From the lush vegetation of Kinnaur to the harsh landscape of Spiti....
The Spiti Valley is a remote area high in the Himalayas situated on north-eastern part of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The name "Spiti" means "The Middle Land", i.e. the land between Tibet and India. With almost no rain and snow-covered for 8 months a year, Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley. Although originally Tibetan, it's been part of India since the mid 19th century.
Amongst the few unexplored areas the world over there isn’t one as enchanting and inspiring as Spiti. This land often known as Little Tibet, was historically a part of the kingdom of Nariss Korssum (Western Tibet), and is home to few of the oldest Buddhist monasteries and temples in the world. Tucked away in the interiors of the Trans-Himalayan belt of Himachal Pradesh, this high altitude cold desert region has only recently been opened to the outside world. Situated at an altitude well over 3000 mts above mean sea level, this valley is exposed to temperature variations of -28 degree centigrade to +28 degree centigrade and remains cut off for most of the year by the high mountains that encircle it. Due to its relative isolation, various unique and rare aspects of the Buddhist culture (Tibetan Buddhism) are well preserved in this valley.
The valley gets its name from River Spiti, which originates at an altitude of 16,000 ft high from the Kunzum Range, & is a main tributary of the River Sutlej - the largest among the five rivers of Himachal Pradesh.
Despite being a cold desert, with the mountains devoid of any vegetation, the banks of the banks of River Spiti are used for cultivation of barley, wheat & peas. It is said that the peas grown here are the best in India & is almost completely exported. Spiti is sparsely populated & everywhere we went, we enjoyed the sounds of silence amidst barren mountains, fresh snow & harsh terrain, which is a beauty to be comprehended, only when seen!
This picture was taken about 13,500 feet above sea level & we had snow fall the night before, continuing till the early parts of the morning. The snow which you can see on the top of the mountains are all fresh snow, which would melt away towards mid-day. Between the pea fields in the FG & the mountains in the BG flows the River Spiti, though not very visible from this POV...
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holmertz (45239) 2010-07-29 2:37
A splendid view and a nicely balanced composition of green, brown and mainly grey/white. Also a very informative note. Northern India certainly has a lot to offer as far as breathtaking sceneries are concerned.
papagolf21 (90490) 2010-07-29 2:37
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Outre la photographie très réussie (mais cela, ce n'est pas nouveau), c'est la note qui nous interpelle quant à cette végétation et à son histoire.
Merci, cher Angshu, de nous faire participer d'une aussi belle façon.
daddo (25817) 2010-07-29 3:06
Namasthe Angshuman. Spectacular topography. Imagine living and toiling in such a place where the air is invigorating and the traffic noise non existent. sounds as if you had a special time on this privileged trip. Regards. Klaudio.
alin-m (3716) 2010-07-29 3:28
Very beautiful scape.Great image with wonderful colors.
hardyuno (4650) 2010-07-29 3:39
Wow what a panorama Angshu,
presented from a well chosen POV with good depth and and very interesting not, thank you
pierrefonds (60378) 2010-07-29 4:37
The distance between the field and the mountains is giving depth to the composition. THe point of view is showing the details and colors of the field and of the mountains. There is a good contrast between the colors of the mountains and the colors of the field. Have a nice day.
jasmis (57906) 2010-07-29 4:45
Really breathtaking panoramic view with impressive clouds layer.
Regards my dear friend.
bhargab_c (72) 2010-07-29 4:58
I believe the post processing done here has added too much contrast to the image and this is making the image look a bit artificial.
Bluejeans (64249) 2010-07-29 5:09
Ola Angshuman ,
Que paisagem magica , muito belos estes campos verdes em primeiro plano , são lindas as montanhas de fundo cobertas de neve com as nuvens no topo , boas cores , bom ponto de visão , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
PixelTerror (0) 2010-07-29 5:19
Nice peaks rising sharp above the valley, the image gets its interest from the immediate change of color between the green valley and the brown mountain, plus we feel it's steep. Good exposure on the white snow.
