Where The Streets Have No Name
The blustery wind territory 4500 metres+ altitude of Ladakh
After the Mahe bridge enroute to Tso Moriri , the road veers off the Indus river and climbs up towards the Namshang La pass (4950m) passing the Sumdo village. The most incredible scenery on this route opens up just after crossing the pass. Soon we were off the road and on a dirt track. Traces of civilization were getting thinner and more and more of raw earth was being exposed to our senses. After about half an hour later we left the road, we spotted the ‘trailer’ of things to come. A high altitude (~4800m) grassy plateau ringed by snowcapped mountains and a small turquoise lake (Tso Kiagar) in the middle. A small turquoise patch in between the brown landscape was good enough to blow our sleep away.
This small lake has at least 3 names...Thadsangkaru Tso, Kiagar Tso or even the lesser mentioned Tso Chun. It is a small brackish water lake on the way to Tso Moriri.
The place is so beautiful that you'll be forgiven for thinking that it is the actual Tso Moriri and turn back after spending a few hours there. All this stunning beauty around us meant that we had to drive slow....taking it all in....what mother nature slowly unfolded.
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Royaldevon (34655) 2013-12-10 1:51
Your notes paint the same sense of awe as the photograph! It is stunning and, because of its remoteness, not many others will experience this scene! Everything is on a large scale, except the figure, so tiny in this vast landscape.
The sky is powerful, too, dominating and swirling.
A shot to dwell on!
Have a great day,
yquem46 (38750) 2013-12-10 1:55
namaste my dear Angshu
just splendid, well in the same mood that argentina sceneries
I remember this lake. when passing by it like you here, I first thought that it was Tso Moriri and I was a bit disapointed !
What a sky you had there, just enough to pray for a shelter somewhere and soon !
Have a nice day, best regards
baclama (18667) 2013-12-10 2:00
wonderful colors ...an icredible landscape!!!
I would want to see this place.....
dta (72937) 2013-12-10 2:11
Hello Angshuman ,
A great panorama of this emerald lake ina fantastic moutain landscape . The dramatic sky adds to the atmosphere . Superb inclusion of the lonely man in the composition .
Subhogen (4067) 2013-12-10 3:44
Beautiful shot of a picturesque landscape.
The lone person is good scale to the magnitude of this wilderness. Colors and tone true to that of Ladakh. Excellent DOF at f5. Splendid photo..well seen and taken.
pierrefonds (61848) 2013-12-10 4:22
The wideness of the area is giving depth to the composition. The lonely person has an effect of scale. The point pf view is showing the details, the colors of the mountains and of the lake. The cloudy sky is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-12-10 4:53
this is stunning. The atmosphere and drama of this place is palpable in this beautifully executed image. A superb sense of the scale and dynamic presence of the view and presented so attractively. Superb!
Sergiom (70492) 2013-12-10 5:12
Quel beau paysage tu nous offre aujourd'hui.Tout est parfait dans cette photo, à partir du point de vue sur le lac et les montagnes, du cadrage très efficace et de la gestion de la lumière. L'homme donne une belle relation dimensionnelle.
olive224 (2719) 2013-12-10 9:22
Nice tones and contrasts
I like the whole composition and the colors
lousat (85018) 2013-12-10 9:33
Fantastic scenery with the blue line like a natural border between ground and mountains,magnificent place in a spectacular pic under the perfect sky to complete the composition,a great pleasure for my eyes! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
Romano46 (18472) 2013-12-10 10:23
Dire Ladakh significa dire paesaggi grandiosi , colori forti e natura allo stato puro.
In questa tua foto c'è tutto questo e oltretutto racchiuso in una composizione molto ben fatta e di grande efficacia.
Splendido anche il soggetto che hai scelto. immenso e stupefacente .
Ciao e buona serata
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-12-10 10:29
Hello Angshu - Reading your notes and seeing the photograph made me feel as if I was participating in your wonderful journey and I seeing this with my own eyes. The remoteness of this wilderness is conveyed very well in this shot, the small figure is dwarfed by the terrain and my guess is that that was an overriding emotion of you and your fellow travelers experienced. Fabulous TE contribution and what a delight. Warm regards Rosemary
danos (92502) 2013-12-10 10:34
nice the view of the place in this altitude,with the lake on the roots of the snowy Mt. and the grey clouds over,it makes the image effective.I like the light and the colour management of the scene as the beauty of the place.
brianmcc (6219) 2013-12-10 11:04
wow, what an incredible view. the colours are stunning and the landscape wonderful. you have composed this in such a way as to capture the scale and grandeur of this place, especially with the figure in the middle of the frame.
hidibyendu (875) 2013-12-10 14:48
This is a magnificent view of the beautiful nature of mother India. Such a wonderful place and you captured it extremely well, keeping the man in. Excellent composition.
PaulVDV (25519) 2013-12-10 14:49
The blue lake is really a very pretty sight in this impressive landscape while the sky looks rather frightful.
The solitary figure gives more depth to the picture and also a good sense of scale.
Best regards, Paul
mrichat (1737) 2013-12-10 19:04
onek din por abar ekta superb landscape from ladakh angshu da.excellent positioning of the elements.the white sky(commonly seen that blue,colorful sky with clouds etc) which covers your maximum part of the photo,yet adjusted against the frame.here it makes some difference.the lake seems that a paint brush filled with cyan color has been dragged only once casually.the man standing gives an idea of plain valley. darun hoyeche.
jjcordier (79289) 2013-12-10 23:34
Somptueux paysage avec un ciel impressionnant. Le photographe accentue la sensation d'immensité du lieu.
papagolf21 (93058) 2013-12-10 23:38
Bonjour, cher Angshu,
Paysage grandiose, c'est là que l'on mesure la petitesse de l'homme face à la nature.
