Shyok valley is beautiful. Not so touristy like Nubra may be. But Its vibrant since the good old Silk Route days. Name of the river Shyok comes from the word (death ) signifies the underlined history behind this valley.
Breathtakingly beautiful, this valley connects Nubra with Pangong Lake directly with a not so bad road and this route is very popular among tourists to cut short a day on their itinerary, otherwise, tourist has to go back to Leh via Changla/Khardungla Pass twice while covering Pangong/Nubra. One can complete the triangle Leh-Nubra-Pangong-Leh easily. better to avoid this route during Monsoon/Flood during July end/Mid August.
Lamayuru , a sleepy village famous for its old monastery is located at a distance of about 130 Km from Leh city at a height of 3,510 meters.
Travel Note :
Altitude wise, this place is 500-600 ft below Leh, the main city and hence good for much needed acclimatization. This place is endowed with Moonland and Monasteries (one at Alchi another at Lamayuru itself). Shadow and light play hide and seek here throughout the day. If you stay overnight , you can appreciate the beauty in a better way. Don’t miss the moonland. See the picture of moonland below:
On the way, while you reach Lamayuru you will cross
beautiful confluence point of rivers Indus and Zanskar near Nimmu Valley (ignore the watermark) as seen above
– Travelled on 4 June, 2017
Day Three of our Ladakh Trip – We went to Lamayuru, a small village located on the Leh Kargil Highway. Stayed there overnight. While returning from this oldest and largest existing gompa of Ladakh, we bumped into Alchi Choskor Monastery.
As we were busy shopping around the place dotted with gift and souvenir shops, I found this little, innocent girl probably looking at her mother, who was busy running her souvenir shop. I loved the way she was looking at her elders – original and candid.
How Nubra Valley looks
The region actually comprises two valleys: Nubra and Shyok. Both their rivers rise amidst the remote and heavily glaciated peaks and troughs of the Karakoram Range. The Nubra joins the Shyok in ‒ as far as tourism is concerned ‒ the region’s heart near Diskit before flowing westwards into Pakistan to eventually join the mighty Indus.
Let me confess that i am not a full time blogger neither i have time to write in a detailed fashion. But having said that, let me also say that photography being a full time passion now, i believe i should pass on some of the gyans(tips) I had acquired to fellow photographers who are mainly hobbyist, what I was (and still I am) in mid 2014, when I was fumbling with jargons and had my first dslr, D5200.
Lets talk about Lens in general. Which one to buy as a beginner and for what purpose ??
Take the case of any lens be it prime or Zoom. We all know, zoom is nothing but combination of several lenses put together as a single assembled unit. That’s how zoom becomes heavy at the cost of two things. Sacrificing Crisp clarity of Prime lens to some extent. Also, zoom lens does suck dust when it goes in and out of the lens barrel. But those two do no negate the use of zoom in day to day purpose. Infact we use it more while keeping the 150-300 gm ( the average weight which is low) prime inside camera bag for some specific use be it portrait, birding or landscape.
There are many zoom lenses who are very sharp and score very high on recognised sites. 70200 is one such category ( I use the Tamron version) which can beat the popular 85 mm portrait prime lens at the cost of weight factor may be.
Lets take up another example. Lets take the pocket friendly, consumer category lens 70300 of Nikon/Tamron. Some people may call it a birding starter kit. I would add to that 70 mm side can be used for general landscape at high f number for creating huge dof on tripod. 300mm has its use in zooming the distant landscape and by compressing the scenario, one can create composition wonder. 85 to 200 mm zone can be ideal for head and shoulder shots for portrait photography in golden hour light at minimum f number.
That’s all folks!
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Ending this write up with a shot, I took at 9000 ISO on my Nikon Fullframe D750 & Nikkor24120f4, exactly one year back :