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Munnar - God's own country

Munnar - God's own country
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Copyright: Subhrojyoti Banerjee (subhrojyoti) Silver Note Writer [C: 2 W: 0 N: 32] (194)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-03
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon 40 D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/11, 1/8 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-05-05 12:24
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I was on a hit and run trip in Munnar and didn't have much time to prepare for it. I opted for the morning trekking offered by my hotel in the hope of capturing the early morning sunrise with the Shola Montane forest typical to South Indian hills. Munnar is usually covered by thick mist early morning and except Nov/Dec one cannot see the complete sunrise. Since it was clear sky the day before I decided to try my luck and left very early in the morning to reach the sunset point.
On my way to the place I was greeted by thick mist and quite left all hopes to see the sunrise. When I reached the sunrise point it was about 6:10am and the orange ball had already started melting. However on my right I noticed a beautiful valley of shola forests and tea estates. Part of the valley was covered by thick mist which I knew would disappear in no time before the sun rose from behind the mountains. With my camera and tripod I started almost striding to a higher position from where I could ge! t a birds eye view. Within few minutes I had climbed almost 300ft ft and just when the morning sun was about to dissolve the mist I managed to click few satisfactory pictures. The light orange glow and the contrasting green with the peaks overlapping into each other couldn't stop me from thinking how aptly Kerala is named - God's own country.

I used a 2 stop graduated ND filter to cut of the light from the top so that I could expose the green color properly.

Munnar is a town located in the idduki district of India's Kerala state, situated in the south Western Ghats of South India. The name munnar usually refers to the whole tourist area of the Idukki District of which the town forms only a small part. The name Munnar is believed to be derived from the Malayalam words Munu (three) and aaru (river), referring to the town's strategic location at the confluence of the Muthirappuzha, Nallathanni and Kundaly rivers. It's primarily a tea town with lots of tea gardens.

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Hello Subhrojyoti,

This is a fantastic image of God's own country.
Kerala is such an astoundingly beautiful place for nature's beauty, especially the backwaters and lagoons.

Lovely capture of the hills with mist over the verdant landscape.

Thanks for sharing and this one goes right into my favourites :)


You have done a fantastic job with this landscape image of Munnar valley, Subhrojyoti.
The picture looks like a painting done by a versatile artist.
The POV you chose gives a grand view of this verdant valley flush with tea gardens.
The outlines of hills in the distance and the colour of the sky contrast beautifuly with the lush green in the foreground.
I have been wanting to visit Kerala for a long time and your picture gives a powerful nudge of motivation.

You made me proud of you, very fine image technically and aesthetically. tfs.

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