Saturday, 19 May 2018

Classic Tuscany - The rolling hills and dance of the light

Tuscany's classic landscape -  The bucolic rolling hills, the countless tones of green, the quaint hilltop villages, the narrow dirt paths lined with cypress all standing next to each other in precise order and distance, Tuscan Countryside wins the title of  being "Forever Classic ".  

With three seasons in a day, I would say we were fortunate to experience different light conditions and shoot in some magical light & cloud combinations, which were momentary but worth every second. We explored the countrysides for close to six days covering several locations at best possible times of the day. 

(Please click on each image to scroll & for full screen viewing).

The first morning rays which decided to show up  after 2 days, the small window of light did not last beyond 7-8 minutes

The light was flat, but not the scenes !

Some crazy moments in the poppy fields after drowning in the greens!

Pienza town at a distance

A personal favorite, love the light and the dreary grey combination. This light lasted not more than 10 seconds and showed up again but on a different patch .This mood continued for a while .
San Quirico d'Orcia at sunset 

Drama around the Sunset

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

Ladakh - stark, barren and imposing !!

History of Ladakh can be traced back to earlier than 9th century and the earliest settlements were nomadic yak herders. Once a very remote location totally cut off from the urban life, today the number of visitors to Ladakh is rapidly increasing at an alarming pace.

The first glimpses of this high altitude cold desert and what follows through the entire duration of the journey, is an experience on a different scale. During your entire stay in this region you are viewing the spectacular jagged peaks, in distinctive shades and textures, that enfolds 360 degrees.
The dramatic views with even dramatically located monasteries, the crystal blue lakes with the snow capped mountains in the background, sparsely populated villages in the heavenly valleys, the warmth and simplicity of the locals, are only one part of the experience.

The other part, will have you on the most treacherous roads/(no roads) and some of the highest passes, the narrowest of turns where two vehicles from opposite directions very meticulously manage to manoeuvre under very skilled hands, the dizzying steep gorges coupled with the challenges of basic amenities on long stretches will trigger the thoughts what made you decide for this trip.. Not to forget the uneasiness of dealing with lesser and lesser oxygen levels with every ascent of the bend combined with harsh windy chills..

Yet...Yet inspite of all this, the otherworldly visuals that awaits on the other side of moments of utter trepidation, will leave some of the most humbling impressions. Terrifying moments that will compel you to re-evaluate your decisions would quickly transpose with reasoning for a next visit .

[ Trivia : the first Europeans to reach Leh in 1631 were the Portuguese priests Francisco de Azevedo and John de Oliveira. Then in 1820 the two Englishmen William Moorcroft and George Trebeck, who worked for the East India Company - they had come to Ladakh in the course of a journey to central Asia in search of horses for the East India Co - were kept in Leh for two years waiting for permission to go to Yarkand, and which was eventually denied them. It was during this two-year wait that they observed and wrote about life in Ladakh, trade, clothes, religion, etc ~ Source : lehladakhindia]

a few frames from my first  Ladakh journey  ...  Ladakh in textures here 

[ traveled with  'fotostudio 365']. 

The many shades of Pangong Tso

Basgo Monastery

en-route to Hanle

Tso Moriri,

Hanle,  the village where we have one of the highest observatories in the world 

Morey Plains

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Ladakh - in Textures & Hues

Travelling in Ladakh essentially involves long hours on the road. Depending on your itinerary you will be on the road anything between 7-9 hours a day Or may be alternate days if you include longer halts at any place. So much of the experience is solely dedicated to the travel time and in absorbing the visuals. As you drive through the mountains, high altitude passes, beautiful valleys, flat lands next to gushing rivers Or by a terrain that compels you to shut your eyes and hold your breath BUT absorb the 360 deg views as well, all at the same time,  the road  is totally captivating and fascinating.

What strikes most about Ladakh is her unique landscape.. The many shades, textures, the variations in the topography. With the constant uncertainty of the road conditions, the unpredictability of what lies at the next bend weaves magically into our minds giving us the much needed window to quietly surrender to enormity, vastness, and humbly immerse in the views sculpted by nature.

A small representation of the journey that was  !

En route - Leh to Turtuk 

Somewhere between Pangong to Leh

Towards Hanle - One of the finest views here 

Moving Closer to Hanle 

On way Tso Moriri to Sarchu - another showstopper route 

And then suddenly you find yourself  here  @ More Plains (en route towards Sarchu)

On a slightly cloudy day, More Plains with vast stretches of flatlands, and mountain ranges in the distance .