Desert Greens


Barren mountains engulfing the green fields of Sakti Valley near Leh.

Sakti is a small village near Leh on the way to Panging Lake. It is located before the road rises towards the high pass of Chang La. The alternate road to Nubra valley over the Wari La diverges from here. Two monasteries – Chemrey and Takthok are also located along this valley.

The valley presents a dramatic contract of lush green cultivated land surrounded by barren mountains rising all around it.

This picture was taken which I was on a bike ride in Leh going to Pangong Lake. As the road zigzags up towards Chang La, the green valley gives way to rocky mountain side. On your left is a sharp drop to the valley floor. As I was riding up, storm clouds gathered over the horizon. Closer to me the thin clouds drew patterns on the low lying mountains.


Technical details: Canon G1X Mk2, F/8, 1/200s, ISO125, 36mm
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

More pictures from the ride:


Blurred Memories


The Himalayan peaks of Nun-KunĀ  showing through a fogged window in Rangdun, Zanskar Valley.

Rangdum is a small valley halfway between Kargil and Padum, a town in Zanskar. I did an impromptu stop of two days at the Julidok village which is located next to Suru River.

While it was the peak of summer, it was still cold enough for the windows to get fogged up at night. After a morning walk around the valley taking pictures, I went back to the warmth of my quilt and thorough the window watched the sun slowly bath the valley in light.
Technical details: Canon G1XMk2, 22mm, F/8, 1/125s, ISO100

Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Morning After


People starting their morning routine along side a contrasting dirty street and a decorated temple

During day time, City Market is an extremely busy area of Bangalore with shoppers, business people, pedestrian, vehicles and even animals vying for space. However late night/early morning the streets are empty with a few souls making an early start on the day’s routine.

This picture was taken while I was on my way from the bus stop to the flower market. I was looking to frame the contrast between the beautifully decorated temple and dirty street after a celebration. Suddenly this girl stepped out of one of the building, quite well dressed and, by the contents of the hamper, probably going to a temple to pay obeisance for a special event. Given that the 45mm (90mm FF equivalence) wasn’t wide enough to capture her alongside the temple and the street, I hurriedly stepped back and into the road to frame this shot. Fortunately the road was devoid of any traffic at the early hour.

Technical details: Olympus E-M10ii w/45F1.8, F/3.5, 1/30s, ISO1600
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)


Inverted Impressions


Snowy mountains reflecting in a seasonal glacial lake in the Upper Suru Valley.

During summer season, as the snow melts numerous small stream flow down the mountain slopes and create small and large glacial lakes on valley floors. These lakes and the green grass of the meadows attract both humans and animals alike.

While riding through the Suru Valley towards Rangdum, I came across this lake which reflected the beauty of the surroundings.

Technical details: Canon G1XMk2, 17mm, F/8, 1/320s, ISO320
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Fluttering Amidst the Snows


Buddhist prayer flags flutter in the wind above the partly frozen lake surrounded by snow-covered mountains.

Gurudongmar Lake, is one of the highest lakes in the world and is situated in the state of Sikkim in India. The lake, considered sacred by both Buddhists and Hindus, is named after Guru Padmasambhava, founder of Tibetan Buddhism who visited the lake in the 8th century.

This picture was taken on a visit to North Sikkim on a family trip. Around the lake in several places prayer flags were fluttering in the wind. As I walked on a ridge along the lake, the flags with the frozen lake below and snow-capped peaks above presented a very surreal experience.

Technical details: Olympus E-M10ii w/12-40F2.8, F5.6, 1/100s, 12mm, ISO100
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)