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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1997-12
Categories: Mountain
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-01-08 6:22
Viewed: 3640
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note

In December 1997, I visited my native place in the mountains of Himachal Pradesh to attend the religious ceremonies required to be performed one year after my father’s death in 1996. (I have mentioned this earlier too in my note about another winter picture of my native place.) I was working in New Delhi then and went to the mountains only during summer vacation.
The first winter snowfall occurred when I was there with my family. We were held up for a few days before the road became safe for driving our car back to Delhi.
I took this picture of the mountains covered in the first winter snow while on my way back from my village. I have mentioned this mountain range repeatedly as an extension of the Pir Panjal (Lesser Himalayas) that originates in Kashmir and terminates into Dhauladhar ranges further east.
We can glimpse an entire range from higher altitudes only. From lower altitude, we see only a segment of it framed within the extremities of a smaller river valley. This one is one such sub-valley which goes by the name of Chanjoo. (I also posted the picture of the River Chanjoo some time back on TN).

Apparently, this is yet another picture scanned from an old photograph. My desire to share the images of these mountains is driven exclusively by the fact that these are rather remote valleys and mountains. Nor are these mountains and valleys as frequently seen or visited as the ones in Shimla or Kulu-Manali region in Himachal Pradesh where tourists throng in hundreds of thousands every summer. In that sense, these are perhaps the first pictures to be seen by the outside world through the medium of TN.

A lot of painstaking work had to be done on the scan to remove dirty spots and fingerprints. I enhanced the levels quite a bit to add colour and contrasts and whatever turned out finally is being presented here for your viewing.

Thanks for looking, dear friends.

scottevers7, wkshelton, dew77, magal, jcoowanitwong, pablominto, blakitan, jeanpaul, fiyo, pilonm, JORAPAVI, loot, peter_stoeckl has marked this note useful
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Hello Ram,
I guess that you did a great job in PP because I don't see any dust spots of fingers marks here :-) This is a very beautiful scenery with excellent exposure and I like this shadow and light that create a nice contrast between those mountains. Nice DOF and details too. This is a beautiful place! Thanks,

Hi Ram,
It is some beautiful scenery. Great job on the scan and PP work. Excellent colors, detail, and DOF. Nice clarity.

Hello Ram,

Excllent work, great colors Bg POV DOF Perfect details very crisp, nicly oposed and cature photo, excllent complimentry colors,

TFS kyle

Hi Ram,

a wonderful lands cape. Nice light and sharpness. Good colours and excellent composition.TFS.


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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2007-01-08 11:09]

Hello Ram,
I like snow a lot(especially this year:)).Yesterday was it 15 degrees in Istanbul.Lovely landscape.well caught,framed and composed.POV and visual impact are also wonderful.Have a great week!

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  • magal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 224 W: 0 N: 313] (1251)
  • [2007-01-08 11:14]
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Hi Ram,
I see this location has a lot of potential for some breath taking shots, but you would have to choose the moment, with a more mellow light and maybe some cloud formation to add drama to the sky. Would it be possible to take the shot from a slightly different angle to cut out the construction on the left?
Thanks for showing us such a remote and beautiful mountain chain. Hope you'll find the time to post more shots from this chain in the future
TFS and for the very informative note

Hello Ram,
Beautiful landscape from this pov. Color saturation and sharpness are great. Impressive picture and excellent scanned work.

Hello Ram,
I love the rich colours, as comtrasted to the bright white snow!
Well composed image with this V-shaped valley...
Good foreground interest and a fine feeling of depth!
Pablo -

Hi Ram,
Very nice result from scanned photo. Great PP works. Well done.

Ben Lakitan

Bonjour Ram
Une merveilleuse photo que ce Magnifique paysage avec ces belle couleurs, le cadrage avec ses verdures a l'avant plan mettre bien ces belles montagne enneigées en évidence, les détails sont tous très bons.
Bravo et merci...JP

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-01-08 15:24]

Hello Ram,
Very nice composition, POV and colours. I also like frame. Good work! TFS

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  • pilonm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 588 W: 90 N: 975] (3321)
  • [2007-01-08 15:43]

Hello Ram,

Even if the picture is a little bit OE, I like it very much... ! I like the geometry formed by the mountains! Great composition and pov! TFS,


Hola Ram,
Precioso el paisaje de estas colosales montañas, la composición, el color y la luz son extraordinarios. Un saludo

this is a beautiful landscape shot,
nice pov,well composed shot,
lovely colours,
exposure is excellent,
well done,
tfs & regards

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-01-09 16:36]
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Gooday Mr. Thakur.

Since I've seen your 'new' photo on your intro page I am rather cautious to call you Ram anymore. Seems like 'Sir' would be even more appropriate. A real prim and proper gentleman I dare say.

Ha-ha-ha, no my friend, I'm just pulling your leg. Not about the 'proper gentleman' part, but about the 'Sir' or the 'Mr' title. For this we have come along too far this past year, shared so much, laughed together, while all the way learning and absorbing everything like sponges, and we even spent some precious moments nurturing our nostalgia. What a year it has been?

Ok, enough of the formalities, let's talk photography. This is a fine recovery you’ve done of an aged and manhandled photo that was scanned, repaired, and optimised for TN without so much as a speck that remained. Further it is amazingly unique material and I am privileged to be able to say that I first learned and seen anything about the mountains of "Himachal Pradesh" here on TN.

Of course it would be easy to suggest all kinds of technicalities like 'you should have done this or that', or 'couldn't you have taken it this way or that way', etc. but the reality is such that this photo was taken 10 years ago. However should you have the opportunity again to shoot some photos at this location or the surrounding regions you definitively would approach it quite differently and armed with vastly improved knowledge about photography, composition, DOF, exposure, etc. Having said this, I by no means try to imply that there is any significant defect with the photo, but I am merely saying it as a matter of fact. This photo is in any case very well captured with a totally captive and pleasing POV, excellent contrasts, good colour balance, and well proportioned composition.

Well done and TFS (not just the photo, but also the very interesting notes).
Friendly regards

Hello Ram !
This is such a beautiful mountain landscape ! I like the composition here, and the contrast between warm colors in the FG and cold snow in the BG. I also like the colors and the POV. The picture makes me want to visit this place ! :-) Very well done !

Hello Ram,
thank you for showing this very beautiful remote valley of your homeland, looking so pleasantly familiar to me.
Besides taking me right there I like the well balanced composition of invitingly warm and distant cool hues.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hi Ram

Delightful story connecting us to the image of your native place.

As Loot says, amazing recovery from an old slide!



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