Monochromes from Bukhara (Part 2)

30 September to 1 October 2018, Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

Links go to colour posts (with more information and context). If an image does not have a link, the preceding one applies.

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The Ark, Bukhara.

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The Emir?

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Camel ride below the Ark.

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Bolo-Khauz Mosque.

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Chasma-Ayub Mausoleum.

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Israel Samani Mausoleum.

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Inside Israel Samani Mausoleum.

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Kalyan Minaret.

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Pool reflection.

Sitorai Mokhi-Khosa Palace, Bukhara.

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Outside Sitorai Mohkli-Khosa Palace.

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Wall niches…

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Room with outfits of the Emir.

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Inside the Harem, now a textile museum.

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Chor Minor Madrassah.

Last Night in Bukhara.

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Ancient door on the street.

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Passing through one of the bazaars, probably Tok-i-Sarraton.

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Under the entrance arch of Abdulazizkhan Madrassah.

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A door in the street.

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Probably the roof of a trading dome.  The storks are the national symbol, but not real.

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Restoration workman on the roof of the Kalan Mosque.

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View with minaret.

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Sun going down…

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Kalyan Minaret.

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Monochromes from Bukhara (Part 1)

29  to 30 September 2018, Bukhara, Uzbekistan.

Links go to colour posts (with more information and context). If an image does not have a link, the preceding one applies.

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A truck on the road between Khiva and Bukhara.

Arrival, Bukhara.

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Sunset in Bukhara.

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Bridal couple on the street in the evening.

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Above the main portal of the Nadir Divan-begi Madrasa.

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Wall and ceiling details, Nadir Divan-begi Madrassah.

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A silk weaver

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Markets ceiling (under a dome).

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A variety of textile wonders on offer….

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The ancient Magoki-Attori Mosque.

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Mosque entrance.

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Mosque door.

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Looking up in the top level, from the 1930s.

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Under the largest dome of the Toqi Telpak Furushon Trading Dome.

Trading Domes and Madrassahs, Bukhara

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A knife making workshop.

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Ulugbek Madrassah.

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Top of the arch at the entrance to Abdulaziz-Khan Madrassah.

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Scholars’ bookcase, Abdulaziz-Khan Madrassah.

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This and next four images from Abdulaziz-Khan Madrassah.

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Trading dome Toqi Zaragon.

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Carpet weaver inside the trading dome.

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The Kok Gumbaz (or Blue Dome) of the Kalan Mosque.

Kalan Mosque, Bukhara

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Kalan Mosque doorway.

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Under one of the 288 domes of the mosque.

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In the great rectangle of the mosque, looking west.

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Looking south.

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Looking east.

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Near the west end of the rectangle.

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Looking back through the main portal of the west end of the mosque rectangle.

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(as above).

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Looking up at the dome.

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Down a long corridor, probably on the south side.

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Walking back out to the portal behind the tree.

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Poi-Kalyan Ensemble (the Kalan Mosque is on the right).

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This post is the third of a short series of monochromes from Uzbekistan. They are interspersed with local posts. The previous one is here, two posts back ..

Locked Down in Canberra (Floriade)

28 September to 9 October 2021, Canberra, ACT.

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While in lockdown we are still allowed out to visit open places in our immediate area.  Usually I’ve just been going for walks in the reserve out the back but I have also made some visits to Floriade.  This is an annual flower festival in Canberra.  Usually it is jam-packed with tourists and visitors from other Australian states but because of lockdown it was not publicised and no-one can come into Canberra from outside.  Usually I don’t attend because of the crowds and because other than in small very occasional doses I find it all a bit twee, but it does have some interesting potential for photographs.

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I visited Floriade three times.  The first time I was interested in trying focus stacking, taking lots of images and assembling them later to get arrays of all the flowers with all of them in focus.

I found it didn’t work as well as I was expecting.  We don’t see detailed arrays in perfect focus like that and I found that the detail was overwhelming the composition.  This first image is cropped in considerably for that reason.

