Having spent the first evening in Nepal visiting Kathmandu Durbar Square, the next morning found me in Kantipath, a long street on the outskirts of Thamel, waiting for a bus to Pokhara. While standing there and looking around, I decided to experiment with high ISO settings and took a few street snapshots.
Before or after the earthquake, one thing didn’t change – power shortages lasting most of the day, every day. The streets of major Nepali cities are lit at night with car headlights and bonfires.
I’m now going to leave Kathmandu and the Bagmati region for a few weeks (but only 7 days in my 2014 Nepal time) to follow in my own footsteps around Pokhara Valley and then the Terai region. In other words, the parts of Nepal that were NOT destroyed by the 2015 earthquake and I did not visit them the second time in 2016.
Obsessed with chronology, I decided to upload this story based on the sequence of events during my first trip. But it does not mean I have finished uploading photos comparing pre and post earthquake views of Nepal. Contrary, the most interesting is yet to come, when I get back to the Kathmandu Valley, its more remote towns and villages and people most affected by the natural disaster who allowed me to share their modest lives and listen to their stories for a few days in February 2016.
In WS more photos showing Kantipath. I have no 2016 photos of this part of town. It didn’t really change after the earthquake.
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macjake (72491) 2017-01-10 14:34
it would be a wild experience to travel with you! let me know where you're off to next :)
I always enjoy your stories.
listening to how they have to illuminate the city with car lights is something i cannot relate to at all, its quite shocking to be honest.
the constant power outages must be frustrating too, man...the things we take for granted. It makes visiting India for a month seem like a piece of cake.
good for you to experiment here, we all do it, sometimes with poor results, sometimes it works well. I like the light outlining the body as they walk by. fantastic TE post. cheers
lousat (97515) 2017-01-10 15:44
Hi Kasia,2 lovely but classic WS,but a fantastic main pic!!!! What a backlight very well played with the dark silhouette of the woman crossing the road,impressive timing and quality too,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks for your useful note about your experience there.Luciano
PiotrF (22898) 2017-01-10 16:00
Troche jak opowiesc znajomego fotografa, ktorego wyslano zeby sfotografowal awarie swiatla w moim miescie;) Zdjecia w warsztacie ciekawe
abmdsudi (57644) 2017-01-10 17:44
My kind of low-key!!
This shot has captured the atmosphere perfectly and superbly managed brightness control - clear clean and crisp, which gives subtle rim lighting, emphasizing the outlines around the crossing monk casting his wonderful long shadow. You obviously had a single bright light source, and smaller aperture for sharp focus with excellent starburst effect directly from an oncoming vehicle.
You've all criteria, tech & aesthethic; exposure, focusing, composition, the basis which go into making a successful photo. Exceptionally good for such a high ISO with no sign of noise here, the image quality is impressive so is the technique. It's fun isn't it...
A great tribute to you and the camera.
jemaflor (103065) 2017-01-10 23:27
Well managed your night shot, good effect with the view of the silhouette and the shadow between two lights of car, well done the stars aspect, tfs.
Nicou (150964) 2017-01-11 2:12
Entre les deux phares des voitures quelle image quel personnage superbe effet et captage merveilleux.
Bravo et amitié
holmertz (59044) 2017-01-11 2:44
If you were really on TE to earn many points, you should have chosen the bright WS of the salesmen reading their newspapers as the main upload. The colours make it a very eye-catching photo, and personally I like to watch the men reading the sports pages, or hopefully a well researched story about politics and/or corruption.
But I understand that you opted for this one instead. It is a technically more advanced photo and probably one that will stay in peoples' memory longer. I like very much the silhouette of the person walking in flipflops in the cold morning, his long shadow and the reflected light from the car. So who was this person? A woman, a monk or (my guess) an ordinary man carefully wrapped up in the December darkness?
PS it's interesting to see they no longer use the buses from the early 70's. ;-)
CLODO (35730) 2017-01-11 23:28
Happy new year.
It's good to experiment and try some new techniques: here high ISO with a certain noise but also an interesting street photography describing well the hard monk life in Nepal.
emka (106662) 2017-01-12 10:36
witaj Kasiu, Podobają mi się wszystkie trzy zdjęcia, ale najbardziej to z widokiem nieco zamglonej ulicy. Czy to obrusy, czy kapy na łóżko tam sprzedają (lub raczej maja nadzieje na sprzedaż)? Ja z podróży przywiozłam kilka obrusów, jak jeszcze cos w ogóle przywoziłam. Teraz jestem odporna w 100 procentach, bo mam mały bagaż. Główne zdjęcie jest najbardziej artystyczne, z tymi gwiazdkami. Ta idąca osoba wygląda intrygująco w klapkach i jakby w ciepłym ubraniu. Fajne odbicie w nawierzchni.
Zastanawiam sie nad wyjazdem do Chin. Bardzo mnie kusi i wydaje się łatwe dla samotnej starszej turystki. Wszędzie są pociągi lub inna łatwo dostępna komunikacja. a jutro Paryż :)
bukitgolfb301 (45115) 2017-01-12 18:45
Hi dear Kasia
Another greatly impressive shot. The victory of the best exposure. Strong two headlights did good work.
Reflecting with your high sense and excellent techinique.
All the best and have a good day! Takero
COSTANTINO (69604) 2017-01-14 10:56
Hello dear Kasia and have a nice time
and a happy Sunday
excelent capture amost artistic
lost into the dark and the fog
welldone and wellseen
batalay (40385) 2017-01-15 7:21
I can probably fill my galley of favorites with just the photos you've produced. This again is a first rate shot from conception to production. The silhouette of the flip-flop wearing-wearing monk against the headlights of the approaching bus is the newest addition to my collection of favorites.
clic (18486) 2017-01-17 7:40
Hello Kasia A thrilling mood seen in this night shot that reminds of mafia bad boys on the look-out to get rid of an embarrassing character! Quite artful nevertheles! Cheers.
alvaraalto (20328) 2017-01-17 23:51
The high ISO ratings in modern digital photography gives great new possibilities. Some digital grain, but far less than in the old days. ISO 6400 nowadays is better than 800 in early days.
You used this new possibilities splendid in these moody dark-light composition.
Have a nice day.
GyurMaster (7289) 2017-01-19 1:48
Hello again, another stunning photo with good use of the available lights, creating a mysterious atmosphere. I really like it!
serp2000 (45828) 2017-01-21 6:08
Wow! I take my hat off, Kasia... Just no words! My congratulations, this is just a masterpiece! Superb capture, perfect sharpness as a result of your skills and good photo equipment. TFS!
Best wishes, Serghei
npecanhuk (78497) 2017-01-22 12:55
Truly interesting and attractive picture, in spite of the grainy visual results, but specially for its management of very difficult light, vertical format and, above all, composition!
TFS - congrats,
Hansaphotos (8687) 2017-01-31 13:28
Together with your excellent note this is a lovely night shot. A very ordinary scene transformed to an almost poetic daily life scene which conveys well the mood you describe in your text. The shadow has a great impact on the scene. I also like the photo added in the WS, especially the one with the textile sellers. Very nice work:) TFS.
- Copyright: Kasia Nowak (kasianowak) (10405)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-12-01
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D800, NIKKOR 70-300mm VR
- Exposure: f/4.8, 1/21 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2017-01-10 13:23
- Favorites: 1 [view]