Today’s “Image of the day” is of of Chandrashila and Tungnath
Article 12 of “Image of the Day” Series.
Camera: Canon 7DM2
Lens: Canon 400mm f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/500 Sec
External flash used
Tungnath and Chandrashila is one of my favourite places to visit in the Himalayas. The experiences I have had at Tungnath in the various nights that I have stayed here are unforgettable. The Huge herds of Himalayan Tahrs, multi-coloured Himalayan Monals and divinely beautiful landscapes of Tungnath never cease to excite me.
This January when my brother came to visit me, we decided visit a temple situated atop a mountain at 2400Mts. The temple is called Kaali-Shila and is dedicated (as the name suggests) to Goddess Kaali.
We primarily came here, because it was snowing every day and my brother wanted to see some fresh snow. This temple is extremely remotely situated. Furthermore one has to trek up a steep gradient, some 5 to 6 kms to reach this temple. It was still snowing when we reached the temple. Having finished the trek we were finally relieved tha the worst part was over and we would enjoy a good night sleep.
I have been to Kaali shila before and I know about a Dharamshala there, were one can stay for the night. Today, however the Dharamshala was locked and in that sub-freezing temperature, we spent our night in an open space, shivering to the bones. The only comfort we had were some light blankets, which failed miserably to keep us warm. Also,around 4 AM in the morning, a mouse starts to roam around the shelter and keeps us awake till sunrise.
Morning was cloudy and a very dull affair, consequently I was unable to shoot any landscapes in the golden light. The weather did clear after and I was then able see this never before view of Chandrashila.Covered in snow, the mountain of tungnath and Chandrashila looks amazing.
Putting on my 400mm I took this shot. I wanted to, along with the mountain, highlight the magnificence of Chandrashila peak, and the frame I believe does justice to the thought. The triangularly shaped peak to the right and the ridge coming from the left of the frame, seems to lead the eye to the most important point in the image, Chandrashila peak. While processing me did not colour correct the image, as it would have taken away the cold vibe this image has.
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