A place you wouldn't need a freezer up here for a moment and a place that turns this almost a black&white picture. A cold and frosty silent morning in spring, a shot depicting the effect of the severe weather on the local landscape.
At an altitude of 3600m, the frozen Lake Karakul is the highest lake of the Pamir Plateau near the junction of The Pamir, Tianshan and Kunlun Mountain Ranges surrounded by mountains with snow-covered peaks throughout the year, the lake is formed from meteoritic impact about 25million years ago.
In spite of the unfavourable weather condition, the backdrop is still fairly visible as you can have a good view of the mighty Muztagh Ata Mountain 7546 m, locally known as the "Father of Glaciers" Dotted of Kirghiz villages can be seen well spread out in the distance lake shore on the rocky slopes backed by quite overwhelming glaciers and snowfields.
Note: Actual Local Central Asian Time is 4hours behind Beijing time ie Exit time minus 4 hours
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Noel_Byrne (26109) 2013-07-13 10:50
Classic shot, and my first time to see a camel in snow. The wonderful snowy backdrop alone looks beautiful but the camel and man have really breathed life into the scene. Excellent composition and presentation of this scene. Really nicely done, and thanks as. Always for sharing.
Fis2 (88015) 2013-07-13 11:02
Curious landscape, curious scene...
Excellent POV and composition.
Very impressive picture.
saxo042 (37596) 2013-07-13 11:19
A very beautiful landscape. The man and his camel provide a very fine part of the picture, against the harsh background. The snow and ice add strong contrasts here.
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-07-13 11:47
So rare to see a 'cold' photo from you, Abmdsudi, but this one is perfectly exposed with both the glowing haze at the top and the deep silhouettes at the bottom well managed. There's a story to this one, no question, and a wonderful mood. Thanks!
BennyV (13905) 2013-07-13 11:49
Terrific shot with a great sense of location.
An amazing backdrop to the walking silhouettes.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-07-13 11:51
è passato qualche anni da quando hai scattato questa foto, ma la bellezza della natura cinese è sempre presente ed attuale, e questa tua foto sta qui a rappresentare quella che è una fantastica realtà.
Un paesaggio incantato nel quale sussistono temi arcaici e l'uomo ancora si muove con il cammello.
Purtroppo le città sono state trasformate in alcuni casi in maniera caotica e sono diventate uno specchio dell'epoca moderna travolgendo antiche tradizioni.
Ottima nella composizione, questa foto incanta ancora per la sua magica bellezza.
Ciao e buona domenica
nikkitta (15788) 2013-07-13 13:24
Fantastic capture, almost b/w one
So well composed image in layers and the must the camel and rider with their silhouettes against the white lake
Interesting note to introduce this unusual winter scene
Have a great week end
drt100 (2095) 2013-07-13 14:10
This is a great photo. The relationship of scope between the camel and mountains is impressive. It looks so far away ... a mystical place. A very cold looking place. What a place for you to be. TFS
kato (11630) 2013-07-13 19:07
You're capturing well this landscape by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the frozen lake and the high mountain range with glaciers/snow. It's effective and beautiful for refrain of snow area and not snow area. And, the man who pulls a camel and is walking together draws out a special effect in this image.
jjcordier (77870) 2013-07-13 23:10
On est toujours surpris de voir ces chameaux au milieu de ces paysages glacés et pourtant leur fourrure leur permet de résister très bien à ces températures basses.Un paysage surprenant que tu as très bien mis en image.
Indrasish (2893) 2013-07-13 23:52
Great shot here.. Nice panoramic view of this area.. Love the composition with this foreground and background.. Superb image quality too.. Very well done.. Also good note on it..
Have a nice day and wish you all the best..
bayno (18344) 2013-07-13 23:55
another place unknown to me, must be very hard to live in those villages, people hardened by the cold and harsh living conditions, I really like the backlight and the two main colors, another nice job always accompanied by an excellent note...closely resembles the Laddak...
have a good sunday...
CLODO (31150) 2013-07-14 0:52
You're on the silk road, and your picture seems to be very old, full of nostalgia in this breathtaking area.
