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#31 Sep 19th, 2017, 12:55
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Outstanding!!!!!
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Beautiful , ladakh is the most beautiful part of india and the best place for landscape photography. Your photos have done justice to the place, please continue.
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Thanks all!!
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Thank you!!

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Originally Posted by nadreg View Post Amazing photography NMR! You have a fantastic eye!
Many thanks, nadreg

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Originally Posted by travelmanna View Post Outstanding!!!!!
Thank you, travelmanna.

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Originally Posted by sindabad View Post Beautiful , ladakh is the most beautiful part of india and the best place for landscape photography. Your photos have done justice to the place, please continue.
Agree 100%! Feel like getting back to that place again!!
Thank you so much.
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Hanle

Days 8 & 9.

Hanle and it's Fascinating Mountain-scape!

Among the last village in the Changthang region of Ladakh, Hanle is a colorful and cozy little village with very warm people.

Exit Tso Moriri, reach Mahe and drive towards Hanle - the mountain scape leaves you stupefied! The colours and shapes of the mountain in this region and throughout our drive towards Tanglang La, kept me glued to the window of the vehicle, with my mobile camera on!!

Drive towards Hanle!



If bird watching, star gazing, book reading, collecting coins, photography and many such can be pursued as serious hobby, I insist 'Mountain watching' could also be one, if you travel to Hanle!

Pink mountain, would you believe it?



Check the Layers, textures and colors - all in one!



As we drive towards Hanle, we got to see these lazy group - wild ass!



The primary attraction at Hanle is the Indian Astronomical Observatory, Hanle - one of the world's highest sites for optical, infrared and gamma-ray telescopes. It is operated by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, Bangalore. It is currently the third (see List of highest astronomical observatories) highest optical telescope in the world, situated at an elevation of 4,500 meters (14,764 ft). Source - wikipedia!



Find the Hanle monastery perched on the mountain top - View from the Observatory!



Hanle Village!



I would say that this kid was the cutest kid of Hanle!! The family stayed in the house in front of our homestay at Hanle.



A flying visit to Tso Kar, on our return drive towards Leh from Hanle!
The thin silver stip is the waters from the shrinking lake - if one can see it !! Known for its size and depth, Tso Kar is a fluctuating salt lake situated in the Rupshu Plateau and valley in the southern part of Ladakh !

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Again, simply beautiful pictures and composition. Did you use any graduated sky filter for the pic of the Astronomical Observatory, Hanle? The gathering, looming clouds are so dramatic, and your capture of it so melodramatic, just as described in 'Wuthering Heights' or a wind-swept and withered setting in a 'Mills & Boon' romance.
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Thanks, VishVa.
Photography is an expensive hobby!! Tried to buy a graduated filter!! But too many things on my mind...traveling to new places, a bit of shopping everywhere, and thedn - Camera Lenses I really really want!!

A good graduated filter is expensive! So have given up the idea of buying one any soon!! No, did not use the filter anywhere for landscape photography! I got a chance to use the filter twice during the trip - courtesy my photographer friend and the trip organiser! Used it for 'long exposure' image at a stream!! Will surely share the pic here soon!

At the observatory or for that matter through out our travel, the weather was unpredictable! It was bright for a few minutes as we drove up towards the observatory. And within few minutes clouds gathered and the scene changed! A bit of post processing helped to pop out the details in the picture. I must confess, this time, I shot 90% of the images in RAW format (which I haven't done previously ). It surely helps while processing the picture, I feel.

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The gathering, looming clouds are so dramatic, and your capture of it so melodramatic, just as described in 'Wuthering Heights' or a wind-swept and withered setting in a 'Mills & Boon' romance.
Oho!! Have my pictures stoked romance somewhere!!
I am glad that you find them melodramatic and it reminds you of the classics Wuthering Heights or Mills & Boon!! Believe me, the clouds and the blue skies of Ladakh is so very romantic!! I have used wide angle lens and composed the images in such a way that it should give the surreal feel!

But I must share some secret here - when I say my favourite time to click pictures, I mean - it is after sunset! In open places or hill stations, what I have observed is the drama in the sky begins after sunset. Everybody clicks until sunset! But I try to click pictures after sunset, that light and colors are very vivid and that becomes more evident during post processing. It gives a lot of opportunities to play with the image and bring out the best of that image!

Take a look at these pictures!

Melting Clouds!
Serene and still blue waters of Tso Moriri for a foreground and the mountains beyond made a pretty picture. But within seconds there came the clouds floating into the frame! The scene looked prettier!

As if that wasn't enough, the clouds started melting and it slowly began to pour! Mesmerising sight frozen in this image!

This was at Tso Moriri - It was evening. Good light and a picturesque place. I could see lovely blue sky here and pristine white clouds. And then suddenly the floating clouds seemed to melt away!!



Another one - from Hanle! From the observatory, we witnessed this view.



Example of clicking pics after sunset...

