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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: 1995-05
Categories: Mountain
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-18 6:27
Viewed: 5155
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
May 1995.
A pleasant and sunny late spring morning at a place called Haloga in the mountains of district Chamba, Himachal Pradesh, India.
Altitude: 8000 ft.
We planted our first apple trees here way back in the spring of 1962 forty-four years ago. I was a school boy then. My father was a Forest Officer, a nature enthusiast to the core. In 1965 after retiring from government service, he built himself a log hut in the middle of the plantation and lived there like Thoreau – the famous American Transcendentalist. He was a private man, happy with nature as his constant companion. Lived like that till he passed away in 1996.
I used to visit him once or twice a year, mostly alone without my family. It was a tough walk of nearly six hours from the road head.
I visited him in May of 1995 and stayed overnight, drinking his home brewed apple cider and chatting with him the whole evening.
Next morning, before leaving, I took a few pictures of the mountains across the valley. These were the mountains I had seen from my childhood, almost mechanically. They held no special fascination for me, but still I took their pictures, just indifferently.

Time has passed; nostalgic memories have started returning with a vengeance. I have not been to this place for years now. The plantation was old, so it died with my father. The log hut is gone, razed to the ground by the elements, I am told.

I had taken this picture standing in the window of that hut years ago. Not a good picture, I know. The snow covered mountains in the distance are called the Pir Panjal range – a tall barrier between two valleys in the district. On the other side lies the tribal valley of Pangi.

It is a scan, so forgive me for the poor quality.

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this a lovely landscape shot,
well composed with lovely pov,
lovely colours,
the note is very informative and emotional,
this shot must have exceptional value for you,
tfs & regards

Hello Ram,
This is really a pleasant and sunny landscape, as you mention about the weather.
The greens of the forehill are so intense, and makes a great contrast with the blues of the far snowy mountains.
What a view from that hut! From the window, you have such a terrifics POV and composition.
Your note let us know about the emotional meaning of this place, thanks for share it.
Congratulations and regards,

Hello Ram
Beautiful landscape. Breathtaking view. I dont know what I can say more :-)
Best wishes

PS Poor quality? No my friend maybe some noises from a scan :-)
Fantastic note grea photo

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2006-12-18 6:45]

Hi Ram,
Thank's so much for this wonderful view on indian mountains and your so human note. It reminds me so much of my grandfather, who lived in a very similar landscape and was a very wise man too. I understand your nostalgia well..
Best regards

Hello Ram!
What a lovely landscape! Well composed and took. I like snowy hills at foreground and green fields at nearground. I think there is a little bit mist of moisture. And I see very smilar scene to my country; Artvin. Bravo my friend,

Hi Ram,
You don't have to feel sorry for this scan! You shows us a very nice view here. When you hear the story behind it I can imagine that this view is worth of value for you. The picture is not bad at all. Ver nice composition with incoming lines and the whole gives a perfect registration of the overwhelming mountain area. Well done, Ram.
Regards, Ruud

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-12-18 8:32]

Hello Ram,
Beautiful landscape.Snowy mountains,green fields,DOF,lighting,framing,POV and composition are excellent.I think quality is not poor.

Hello Ram,

Excllent work, great colors Bg POV DOF Perfect details very crisp, nicly composed and capture photo, excllent work

TFS kyle

Hello Ram,
What a beautiful landscape you've taken!!
I love this photo very much. :-) Long times ago, I used to take photos of landscapes, specially mountains.
Wow beautiful, Ram. I'm gonna try to shoot landscapes again next year. :-)
As mention, it's impressive that green mountain makes a beautiful contrast with snowy mountains.
TFS and Congratulations, Ram. :-)
Best regards,

magnifique encore cette prise de vue de montagne, on voit là un vrai tableau aux couleurs excelentes

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2006-12-18 10:02]

Hello Ram,
Thank you for showing us this fantastic landscape from your childhood and describing your memories so well. It is a stunning view over the valley and mountains, wonderful colours and it is taken from a very nice viewpoint. It's so beautifully green compared to Ladakh. I'm amazed that you can grow apples at this height.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-12-18 10:31]
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Hi Ram

What a wonderful experience is this thing called 'nostalgia'. Sometimes overwhelmingly sad, sometimes a little melancholic, but mostly it brings warm, affectionate, and pleasant memories of a time, a place, or a person that was so dear to us. Sometimes maybe we did not even realise or appreciate it at that stage. It seems the older we get the more we are visited by this random phenomenon. More and more we realise that we miss our parents (who have maybe already passed on) or friends (whom we haven’t seen or thought of in years and don’t know where in the world they might be).

Many different things may trigger this kind of an event. A smell, a sound, a picture (as in your example), a place, etc., or sometimes it’s simply an idle or lonely moment when you did not consciously think about any of this stuff. Then your brain suddenly surprise you with a flash, a recollection, a moment of intense connection with the past, or whatever memories it might conjure. I just love these moments for many times it recalls that which you did not care to think about or for many years probably you did not even know that you could still remember it.

Thanks to your interesting and revealing notes you did not only disclose your approximate age, but you also reminded us of these wonderful human characteristics of feelings, love, sentiment, and emotions.