Très belle mise en image.
Très bonne journée.
sevy (15367) 2013-12-11 0:40
Is it a self portrait here. You should have run a lot during the 10s timing. :-)
Out of the joke, a nice landscape view on those so noticeable lakes.
The tiny silhouette is giving the scale of the place.
pajaran (56536) 2013-12-11 1:56
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu, sa opisom ...
Dobra kompozicija i perpektiva, lepa panorama.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Lepa priroda i trenutak.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.
An interesting and good article on the place, with a description ...
Good composition and perspective, beautiful panorama.
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
Beautiful nature and moment.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
subhendu_bagchi (25991) 2013-12-11 1:59
darun hoyechhe chhobita dada. You got a picture postcard from this area of Ladakh. In fact I am totally unaware about this lake. Thanks for this post which is superior in image quality. Tfs.
Nicou (133302) 2013-12-11 2:01
merveilleux ciel gris avec de belles formes sueprbe ewt ce plan d'eau bleu clair en fond quelle compo et vue quel payasage et panorama sueprbe captage.
Bravo et amitié
Fis2 (92085) 2013-12-11 3:13
I like POV and composition.
Very impressive colors.
Have a nice afternoon
jhm (146558) 2013-12-11 3:22
You shows us a very quiet picture with the mountains as real eye catchers on these picture.
Also the clouds make these picture lovely
You choice of angle is excellent done.
Technical a very good picture also pleasant colours.
Composition and presentation make these picture attractive.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Graal (101086) 2013-12-11 11:18
unusual place and landscape. Very nice colors and composition. Good "human accent" in BG. Photo I like.
Have a nice evening.
npecanhuk (71976) 2013-12-11 18:29
Attractive landscape and place!
Sharpness, exposure, colors and, above all, chosen pov and composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
abmdsudi (48705) 2013-12-11 22:16
A breathtaking!! landscape and the extensive depth and feel of vastness so skillfully captured with a nice cut that enhances the beauty filled by subtle light and gorgeous tones and colours. A shot benefitted from the presence of human figure, such delicate detail throughout taken from an impressive view point and this also proves how speck of strong vivid colour can have an impact on the whole image as shown by the sparkling enriched turquoise water which balances the layers of diff colours of the landscape whilst still remaining at contrast to each other. The intriguing image shows good composition, exposure control, dof, sense of peace and all its moods i think is what you do best here and all seems to work smoothly. I think the fascinating cloud formation clinches the shot tremendously. Just magnif, My Congrats :))
ChrisJ (107053) 2013-12-12 7:31
Hello Angshuman ,
The turquoise lake and blue grey sky contrast superbly against the yellow red earthy color tones of the foreground. Good sharpness although I detect some pixellation or a copyright watermark in the left part of the lake which detracts a little. The silhouetted man admiring the view makes a superb focal point. Tfs!
Kielia (24077) 2013-12-12 8:56
what a spectacular view! You have captured this wonderful landscape excellently. The light is fantastic and the photographer’s perspective is excellent. The lonely person near the turquoise lake is just the icing on the cake. My compliments!
Didi (59634) 2013-12-17 9:35
Great view with a dramatic sky
Nice deep foreground
It will be great for you to post a closer view to the lake for a next time
macjake (63128) 2013-12-20 12:49
you said it yourself 'incredible scenery'!
the wild wild Northern India, what a great place to see in person some day.
wicked clouds, wicked touch of aqua water, and the solitary man.
really like the hint of your name hidden in the shot too!
adores (42217) 2013-12-20 16:50
Really beautiful, the landscape, the sky and composition! I like the presence of the person there, enjoying the view and the colour of the water stands out so perfectly! A very good shot!
emka (89253) 2013-12-30 23:37
Amazing landscape photo from ladakh. beautiful small lake, the lony man standing in this vast area gives the scale and solitary mood to the picture. stunning beauty of this place so masterfully prese nted.
WArm regrads Malgo
Waylim (25442) 2013-12-31 10:53
Beautiful landscape from the high plateau. Only up here the water can be such vivid turquoise. It stands out even more so against the brown and dark gray earth tone. I can feel the cold and short of breath just looking at it. The sky with threatening clouds adds drama to the composition.
josepmarin (58085) 2014-01-04 11:46
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
an awesome landscape here, we can see clearly all its beautiful elements in a deep and well lit image, with a great sharpness.
The turquoise water of the lake provide a nice contrast between the deserted plains, the mountains covered by snow, and the cloudy sky.
It's a splendid work.
PS; though a bit late, I wish you and your relatives a very happy New Year!
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-01-19 23:06
stunning.what a view.love the glowing Turquoise amidst dark environment.great shot.
tatadalou (7305) 2014-01-21 14:05
Amazing turquoise lake. It enlightens this dry landscape. Great light due to weather conditions. I like the little silhouette watching the lake.
mkamionka (33601) 2014-02-26 6:11
beautiful landscape photography. I like the well saturated colors. In particular the water so green adds a very nice touch to the scene. Sky has a nice contrast on both sides with the storm approaching from the right. Silhouette of a person in the center makes a very strong point here, enhancing the feeling of space.
nikkitta (17064) 2014-03-16 17:09
Happy holi whenever you are!
Impresive landscape that deserves the time spent in the rough track
Must have been a breathtaking view the lake and the turkoises waters with the snowcoverd mountains at the back
Good to add the human figure to show vastness of a place not very visited
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56738)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-06-05
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon SX 120 IS
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/1250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Ladakh - "The Broken Moon"
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-10 0:59