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Wow! Simply stunning, magical pictures! They're like paintings. These are some of the best I have seen of Ladakh, you really have a keen eye and your implementation of the 'rule of 1/3s' is a lesson in composition!
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Are you using HDR in your photography?
It's always darkest before it goes completely black.
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Excellent images Naveena. I would specially mention the amazing cloud build-ups that you captured so well in this trip. Ladakh , beautiful as it is , gets even more beautiful when you get such cloudscapes. They add so much to the total spectacle.
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I am prepared to believe that Ladakh is amazingly beautiful. I had seen stunning photos of it before. But your photographs are unique, Naveena. Well done ! I think you have been practising your art for several years now, and the results here prove your skill. The framing of the lake in # 28 post at Tso Moriri is astounding, with the mani stones in the foreground.

You have rekindled a dormant wish to visit Ladakh !
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Originally Posted by ViShVa View Post Wow! Simply stunning, magical pictures! They're like paintings. These are some of the best I have seen of Ladakh, you really have a keen eye and your implementation of the 'rule of 1/3s' is a lesson in composition!
Thanks, VishVa!

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Nope!
I tried that once during the trip but I am yet to process that pic. Wanted to learn that technique so just a trial I did.

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Originally Posted by iamsomnath View Post Excellent images Naveena. I would specially mention the amazing cloud build-ups that you captured so well in this trip. Ladakh , beautiful as it is , gets even more beautiful when you get such cloudscapes. They add so much to the total spectacle.
TFS
Thanks, SG!
Yes, somehow I have concentrated so much on the skies in the whole trip! I was going through the albums and noticed that I have clicked most of the pictures with sky and clouds being prominent in them. I was totally fascinated whenever I saw blue skies!

It had been ages since I had actually seen such clear blue skies!

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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post I am prepared to believe that Ladakh is amazingly beautiful. I had seen stunning photos of it before. But your photographs are unique, Naveena. Well done ! I think you have been practising your art for several years now, and the results here prove your skill. The framing of the lake in # 28 post at Tso Moriri is astounding, with the mani stones in the foreground.

You have rekindled a dormant wish to visit Ladakh !
Thank you so much TD!
Do visit Ladakh! You will love it.

Yes, I have been practising and I am learning one thing at a time! As I don't read much these days I tend to grasp very little when somebody teaches me something. With photography also it is the same! I learn very slowly only by actually practising. I feel foolish when I am not able to grasp the instructions when somebody is teaching but then I move away from the crowd and start experimenting. I find this more useful and what I learn during that process tends to go a long way!

Oh, that Mani stones place was a fluke - Really! I had not ventured towards that side of the lake until the last minute. I had packed my camera bag and strolled with my mobile in hand towards that side. When I saw the stones, I took a pic from my mobile just for the record. That pic looked very good. I ran back to my camera bag and brought the camera and rest is history!! I am glad you liked it!!

You won't believe, I was so glad I actually found those stones and finally managed to click those pics!! See what I did!!



Wanted my camera bag with those stones and made a mobile pic!!
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Day 10

Almost towards the end of our tour now!
It was the last drive out of Leh and we were all set to enjoy the drive and a new place on the tour list! We were driving to a awesome little village and on our way was the Stunner Sangam, the confluence of the Indus and Zanskar rivers at Nimmu village. The unobstructed view of the merging of the two rivers can be enjoyed at this place and memories can be made by freezing the moments in your camera!!

Way towards the vantage point - The view point!
The confluence which is just besides the route to Srinagar to Leh, is a beautiful Op point.



The glorious view of Indus and Zanskar River confluence. Indus River drains the dry and deserted terrains of Ladakh's landlocked valley and serves as its lifeline. Zanskar flows thru spectacular Zanskar Gorge.



The Darker shade of water would be the Indus river and the lighter shade, Zanskar! Nimmu is a beautiful valley that marks the confluence of these two rivers.

A very interesting activity in the waters here - River rafting!



Next was a visit to Lamayaru Monastery. Lamayaru! Lamayuru is a small village in Ladakh, midway between Kargil and Leh on Srinagar-Leh highway.
Lamayuru is one of the largest and oldest gompas in Ladakh.



Prayer session in progress, and the head priest was leading the monks in their religious prayers and chanting.



It was interesting to click pictures here in this monastery as I got an opportunity to interact with some monks and I should say quite a few of them were very friendly.





The same afternoon, we drove towards the village I mentioned when I started this post. Will post the pics soon.
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Naveena: Amazing photos of your travel to Ladakh. They are all simply wonderful and spectacular.

Few questions: From Leh, it appears Hanle is like a 10hour drive. Is the road paved from Leh to Hanle? What is the infrastructure at Hanle? How many home stays are there? Approx. how many people live there? Any kids? Is there a school for kids? (Hanle is surrounded on three sides by communist China.)

I didn't know that you were visiting Hanle, otherwise I would have asked you to do some scouting for me.

The questions I asked is for transporting a telescope on a paved road. If a primary or a high school exists, the telescope could be left with them.

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Oh, I thought that that observatory was yours, RWeHavingFunYet.
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@ naveenamohanrao,

Awesome clicks with Apt Narration...
One word for the log FANTABULOUS

Regards,

Umesh
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