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Leh Panoramic View

Leh Panoramic View
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Copyright: Subhash Ranjan (sranjan) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 489 W: 63 N: 1877] (5784)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-14
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D-200, Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D AF ED
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-08-03 2:12
Viewed: 4202
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photograph is from my archives showing you the best available view of Leh valley from Sindhu Darshan Ghat. The mountains in the background are from Ladakh ranges and the river Indus can be seen flowing towards them. In the large version of the photograph, extreme right on the mountain you will find one diagonal line; i.e. highest motorable road in the world taking you to Khardung La (world's first highest motorable pass, 18,380 feet ASL).
Leh is capitol of Ladakh, India & Ladakh is a land like no other. Bounded by two of the world's mightiest mountain ranges, the Great Himalaya and the Karakoram, it lies athwart two other, the Ladakh range and the Zanskar range.

In geological terms, this is a young land, formed only a few million years ago by the buckling and folding of the earth's crust as the Indian sub-continent pushed with irresistible force against the immovable mass of Asia. Its basic contours, uplifted by these unimaginable tectonic movements, have been modified over the millennia by the opposite process of erosion, sculpted into the form we see today by wind and water.

Yes, water! Today, a high -altitude desert, sheltered from the rain-bearing clouds of the Indian monsoon by the barrier of the Great Himalaya, Ladakh was once covered by an extensive lake system, the vestiges of which still exist on its south - east plateaux of Rupshu and Chushul - in drainage basins with evocative names like Tso-moriri, Tsokar, and grandest of all, Pangong-tso.

Occasionally, some stray monsoon clouds do find their way over the Himalaya, and lately this seems to be happening with increasing frequency. But the main source of water remains the winter snowfall. Drass, Zanskar and the Suru Valley on the Himalaya's northern flank receive heavy snow in winter; this feeds the glaciers whose meltwater, carried down by streams, irrigates the fields in summer. For the rest of the region, the snow on the peaks is virtually the only source of water. As the crops grow, the villagers pray not for rain, but for sun to melt the glaciers and liberate their water. Usually their prayers are answered, for the skies are clear and the sun shines for over 300 days in the year.

Ladakh lies at altitudes ranging from about 9,000 feet (2750m) at Kargil to 25,170 feet (7,672m) at Saser Kangri in the Karakoram. Thus summer temperatures rarely exceed about 27 degree celcius in the shade, while in winter they may plummet to minus 20 degree celcius even in Leh. Surprisingly, though, the thin air makes the heat of the sun even more intense than at lower altitudes; it is said that only in Ladakh can a man sitting in the sun with his feet in the shade suffer from sunstroke and frostbite at the same time!


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-08-03 3:04]

Hello Subhash,
Good landscape view. But my personal observation is the thick layer of the frame is attracting more the eye rather than the picture. This is only a suggestion but otherwise looking at the shot is superb landscape. Ganesh

Sometimes, so it is said, smaller is better...or less is more..some such. The small pano version leaves me wanting..In philosophical circles much can be said about this perspective. You have some good notions and also you really are a premier photographer of certain areas of India and surrounding...I shall always hold a place in my heart for the sorties and images you do so well...

Hi Subhash,

Great landscape of Ladakh Range,Leh Valley and River Indus.I like the colour and superb athmosphere from this POV.TFS.


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-08-03 9:10]

Hi Subhash,

Would I love to be on that road heading up the mountain!! This is just beautiful - I love the larger version. You are showing my two favorite things - mountains and water. The blues and greys are wonderful and you have such a pretty sky. Marvelous pov and composition.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-03 12:26]

Hello Subhash,
A fine view of the mountain range near Leh. It would be nicer to see a closer view but the impression of the interplay of light and shade and the shape of the range with the river Indus in the FG make it an excellent composition and an image well worth presenting from your archives.
TFS thid fine landscape view,
Regards, Ivan

Hi Subhash,
Very coloured postcard :)
Excellent mountains. Very good shot.
TSF Malgosia

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-07 9:45]

Hello Subhash,
This is a fantastic view of Ladakh that brings back memories to me. I've travelled on the road shown here together with a group from the Swedish Society for Nature Consservation who supported some projects in and around Leh. It was a fantastic experience seeing this landscape and meeting some wonderful Ladakhi people.
Brilliant panorama along the Indus to the tall mountains beyond. Great DOF, sharp details and beautiful colours.
Many thanks and regards, Ulla

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