Monday, September 26, 2016

Ladakh | After Dusk

Campsite on the first day of the Phyang to Hundar trek

Over the past few years in Ladakh,   I have been shooting a number of locations after dusk mostly using my tripod and sometimes with long time exposure. This post showcases some of the "after dusk" images.

Star trails over Mount Kangyatse

The Stok Kangri range and Leh town at dusk

Moonlight at Hanker on the Markha valley trek

Lamayuru monastery

The tea tents and campsite of Nimaling

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Nepal Himalaya - A Journey Through Time | Launch Kathmandu

The book launch of Nepal Himalaya - A Journey Through Time will be held at Dwarikas Hotel in Kathmandu on 18th September 2016. Here is a preview from Times of India September 14th 2016.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Moods of Macchapuchhare

One the trekking trail near the village of Dhampus

The Fishtail Mountain of Nepal Macchapuchhare has not been climbed. Attempted in 1962 by a British team led by Jimmy Roberts,  the climbers failed to make the summit. Soon after the Nepal Government put the mountain "out of bounds" and no further expeditions were permitted.

I first saw the mountains of the Nepal Himalaya from the lawns of the Crystal Hotel in Pokhara. It was December 1978 and in the grey light of a chilly dawn with my first and new SLR camera, I attempted to take some photographs. The garden was full of red poinsettia blossoms but in the pre-dawn light they looked dark crimson, almost black. And then behind them in that half light, there was the Fishtail mountain, Machhapuchhare, her razor sharp ridges slicing the inky blue sky.  Next  to her impossibly high were the Annapurnas and to the west peeking over the lower hills was Dhaulagiri. I have seen variations of this Himalayan vision in different incarnations all through the years, and it never fails to arouse a feeling of awe and amazement each and every time.

This essay shows the some of the moods of this iconic mountain:

Winter sunset Pothana

Unexpected spring snowfall Annapurna Base Camp

Telephoto close up near Doban on the ABC trek

On the trail between Upper Sinuwa and Bamboo

Dusk Annapurna Base Camp
Dhampus village

Poon Hill winter evening

Moon rise Macchpaucchare base camp

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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Apple Iphone 7 and 7plus | New Camera

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One of the most interesting feature for photographers is the introduction of two cameras on the new Iphone 7 plus launched last evening.

Other than the standard camera with the 28 mm F 1.8 wide angle lens, Apple has also introduced a second camera with a  short telephoto lens 56 mm which would be useful for portraits, throwing the background out of focus etc.

Despite the fact that phone cameras would usually lag behind their larger counterparts there is a lot to recommend in Apple's new offerings.

The sensor is now 12 MP with an intelligent image processor - there is also RAW capability using Adobe's DNG format which can be processed in Lightroom. The camera is also capable of 4K video recording.

Other plus points are extended battery life which has always been an issue with Iphones as compared to the competition.

It would be interesting to see how many users upgrade to the 7plus - I am sure many photographers will be interested.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Nepal Himalaya - A Journey Through Time | Book Launch Kathmandu

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that my  new book Nepal Himalaya - A Journey Through Time with Text by Lisa Choegyal, Drawings by Paula Sengupta and a Foreword by Reinhold Messner will be launched in Kathmandu on Sunday September 18th 2016 at the  historic Dwarikas Hotel at 4 pm.
I would be delighted if some of you who are in Kathmandu could attend the launch. Lisa, Paula and I would be present. I would be making a short 20 minute presentation on the book.

Some of the recommendations of our book  are below:

Sympathetically capturing the majestic scenery and evolving lifestyles of Nepal's mountain landscape, I applaud Sujoy Das’ extraordinary images in this glorious celebration of its resilient inhabitants. Lisa Choegyal’s text and captions add context and a personal perspective of how tourism has contributed to the country that is so much part of my life.’
Sir Chris Bonington CVO CBE DL, British mountaineer, writer and philanthropist

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves the mountains of Nepal. Sujoy Das' arresting black and white images capture the essence of my country and its people. Moreover Lisa Choegyal, who has long been involved with conservation and tourism development in Nepal, vibrantly describes how the country that we hold so dear first opened its door to visitors.’
Dr Hemanta R Mishra, Nepali ecologist, wildlife biologist and conservation leader

This captivating book by Sujoy Das and Lisa Choegyal brought back memories of my fifty five years savouring the beautiful mountains and people of Nepal.’ 
Captain M.S. Kohli, Indian mountaineer and author

Some of the photographs from the book are below: 

Ama Dablam from Pangboche at dusk

The large mani wall above Namche Bazaar

The stupa at Bodhnath 

A monastery courtyard in Kagbeni

Mingma Chopel Gurung, a resident of Nar village

Annapurna II and Gangapurna from Ngawal on the Annapurna Circuit
The details of the book is given below:

Photographs by Sujoy Das Text by Lisa Choegyal
Foreword by Reinhold Messner
Published by VAJRA BOOKS, Kathmandu, Nepal.
ISBN NO 978-9937-623-57-5

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