Today’s “Image of the day” is from Valley of Flowers

Article 14 of “Image of the Day” Series.

Image of the day-Blog 14- Shooting in Valley of Flowers in the Himalayas of Uttarakhand


Camera: Canon 7DM2

Lens: Canon EFS 10-18mm @18mm

Shutter speed: 1/125 Sec

f-stop: f/8

ISO: 100

Aperture Priority

Evaluative Metering.


Have you ever seen a Double Rainbow, in fact have you seen a single Rainbow? I ask this question because frankly, I never saw rainbows when I was in Mumbai. I might have seen 1 or 2 but that I don’t remember.

The first rainbow I clearly remember is the one I saw in Nanda Raj jat in 2014, and that too a double one. I was blown away on seeing it and captured whatever I could capture at the time. Personally for me Rainbow is an Omen, a message from god, saying that everything is good in the Universe. In fact I even consider butterflies as Omens. Anyways that is not the topic of today’s article, this image is.

This was shot in the Valley of flowers in August 2016. We were here for a landscape photography expedition and this was our second day at the valley. The weather at this time of the year, normally gets cloudy in the evening and it did.  As were heading back to Ghangharia, after shooting all day, it started raining ever so lightly.

We were at the starting point of the valley at this time, resting under a rock, when this happened. Out of nowhere at the other end of the valley, this rainbow appeared. All of us went bizarre seeing the sight and started clicking images at a frantic rate. Sometimes I wish, I could just enjoy the views and not care much about shooting, maybe when I mature a little, I will.

So while composing this image, I was not concerned only about the rainbow. I was more concerned with showing the rainbow as it happens in the valley, to show how beautiful the valley looks with this rainbow. I changed my lens from 100mm to my ultra-wide 10-18mm and took shots at 10 and 18mm. The rainbow looked non –existent at 10 mm and at 18, it looked just perfect.

I intentionally have included these long outcroppings of bushes in the front, actually I was trying to separate them from the background by going low to the ground. That was not possible due to the terrain and the way the rainbow and grass were positioned. When I look at this image, it makes me feel, how pristine, beautiful this place is and definitely gods must be residing here.

That’s it for the day, end of Blog 14

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