I was using a Fujifilm X-E4 (for which you can specify start and end focus points for photo stacked images) and an 80mm f2.8 macro (and processing in Zerene Stacker) though as it turned out, most of the images didn’t really need a macro lens.

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In the original version of this image, there were too many flowers in focus for the eye to know where to rest.  I had to crop the image in considerably and also reprocess it so that fewer flowers were in focus.

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This isn’t cropped in, it is as composed but the wind was blowing around so that the flowers were moving with respect to each other.  The camera took around 150 images but there was no way I could use all those.  So I selected 12 and combined those for essential detail, leaving the background out of focus.

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This image didn’t require cropping and isn’t really part of Floriade.  These are flowers on reeds growing on a small swampy island and I got down low to take them against the light.

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This image is also not cropped, and works OK as a focus stack, with varying layers of white, green, red and purple.

Most of the images from this series I ended up discarding though.

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The second time I visited I had a very different approach.  I used a long telephoto with a very fast lens to get a flower or part of a flower in detail, with most everything else completely out of focus.

(A fast lens is one that opens very wide at maximum aperture and lets in lots of light with a small depth of field. To be precise, I used a Nikon D850 and 300mm f2.8 lens with a 1.4x teleconverter, all taking at maximum aperture of f4.  The Fuji equivalent would be a 200mm f2 + 1.4x TC, but I do not have that lens.)

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Using a long lens with a shallow depth of field like this brings out subject isolation and for the most part worked much better than trying to get everything in focus.

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There were also some ducklings in the park.

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The third time I visited I had in mind a variation of the approach.  I still used the same long telephoto and this time I focus stacked, but only a small number of images.  The images could be dramatic with a single shot but only part of a flower might be in focus.  I wanted to see how it would work with a bit more depth of field to get the whole flower in focus. (Starting with the image above)

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This worked well but there was too much wind on this day (it doesn’t take much when focus stacking) so I had to be patient and wait for lulls..

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Monochromes from Khiva (Part 2)

28 to 29 September 2018, Khiva, Uzbekistan.

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This image and the next ten were taken from the roof of the Kukhna Ark.  This one doesn’t appear to have been posted previously as a colour image though.

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Roof of the Kukhna Ark.

Kukhna Ark, Khiva.

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Kalta Minor and Amin Khan Madrassah.

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Dome of the Amin Khan Madrassah.

Kukhna Ark, Khiva, Part 2.

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Part of an ancient door inside the Ark.

Kukhna Ark, Khiva.

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Workman sawing a supporting beam to demolish a wall.

Kukhna Ark, Khiva, Part 2.

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Old madrassah (?).

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Some of these images were taken with a long telephoto lens and I can’t precisely identify the subject.

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Two young women on the street below, perhaps returning from shopping.

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Door handle and knocker near Kukhna Ark.

Juma Mosque and Toshkhovli Palace, Khiva

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Looking back at entrance to Kukhna Ark.

Kukhna Ark, Khiva.

(The order of images is chronological but quite different from the colour posts.  I think seem to recall there were differences in time settings of my cameras which I only realised part way through making the colour posts.)

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Cheerful dromedary camel, lying in sand.

Juma Mosque and Toshkhovli Palace, Khiva.

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Wedding party in the street and Tura Murad minaret in the near background.

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Inside Juma (or Djuma or Friday) Mosque.

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Carving on wooden pillar.

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Presumably a recent or prospective bride.

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Ceiling detail, Toshkhovli (or Tosh Hauli or Stone Courtyard) Palace.

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Yurt and Khan’s iwan, Toshkhovli Palace.

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An impressive door, possibly of greater antiquity than the palace.

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Ceiling section.

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The Khan’s bedroom.

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Street wares outside.

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Street scene, Tura Murad Minaret in the background.

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Markets and Kalta Minor in the background.

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Wedding couple.

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Kalta Minor and the Amin Khan Madrassah.

Khiva at Night

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Unidentified minaret.

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Action atop Kukhna Ark.

