(Initially shared with Darter Photography blog!)
I was always fascinated about going to places after the shutterbug bit me in June 2013. That was when I’d started my photography journey at Agumbe rainforest with Darter Photography (led by Shreeram M V). That led to a series of wildlife photography experiences, like trying out macro photography at Agumbe (also known as the Cherrapunji of South India) and Chorla Ghats in Goa, photographing majestic tigers at Kanha and Kabini, and photographing birds at Galibore, Valparai, Bharatpur and Rollapadu. When I heard of the tour to the most divine and exotic (in my opinion) place called Ladakh, I immediately made up my mind to explore photographing Travel and Landscapes! I grabbed a seat on the tour, after Shreeram confirmed that he’s leading the tour.
And what a tour that was! Great experiences. Lots of photography. Many new friends. Here are a few glimpses of my Ladakh adventure...
Welcome to Ladakh!After Day 1 was spent acclimatizing to the high altitude, we started our tour with a trip to Stakna Monastery. I clicked some of my favourite photographs from the tour here.
Idol in Stakna MonasteryI photographed this at ISO 6400 as it was inside the monastery with very little light. And flash is not allowed.
Holy WaterIn Stakna Monastery.
Bactrian Camel in Sand DunesYes, Ladakh has sand dunes in Nubra Valley. We spent an evening there, and this camel modelled for us for a while.
Well, we've vivid memories of the bacterian camel in the trip and sure no one forgets after 2 full long years of trip? What do you say, my fellas? ;)
Monks on Sand DunesWhile we were exploring the sand dunes, a couple of monks came along giving us good photography opportunities.
Maitreya Buddha at Thiksey Monastery.After Nubra Valley, our next destination was Pangong Tso. We stopped at Thiksey Gompa (or Monastery) – the largest Gompa in Central Ladakh – on the way. I photographed this at ISO 1600 (as it was indoors) and at f/8 so that the Buddha’s features are visible in addition to the flowers.
Child MonkThere was a prayer ceremony at Thiksey and many monks were there, including this young child.
Herds of sheepOn the drive from Leh to Pangong Tso, we came across many pastures with sheep grazing peacefully. And this image shows how I perceive Kashmir!
Pangong Tso!Finally, we got to every traveler’s dream destination.
Gull in Pangong TsoWell, I didn’t miss a chance to click wildlife there too :) We saw a lot of birds, like this Brown-headed Gull, despite the lake being a saltwater lake.
More will be in another post with Wilderhood Recitals on Wildlife at Pangong (very soon!).