Photographer's Note

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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Additional Photos by Alvin Brown (Cormac) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
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