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A detail from the Amin Khan Madrassah.

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Small minaret behind Kuhkna Ark.

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People walking towards Kalta Minor.

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Kalta Minor.

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This post is the third of a short series of monochromes from Uzbekistan.  They are interspersed with local posts.  The previous one is here, two posts back.  The next one is here, two posts on.

Locked Down in Canberra (Macro Landscapes in the Rain)

4 September to 5 October 2021, Canberra, ACT

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Small worlds in rain.

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(Acacia in bloom).

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I live backing onto a nature reserve.  The first five images are on the path at the back of the houses, no more than fifty yards or so from the back gate.

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I decided to get some practice going out and shooting in heavy rain.  Some places you travel to you may well encounter it and not want to waste too much time sitting around.  I found it has interesting potential.

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Almost all the rest are further out in the bush, no longer in heavy rain, and within about twenty minutes’ walk if I’m not stopping to take photographs.

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There’s no real need to describe most of these images (though feel free to ask questions).  I’ll add notes on how I took them at the end.

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As you may have noticed at the top, they were taken over a period of about a month.

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These two were at a different location, at the Jerrabombera Wetlands.

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These are on a young eucalypt just outside the back gate.  They look like caterpillars but they are actually spitfire bugs or sawfly larvae and are harmless to people and animals.  Sawflies are a kind of stingless wasp.  They are closest to the ancestral form of all hymenopterans (ants, wasps, bees and sawflies) and survive as fossils from the Jurassic.

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On the back path by the fence again.

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Back in the bush.

Though I didn’t encounter the heavy rain again, many of these images are taken during or after lighter rain, which brings out colours and changes the feeling.

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There are thirty-seven images here and only five were taken as a single image (marked with an “s” below them).  The rest were focus stacked.  Macro images have a very small depth of field, but to increase that you can take images at slightly different points of focus.  Then you need to combine them later in post-production using Photoshop or a dedicated program such as Zerene Stacker or Helicon Focus.  That’s focus stacking.

Focus stacking doesn’t require a macro lens or subject.  With a wide angle lens in a landscape you may not need many exposures.  At the extreme, using a 4mm circular fisheye lens, it required just two exposures to be in focus from around three inches to infinity (that’s the Pimilea Physodes image in this earlier post).  Conversely, macro depth of field is very small and I took as many as 600 exposures for some images in this post.

Anyone can focus stack, provided you have appropriate software to combine the images.  It’s good to stop down to f11 or so (to reduce the number of exposures) and useful to use manual focus, preferably with focus peak highlighting if you have it.

At the most basic level, you have the camera on a tripod, take separate exposures and carefully adjust the focus for each shot.  Alternatively, you can set the shutter going on fast burst and slowly move the focus through your desired range.  In both cases you need to be careful not to leave focus holes where you moved the focus too much between exposures.

It’s easier if your camera automates the process.  I have Nikon D850, Fujifilm X-T2 and Fujifilm X-E4 cameras that do that.  They all operate a bit differently.  The D850 and the X-T2 fire away from a starting focus point for a set number of exposures.  You also have to set the delay between exposures (usually 0) and the focus adjustment between exposures (usually a middling value in the range).

With the D850, when you finish a burst, the focus stays on the last exposure so if you haven’t specified enough frames, you just set it going again for the rest.  With the X-T2, it goes back to initial focus so if you didn’t specify enough frames, you need to increase the number and start again.  But it does make it easier to make a panorama in the same focus range.  Three of the images above were also panoramas, combining two or three focus stacks.

The X-E4 can operate like the X-T2 but it also has an Auto option where you can specify the start and end points, so you don’t end up shooting lots of autofocus frames.

In all cases, it is better to start a little before what you see as the initial focus point because you can easily miss what that really is.  When taking macro focus stacks, you need to carefully look through at different points of focus before taking the shot and even then it is easy to miss debris and extraneous elements that can disturb your composition.

