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)

Veteran Chef at Work

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An expert chef overseeing young apprentices cook 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 gentleman overseeing a group of 5 stalls manned by young boys selling a variety of item. A word to the boy lighting up the coal, another to the one grilling the kebabs, a handful of spices in one mixing bowl and a touch of rearrangement to the beautifully placed mutton samosas – skillfully orchestrating the entire show.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.Zuico 45/1.8
Exposure: 45mm, F/2.0, 1/20s, ISO250
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Playtime

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Young lamas at play.

I was in Gangtok, visiting the Gonjang Monastery where I found myself during the meal time for the young Lamas. Like all youngsters, they were more interested in playing rather than eating. Outside the kitchen, these kids were playing rather than going about their meal.
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 32mm, F/2.8, 1/500s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

Nature’s Painting

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A foot bridge across a river in North Sikkim

North Sikkim with its mountains, valleys, rivers and waterfalls is as picturesque as nature can get. Add to it some human elements like the bridge above and you have the makings of a beautiful landscape photograph.
While driving to Lachen from Gangtok, every turn of the road presented with a beautiful view encompassing these elements of nature. While it was not possible to stop at every point, I took a lot of pictures handheld from the moving vehicle.
The resulting not-so-sharp focus gives the impression of a painting on canvas.
Technical Details
Camera: Olympus E-M10ii
Lens: Olympus M.12-40F2.8
Exposure: 36mm, F/2.8, 1/250s, ISO800
Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border)

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)