Have a nice day JY
Bartleby (13552) 2010-07-29 5:37
Impressive scenery dear Angshu! And those clouds to top it all! Definitely works for me.
PeterDF (421) 2010-07-29 5:53
A fantastic photo here of this isolated and beautiful landscape. Just a stunning scene with the fresh snow and rich, green valley below. The pea fields certainly do look to be very lush and fertile, yes. A really remarkable photograph of this hidden region. Very nicely done.
pauloog (11747) 2010-07-29 6:19
A beautiful and interesting view, marked by the successive layers of colours and structure. The village beneath the slope gives an idea of the dimensions of the grandiose landscape.
npecanhuk (70034) 2010-07-29 6:52
Wonderful exotical and mountaineous location!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, colors, pp, contrasts, horizontal format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congratulations!
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2010-07-29 11:33
I think the colour tone in this shot is very good, natural and PP didn't spoiled it. I think you have done well. Like the layers of colours, like the contrast between the green pea field and the brown of mountain. The snow is nicely exposed and the clouds are certainly added a lot to your compo. They gives it a 3D look. Great shot to show the beauty. Beautifulest among your latest trip. Tfs.
Longroute (19396) 2010-07-29 12:08
What a superb and at the same time unusual landscape!
It's difficult to believe that with such snow the place is a desert and it never rains... there must be a strong erosion going on in those mountains because of lack of vegetation and that explains the deep indentations in the slopes. The best feature of this image are the four layers of different colours: the sky, the snow with the clouds, the brown naked earth amd the green cultivated fields. Really a variety of nice colours and textures together with a sense of grandeur and space. I guess you had a wonderful holidays there.
I liked your interesting note too, very informative.
LOOOK13 (19046) 2010-07-29 13:01
A very beautiful image controlled to perfection, our glance of continuation is attracted by this mountain bathed by the fog, the colors and especially contrasts are superb. A very beautiful discovery.
lacroux (4562) 2010-07-29 13:07
A magnificent landscape and a dazzling beauty.
You knew how to master the light and the composition in successive layers is particularly succesfull.
But this landscape would be nothing if there was no comment to make your living.
danos (90333) 2010-07-29 13:08
great the view of this cultivated land with the snowy Mt on the background,with the light to be the main characteristic of the image,as enhancing the colours.I like the clarity and the sharpness of the shot.
Fis2 (90015) 2010-07-29 14:19
A wonderful landscape,
Good frame and super colors.
Morac (27723) 2010-07-29 15:26
Impressive scenery and fantastic photo.
ciakgiak (30423) 2010-07-29 15:27
I think that the photography is an art, and here you show us a mountainscape in a very artistic way! The effect obtained in this image is superb, I like it a lot, no much contrast, realistic colors and an excellent composition. Congratulations for this great work!
emka (86455) 2010-07-29 22:15
Hi Angshuman, Breath taking panorama of the snowcapped Himalaya mountains. Very interesting note. You had a wonderful trip to the area that only some people visited. Very unfriendly environment as you present it in note but a very beautiful one. A pea field - I have never seen something like this. Great TE-contribution.
Warm regards Malgorzata
vasilpro (41099) 2010-07-30 8:19
Wonderful valley and mountain view, beautiful atmosphere, lovely natural colors, excellent light management.
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
josepmarin (57947) 2010-07-30 9:48
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
There is a perfect contrast between the green fields of peas and the mountains that dominate this majestic landscape. Your framing is very good, has a good geometry and a great graphical balance.
The good management of the light and the quality of image and of colors finish a composition very attractive, executed splendidly.
Wanda1 (15000) 2010-07-30 10:47
It looks like a beautiful place with endless views to photograph. I love the contrast between the bright minty green of the fields and the chocolate brown of the mountains with that dash of white icing of the snow to end it off nicely.
pajaran (55045) 2010-07-30 11:14
Pozdrav , dan se skratio, sunce zalazi.
