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This is a drinking fountain Bhutan style. I took this shot on the Thimphu to Punakha road, about halfway down the mountain on the east side of the Dochula Pass (I’ve labeled this Metshina as that was the closest town of any size). These two Bhutanese travelers are drinking water which has originated in a mountain spring (top right of photograph) and has been diverted through this hut to turn the red and yellow prayer wheel. There are many drinking fountains like this along Bhutan’s mountain roads. The young woman on the left is wearing the traditional Bhutanese ‘kira’ (a long dress made of fine cotton or silk) with a silk blouse called a ‘toego’. The main is wearing the traditional ‘gho’ - which is similar to the Tibetan chuba – and long socks. The toego and gho always have large cuffs, which are more often than not white in colour. These traditional clothes are worn by the majority of Bhutanese as they go about their daily life – you occasionally see some young people wearing western clothes in Thimphu, but they are in a very small minority.

I am afraid the whites are somewhat blown out on this, because the stones of the hut were painted with a bright white paint. The light was quite dull when I took this (hence the low f stop and 1/45 sec exposure) but the white paint seemed to reflect a lot of light – perhaps an effect of the altitude. I tried some adjustments to levels, shadows and highlights, and this was the best result I could come up with. My Photoshop skills are still fairly basic, so perhaps I could have improved on this using layers (but I haven’t taught myself how to use those yet). Other than that the only PP was cropping and USM.

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