Your scanned photo is by far not as ‘bad’ as you imply. The lovely green foreground shows interesting contours & colours, and provides a degree of scale to the photo. The rolling layers of blue mountains in the BG show much of your very beautiful country. Although the sky has a little bit of noise in it, maybe it also represents a little bit of our past which might be somewhat tainted with the ‘noise’ of our imperfect relationships.

Good work my friend and TFS.

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-12-18 12:11]

Hi Ram.
What a lyrical, sad a bit, heart and touching story. I am fascinated by it.
This picture is very a good memory of the last times, dear parents, the youth. This picture gives some representation about that fine edge where you lived.

Your shot is excellent. Amazing combination of green cover and blue tones of wonderful mountains. We can see a lot of beautiful details everywhere in the shot. Lovely story and lovely done picture.
With sincere respect,

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2006-12-18 14:03]

Muy bello paisaje Ram con maravilloso punto de vista de 3 áreas muy bien definidas.
Los intensos colores e iluminación, sumados al apropiado encuadre conforman una notable presentación, a pesar de la digitalización tanto tiempo después de la captura.
Mis mejores deseos... Ricardo

Very beautiful landscape Ram with wonderful point of view of 3 areas very well defined.
The intense colors and illumination, added to the appropriate framing conform a remarkable presentation, in spite of the scan so much time after of the capture.
My best wishes... Ricardo

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2006-12-18 14:37]

Hi Ram.
It's amazing picture with splendid combination colours.Much me like your composition green vegetation in left corner and on the other hand snowy heights majestic mountains.Very good point and angle look.
Well done,very nice work.TFS.
Greetings Milos

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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-12-18 14:40]

Hi Ram,
Beautiful landscape photo.
Excellent colors and POV.
Great job.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2006-12-18 17:06]
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Hi Ram,
Heart felt history that touch me! Confusing blending of emotions as -by its own essence- they are. Time inexorably runs with the beating of our hearts and we as beings gifted with self consciousness have to live with this sometime hard burden.
BTW the picture is really lovely. Green slope in the forehead, blue mountains as background, snow, sky,... the best image for your note.
TFS, José M.
PS. Be indulgent with my english!

Hola Ram,
El paisaje es único y de gran belleza, la luz muy bien equilibrada y los colores son magníficos. Un cordial saludo

Hi Ram,
WOW! WOW! WOW! that is some breathtaking scenery. The rich green foreground scenery is beautiful next to the bluish sky from the high elevation. Such a greatsense of depth. Amazing!

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2006-12-18 23:59]

Beautiful view Ram...lovely colours,green and blue..one of your best composition of landscape shot...TFS!!TOUCHING NOTE..

Hi ram,
Very beautiful landscape.Great perspective..Successful colors and compo.TFS and regards.


Hello Ram,
This is a very impressive montain range, snow covered and sunlit in a far distance!
Well composed image, with a strong diagonal foreground...
Good colour combination with a wonderful feeling of depth!
Pablo -


Who says pics dont have life????? This one does have.I wonder if u donot search your father, his memories and the time u spent with him in this picture. SOme pictures are not meant for points.They are really close to heart, as a part of life. I dont knw whether u are planing to go there or not. But i think you must try once to go there.The best note ever read. Thanks for sharing this lively picture and your memories.


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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-12-19 3:54]

Hi Ram

What a stunning sigth! Wow! The view from up here is impressive adn i really like the way that vivid green looks again the clear blue of the far mountains and the sky.
The composition is lovely with all these nice diagonal lines of the slopes exiting the frame, the POV is excellent and the atmosphere given by the massive adn impressive peaks is gorgeous.
Very well done, my friend!

Bravo and TFS

Hello Ram,
Thank you for sharing this so nice and touching story with us. This is beautiful and it makes us realize that time past by so fast sometimes and bring with him people that we loved. This is a beautiful place and I think that you were very lucky to have the chance to visit it for a while. This must have been quite an experience. I don't think that the quality of this picture is bad, not at all. This is beautiful scenery with very nice contrast between these great blue and green colors. This is a very nice presentation. Thanks,

Salut Ram
Félicitation pour ce magnifique paysage qui est de toute beauté.La composition est excellente avec de superbes de couleurs.J'aime beaucoup cet angle formé par la pente en couleur verte, et ces montagnes enneigées en arrières plan.
Merci et au revoir...JP

Dear Ram,

"kinna sona des hai mera...
dhartii sunaharii a.mbar niila
dhartii sunaharii a.mbar niila har mausam ra.ngiila
aisa des hai mera ho aisa des hai mera..."

Certainly you live in a beautiful country!
Very nice composition.
Best greetings,

Hi Ram,
a beaytuful landscap view. The composition and POV.
I like the deep in this picture.
Nice scanning job.
Well done.

Hi Ram,
For a scan the quality is still good. The colors are perfect just a little soft. But, the view is spectacular.

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-12-20 12:56]
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Hello Ram , This is a great shot , a beauty landscape colours compositie tfs Greetings Teunie .

A really nostalgic note and a stunning photograph. I am sure the cameras those days when you clicked this were what we have now a days.
Thanks for venturing us into these moments.

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