Today’s “Image of the day” is of Golden peaks of Kartikswami

Article 8 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the Day- Blog 8 Shooting from Kartikswami in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand

EXIF: Canon 7DM2

Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8

Shutter speed: 1/25 Sec

f-stop: f/8

ISO: 100

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


Kartikswami temple, dedicated to lord Kartikey (Son of Lord Shiva), is extremely close my heart. I try to come here every month to reconnect with myself. Actually every place I go to in the Himalayas, helps me reconnect with myself (including where I stay). But this place is different in a way I cannot possibly explain. This is the only place, where I sit for hours, doing nothing but staring at the Himalayas and feeling the cold wind on my face.

The Pujari of this temple has become a very good friend of mine and instead of staying at Kanakchauri, I stay in the ashram with him. A simple being with lots of love, mature but still with the amazement of a child. He cooks the most simple, but the most delicious food I have had here.

Anyways coming to the image, this was taken on a extremely cold and chilly winter evening this year. This place in my personal opinion, probably provides the best views of the Garhwal Himalayan ranges. From Trishul to Draupadi ka Danda, this place provides an uninterrupted view of the majestic Himalayas in front.

In this image I love how the peaks of Trishul, Nandadevi, Nanda Ghunti, Ronti, Dronagiri, Changabang and Kalanka are painted pink by the last light of the winter sun. I also wanted the lower Himalayan peaks to be lit and had i shot this a minute later, this would not have been possible.

Also the image seems heavy to the right with the peaks of Nandadevi, Trishul and Nandaghunti standing out prominently.  The moon, along with Dronagiri to the left, however seems to balance out the image and provide a much needed point of interest in the otherwise bland sky.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 8

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