It’s not necessary to use a tripod, though it definitely helps.  The second acacia image, that I have marked with a “t” was hand held (with a long telephoto lens).  There was some wind too and I was impressed how well Zerene Stacker dealt with that.  It did have a clean background against the tree though.  It would not have worked had there been other plants also blowing around further back.  The previous three images (from the previous day) may also have been hand-held.

The six images at the back of the houses were all taken with the D850 and a Sigma 180mm macro lens.  All the others were taken with Fuji, mainly the X-E4.  Most of those were taken with the 80mm macro (sometimes with 1.4x teleconverter) and I also used 8-16mm, 14mm and 100-400mm lenses.

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This post is the second of a short series of images from Lockdown in Canberra.  The previous one is here, two posts back.  The next one is (insert link when available).  They are interspersed with Uzbek monochrome posts.

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Monochromes from Khiva (Part 1)

28 September 2018, Khiva, Uzbekistan.

Links go to colour posts (for more information and context). If an image does not have a link, the preceding one applies.

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City walls.

Kukhna Ark, Khiva.

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The door to our accommodation, the Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah.

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Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah.

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Tura Murad Minaret.

Kukhna Ark, Khiva, Part 2.

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Looking towards the Kalta Minor.

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Open courtyard with the Kuhkna Ark on the right.

Kukhna Ark, Khiva.

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Door just inside the Ark.

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Summer Mosque.

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Summer Mosque Ceiling.

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Mohammed Amin Khan Madrassah

(Colour image not in a previous post).

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Islam Khoja Minaret & the Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum.

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Crenulated city walls.

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Ceramic tiles near the top of the Kalta Minor.

Kukhna Ark, Khiva, Part 2.

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Minaret, name unknown.

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View from walls of Kukhna Ark.

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Muhammad Rahim-khan Madrasah and the Tura Murad Minaret.

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View of minaret from top of Kukhna Ark.

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Inside Kukhna Ark, Kalta Minor in the background.

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Khurinish Khana or Throne room.

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Door, unknown location.

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Detail as viewed from the top of Kukhna Ark, perhaps at the top of a Madrassah.

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Detail as viewed from the top of Kukhna Ark, perhaps at the top of the entrance arch of a Madrassah.

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Top of Kukhna Ark walls.

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Wedding couple atop Kukhna Ark.

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This post is the second of a short series of monochromes from Uzbekistan.  They are interspersed with local posts.  The previous one is here, two posts back.  The next one is here, two posts on.

Locked Down in Canberra (Wildlife)

24 August to 24 September 2021, Canberra, ACT

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Currently we are in lockdown in Canberra with small levels of COVID at large while Victoria and NSW are also in lockdown with much larger COVID levels.   Hospitals and ambulance services in NSW and Victoria are already over capacity.  Current caseload indicates this will get worse and opening up prematurely for political reasons rather than health advice will not help.   Levels are much higher in NSW and Victoria probably due to flouting of the restrictions there including demonstrations and football final celebrations.  We are in this situation primarily due to the failure of the Federal Government to obtain timely vaccination supplies, set up quarantine centres and financially support the more vulnerable in the population (whereas large businesses are not required to repay hundreds of millions of dollars of excess payments).   Also because the NSW failed to lock down at the first Deltas case and instead waited 10 days.

The one hopeful factor is that vaccination is rapidly increasing.  Fully vaccinated people can still get COVID but they are less infectious, far less likely to have to go to hospital and then less likely to get long COVID.  In the ACT as of yesterday, we have 89.2% receiving the first dose and 60.9% fully vaccinated.

So in the meanwhile, as I said, we are in lockdown.  We mainly stay at home and currently we can leave to exercise for two hours a day in our local area.  This is slowly easing starting from the end of the week.  I am lucky to live at the edge of a nature reserve so I have been going out and photographing on many days.  Here are a selection of wildlife images from that.

I will continue making such posts midweek during lockdown though it may not be every week.

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Eastern grey kangaroos.

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Grey fantail.

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Eastern grey kangaroo.

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Eastern grey kangaroos.

