Category Archives: Mongolia

Portrait of a Mongolian Boy

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On the Steppes of Mongolia 2013 We lived with his family for a few days. The boy was old enough to be a bit shy, unlike his younger sister who used to come into our tent unannounced and sit and … Continue reading

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Turning “Soft” into “Sharp”

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Bayan-Olgii, Mongolia 2014 I shot several of these. Most aren’t sharp. I didn’t take the time to check my settings. (Even if you are using Program, you need to check your ASA.)  In this shot, the boy is sharp but … Continue reading

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Sharp is Good #1

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Mongolia 2014 It’s hard to say which aspect of photography is most important but sharpness has to be a contender for number one. No matter how good your composition or exposure, if it isn’t sharp it is worthless. You can … Continue reading

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Pastel Color Palette

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Western Mongolia 2014 The sky and mountains gave hints of these fantasy colors and I just went with it, using saturation, curves, levels, clarity and gradient tools. It’s fun.

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Mongolian Kazakhs

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  Western Mongolia 2013 A proud Kazakh eagle hunter holds his eagle aloft. If you are interested in this ancient custom and want to learn more about it, I recommend the recent film, “The Eagle Huntress”. It is a documentary, … Continue reading

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Sport in Turkistan

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Kazakhstan 2016 Our Turkistan guide lived in the village you can see in the background. He, like all the young men in the village, was an avid Kokpar rider. Kokpar is the name of the sport you see in the … Continue reading

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Anticipation

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Mongolia 2104 She was a professional model and when someone asked her to sit, she knew to arrange her robes around her. That makes the photo for me. That and her expression.

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Kazakh Wearing Fox Fur

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Western Mongolia, 2014 I decided to backup some of my photos. Every now and then I get paranoid about losing them. As I copied my Mongolia photos, I panicked when I didn’t recognize some of the shots. Had I never looked … Continue reading

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Mongolia: Landscape with Mountains

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Eastern Mongolia 2014 This landscape was perfect for black and white because the late evening sun highlighted the middle range of mountains and the lower range of clouds: a nice altering of gray tones. Key to good landscape shots is … Continue reading

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Kazakh Eagle Hunter

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Mongolia 2014 The hunter appears tense as he decides the perfect moment to remove the hood from his eagle. In order to heighten the drama of the moment, I converted this shot to black and white. I used a dark vignette around … Continue reading

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