It is dawn on Dal lake, as flower sellers go about their business in shikaras (boats).
Dal Lake, the pride of Kashmir and a World Heritage site, has within its area, four enormous sheet-like expanses of water - Lokutdal, Boddal, Gagribal and Nagin. The rest of its surface being broken up alternatively by man-made strips of land inhabited by whole colonies of people and vegetation. Thus the lake is not a flat, unbroken mass of water, but a labyrinth of waterways, awash with a lifestyle not encountered elsewhere in the world. The Dal is Srinagar's major life-support system with its wide variety of marine life: fish, lotus roots, plants and floating gardens. The hospitable boat people of Kashmir trace their descent from Noah. Entire families live on boats, accepting a way of life that was bequeathed to them by their ancestors and clinging stubbornly to their traditional culture.
However the Dal has been battling for survival today. The once crystal-clear mirror-like water of the lake is heavily infested with weeds and pollutants. Once breathtakingly beautiful, the lake today takes in all the city's sewage. Human refuse from the houseboats is discharged into it. As a result, the quality of water has deteriorated and the lake's vast reserves of aquatic life are rapidly shrinking. In 1200 A.D., the Dal covered an area of 75 sq km. By the 1980s, only 25 sq.km survived, and today the Dal stretches over barely 12 sq.km. LET US SAVE THE DAL !
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sunilshukla (844) 2006-05-07 12:16
Another excellent image from what seems to be your vast pool. Very well composed with nice reflections. And an excellent note. I agree with you, Let us save the Dal before it becomes extinct.
sam224 (6215) 2006-05-07 12:21
Very nice shot with good reflections in the water and the flower creating a good mix of colours. Maybe some more light would give an even more successful shot.
But well done!
marjan (7) 2006-05-07 12:55
Hi, good shot and nice POV, litlle more light wil be welcome but ...
ben4321 (9875) 2006-05-07 13:11
Excellent photo. Beautiful light and good composition. Well done.
ngythanh (8456) 2006-05-07 19:18
By posting this wonderful picture, you crossed finger and promised us there will be more successful photos to come from your camera.
arnabchat (7233) 2006-05-08 0:53
good post. nice reflection in the water.
jrj (34843) 2006-05-08 4:14
Nice compo with the boat on the very silent and reflective water. I like the details included - fine daily life example of the place. Nice work
sayan (2617) 2006-05-08 8:05
Another good post with a very good note. I like the reflection of the setting sun in the lake. My only complaint is that the boatman and the flowers on the boat are a bit under exposed. But I can understand the problem- if you have adjusted the exposure to take out those things, then you might have lost the colour of reflection on the water!
Giorgio (11279) 2006-05-08 10:16
- Beautiful composition for this excellent picture the light and colour are very good, well done !
kelo (523) 2006-05-08 10:39
In 1995 I was in Srinagar I have I did a photography similar to this one (you can see her in trekearth), it brings me memories. An incredible country.
Thanks for the memories
ramesh_lalwani (3211) 2006-05-08 13:28
When I saw the title I thought you a posted a bill board outside shiekh abdulla cultural centre and Hotel.This subject is close to my heart.nice note.
flower lade shikara with reflection looks great.TFS
delkoo (68) 2006-05-08 14:58
you did a well shot, with nice reflections.
I dared a WS to improve your photo
I hope you will like it
pastadog (13111) 2006-05-08 15:29
Hi, thanks for the pretty shot and for the note, I hope the lake will be saved for the future generations!
chefrancisco (752) 2006-05-09 13:18
Excellent and dynamic photo! The composition is great capturing the reflection of the man coinciding with the sun's. Very poetic! Congratulations for this good job!
sun_web (665) 2006-05-10 3:30
Excellent shot Sabyasachi! Beautiful angle and great colors. Serene picture and good now- Thanks - sunil
P-S-I-G (25536) 2006-05-11 5:40
Beautiful scene. I like these flowers in the small boat. Good light, colors, framing and composition.
Paolo (41222) 2006-05-11 10:46
Hi Sabyasachi, excellent shot.
a great view, colorful and with a fantastic mood.
good POV, nice focus and light.
bantonbuju (51815) 2006-05-11 16:43
this is the type of photography that MUST be successful: well composed, carefully selected depth and crop;
everything works here on this image;
and THAT moment...
best wishes, jerzy
dHitman (0) 2006-05-11 23:01
Lovely composition! The semi silhouette picture and colors create a wonderful mood to this scene. And the reflections of the man round it up nicely. TFS!
mammad (3562) 2006-05-12 2:57
Dear Sabyasachi '
The dal is still beautiful.At least your photo depicts it beautifully .It's a shame its shirnking.Wonderful sharp frame with excellent contrast and above all wonderful POV.
partha (14023) 2006-05-14 11:53
Its a very good one.
the colour tonality is suparb.
very well done.
aloyho (6798) 2006-05-19 7:46
Looking through your collection, this shot catches my attention. I love boats but it is the colours and the wonderful lighting on the water surface that make this a successful shot. I love the composition and mood too. Well done!! Best regards and thanks for visiting.
daddo (27656) 2006-05-23 8:59
Namaste Sabyasachi. A picture of such harmony- that is, between man and nature. Pity there is seldom harmony between man and man. Putting politics aside, the reflection and colours are magical. Beautiful reflection. Regards, Klaudio
fayeulle (27827) 2006-05-25 3:58
I like very much this shot. All seen so peacefull. I like the WS which add more contrast on flowers.
zeca (19762) 2006-05-27 4:35
Wonderful shot! Very clear photo with nice colours and reflections on the mirrored waters! Great timing to capture it!
jafadabret (56501) 2006-05-28 14:45
Une photo magique et magnifique avec une excellente lumière et des reflets d'argent. Le bateau est bien placé et il est mis en valeur par un beau bleu et surtout par les fleurs et le navigateur en contre-jour.
talatbay (2424) 2006-06-01 16:45
great exposure Sabyasachi
POV, composition, colours, contrast...everything is excellent
parbo (11092) 2006-06-14 19:50
This is great moment for me because this one gives precense. I like flowers on boat and his reflection on water. Waves and lights are also great. Congratulations,
riclopes (35577) 2006-07-14 3:59
You have a wonderful gallery full of great portraits. Your last post that I also love, lead me here. Marvellous lighting and a beautiful contrast of the sillouette with the bright reflection of the water. Nice ripples on the water. Great atmosphere. I love the placement of the seller. I liked the improvments of the ws of Didier.
aydindoruk (167) 2006-08-05 10:15
very nice composition and colours
Katharina (401) 2006-08-05 11:10
Nice one. Great compo. You managed to catch the movement and peace...
Silvio1953 (150405) 2006-09-22 15:00
Hi Sabyasachi,this is the photo that to me it appeals to to the inside of your splendid gallery more. Beautifulst light and colors, splendid glares, optimal composition, even if to me seem a little sad one.
I hope that you SAVE THE DAL!
Angshu (56760) 2007-07-21 21:55
The colours are superb as should be in the paradise. Hope the Paradise lost can be regained. Exposure control was tricky, but well managed. A lovely old gem from your gallery.
- Copyright: Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) (19779)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-10-26
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/100 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-05-07 11:50
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