Photography -- Ladakh Landscapes in B&W - A Photo Essay

11/24/2012 07:29:00 AM

Back again with few more images from the magical lamaland on the roof of the world, ladakh, and I am going a little bit old school this time, inspired by high contrast, low key Black and White images from the likes of Ralph Gibson, Bill Bandt and indeed my most favorite of them all, the great Ansel Adams, you might have seen his influence on certain section of work that I have produced so far but this or the previous work by no means is (blind) emulation of these mentioned above or any other past or present photographers.

I personally favor landscapes in their original colors and I do not believe in the statement that colors may sometimes confuse how landscapes might appear,  but I do *not* advocate excessive saturation of the sunset sky or green jungles either. keeping colors aside, I think, that nature can very well express its beauty in black and white and with out any help of color but composition has to be just right, i.e. not all color compositions will do justice converting them to black and white sceneries.

I would love to try film B&W in future, these however, are Digital Monochromes images shot in RAW RGB and changed to Black and white while post processing in Adobe PS CS5 darkroom.

                                            Diskit Nubra Valley Ladakh J&K India

 Tsoma Gompa, Leh, Ladakh

 Suru Valley, Zanskar, Ladakh

    Nomadic Camps in Tso moriri Changthang Ladakh

Lake Tso miriri, Korzok, Ladakh

Rangdum Village, Rangdum Valley, Zanskar, ladakh

Pensi la, Drang drung Glacier Zanskar, Ladakh

Diskit Monastery and Buddha Statue, Diskit, Nubra Valley, ladakh

Khardungla Village, Khardungla, Nubra Valley, Ladakh

Shyok River, Nubra valley Ladakh

Man vs. Wild  ( Another BW version with more clarity )
Pensi la, Ladakh, India

Drang-drung glacier, Ladakh
Drang Drung Glacier, Pensi la, Ladakh

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