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Gordon Ross Photography

23 Apr 2013
studio portrait photography

Colour and Grace | Studio Lighting

Movement, form, colour and light—what could go wrong? After a series of images from the field, here’s one from the studio. Natural light is good. Studio light is good. Yes, they’re all good. It’s all about playing with available light whether natural, or artificial. And then, you can mix the two sources for even wilder effects. A harbinger of posts to come… Photography—fun and endlessly creative. Upcoming photography workshops to be announced in the next few days. Stay tuned and […]

22 Apr 2013
portrait photography

Amazing Faces Of Cambodia

Faces are my favourite subjects. Not only is each face fantastically unique, but each person’s face changes constantly making for endless photographic possibilities. Take this man for example. What a great face and from what I could see, he lived in deep poverty, in a country with a tragic history of genocide, war and lingering landmines.  But despite it all, he managed a kind, inviting expression.  And Cambodia is filled with such expressions. A testament to the resilience of the human […]

18 Apr 2013

Modern Architecture in Singapore, Marina Bay Sands Hotel

The Marina Bay Sands Hotel in Singapore struck me as odd and fascinating. Talk about conflicted. I mean, you can’t help but marvel at the genius behind the construction, but why is there a ship’s hull on top of a building? Incongruous? I think so. But then again, the structure is a casino-hotel and if Vegas is any guide, the more outlandish, the better. Maybe people bet more in quirky spaces? Or maybe, it symbolizes the casino sailing away with […]

16 Apr 2013

An Engagement Photo in Sri Lanka

As I wandered through the green expanse of Kandy’s Botanical Garden, I came across this lovely couple out for a shoot with their hired Sri Lankan wedding photographer. Being the interloper that I am (the basic nature of a photographer?), I asked if I could take their picture. They obliged and everyone, including their photographer, seemed happy with the request; their photographer took a picture of me taking a picture of them. My guess is that I am now in […]

15 Apr 2013

Yoga with Crampons on Villarica Volcano, Andes, Chile

Yes, you can do yoga anywhere, even on an active volcano. And with crampons, too. After a 4-hour climb to the top of Villarica Volcano in the Lake District of Chile, a little stretch is exactly what we needed. In the photo, you can see another stratovolcano off in the distance which is similar in shape to Villarica, the one we’re standing on. You can also see smoke (which is mostly water vapour and leached minerals) coming up from the […]

12 Apr 2013

A Country of Tea Drinkers

In Sri Lanka, tea is a big deal. Sri Lanka is the fourth largest producer and the second largest exporter in the world. I had always thought that tea production had a really long history in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), but it was the British who introduced it and started cultivation in the mid-1800s. Previously, coffee had been the big deal (fueled by consumption in Europe), but a coffee blight pretty much wiped out the entire stock. Luckily, they had […]

11 Apr 2013
09 Apr 2013

In Search of Big Blue

Having quickly exhausted anything mildly of interest in the coastal town of Unawatuna, I learned that just down the road, in a town called Mirissa, one could hire a boat and go blue whale watching. Yes, I thought, blue whales! The prospect excited me because 1) I had never seen a blue whale and there are only a handful of places where one can catch site of these, the largest organisms that have ever existed—and 2) it wasn’t Unawatuna. So, […]

29 Mar 2013

Portrait of a Sinhalese Buddhist Monk, Sri Lanka

I took this shot just outside an old temple in central Sri Lanka. (Make sure you click on the blue, “Read More” button and then click on the image to get the full-frame version of the shot.) I love the light in the shade in the tropics at mid-day. Forget about shots in the direct sunlight during the harsh light of a tropical day. It’s just way to intense. The shade is where it’s at. We’ll be starting a travel […]

28 Mar 2013

The Holy of Holies— The Holy Tooth Relic Temple, Kandy, Sri Lanka

I shot this photo just after I had queued to catch a glimpse of the golden casket that allegedly holds one of the Buddha’s teeth. The monk is entering a chamber one floor below where the the tooth is located. As such, he must be a pretty important monk to get solitary access to such a special place. (Make sure you click on the image to get the full deal.) The Holy Tooth Relic Temple is the most important religious […]