Hilltop Chemrey Monastery, is situated in an classical setting.
Chemrey Monastery from the village.
Damaged drum skin, Chemrey.
Door to monastery.
Chemrey and Stupas.
I am nearing the final entry regarding my experiences in Ladakh. I have yet to share anything other than the visual elements of my visit there. I am enjoying this process of reviewing and reworking imagery from six years ago. I am now far more capable as a digital darkroom practitioner than I ever imagined I could be in 2008.
Sadly, I was a cheap-scape when I went to Ladakh, and I skimped on memory cards, so I shot in a jpg mode the entire time. The images I am sharing are at the limits of what I can squeeze out of the eight-bit files. Nonetheless, I am pleased with most of the images. Please note that the image quality that appears on these pages is inferior to how the image would appear in print.
There were many layers to my experiences, and I will summarize them in another post soon.
About Thomas Bethune
THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE
I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions.
A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico.
All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media.
An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest.
Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA
Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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