Photographer's Note

The Spiti river and valley, looking westward from Kaza, the district headquarters of Lahaul/Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh in northern India.

This was a surprise in several ways. First, the location, Kaza is the dirtiest, most crowded place in the sparsely populated region. It's so dirty by local standards that when I was talking to locals about Mumbai and saying that it dirty, they would solemnly remark that Mumbai couldn't possibly be any dirtier than Kaza. In reality, Kaza, for all its civic problems with drainage, garbage dumping, and unplanned construction, is almost pristine in comparison with many urban Indian areas. There was a large garbage dump just in front of me when I took this picture -- it was a surprise that you could get such a wonderful view from Kaza.

It was also a surprise that the sun suddenly came out and blazed away into cloud and mist, since it had been a very gloomy, grey day. It gave me several such surprises that day, and each of them lasted for just a few seconds.

And finally, it was a surprise that the rather rudimentary digital camera I was using, managed to capture even this much of the beauty of contrasts in light and texture that were in front of me. This is a far from perfect picture, even then, and I would be interested in tips on how to manage light when shooting into the sun. Is it just down to lens quality?

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Photo Information
  • Copyright: Sanchia PD (Sanchia) Silver Star Critiquer [C: 15 W: 0 N: 4] (47)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2006-06-14
  • Categories: Decisive Moment
  • Exposure: f/2.8
  • More Photo Info: view
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2007-10-31 2:49
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Points: 2
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