Odlican motiv i trenutak ...
Prelepa pridoda prikazana odlicnim radom, bojama i fotografijom.
Uzivanje je ovo gledati i uzivati, srecno, Paja.
Hello, the day is shortened, the sun stands for.
Excellent motive and the moment ...
Beautiful attribution shown excellent performance, color and photography.
Enjoy this watch and enjoy, happy, Paja.
dip (23844) 2010-07-30 11:22
the snowy mountains in the bg.are really amazing!
interesting colors combination,
bmukherjee (1512) 2010-07-30 22:03
Amazing composition of the snow peaks on the slopes and the green fields in the foreground. I like the processing here - clarity is just about right...
jhm (144268) 2010-07-31 0:28
Again a very nice picture with the mountains as subject.
Wonderful panorama sight, quality and technical excellent perfect seen.
Very well done.
samratrayc (438) 2010-08-01 9:30
this is a postcard stuff man !
Didi (59066) 2010-08-01 10:50
The clouds are touching the mountains.
Very nice contrasted composition.
Good dominant POV
adores (40990) 2010-08-01 18:11
What a landscape! I like the composition in layers and that little house on the left. The little clouds "crowning" the top of the mountains are fabulous!
batalay (36984) 2010-08-01 20:44
Hello Mr. B,
The photograph looks surrealistic, with its high resolution and brilliant colors. As I read your note and the other specs regarding the shot, I noticed you took the photo on 29 May 2010. That would have been the 57th anniversary of Hillary and Tenzing reaching the peak of Mt. Everest.
Warm regards and have a good week,
marietom (34609) 2010-08-02 1:32
magnifique paysage, avec ces sommets embrumés.
jafadabret (56501) 2010-08-02 10:20
J'aime les couleurs des cultures du premier plan qui font place au brun des montagnes enneigées. Les nuages apportent une touche de légèreté dans ce beau paysage.
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-08-04 23:26
Nice series of landscapes
This one is very beautiful
Excellent colors and sharpness
Well balanced picture
fotka (3945) 2010-08-10 11:54
I love monuntains and it's indeed beautiful shot. The mountains don't have any vegetation only farmers' fields at the bottom. They look different from the mountains which I had visited but they are lovely. Superb presentation, composition, colors, light and very interesting note.
Tfs and best regards,
sayeed_rahman (6370) 2010-08-16 8:19
Well quite an extravagant font, with the loops and curls :) - think shooting in raw helps make the most of PP something that i struggle to do, in fact honestly the very thought of it makes me sweat! - the saturation is just perfect with the little settlement in the remote foothills adding depth and scale which are very crucial in landscape shots..
sad to hear that Patrick and Pascale have both called off their tours in the Himalayas, i couldnt make it to a few points and it crushed me, what would happen if the whole trip was off..you get so attached, its a bad thing
hope you are fine Angshuman
mkamionka (32483) 2010-08-19 7:29
excellent work. The processing strong yet emphasizes very well the textures of both fields and mountaind. Incredible clarity. The most interesting are of course the clouds which cover the mountains just partially. They seem so soft and smooth and contrast with sharp surfaces all around.
Great work, congratulations,
pablominto (53746) 2010-09-06 23:44
This is an amazing landscape and a fine frame, combining the lush farmland with the snow covered summits!
I notice the village below the mountains, must be a strange place to live...
kiks (11785) 2010-09-10 9:12
IMPRESSIVE!! What a landschape! I like the layers you create in your composition. The contrast of cgreen en brown and white is beautiful.
arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2011-09-07 4:11
You are very lucky that you went there..Going there itself a great thing and this is a beatiful mountain scape.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56574)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-29
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: At Heaven's Door - Kinnaur & Spiti
- Date Submitted: 2010-07-29 2:24