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Fresh Snowfall

Fresh Snowfall
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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: 2009-02-14
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 18-200 Zoom F3.5-6.3 DC, 58 mm Fujiyama Cir. Pola.
Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-03-02 4:10
Viewed: 5033
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Friends, this mountain image is a kind of beginning to my loose travalogue on my visit to my native place in the Western Himalayas from February 11 to 28. This part of Himachal Pradesh is the north-western frontier with the State of Jammu & Kashmir. The mountain range shown in the picture is called Pir Panjal that originates south of Kashmir Valley and terminates into the Dhauladhar Range south-east to my native place. It is a part of the Lesser Himalayas with the highest altitude of about 19000 ft.
It rained the whole night on 13/14 February. I was keenly looking forward to the snowfall in my village located at about 7000 ft, but it only rained and the snowfall fell short by about a 1000 feet. The morning turned out to be bright and clear. I woke up early and made a beeline to the best vantage point -- a helipad on the ridge on which my village is located. I took this picture from there at about 9.30 a.m. Since my CP filter did not match the size of my lens, I helt it in front of it manually while taking this shot.

I have also posted an LP version of the picture. Please have a look at it too.

Thanks for your kind visit and comments, if any.

Mikolaj, sranjan, anel, Miss_Piggy, Heaven, gannu, siggi, eng55, eqshannon, haraprasan, Noisette, nglen, Juyona, albert, valy67, iris has marked this note useful
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Hello Ram! Fantastic mountains. Marvelous landscape. Wonderful panorama. Good work. Well done!

Hello Ram,
this is woderful landscape of Western Himalayas! I like it!

Best regards, Leonid

Hello Ram Sir,
Welcome back with magnificent panorama of icy Himalayas. I am totally for this part of Pir Panjal & wish to visit sooner or late. Trust you had good time at home & have taken enough of TN quota for us to thrive on it. The large version is awesome :)

Hallo Ram
What a spectacular view. Excellent sharpness and clarity. The colour of the sky and the upper part of the mountains are so light and display so well. A fantastic piece of nature, well presented here. Very impressing and beautiful to look at, and I am sure the air one inhale must be wonderful and fresh. Loot and I had invitations from both Subhash and Ganeshan to visit India, and if it was not for the airfare that was so expensive, I am sure we would have loved to come and see your country and beautiful sceneries like the one you have just showed us. An amazing landscape. Thanks for sharing.
Kind regards

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-03-02 4:51]

Hello Ram,
Very happy to see your first mountain-picture from your last trip at your native place. And what an impressive one! The large version is just breath-taking, we can feel the fresh snow all over these high pics. Ideal to have had this mixed sky, with the blue patches which are a nice contrast to the snow. Really looks quite like our Alpine landscapes. By the way I dedicated you a mountain picture, not knowing that you had left for your native place.
Thanks and kindest regards

Hi Ram!

You easily can understand that I like this picture very much! It simply is superb, I love that mountain scenery. It's so vivid, dynamic and refreshing. The fresh snow as well as the clouds add to the value and the impression of the picture. Moreover, these two elements higlight the powerful aspect of the scenery at best.

Kind regards


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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2009-03-02 5:37]

woW, I would love to visit. Hope you can assist me for travel guide. This is a superb shot with lovely snow and beautiful sky with bg blue. Heaven. Ganesh

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-03-02 5:37]

Hello Ram,
beautiful panorama view of Himalayas.Great compo. nice POV, detail and colour. I like the plain blue sky contrast with the white snow mountain.Great job and TFS.
Best regards Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-03-02 7:17]

Hi Ram,
Magnificent landscape.I liked POV,3D effect,exposure and composition a lot.Masterpiece!
Have great week,thanks for posting.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-03-02 7:19]

Hello Ram,
What an impressive photo, specially the Large Version. (Wonderful place to ski (?). That's what I've missed most this year.)
Fantastic DOF, clear colours and composition.

This images defines well the geology and the complexity of such in an area which has so much going on in the macro level and in politics and even perhaps warfare. An unusual blend of emotions. At one time this place beckoned me until my Indian friends talked me out of it...and my back might not have withheld it well...certainly a fine start to a new year in images of this for your photo journals1

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2009-03-02 9:29]

hello uncle,
Beautiful picture of the great enchanting himalayas. I love these mountain ranges as they are amazing!! I had been to Kedarnath a year back , the nature there was mind blowing.

Hi Mr. Ram,
A nice capture of the beautiful Himalayas. Looks fantastic in the LP version. Many thanks for sharing this beautiful view.


Hello Ram
superb shot of this majestic mountains, very great point of view, good lighting, beautiful cloudy sky
an excellent capture
TFS Jacqueline

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-03-02 11:33]

Hi Ram. Pure beauty which you fine picture shows. First class compostion with good detail in the clouds. well done TFS.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2009-03-02 11:59]

Hola Ram,
atractiva panorámica y hermoso LP,
buen trabajo saludos amigo.

Hello Ram,
What a beautiful panoramic shot of the Western Himalayas.
Once again,very similar to our South Island landscape,but a little bit higher ;)
I was impressed to read that your village is at 7,000 ft asl!
The highest mountains near my home are only just over 7,000 ft
Our highest,M Cook (Aoraki) is 12,319 ft.
You are so lucky to have been born in such an amazing location.
Thanks for sharing this.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2009-03-02 20:37]

Hi Ram sir,
majestic scene and you have captured it so beautifully. The clouds covering the icy peaks make the image magical. I would love to be there standing and enjoying these sceneries someday.

Hello Ram
Great panorama on this wonderful landscape, I like the LP photo too
Well done

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2009-03-03 15:03]

Hello Ram !
I have waited for your Himalay pictures with such impatience, and then you posted this one and I didn't even see it - shame on me ! :-) It's truly an impressive landscape, with those majestic moutains standing at the horizon. Must have been such a great moment for you. I love the vivid colors, and I also like how you have composed the picture, and your POV. Very well done !

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2009-03-05 20:56]

Hello Sir,
You are lucky to be able to go back to the lap of nature where you rightly belong.It must be an exciting and wonderful journey each time you go back to your village.And this beautiful scene you share tell us every bit about the beauty that you are able to see, live and enjoy for yourself.

The view is breathtaking.The LP version gave a very lovely and detailed view of the snow clad peaks, the hanging clouds, the lovely warm sunlight that is brightening up the snow even more and the blue sky in the BG.One can feel the chill, the fresh air, the nippy breeze ..all around as one takes in the panorama.It is my dream to go visit this wonderful place and feel all of it in real...someday..

Till then it is views such as these that i take delight in....
Pleasure Viewing This
Thanks and Cheers

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