Ladakhi Cowboy

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A Yak herdsman relaxes after a day of work at Rumtse on the Manali-Leh highway.

 

Rumtse is a small village nestled in a Rupshu Valley on the Ladakh side of Taglang La(Pass). It mostly consists of a few houses on either side of the Manali-Leh highway and is a starting point of treks to nearby Tso Kar as well as distant Kibber in Spiti, Himanchal Pradesh.

Returning from Leh I made an impromptu stop here and then the idleness of the village made me stay for the night.

Since it was early evening, I planted myself outside one of the shops and chatted with anyone I could find. A few free locals gathered and we swapped stories.

The picture above is of a local herdsman who was relaxing after hard days work. He had brought his herd of Yaks from a remote meadow in preparation for upcoming shearing.

Technical details: Canon G1X Mk2, F/8, 1/320s, ISO800, 62.5mm
Editing: Lightroom + GIMP (Border/Text)

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Sand Dunes at 10000ft

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High altitude desert at Hunder, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

While Hunder is a touristy place owning to the Bactrian camel rides, the sand dunes present a mesmerizing view at sunrise and sunset times. Located around 30Km into the Nubra Valley, Hunder is a the most popular tourist place in the valley.

Returning back from Hunder to Diskit, I stopped at a roadside clearing. There I met a civilian employee of the army who fished out a bottle of beer for sharing. We sat there chatting and admiring nature’s light and shadow dance.

Technical details: Canon G1X Mk2, F/8, 1/320s, ISO500, 62.5mm
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)

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)