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This is the view from Mong-la, a mountain pass in the Himalayas on the way to the Gokyo Valley and also Everest Base Camp. Mong-la is situated at an altitude of 3,975 metres and features a small collection of teahouses in which to stay the night. This view looks down over the Khumbu region back towards Lukla, the starting point of the trek. The red plants were what I believe are Goji berries which the local mountain people made a drink out of when the berries were in season.

This is the first time Iíve used the HDR technique, the merging of three bracketed images of differing exposures in order to create the one image with balanced exposure of an identical scene. I tried taking the scene with ordinary settings but kept getting overexposed clouds, or very dark foreground etc. This allowed me to get a representation of the scene as close to it as I recall seeing it. Iíd like to read your opinions on the result to see if you consider it too cartoonish and unnatural or if the technique employed in this instance was worthwhile. Either way, it was interesting experimenting with this technique and Iíll continue to explore its possibilities.

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