Sanat Kumar Karmakar  



November 2023 - Sanat Kumar Karmakar


About the Image(s)

Date of exposure: 05 ‎October ‎2022, ‏‎13:35:30

Camera: Nikon D7200, Lens: Tamron 10-24 mm wide angle
Lens: f-stop f/8, Focal Length: 12 mm (35mm focal length 18), exposure time 1/500 sec, ISO 180, camera mode Auto, pattern metering

LOCATION: Suraj Tal or Suraj Tal Lake is a small lake located in Lahaul Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It lies right next to the top of the Baralacha La pass at an altitude of 4,890 meters (16,043 ft). The name literally means the Lake of the Sun God due to which it is considered. It is also known as Vishal Tal and is one of the two lakes that you will visit while traveling to Baralacha La, the other being Deepak Tal.
Suraj Tal Lake is the source of the Bhaga River which flows into the Lahaul valley and joins the Chandra River near Tandi to form the Chandrabhaga River. This river later gets renamed the Chenab River as it enters Kashmir and then Pakistan.

Editing: I used PS CS 2022 to edit the frame, by a desktop computer. I used adobe camera raw 15.5 filters for clarity of the image, enhanced shadow details, managed brightness and exposure. I also used Topaz Denoise AI to digital noise. The blue sky is so beautifuly that I did not try to include anything like cloud.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Brian Menzies   Brian Menzies
Sanat you've edited this well for colour and clarity. A panoramic crop could be worth considering by taking a slice off the bottom. After that I would then clone out the dark patch of rocks that appears on the edge at middle left. A panoramic view leaves us with all the snow on the mountains which to my taste adds more interest.
Looking at your existing crop it would be improved by leaving more room on the left so the lake isn't being "squeezed" at the left hand side.   Posted: 11/07/2023 02:41:11

Mark Fox   Mark Fox
Sanat: Thank you for sharing the location of your photograph, which is stunning. The blue of the sky against the mountains is beautiful. I found the people and vehicles on the right side of the image to be a distraction, although they do lend a sense of scale. I would agree with Brian that the lake needs a little more room on the left.
Mark   Posted: 11/22/2023 10:58:50

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
Sanat, you sure have a lovely country! I agree with others that you should have more room on the left side of the image. IMHO you should get rid of the distractions on the roadway depending on how many and how far to what your taste is for it. I have gone to the extreme in my rendition below. Good choice on keeping the original sky. I think your crop should include the large rock in the foreground near the 1/3 horizontal and vertical line, which puts it on the same vertical as the distance mountain peak. IMHO I'd enhance the color saturation and luminance in the pool because the bottom portion of the image is so grey and that would add contrast to the image. I also would get rid of the hill lump at top right. Also a gradient could be added to the bottom to darken it a tad.   Posted: 11/28/2023 10:06:43
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Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Sanat, I like what you did with cropping and increasing saturation. Trey suggested some changes that you might consider.   Posted: 11/28/2023 13:21:28

Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Thank you for sharing the beautiful image. In my opinion, both the original and post-processed images are excellent. Having taken landscape pictures for many years, I've found that when the natural colors of landscape photos are blended well, focusing on brightness enhances the overall result. Well done!   Posted: 11/28/2023 19:07:21