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Australian Magpie.

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Eastern grey kangaroo.

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Sulphur-crested Cockatoos.

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Little Corella (rare in Canberra).

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Common Bronzewing (though not common for me).

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Female Blue Wren.

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Pied Currawang.

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Chough.

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Australian Wood Ducks

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An Australian Wood Duck performing for me.

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Kookaburras.

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Crimson Rosellas.

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Australian Wood Ducks.

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Cunningham’s Skinks.

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Galah.

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Peewee or Magpie-Lark.

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Eastern Rosellas courting…

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Galahs pairing up…

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This post is the first of a short series of images from Lockdown in Canberra.  The next one is here, two posts on.  They are interspersed with Uzbek monochrome posts.

Monochromes from Tashkent

27 September 2018, Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

All images are from my previous (colour) post on Tashkent, where you may find more information and context.

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Cupola ceiling, Khast-Imam complex.

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Muyi Muborak Madrasah on the right and Abdulla Murodxo’jayev Mosque behind.

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A dome of Barakh-khan Madrasah.

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Minaret beside Abdulla Murodxo’jayev Mosque.

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Chor-Su Bazaar.

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Tashkent’s metro.

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Leaving Tashkent’s metro.

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Museum of Applied Arts.

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Monochrome has a long tradition in photography.  Since you are working with tonal relationships rather than colour, there is a different range of possibilities and many images work better in mono than colour.  In the days of film, when shooting black and white, you put colour filters over the lens for different renditions though you only saw the effect when the film was processed.  These days with Digital, if you are using a mirrorless camera you can see a monochrome image as you shoot, including the effect of filters.  But assuming you are shooting RAW, you still end up with a colour image that you need to convert.  This is an advantage though, as you have far more possibilities and control than in the days of film.

Just as you can have a fully automated phone or camera and just press a button for a JPEG image, some may associate monochrome conversion with just selecting a software option for black and white.  This may work sometimes and what matters is the result, not how you got there, but for me chasing a quality image requires much more.  Once I used various Photoshop methods for mono conversion, then I came to use Nik Silver Efex Pro.  I’ve never been much enamoured of Lightroom for this though it has probably improved with the new colour grading options and I do use it for quick proofs to identify suitable images.  These days I use Capture One, which to my mind offers much more control over the colours to convert, regional tonality and the various kinds of sharpening. 

The end point for photography and especially monochrome images has always been the print.  There’s a whole different level of quality that is not available in a digital image , especially a web image.  Still, this is what we have and most of these images will never be printed.

This is the first of probably seven posts on mono conversions of Uzbek images.  However, I’m currently in COVID lockdown and have been going out each day and taking photographs of the local fauna and of macro landscapes.  So I’m expecting to make two posts a week for at least two or three weeks, with midweek posts of local images.

The next mono Uzbek post is here, two posts on.

 

State Museum of Arts,Tashkent

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 6 October 2018.

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On our last day in Tashkent we had some spare time before catching the plane and chose to visit the State Museum of Arts.

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Reconstructed face of Neanderthal boy, Teshiktash Cave, Surkhandaraya region.

There was also a Neanderthal skull, 100,000 years old, from the same location.

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Flint tools from 4th Millennium BC, Bukhara region.

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Rock carvings, 3rd Millennium BC.

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Jar handle in the form of a goat, 5th to 4th millennium BC.

This image and the next two are images of objects from the Amudarya Treasure.  The originals are gold but these are replicas.  In 1880, Captain F.C. Burton happened upon some Afghan merchants being attacked by bandits in the roads of what is now Northern Pakistan, and drove off the bandits.  One of the merchants later showed Burton some items he had and Burton was most intrigued so purchased one.  Burton later showed it to Major General Sir Alexander Cunningham, Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India, whose jaw hit the floor.  Cunningham correctly identified it  as a a fine example of Achæmenid Persian metalwork, from a period when the Achæmenid Emprire stretched from Egypt to the Indus Valley.  Together with Sir Augustus Wollaston Franks, a curator of the British Museum, Cunningham scoured the markets of Pakistan and Northern India for several months and succeeded in purchasing 170 items from the hoard.  They are now in the British Museum.  The treasure had been found on the northern bank of the Amyu Darya River (the Oxus in Classical times), in what is now Tajikistan.