Congratulations (33°C in Bordeaux)
lousat (79772) 2013-07-14 1:18
What a place,what a atmosphere! And how is strange for me to see camels in the snow,a great capture from this place out of the world and touristics circuits,magnificent effect and a great sensation of peace and quiet.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
Urs (14082) 2013-07-14 4:28
It looks and feels cold, but the camel obviously can or better must accept the climate, as its owner pull it along. Great snow capped mountain in the BG, partly hidden behind fog. Excellent composition and pastel colour hues. Well done
willperrett (7660) 2013-07-14 4:30
This would be a stark, beautiful landscape in its own right; with the inclusion of the silhouetted camel, it takes on another dimension. Lovely shot: you can really feel the cold.
mirosu (15102) 2013-07-14 6:24
Excellent winter mountains photo. Excellent, not usual, combination of snow & ice and camel, an animal which belongs to hot desert area.
Excellent viewpoint, superb light. Well seen and captured. Greetings, Miro.
ourania (34455) 2013-07-14 8:52
this is a wonderful atmospheric picture, a very effective composition that makes us see and feel the grandeur and suggestiveness as well as the desolation and isolation of this part of the world. The picture is so quiet and so majestic at the same time, the two main colours alternate in the frame designing the landscape and defining its mood. The walking man with his camel are outlined superbly against the white/grey luminous backdrop. Truly captivating, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great week,
eldancer1 (30040) 2013-07-14 8:57
I guess I'm very naïve about the world--I find this image of a camel against the snow covered mountains as not compatible. And it look to dissolate of a place. Learn something new everyday. Beautiful capture and composition. Very well done, tfs.
Schnappilic (9690) 2013-07-14 9:27
Wow, a huge result with a spectacular framing. Compositional elements are perfectly arranged. Congratulations!
Cricri (109701) 2013-07-14 9:55
Il faut du courage de visiter de tel endroit aussi glacial, mais cela en vaut la peine, c'est tout simplement grandiose, oui presque une N/B, la personne avec le chameau ajoute de la vie, a cet endroit calme, un beau spectacle de la nature
Didi (58088) 2013-07-14 10:25
Very magnificient view with a dramatic sky
Quiet ambiance far away from noisy towns
Good frame quality
papagolf21 (88171) 2013-07-14 10:56
L'image semble irréelle avec la présence d'un chameau et l'environnement.
La beauté est majestueuse.
Une image qui a toute sa place sur le site.
pajaran (53721) 2013-07-14 11:41
Dobar tekst o mestu i trenutku ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepa panorama.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak.
Good article on the place and time ...
Good composition and perspective, beautiful panorama.
A good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated time and place.
All the best.
holmertz (43289) 2013-07-14 11:51
I guess most of us think at first this is B&W, but there is actually a slight hint of brown in the mountain across the lake. The camel and its owner blessed you with a perfect foreground. No matter how impressive and magnificent the scenery is, it would have been nothing without these captivating silhouettes. I guess this was a place where you just had to wait patiently for someone to appear, and you got the most perfect couple.
janraiski (558) 2013-07-14 12:52
I've never seen a camel in the frozen landscape. This raises special unprecedented mood.
GiovanniG (2998) 2013-07-14 13:16
Hello again Abmdsudi,
Another wonderful capture and narrative. The scene with the dromedary in the foreground is an outstanding choice as it gives scale and interest to the huge mountains. The colors and detail are excellent. Well done sir!
mcmtanyel (14951) 2013-07-14 19:38
That is a sight I would not expect to see! A camel right next to a frozen lake? You just made my day!
Graal (99132) 2013-07-14 23:52
amazing image, like painted. Very good POV and composition. Friends all told you. Photo I like also.
Have a nice day.
kordinator (19598) 2013-07-15 1:17
Fine article on the place and time.
Excellent composition and perspective, beautiful panorama.
A good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated time and place.
Beautiful nature in deep freeze.
sevy (15365) 2013-07-15 1:48
A very wild landscape and I like the idea of this shot with the lonely silhouettes of the camel and the man in an almost monochrom view: brown-white.
yquem46 (38746) 2013-07-15 9:54
I liked to ride these Bactrian camels, so comfortable !
