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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)

Centuries Old Friendship

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A stream flows by the Jageshwar Temple as it has been for centuries maintaining company to the temple and quenching the thirst of countless pilgrims.
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.
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. While waiting at a tea shop I noticed the water level rise leading to these mini cascades.
When the rain stopped, I descended down to the stream and made multiple shots, some exposing for the flowing water and others  for the temple and the sky.
The above picture is a digitally blended (traditional name for HDR) composite using the technique explained in LuLa website.

Technical Details

Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
Exposure: 14mm, F/22, multiple, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Colors in the Cloud

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African Tulip Tree Blooming amidst the tea gardens of Valparai, Tamil Nadu.
Monsoons are one of the best times to visit Western ghats. The hills are green and clouds crown the landscape.  In the tea growing areas, the perfectly manicured  bushes present a pleasing sight.
The picture was taken on a three day ride ride to Valparai. I stopped to take the picture of a scurrying away porcupine and then ended up taking a 5 shot panorama of the above.

 

𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘀
5 shot Panorama
𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗮: Olympus E-M10ii ,
𝗟𝗲𝗻𝘀: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲: 14mm, F/8, 1/160s, ISO320
𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

Drive-by Blessings

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A truck  stops to allow its passengers take blessings from the gods.
One one of my bike rides towards Dhimbam Ghats, I took an alternate route via a Tibetan settlement called Odayarpalya. Late morning the spring weather was beautiful and the heat was still not a problem.
I stopped on the side of the road admiring the rolling hills and serenity of the moment. Suddenly a truck rose out of a dip on the road and stopped in front of the three Gompas. The occupants bowed to the gods seeking blessings.
It must’ve taken me around half a minute to pull out the camera and point towards the truck. By that time I had missed the heads bowed in devotion and the truck’s quick stop was over.

As the truck  crossed me, it stopped again trying to figure out what I was doing on that lonely stretch of back road. A nod, a smile, a friendly wave and both parties moved on in opposite directions.

Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 55mm, F/7.1, 1/3200s, ISO400
Editing: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

Nature’s Archway

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Overgrown jungle forming a natural archway on a remote road in the jungles of Anachetty, Tamil Nadu
On one of my day rides I followed Google Maps to an unknown road off the village of Anachetty. The narrow road was hardly used and in couple of places the bridges had swept away.

The view above was at a point leading into one of such bridges, where the overgrown trees formed an archway making  a natural shady canopy

𝗧𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗮𝗹 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘀
𝗖𝗮𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗮: Olympus E-M10ii ,
𝗟𝗲𝗻𝘀: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
𝗘𝘅𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲: 36mm, F/7.1, 1/125s, ISO200
𝗘𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)