Tashi Delek (བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལེགས) With Kunchok
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3d ago
Kunchok Palmo's Tibetan heritage is front and center with a resplendent purple and fuchsia "chuba" (can also be known as chupa) outfit. It's a unisex garment, and worn all over the Tibetan Plateau with roots deep in Central Asia. The traditional "chuba" is an ankle-length robe tied around the waist by a long sash. For the photo shoot I provided a Mahākāla wooden mask from Bhutan, along with bone prayer beads and an ancient seal. Mahākāla is a deity common to Hinduism and Tantric Buddhism, and is considered as a protector deity. Kunchok's name is Tibetan/Nepali for "goddess". Tashi Delek ..read more
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My POV On Portrait Photography
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by tewfic el-sawy
4d ago
I recently met with "K" for an outdoor photo session to feature her wearing a traditional Tibetan purple & pink "chuba". I also brought with me an authentic wooden mask carved in the likeness of Mahakala (a Himalayan protector deity) as a prop. Although I describe myself as more intrinsically interested in the "photojournalism meets travel photography" ethos, I also realize that portrait photography (whether candid or posed) was and will always a part of it...and with it comes a set of "rules" that I try to always follow. The overriding covenant that I always keep at the forefront ..read more
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The Roar Of The Lions' Dance | Chinatown
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by tewfic el-sawy
1w ago
I was pleasantly surprised to hear frenetic drumbeats yesterday during my Chinatown walk. It's the telltale sound of a celebration, and true enough it came from two Lion dance troupes making the rounds, performing in front of (and in) Chinese stores to bring good luck and fortune during the New Year. Naturally, the dancers are given red envelopes with money as rewards for their efforts. Aside from Chinese New Year, the dances play an important role in the consecration of buildings and temples, business openings, official celebrations, and other religious rites. The Lion dance (舞獅)&nbs ..read more
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Quick NYC Night Vibe | X-Pro2 + TT Artisan
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by tewfic el-sawy
1w ago
According to my Twitter feed, Japanese street photographers are quite fond of moody scenes; some made in inclement weather with others in urban alleys etc. Seeing their affinity to color grading, I took the opportunity of a rainy evening in NYC for a short stroll in the immediate neighborhood to capture some scenes...choosing those with red and green in them, as these lend themselves quite nicely to color grading. I used the Fuji X-Pro2 fitted with the 27mm TT Artisan 2.8 lens. In retrospect, I should've used the Fujinon 18mm instead for a wider angle look ..read more
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Through The Five Passes | iPhone 14 Pro
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by tewfic el-sawy
3w ago
The Chinese Year of the Rabbit starts on January 22, and Apple has released its new cinematic showcase for its iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to coincide with it by releasing a reinvention of the renowned Chinese Opera “Through the Five Passes”. Award winning director Peng Fei and director of photography Luo Dong used only iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to produce this nearly 18-minute-long Chinese New Year film. It's also reported that they used no external/additional lenses nor specialized equipment...though I read that there was some ingenious "home made" add-ons to assist in th ..read more
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Walking With The TT Artisan 27mm
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by tewfic el-sawy
3w ago
For the kind of street photography I do, I'm fond of -and used to- the Fujinon 18mm and its 16mm sibling. The former is my go-to lens when I'm out and about on a simple walk-around, while the latter gets used when I know I'll be in a crowded spot...a demonstration or a festival, as an example. On occasions, I fit them on my X-Pro2 and X-Pro3, and have the best of both worlds. I was very recently interested in expanding my street photography lenses, and looked at the Fujinon XF 27mm f/2.8 R WR lens, which is a "pancake" and retails between $400-$500....but when I looked, it was also ..read more
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The Tin Building | The X-Pro 3 + TT Artisan 27mm
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by tewfic el-sawy
1M ago
My Fuji X-Pro3 (fitted with the just-acquired TT Artisan 27mm) visited NYC's newest food hall at the Tin Building, a historic three-story building at 96 South Street in the Seaport District. I read that the the 53,000-square-foot structure was dismantled from its original location along the East River and rebuilt 32 feet away at a cost of almost $200 million. It features six full-service restaurants, six fast-casual counters, four bars, a grocery store, and private dining space, all spread across two floors.  The T-Brasserie From the Tin Building's website, I read this: "Fo ..read more
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It's Time For Esther
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The 2022 Grid
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Singing In The Rain With Frankie
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