Marooned

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A Shikara stuck amidst the weeds on Dal Lake, Srinagar

Dal Lake in Srinagar is dotted with Shikaras of all shapes in sizes. Over the years many get abandoned at various points on the late. While riding though Srinagar, on the ride to Leh, I stayed at a hotel near to the lake. Early morning, while others slept, I went down to the lake to explore the surrounding.
Early morning as the sun starts coming up, the surface of the lake lights up reflecting the hues of the sunrise. In one remote corner of the lake was this Shikara, all abandoned amidst the weeds.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 20mm, F/5.6, 1/400s, ISO400
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Morning Light

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Morning Light adorns the peaks of surrounding the barren plains of Rangdum in Zanskar, Ladakh

Rangdum 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. I did an impromptu stop of two days in this place. The remoteness and of course the beautiful surroundings were what made me stay.
Early morning as the sun starts coming up, the snow peaks get the first rays illuminating them much before the surrounding. Standing in the middle of dark valley with the tops slowly getting illuminated is a surreal feeling.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 15mm, F/5, 1/180s, ISO500
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Born to be Free

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Horses running free in the high altitude meadows of Zanskar, Ladakh

The valleys of Zanskar are full of meadows irrigated by melting glaciers. During summers, a lot of wild life makes these meadows their home due to plentiful grass and water.
While riding though one such meadow, I came across a herd of horses galloping across the valley.I had a split second to stop my bike, fish out the camera and take this shot.
There was a bigger white stallion who was leading the pack. Unfortunately that did not get captured in this frame.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 40mm, F/8, 1/200s, ISO800
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Siesta

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An old man catches a nap next to a fire lit for making tea
At Jageshwar there are a cluster of temples mostly dedicated to Shiv. Located in a narrow valley near Almora, Uttarakhand, the temples date back to 9th century. The valley is covered with dense Deodar forests and is a pleasure to walk along. The road is mostly isolated with a few small shops until it reaches the cluster of temples. Then there is the usual visual cacophony of shops and people.
During the autumn of 2016,  I was riding out of Nainital and happened to cross the area. Few Km into the Jageshwar valley, I was caught by a sudden thunderstorm and took shelter in a tea shop. It was a cold afternoon and as my tea boiled, the shop owner caught a few winks.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
Exposure: 42mm, F/5.6, 1/40s, ISO1600
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Unperturbed

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An old man sleeps peacefully amidst the chaos at  Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Tiruchirapalli, India

Ranganathaswamy Temple is said to be the largest functioning Hindu temple in the world. The place is perennially crowded with local devotees and tourists. Amidst the chaos, I found this old man sitting on the ground and catching a nap while leaning against a roller up mat.

Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 40mm, F/2.8, 1/20s, ISO1600
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)