New Year
I ventured onto the rooftop of my Building only to be greeted by awesome light and a Rainbow. As the light became more intense
so did the Rainbow until it had formed a complete arch.

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Magic light and Rainbow, Manila, Philippines, Dec.2017 (iPhone6)

It seems Rainbows keep following me around; it was only last year that I had a few in Cambodia with a spectacular one over Angkor Wat. I guess this beauty over Manila completed 2017 nicely.
Unfortunately this time I only had my iPhone6 in my pocket and I started to curse a bit …but then I remembered my favorite saying… “be content and appreciate nature and take home the memory instead”.
Well, at least I had my iPhone, so I bathed in the beautiful light spectacle right in front of me and made some frames with the iPhone.

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Magic light over Manila, Philippines, Dec.2017 (iPhone6)

Later I realized that this was the trigger and gave me the Idea
to go beyond the normal
architecture images and create something a bit different a few weeks later.
I checked the weather now and then waiting for the right light
but I knew getting a Rainbow again would have been extremely lucky, but I was not after a rainbow this time, I had something completely different in mind.

Then on January 04, 2018 it all came together and I concentrated on those Buildings that lit up during the late afternoon creating an unusual light-show with high contrast and shadows. I love this light and contrast, and it was a great start
for 2018.

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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture, Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)

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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture, Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)

I forced myself making images only using a long lens from
200mm to 800mm picking the best textures and patterns from
varies high rise buildings, highlighting the architecture seldom seen.
There is only a very short gap when the light is just right and the weather is absolutely crucial, cloud coverage can change things very quickly.
Time is of the essence since the light changes very fast, besides dealing with a long lens can be quiet cumbersome.

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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture,
Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)

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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture, Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)

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Magic light, shadows and texture Manila Architecture, Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)

I guess the recent Realestate Boom in Manila continuous changing the city skyline, and many more days for me to keep busy.
The few images I posted here are made with iPhone 6 in December 2017 and the architecture ones with the Lumix
GX8 using the Pana/Leica 100 to 400mm in January 2018.
You can view the complete selection in high resolution in my
Photo Shelter Galleries and Archive.

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Magic light, shadows and a commercial airliner, Manila Architecture,
Philippines, Jan .2018 (Lumix GX8)

I might mention also that during the Christmas and New Year Holidays Jason and myself made also some more improvements on my new website; tweaked a bit here and there, added some more images in the main gallery and completely updated the Photo Tours/Workshop section.
Thanks for stopping by,
Cheers GD

Documentary Photography: Gloves and Handbags, the beauty and the beast

The beauty and the beast…next time you put on your gloves or wearing your handbag,
think about how it got to this beautiful nice and shiny stage.…

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Not at all that glamorous when you look behind the scenes in the production
of high end leather products.

It looks all very different in the beginning; these products are not that glamorous and shinny, they require hard work, produced under harsh and extremely smelly conditions.
It was during one of my recent visits to India that I managed to get access to some Leather Tannery’s near Kolkata and getting access was not an easy task.
The main production of these Tannery’s is for leather gloves and handbags destined for the European Market.

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Unloading the huge wooden drums, Leather Tannery, India

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Preparing the Hides for the next process, India

Upon entering the first Tannery the smell was absolute out of this world and it was extremely difficult getting used to it not to mention the place was dark like a dungeon.

Trying to keep a low profile I only tagged along one camera body and two lenses besides flash/strobe was not allowed anyway. No choice I had to crank up the ISO at times to 1600 on my Lumix GX8 and worked mostly with the fast 20mm1.4mm (equip. 40mm) and my trusted 12 to 35 mm f: 2.8 (equiv. 24 to 70mm) lens.

Workers tend to the huge wooden drums where the row hides tumble in a bluish bath of chromium sulfate and other chemicals. This chemical mix spills all over the floors and the walls, exposing also the workers.

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Squeezing the hides using old machineries, India

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Spraying a chemical mixture, a type of repellant on to the Hides, India

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Barefoot… water and chemicals, India

In some other areas man spraying a chemical mixture, a type off repellant on to the hides, or squeezing the hides through old machines.
Without going into a more detailed description of the whole process the hides once dried (normally on the flat rooftop) they are sorted and made ready for shipment for the final production for many types of leather products. Workers carrying some 75 kg on their back unloading the Rawhide or the tanned finished leather sheets.

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Carrying 75kg of processed Hides, India

After leaving the Tannery Complex we ventured to an area where the leftover leather pieces are cooked/boiled in very large stone basins and once this process is completed it will be mixed with soil and used as an organic fertilizer.

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Boiling the leftovers near the Tannery, India

How many chemicals remain after this process is a good question; I am not convinced it is all clean after all the boiling
but in the process also
toxic smoke billows into the air, polluting our environment.
The small stream near this area certainly did not look inviting for a swim, I wouldn’t dare to stick my toe into it either.

I shall continue my quest and search for the production of beauty products and the impact it has on our environment.

More Images from the Tannery in India at my PhotoShelter Archives