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Priest, 5th to 4th millennium BC.

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Bracelet with Griffins, , 5th to 4th millennium BC.

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Ancient individual with Central Asian headgear (didn’t record the label for this one).

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Coins of Greco-Bactrian Kingdom, 3rd to 2nd centuries BC.

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Solar Deity, 1st to 2nd centuries AD, Fayaztepa, Old Termez, Southern Uzbekistan.

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Buddha with monks, 1st to 3rd century AD.

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Cover from reliquary vessel, 3rd to 4th centuries AD, Kara-Tepa, Old Termez, Southern Uzbekistan.

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Hunting scene, mural painting, 7th century AD, Varakhsha, Ancient Sogdian city near Bukhara.

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This is a copy of one of the world’s oldest Korans.  We saw the original at the start of the trip in Barakh-khan Madrasah (in Tashkent).  Photography is not permitted of the original one.  In either case, it is huge.  The original supposedly dates back to the 630s but testing indicates an early 8th to early 9th century date.

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Glazed ceramic, Samarkand, 10th century.

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Glazed ceramic, Samarkand, 11th century.

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Ceramic dish, 10th to 12th Centuries.

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Glazed ceramic, Samarkand, 12th century.

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Armour of one of Timur’s soldiers, 14th to 15th centuries.

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Glazed ceramic, Samarkand, 15th to 16th centuries.

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Chain mail armour, shield and sword, Bukhara, 18th to 19th centuries.

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Embassy from Khiva, in Tashkent, early 19th century.

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Nineteenth century door from Khiva.

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Nineteenth century door from Bukhara.

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Nineteenth century door from Tashkent.

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Military uniform, Bukhara, 1861-1865.

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Siege of Samarkand, 1868.

Russia occupied Samarkand in 1868, which had been held by Bukhara.  The Russian army then left to pursue the Bukharan army, leaving a small force behind to hold Samarkand.  A combined Bukharan/ Kokand force then laid siege to Samarkand.  This is what is shown here.  The besiegers withdrew when the main Russian force returned.

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“Bazaar in Samakand”, 1897.

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“Bibikhonum Square”, Samarkand. 

(See here for my post on its restored appearance).

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“The street of a Central Asian city”, 1896.

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Decorative embroidery, late nineteenth century, Tashkent.

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Saddle, Namangan, Ferghana Valley, late 19th century.

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Emir’s horse-blanket, 1911-1912.

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Jewellery, early 20th century.

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Gidjak and Rubab (traditional instruments), 1978.

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That was the last post on Uzbekistan, apart from monochrome conversion posts to follow.  Particular thanks to Advantour who organised a wonderful custom tour for us at a reasonable price.  There have been 22 posts with 600 images and 15,000 words.  I have updated the index of posts in the Trip Itinerary.

Samarkand to Tashkent

Samarkand to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 5 October 2018.

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We are en route from Samarkand back to Tashkent, where we catch a plane to Istanbul.  These images are all taken from a moving car.  Some are less than technically perfect, but still included for a feel of the journey.

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There were a few military vehicles on the road.  I wouldn’t have taken a photo like this in Ladakh, not that far from the Chinese border, but felt safe to do so here.

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Fruit for sale on the side of the road.

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The truck looks overloaded but perhaps the load is not all that heavy.

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A variety of products for sale on the way.

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I’m not able to translate the signs.

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Stork nests on a telegraph pole.

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Roadside cattle.

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It seems the products are delivered by trucks – or, maybe, a donkey and cart.

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Many people must still be pursuing largely traditional lives because some of the vehicles on the road are less than high tech.

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He’s carrying a pole; it’s not to beat the donkey.

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This car wasn’t moving very fast either.

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