Sunday, February 26, 2017

Everest | Photographs in Black and White

Thamserku  from the high route between Pangboche and Phortse
The Everest region has a galaxy of high  peaks in the valleys of Khumbu, Gokyo and Thami.  This photo essay focuses on the black and white beauty of the Everest region shot in different seasons.

Taboche and Cholatese from Dugla 

Kwangde as seen from the airstrip of Shyanboche

Thamserku after a snow storm from near Kyanjuma 

Ama Dablam at sunrise from the trail between Khumjung and Sanasa 

Pumori from the trail to Kala Pattar
Baruntse from the trail to Chukung Ri 

Everest from the plateau below Kala Pattar 
Kangtega from Pangboche - evening light 

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

San Francisco | Street Art

Some of the streets of San Francisco are rich in street art especially the areas around Haight-Asbury and the lanes in that area. This post shows some of the street art found while wandering through the city.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

New Bergger Pancro 400 ISO Film

Just when all of us thought that film was dead, Kodak came up with the news that Ektachrome was going to be re-introduced and now we have a new 400 ISO film from Bergger. Bergger is better  know for its baryta papers and chemicals but this  new film can offer some competition to the king of ISO 400 emulsions Kodak Tri X.

The Bergger web site describes the film as under:

BERGGER Pancro 400 is a two emulsion film, composed with silver bromide and silver iodide. They differ by the size of their grain. These properties allow a wide exposure latitude.  Crystals are precipitated by double-jet process, under the control of a computer. The two emulsions are panchromatic, and are stabilized by high tech systems.
BERGGER Pancro 400 in 135 is coated on a 135 microns acetate base and includes DX Coding. It is designed with an undercoated anti-halation layer which clarifies during processing, and a anti-curling layer.
Processed in every developer, BERGGER Pancro 400 exhibits outstanding results, in term of grain size, detail rendition, and greyscale.

The web site also provides these images which gives us an idea of how the film will perform in different conditions:

But recently Kodak was selling is leading 400 ISO Tri X on amazon at a price of $8.88 per roll while Ilford HP 5 another  competitor was similarly priced. The web site does not give the price of the new Bergger film and its availability.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Kutch | Some Photographs

The colours of Kutch in Gujarat are simply spectacular - here are some photographs from the villages in Kutch.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Sequoia National Park Winter | Photographs

One of the most beautiful National Parks of the USA but not as popular as Yosemite, Sequoia has its own charm during winter.  It is often visited along with the adjacent Kings Canyon National Park . Some photographs taken during a winter visit a few years ago.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Vital Statistics | Five Days Trekking in the Annapurna Foothills

South Col Expeditions trekked the Annapurna foothills for five days in the last week of December 2016. The vital statistics on this route are extremely interesting!The route map is given above in blue.  Here are some snapshots from the day to day statistics-

Kande to Austrian Camp to Tolka
Tolka to Landrung down to the river and up to Ghandrung
Ghandrung to Tadapani
Tadapani to Ghorepani
Ghorepani down to Ulleri and then Hillay

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Annapurna Foothills Trek | Poon Hill and Ghandrung 2016

The village of Landrung with Annapurna south and Huinchuli
South Col Expeditions did the beautiful five days Annapurna Foothills Trek in the last week of December 2016. The weather was perfect and so were the views Some photographs from this trek are below:

Evening Poon Hill view - Annapurna I, South, Huinchuli and Machhapuchare on the right

Dhaulagiri and Tukuche from the Superview lodge Ghorepani

Sunset at Poon Hill

Annapurna South from the forest between Deorali and Ghorepani

Descending from Landrung - the right fork goes to New bridge and Chomrong while the left
leads to the river and then up to Ghandrung

The group at Ghorepani
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Nepal Himalaya A Journey Through Time | Book Launch Kolkata

The third book launch of Nepal Himalaya | A Journey Through Time - Photographs by Sujoy Das, Text by Lisa Choegyal,  Drawings by Paula Sengupta and Foreword by Reinhold Messner will be launched in Kolkata at The Harrington Street Arts Centre on Saturday 7th January 2017 at 6.30 pm. The book will be launched by Mr Meher H Mehta, former Vice President of the Himalayan Club  and a senior member of the mountaineering fraternity. The launch will be preceded by a photographic presentation on the lost kingdom of Mustang.

All are welcome for this launch.

Some photographs from the book are below:

The book is available both at and 

The Indian distributors for the book are


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