Taken on the free afternoon of our acclimitisation day in Namche Bazaar - the 3rd day of our trek to Everest Base Camp.
Namche Bazaar (3440 metres) is sometimes referred to as the capital of sherpaland. It sits on a steep slope with all the buildings seeming to be arranged like seats in an amphitheatre.
As the name suggests Namche Bazaar has a market. Tibetan traders and their laden down yaks walk over the high Himalayan passes from Tibet. They bring cheap Chinese consumer goods such as colourful blankets and fake branded clothing and shoes. There is also a weekly market on Saturday mornings when people from all around the Namche area come to sell their wares to locals and to trekkers alike.
The mountain in the distance is Thamserku at 6623 metres.
PS In a workshop I am showing Namche Bazaar from the track above as we saw it on the return journey - especially to save Urs a bundle!
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adores (34462) 2009-12-12 17:07
Such a different vision of Nepal - the market in foreground, the houses on the slope and the mountain covered with snow in background - very good, with good light, colours and a clear blue sky.
Seems they have so many things packed!
Paul57 (2217) 2009-12-12 17:19
Just plain fantastic! What a beautiful photo. I certainly would like to be there to witness nature at her best. The background is almost surreal.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
federico (2169) 2009-12-12 17:48
hi marlene, nice and original shot form a wonderfull place, instead of taking the usual pictures of great mountains you managed to put it all togheter with this tibetan market
definitely well done
Urs (14082) 2009-12-12 18:50
Gosh, how Namche Bazar has changed in 30 years, when I was trekking from Jiri via Luckla and Namche Bazar to Gokyo. That looks like a city. When I was there, there were only wooden buildings. To be honest I prefer the old Namche Bazar, but thanks for showing me the new modern one. You saved me a bundle, because I will not go back despite planning it. I like to keep my memories of this place. Looking at your photograph technically it is very well framed shot with vibrant colors and high sharpness. Well done
Have a nice day
bukitgolfb301 (34502) 2009-12-12 20:08
Hello my dear Marlene
This is an another great shot!
Perfect framework, clear description in the detail and impressive vivid color torne are so admirable and nice as usual. The great contarst betwen the great mountain and the chaos market is marvelous!
Congratulation on your masterpiece!
Thanks for sharing and best regards,
Have a good Sunday!
ifege (10129) 2009-12-12 22:09
Hi Marlene - a brilliant multi-layered photo this one - market, building and the crowning glory above. Dramatic and great colour!
emka (73379) 2009-12-12 23:50
Breathtaking view of the distant mountain. Nice market, very colourful.
phwall (6785) 2009-12-13 0:48
Good composition, the interest of the market in the foreground, buildings mid ground and that majestic mountain as background really suit the vertical frame.
Interesting comment by Urs that this location has changed so much he wouldn't want to go back there. I for one would go there in a heartbeat.
Superb colour rendition along with good sharps and a very clear image.
saxo042 (36912) 2009-12-13 1:03
A very colourful view here and a very finhe daily life scene! But I´m really impressed by this "local" mountain in the background, this peak is about three times higher than the highest mountain in Sweden...
alin-m (3716) 2009-12-13 2:09
Verry nice immage,good colours and clarity.
The mountains in back are great.
holmertz (37145) 2009-12-13 2:28
This is a magnificent picture, shining like a star among the mainly dull thumbprints! So colourful, with such a spectacular composition. My eyes are drawn irresistibly along the sacks, the colourful items, up the hill among the buildings and straight towards the white peak. This is a place which i would love to have visited. Above all I am impressed by the pleasant light. I find it usually very hard to take pictures with good colours in the very strong Himalayan daylight.
windosil (1158) 2009-12-13 3:29
Dear Marlene, words failed me - I've just been looking for ten minutes.
By chance what first appeared on my monitor was only the bottom square of the picture. That was a composition of brilliant colours and white bundles leading the eye to the dark tree framed by the horizontal houses. A click to reduce magnification, and suddenly I saw that brilliant peak up in the sky!
