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,ย  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 othersย  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)
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Into the Fog

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A group of tourists head through the fog towards the island on Bhimtal Lake
October is generally sunny and pleasant in the Uttarakhand Hills. However, this year the rains have tapered into October and the fog is still rolling into the hills.
This picture is taken in Bhimtal, a picturesque lake nestled among dense jungles of Kumaon. Bhimtal is starting to become a popular destination away from the crowds of Nainital which has traditionally been more popular among the tourists.
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, 1/250s, ISO200
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

Last Tree Standing

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A lone tree stands amidst a field overgrown with shrubs.
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 parked on the side of the road and strolled down the narrow road looking at the Gompas on the other side. After a while I turned around and saw this lone tree. With the rolling hills on the back and a settlement on far right, it made for a picturesque frame.
Technical Details
Camera: Canon G1XMk2
Exposure: 62.5mm, F/3.9, 1/125s, ISO400
Editing: Lightroom + Photoshop (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.ย  In the tea growing areas, the perfectly manicuredย  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.

 

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5 shot Panorama
๐—–๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ: Olympus E-M10ii ,
๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜€: Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ
๐—˜๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ: 14mm, F/8, 1/160s, ISO320
๐—˜๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด: Lightroom + Photoshop (Border/Text)

Drive-by Blessings

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A truckย  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 truckย  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)