Meandering to the Top


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)

In the Shadow of Gods



Sun rises on the Nanda Devi peaks while villagers carry on with their morning routine.

Took this picture in Nov of 2014 when I was on the way to Munsiyari on a motorbike. My first halt for the night was at KMVN guest house, Choukori. This picture was taken from the balcony of the room, just as the sun hit the mountain peaks.

In the shadows, the villagers carry on their daily life unperturbed by the beauty around the. On the left below you can see kids assembling to go to school. In front of the house a woman is drying clothes.

Technical details: Canon Rebel XTi + Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II.  Focal Length – 50mm, F/4.5, 1/30s, ISO100

Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border/Text)

Panchachuli Sunrise



Sunrise over the Panchachuli Peaks.
I took this shot from the grounds of Nanda Devi temple in Munshiyari. These Himalayan peaks are towards the east and sun rises exactly behind them, giving an aura to the peaks. The picture is a subtle HDR of three shots to try to preserve some texture on the top mountain peaks.

Technical details: Canon Rebel XTi + 28/1.8, F/8, 1/60s, ISO100

Editing: Lightroom + Gimp (Border/Text)