But not in these harsh winter conditions
A splendid minimalist view with just the black silhouettes of the man and his animal standing out well on the white snow
Best regards, bravo
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-07-15 9:55
completely change of climate,but the unique mood remained exactly like in your previous shots.
The compositions appears to us almost monochrome,but in my opinion it makes it more expressive.
And in the end-the subject of the photo.A lonely man with his camel and the overwhelming and hostile nature-for me magnificent!
mesutilgim (87354) 2013-07-15 11:42
A mastery capture from Pamir.
Very good compo and layout. Interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
claudeD (34406) 2013-07-15 12:11
Very fine picture with an excellent composition, fine contrasts and a very good choice for b+w mode. I like the person you have integrated to the shot adding by the way life to the picture. TFS
With regards from Luxembourg
npecanhuk (68172) 2013-07-15 17:42
Special regards to the management of light and composition that are all excellent photo qualities!
TFS - congrats,
dkmurphys (50734) 2013-07-16 1:29
A true spectacular scene through it's minimalistic composition. Great catch, enjoy a fine day.
jemaflor (87347) 2013-07-16 11:58
great snowy landscape and great composition with the man and camel, well seen and taken at the good moment, tfs.
adramad (39482) 2013-07-16 14:37
Amazing scene with these great mountains, great snow these horizontal stripes, with other areas clean it, the man walking with his camel, gives us ideal grandeur of the place.
Very good management of both the brightness and the sharpness.
Very well done. I love it.
Have a nice day.
worldcitizen (7309) 2013-07-16 16:50
This scenery is amazing. We get a sense of just how vast the landscape is as this lone person and camel make their way across the foreground. It looks very lonely, but at the same time very inspiring. It is extremely hot here - we are having one week of dangerously high temperatures - and this cold view is very refreshing. I like the horizontal layers that alternate between earthy tones and white.
elenimavrandoni (14207) 2013-07-17 12:42
A place where you will meet with your God and you will feel grateful for being alive and appreciating the simple things in life, your breath, your vision to see beautiful things like a stunning image like this and a smile that comes to you from far away...
Robert1969 (7160) 2013-07-18 0:05
A picture where the viewer can feel the cold
and hear the wind.
I like the layers in the picture and the open
spaces. Light management is also excellent.
mkamionka (31481) 2013-07-18 5:43
beautiful composition. I like very much the guy with the camel. They add SO MUCH interest to this scene. The mountains seem to be partially covered with a fog -it creates an interesting atmosphere. Also a nice contrast of the flat frozen lake and the mountains just behind.
adidas5nb (5671) 2013-07-20 6:43
i will only say...STUNNING.!!!!!!
what a place and shot.
shevchenko (18892) 2013-07-24 1:31
Good capture to the camel and the man that walking there, I wonder the camel is able to walk in the cold environment too, beautiful snowy mountain and frozen lake, fascinating nature view, distinct photo, good shoot.
adores (39223) 2013-08-02 17:19
I can imagine how cold it was there! Even so, the place is just magical - so far away from everything, so wide, just like if the man and his camel were the only living beings around. A great moment with them passing in front of your camera!
PiotrF (10448) 2013-09-09 10:40
Wonderful mountain landscape. This scenery is amazing.Excellent composition, colour and presentation be superb
Very well done
Kaisa71 (228) 2014-02-10 8:39
An interesting photo in in minimized but great colors. If I hadn´t seen some brown I would have thought it is b&w. How small the man and the camel are compared to great nature and where are they going to....is there only mountains and snow ahead or perhaps a village? I like photos that gives space for my imagination and this is one of them. Thanks for sharing.
P.S You have great photos so I added you to my favourites.
ikeharel (60401) 2014-10-22 0:41
The duoble-hump camel and the carter gave a good scale and motion to the snowy mountains scenery.
At 3600m alt. and mid-April still looks as winter's cold place. managed a fine WB with the snow, DOS and clarity.
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (44966)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-17
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: NIKON D200, Nikkor 70-300 f4-5.6 G, ISO 100 RAW, Cokin P121 Gradual Grey G2 ND8
- Exposure: f/25.0, 1/320 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-13 10:27
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