Taken in the Gokyo Valley, in the Khumbu region of Nepal. The mountain in the background is Cho Oyu, which is the 6th highest mountain in the world. This vally is quite close to Mt. Everest, and you can get some views of Everest farther up the valley. This shot shows the dominant mode of transportation in the area - yaks. The yaks are used to move goods up and down the trails as there are no road in this rough area, only paths suitable for animal traffic (including the human animal, who has to walk for long distances to get anywhere). The group of yaks in the photo are probably moving all the baggage for a trekking group.
This was scanned from Velvia, and then as usual I had to try to tame the very high contrast that is the normal result of slide scanning. I used a 'shadows/highlights' adjustment in PS to greatly reduce the brightness of the mountain, as it was pretty much all white in the original scan. I also cropped out a lot around the sides to get a tighter shot and a good diagonal line in the frame.
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snuggleaphagus (4146) 2006-01-15 22:56
what a beautiful sky, this photo reminds me of an old national geographic magazine i saw at my doctor's office yesterday. excellent point of vew and the colors are stunning, the shadow of the person walking is very good.
excellent framing and composition.
simply beautiful it leaves me wanting to know more and see more about this beautiful place
Roly (2024) 2006-01-15 23:21
Excellent travel photography with an amazing background. A bit of sharpness was lost during the conversion to digital but the colors are great. Very nicely exposed, despite the wide range of luminosity across the image.
jk5554 (0) 2006-01-16 0:10
It's very beautiful. Cho Oyu looks so close that you could have used a telephoto lens and F22 to shoot this?!
The picture has a very good 'sense of place' which is what attracted me to look at it.
bibiweb (8) 2006-01-16 3:23
Great quality scan. The colors are fantastic. You've really done an excellent PP job! I lie this typical trekking scene with the heavy loaded yaks on the paths and those beautiful mountains in the background. Looking at your picture makes me want to go back to Nepal someday!
Have a nice day.
fkk (2037) 2006-01-16 3:39
impressive view, great komposition
Karsi dagin ihtisami beni buradan etkiledi üzerinde bulunan bir parca bulut bulunan karli daglar gercekten cok harika bir manzara olusturmus....
PixelTerror (0) 2006-01-16 4:28
Great scene and effective PP, I like here the opposition between the very warm foreground and the very cold background, seems like marching from one world to another.
Have a nice day,
Albrecht (11281) 2006-01-16 4:41
Always impressive to see these kind of pictures. Great scene and beautiful colours and compo.
take care, Albrecht
robiuk (10807) 2006-01-16 11:30
A lovely one, Alvin.
Don't know anything about slide scanning, but the contrast is very high and some areas are really unrecognisable (for example the yak on the left - could've been a horse or mule as well as there are no details, at least on my screen).
But the rest, that is more important is quite fine and you actually did a great job here with the compo and giving a right perspective, creating a pleasant 3-D environment.
The warm colours are absolutely exquisite!
sengir (4956) 2006-01-16 12:17
this is how the decent trekking shot should look - stunning mountains view and a mix of local culture. I only wish it was slightly sharper, but it's probably the question of scanning.
Very good overall
kensimage (8561) 2006-01-16 13:04
I really like how the yaks are placed against the snow--it really makes clear that you're at a very high altitude. And the shot carries the atmosphere of a trek very vividly--brings back memories for me as it's been several years since I did one.
Did you post this once before, or something quite similar? I remember something like it but I don't see it in your portfolio now.
Nice one, Alvin! Regards, Ken.
kebek (5438) 2006-01-16 13:42
Serwus Alvin !
Stunning vista with superb use of the forground's action. Clarity and tones are superb. Great work on scan.
Fis2 (82696) 2006-01-16 14:01
Interesting photo. Good composition and colours. I like the light and contrast. Thanks for the sharing.
Ann75 (0) 2006-01-16 15:08
An amazing shot, especially since it was scanned. I like the scenery as well as the group that is included in this picture. It makes me wonder where they are going in such terrain, they must travel for so many miles to get from one place to the other! I love the different colors in this view and the snowcapped mountain that dominates this landscape. Great use of light, great composition and excellent work!
nwoehnl (122) 2006-01-16 15:24
Impressive scene from the high-altitude trek, Alvin. A fine photo that mixes the aspects of scenic value and human interest at the most appealing. I think the scanning job and your post-work really came out well and the colors are wonderful.
mathiasmo (1755) 2006-01-16 15:28
wonderfull shot. excelent colors, great composition and a nice story to tell. best regards.
PJE (20758) 2006-01-16 19:00
Alvin what a wonderful point of view. This shows how its all done including background mountian which I must add is amazing to see. You did very well with your processing too. I usually use shadow and highlights most of the time. It brings in the balance nicely. A wonderful photo Alvin!
singuanti (15250) 2006-01-16 20:23
Hi Alvin. You can really tell with the colors and contrast that this came from Velvia. The browns are almost too much but I still love it. That must have been an excellent trip. Epic shot Alvin!
jbweasle (9373) 2006-01-17 3:25
Hello Alvin, I see you are digging into your archives for today's post. This is a great shot of the traditional transport set in some of the most stunning mountain scenery in the world. The image loses a little quality in the scan but that's easily forgiven when showing us such a beautiful place.
ChrisJ (94844) 2006-01-17 3:51
I was in Nepal in January 2000, & again in January 2002. Sadly, I noticed in todays news that 12 police were killed in 5 Maoist bomb attacks throught the Kathmandu Valley. I like the superb color of the majestic mts here. Good work!
donluicu (24718) 2006-01-17 6:10
it's always impressive to see donkeys with tho se heavy bags, but when you see where they're going...wow...excellent and interesting picture..
faubry (35405) 2006-01-17 8:02
hello Alvi, superb composition on these backs!! i like a lot, very beautiful mountain, you are lucky to go here!!! bravo
capthaddock (28790) 2006-01-17 9:40
Hi Alvin - the diagonal works very well here, and the image quality is such that it's hard to beleive it's a scan, the exposure correction was performed perfectly.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2006-01-17 14:49
Beautiful framing, lovely scene capturing the details of the porters, a scene that really makes me wish I were traveling and not at work
Fixfocus (9385) 2006-01-17 19:30
Your pp-work was succesful,good handling of contrasts and highlights.The central perspective works very well here,I also like the deep colors a lot.
colinbrenchley (6431) 2006-01-28 19:07
Beautiful depth of colour in this shot really bringing out the detail in the mountain peak in the background
mumek (20198) 2006-02-08 5:59
Good morning Alvin!
Excellent quality of the scanned picture. Very impressive shot. Super composition with fantastic colors, nice view at the mountains.
Your note is very interesting and informative.
Thanks for posting
Bluejeans (64247) 2007-07-20 14:43
Ola Alvin muito interessante esta tua foto com este carregadore no Nepal , muito bela a paisagem de fundo as montanhas cobertas de neve .
Um abraço Gonçalo
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