Piousness in Red

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Group of pilgrims all dressed in red @Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur, India

The Brihadeeswarar Temple at Thanjavur temple is a sight to behold and a marvel of ancient Indian architecture. The premises attract an audience of all kinds who are an experience to shoot. A majority of the visitors come as groups of pilgrims, temple hoping across the numerous temples in the area and typically dressed up in a particular way.

In this picture a group of ladies dresses in a red/yellow sari walk down the surrounding outer precincts of the temple.

Technical Details

Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 32mm, F/8, 1/200s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

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Drang Drung Glacier at Pensi-La

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Drang Drung Glacier flows east from Doda Peak to form the Stod River which eventually joins Zanskar River downstream.

Pensi La is the highest mountain pass between Kargil and Padum in Zanskar. It acts as a gateway to Zanskar.
Located around 25Km from Julidok village in Rangdum Valley, the terrain is barren and surroundings are beautiful. I did an impromptu stop of two days in the Julidok village. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay.

The picture is taken from the top of the Pensi La, looking east towards the  Drang Drung Glacier.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 16mm, F/4, 1/1250s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Moonset over Spiti Valley

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This is a 5 shot panorama. Click on the picture above to see a full screen version.

Moon sets in the west as the first rays of sun illuminate the peaks across the Spiti River from Dhankar

The trail that leads to Dhankar Lake has panoramic views of the village of Dhankar with its new and old monastery. For 3/4th of the distance the trail rises steeply with open views of the valley below.

I had woken up early for the early morning walk to the lake from the Monastery (where I was staying) before any other soul stirred. The three dogs who got startled as I open the door, ungrudging  accompanied me on the walk up to the lake. Taking my time going up, I occasionally stopping to take in the rising sun shower its blessings on the monastery and the village below.

In the 5 shot panorama above, the entire valley is still deep in shadows while the peaks to the West receive their first rays of sun. The moon can also be seen setting on the left.

Technical Details

  • Olympus E-M10ii + 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
  • F/5, 1/60s, ISO200
  • Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Clicking Back

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Two friends pretend to take my picture with an imaginary camera at a Govt School on the outskirts of Bangalore

A while back I was at a school for a company organized volunteer visit. It was a typical small village school with a verandah in front and a row of classes with a few windows. After the classes were over, we gathered the kids around for some games and activities. Many were keen to get their portrait taken.

The girl on the right came back several time for a picture. Once I asked her to pose with a friend. And then they pretended to be taking a picture of me.

Technical Details
Camera/Lens: Olympus E-M10ii + 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6
Exposure: 40mm, F/4.0, 1/100s, ISO320
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Divine Reflections

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This is a 5 shot panorama. Click on the picture above to see a full screen version.

Surroundings reflect in the high altitude Dhankar Lake near Dhankar Fort in Spiti valley, Himanchal Pradesh.

A thousand feet climb on the hill opposite the Dhankar Monastery and one finds himself in solitude on the banks of this small lake. One one side rise the towering mountains capped with snow and on the other a steep drop to the Spiti Valley.

I had woken up early for the early morning walk to the lake from the Monastery (where I was staying) before any other soul stirred. The three dogs who got startled as I open the door, ungrudging  accompanied me on the walk up to the lake.

Taking my time going up, I occasionally stopping to take in the rising sun shower its blessings on the monastery and the village below. The lake itself was devoid of any human presence except a small temple and a notice board. While the water levels were quite low, the surroundings reflected well on the calm water.

Technical Details

  • Olympus E-M10ii + 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6
  • F/8, 1/800s, ISO1600
  • Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)