Today’s “Image of the day” is of Tungnath

Article 13 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the day-Blog 13- Shooting in Tungnath in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand

EXIF: Canon 7DM2

Lens: Canon EFS 10-18mm

Shutter speed: 1/125 Sec

f-stop: f/9

ISO: 100

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.

 

I went to Rudranath during the peak of rains in 2015 and regretted going there. Apart from the fact that there were leeches all the way up, the weather did not clear the whole time I was there. I was drenched, uncomfortable and dog tired all at the same time.

The upper Himalayan ranges receive rains 24 hours a day during monsoons. Also the forests at these high altitudes are teeming with leeches during this time. Having had my share of leech experience on numerous occasions, I avoid coming here like plague.

My brother and his friend, however came to visit me in July last year, and coerced me in to camping at Chopta, smack dab in the middle of rains. I knew (at least I thought I knew) that this was a bad idea and we would see nothing but grey clouds all the time. But not wanting to disappoint them, I took my camping gear and off to Chopta we went.

Although the weather was cloudy the full day, we enjoyed building up our camp site and chatting inside the tent, while it rained torrentially outside. We should call ourselves eternally optimistic, because we woke up at 3 A.M. in the morning and trekked all the way to Chandrashila. It was raining torrentially and we were still hoping for a sunrise shot.

The rain gods however, I must say were testing us. As soon as we were about to reach Chandrashila, the rain stopped and clouds began opening up. We were extremely fortunate to see a sunrise that morning, and out of the many images I took, this is my favourite.

When I looked at the rock on the bottom right, I actually thought it was telling me to look forward to the clouds. So I thought well, I will use this rock as my foreground element, to tell the viewer to look in the forward direction and that is how I composed this image. Instead of standing up, I went extremely close to the ground at 10 mm and took this shot. The cloud patterns this day were nothing less than divine. I also love how the blue sky very strongly complements the dark greens and yellows in the foreground.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 13

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