LOOOK13 (19046) 2009-12-13 3:51
Belle photo , bien colorée, le point de vue est bien choisi, belle profondeur qui nous mène sur ce grand sommet.
hardyuno (4650) 2009-12-13 6:48
the verticcal framing was a very good choice, your picture with a fine clarity is full of details and the mountain in BG is impressive and really the icing of the cake;-))TFS
Have a fine week
akm (1216) 2009-12-13 9:03
You've managed to make a rather chaotic scene very readable in an well-composed shot. The light and colors are reay eye-catching but the information in your informative note is disturbing. I agree with Urs. It's always sad to see more evidence of the cultural transformation of Tibet.
ban_man (528) 2009-12-13 10:07
Superb POV. I've seen so many Namche shots, but this one is different in all aspect. Brilliant capture. Very neat framing as well. No more words. This my favorite.
syrus_persia (2270) 2009-12-13 20:49
Great photo, excellent framing and composition, excellent perspective! Great light management, beautiful colours!
PixelTerror (0) 2009-12-13 21:30
Name of this place is pretty well known abroad, now we can see how it looks like, an image well composed in its height
have a nice day JY
artesia (959) 2009-12-14 13:37
That's a very busy Namche Bazaar! I was there in February.. there's hardly any group of people. :-)
Beautiful weather with another sun light... perfectly framed from the colourful stuff they're selling, to different colour of the guest houses all the way to the mountains.. what a clear day!!
Love your Nepal pictures.. keep them coming :-)
danos (83093) 2009-12-15 0:37
a really spectacular view and at the same time a great reportage shot from this gathering of the people in the marker.I like this colourful canvas with the houses to be found on the hill sides and the snowy top of the Mt. to dominates the whole scene.The WS completes our knowledge about this area.Well done.
Have a nice day,Danos
sevy (15325) 2009-12-15 0:47
Easy to recognize Namche Bazaar, this so particular village in the bottom valleys of Everest.
The vertical composition was a good choice with a right balance between the human life in foreground and the high summits in background.
macjake (52232) 2009-12-15 5:18
The vertical composition works very well here, showing us the high mountain landscape. beautiful colours all round, lots of visual stimulation!
Great photo, and i bet a great experience being here!
shevchenko (19051) 2009-12-15 21:53
Good vertical format to frame the view in layers from foreground land to the architectures on the slope and peak in the depth, nice colorful view in a sunny day, lively shoot, thanks for sharing WS too.
AKITA (15125) 2009-12-19 15:08
colors look so vivid in this high land,
maybe deep blue sky makes people sensitive for colors,
and various houses on the steep slope are made against the mountain, I think so.
thank you for your wonderful view shot,
Kielia (22913) 2009-12-20 10:36
the atmosphere of this busy place is really wonderful. Fantastic colors and light. It is incredible how crowded this market is. Really a very fascinating impression. TFS!
jmdias (52706) 2010-01-02 22:37
very colorfull image. I liked the position of the houses and the peak above everything, shining its snow in the blue sky. The market looks like a recyclage of trash. nice view, perfect image to show it
ilDottore (5252) 2010-01-09 14:50
Very interesting postcard from Nepal.
Unexpected and surprising view, how different from usual cliches.
guitianmiranda (5323) 2010-01-26 14:10
It is a really interesting and graphic composition, the snowy peak in the background really helps to create a Nepal atmosphere.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4768) 2012-02-16 17:51
How funny, at first I thought it was a beach scene photograph because of those colorful things, but no. A very interesting market scene, and architecture as well, love the way you presented it. What's amazing is that the peak of the mountain (is that Everest?) is quite looking at them, an understated feeling of its majesty and grandiose. Love the brilliant lighting and the vibrance of the image. Nice capture!
all the best,
adidas5nb (4498) 2012-07-27 20:56
BEAUTIFUL. the vertical frame works wonders.establishes the steepness of the place you mentioned in the note,completed with the peak at the background.
- Copyright: Marlene Fegan (mafegan) (8624)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-28
- Categories: Daily Life, Event
- Camera: Nikon D80 DSLR, Sigma 18-200 / 3.5-6.3, HOYA 72mm circular polariser
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2009-12-12 16:37
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