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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1996-05
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Yashica FX-3 Super 2000
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): High Altitude [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-02-20 4:07
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 24
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I walked Sangla Valley in Himachal Pradesh, India, in the summer of 1996 with a group of my senior students. The valley is located in the State of Himachal Pradesh, India, at an average altitude of about 10000 ft.
It is a wide verdant valley surrounded on three sides by high Himalayan ranges and split in the middle by the picturesque river Baspa.
At the end of the valley lies Chitkul -- the last human settlement at an altitude of about 13000 ft. We walked to this place from our base at Sangla -- a quaint little township that lends the name to the valley as a whole.
The valley is part of district Kinnaur inhabited by tribal people who share their language and customs with Tibet rather than with India.

I took this picture on the morning of the day we walked to a glacier at an altitude of 12000 ft. From Sangla, we crossed a wooden bridge across Baspa and then did a steep climb to the snout of the glacier to study a little about glaciology and also to complete an assignment on how the native people have managed to control the movement of glaciers by deflecting their courses in order to protect their high altitude settlements.

The picture is a scan from an old photograph. I consider this among my best scans. Initially I tried to clone off the water pipe along the side of the bridge and that twin electric tower in mid distance but then decided against it in the true spirit of TN – no doctoring of images!
I have posted quite a few pictures from this trek on TN earlier.
Hope you like this one too.

Best regards to all.

peter_stoeckl, pankajbajpai, fiyo, volkan, livios, scottevers7, Silke, Alex99, nainnain, Ingrid1 has marked this note useful
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Dear Ram,
thank you for showing us this fascinating landscape from the roof of the world in this well taken colourful image. Such a picture report is very valuable for us when combined with notes from a person who not only has been on a short visit to the place but knows it very well from his roots. Well decided to leave the image as it is with all the few elements of civilization. Culture and nature are difficult to keep apart, and even landscapes that appear to be very natural are often the result of human influences.
With thanks, and best regards,

Hello Mr Thakur,
a nice shot from your archive, brings memories back,
i liked the composition quite a lot, the bridge with people gives good effect to the shot, the flowing stream of water and the blue sky on top looks lovely,
tfs & regards

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-02-20 9:15]

Hello Ram,
Very nice shot with perfect POV.colors, light, composition, everything is superb. !

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2007-02-20 13:21]

Hi Ram,
Very nice landscape capture.
Looks like a very peaceful place.
I like the point of view a lot.
Nice job.

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2007-02-20 20:03]
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Ram, some people don't like a human "interference" on TN, but it doesn't bother me.

Great composition and colors - specially the blue shades in the sky.

I like contrast too.

Hi Ram,
Some amazing landscape scenery from the high altitudes. Looks like some cold clear snow melt in the stream. Looks like place I would love to visit.

Well taken shot and informative.


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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-02-21 7:16]

Fabulous how the water rushes by here: there is a lot of power in that river!
Great composition

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2007-02-21 9:10]

Hi Ram.
Next your warm note and nice view. Excellent POV, colours and details of whole image. Impressive shadows and excellent lighting. Your decision to save natural scenery (original image) is quite correct. My compliments and TFS.

j' aime beaucoup cet endroit, tres belles couleurs le tout fait un ensemble parfaitement homogène

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2007-02-22 11:58]

Dear Ram,
I too appreciate this landscape picture for its originality. You said that you did'nt want to tamper with the scan ("true spirit of TN"). Yes, but in a limited way we have to do it all the time. Maybe not remove objects but certainly check for colour balance (I feel there is too much red in your slide, it could be selectively reduced), or remove smudges (none here). It's good to have peole like you to bring up interesting questions. Thanks for showing.
My best regards,

Dear Ram
You must have been standing in the freezing water to shoot this picture! But my god it was worth it!

The deep blue sky , the ice green water, the people crossing the abyss combine to make your work magnificent!

In my "previous life" as contributing TN member, I was often at odds with other members about photoshopping/killing photos.

The natural colours of your image make it an absolute pleasure to view your photo! I am adding it to my new theme "high Altitude".

Warm greetings from South Africa

Ingrid Shaul

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