Smile ‘n Sweat

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A young boy smiles thorough the sweat and smoke at the Iftar Stalls on MM Road, Bangalore

Every year, Ramadan time presents a great opportunity to food lovers to indulge in some excellent non-vegetarian street food. There are street stall in several parts of the city and one can choose from a pick of locations.
It is also a great opportunity to do some night street photography. This year I went to MM Road on Frazer town for my annual dose. For the photos I choose to focus on the people rather than the food.
I found this boy manning a kebab grill dishing out some fabulous meat. The heat and the smoke made it a sweaty evening. Yet though the discomfort, he was smiling throughout the time I was at his stall.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuico 45/1.8
Exposure: 45mm, F/1.8, 1/25s, ISO320
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Nature’s Carpet

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Wild flowers forming a carpet alongside the Manali Leh Highway

Between Manali and Leh the terrain and visuals change many a times. From lush green fields, to carpeted valleys to rugged terrain with seemingly nothing growing to snow covered passes it is a visual feast to drive on this highway.
As I was driving down towards Manali from Zing Zing Bar, The road snaked through what seemed a hand woven carpet of multiple hues. As I descended down to the river bed, I found wild flowers spread all over the sides creating a beautiful mosaic like a woven carpet.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 12.5mm, F/2.8, 1/400s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Long Lonely Walk

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A monk takes a long lonely walk from Julidok Vilage towards the Rangdum Monastery in Rangdum Valley, Zanskar

Julidok is a small village halfway between Kargil and Padum, a town in Zanskar.
The village is situated next to Suru River and the valley floor is covered with moraine. On one end of the valley is situated the Randum Monastery atop a small hill. I did an impromptu stop of two days in this place. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay.
The residents of the Monastery are quite welcoming and one can spend sometime visiting the inside with its small museum. I for myself used their courtyard for a nice afternoon siesta. Seeing me lie down, an elderly monk was nice enough to give me his shawl to cover myself.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 62.5mm, F/10, 1/125s, ISO500
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)
Here’s a   B&W version of the same image:BikeRide_Leh_679x1600-BW

Cold Wave

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A cold wind blows amidst tourists at Zero Point, Yumthang, North Sikkim
Going by the number of tourists, Zero Point is probably the most popular tourist spot in North Sikkim. Located around 60Km from Lachung, the altitude is not as high and provides ample opportunities to play in snow. Add to the fact that the road goes though the beautiful Yumthang valley, the small area is chock-a-block with tourist vehicles in tourist season.
This picture was taken at Zero point when a cold wind blew around the tourists causing everyone to huddle together and look up to inquire for cause of sudden cold.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 21mm, F/8, 1/400s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Meandering to the Top

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A freshly laid road meanders towards the high mountain peaks ahead
In North Sikkim as you climb towards Gurudongmar Lake, the landscape change to barren lands surrounded by towering snow-clad peaks. The roads zig-zag though the landscape making the going slow; perfect for the traveler who wants to enjoy the moment rather than hurry from one place to other.
This picture was taken while driving from back to Lachen from Gurudogmar Lake. There were few vehicles and the road was empty as far as I could see. The road went up till the hillock below the tall mountains and then dipped in to the valley.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 23mm, F/2.8, 1/4000s, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)