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December 16, 2008

Kang Yatze

Filed under: Doonster — doonster @ 21:13

Kang Yatze, Ladakh, August 2008

A non-classic appraoch to a classic view in the Indian Himalaya. See comments for more from me.



  1. So my first post. Seems like I’ve quite a lot to live up to here, hope I don’t let the side down (not fishing for complements, don’t bother). Colin kindly invited me and I was very happy to accept.
    This is actually something of a transition sort of image, sitting between the new ways I’m seeing the world and the old sort of pictures I was making.

    Martin Doonan

    Comment by doonster — December 16, 2008 @ 21:17

  2. Firstly welcome and I don’t think there is a ‘side’ to let down! :-)

    There is something intriguing and mystifying about the mountain top reflection. It seems slightly detached from the surface of the water.

    The foreground and mid ground rocks hang together well. The foreground rocks break the symmetry.

    Comment by Rex — December 16, 2008 @ 22:08

  3. Welcome Martin.

    This is also a non-classic approach to a classic photo style. I like the way that the extra components break the straight reflection-of-a-mountain picture into something much more interesting, and how the foreground hollows in the mud seem to be an inverse of that stony hillside.

    Comment by Colin — December 16, 2008 @ 22:37

  4. I’m glad I can see into the pool instead of a pure reflection of the hills and mountain.

    The mountain with its brighter white and darker earth seem in such contrast to the rest of the scenes tone. That looks like a good thing here.

    Comment by Robert Hoehne — December 16, 2008 @ 22:43

  5. Welcome Martin.

    The previous comments about the technicalities of the photo seem to cover everything and I agree in particular with the fact that one can see to the bottom of the pool.

    The nature of the near black and white on the mountain top, and its partial reflection, say to me, totally inappropriately, penguins!

    Comment by John Ellis — December 17, 2008 @ 12:28

  6. Welcome Martin. I’m intrigued by the three dimensionality of the reflection and the surface of the water, but I’m more interested in what you’ve said about this picture:

    ‘This is actually something of a transition sort of image, sitting between the new ways I’m seeing the world and the old sort of pictures I was making.’

    Care to elaborate on that?

    Comment by matt — December 17, 2008 @ 18:04

  7. matt – thus some elaboration. I started out with that typical grand scenic view of photography: nice locations, nice weather etc. I’m getting much more satisfaction from a different perspective, and a closer look at things, more details.
    This picture also marks a change in the way I naturally see things. I definitely saw this scene in black and white but didn’t even realise until I started working it in colour. The colours don’t work well together, sky is too blue etc but that wasn’t what I photographed. As shown it’s what I saw. That’s a change for me: I now instinctively see some scenes in monochrome without even thinking “that’ll be good in black and white”.
    Hope that makes sense.

    Comment by doonster — December 18, 2008 @ 00:53

  8. One more welcome, Martin. ;-)

    The foreground takes this beyond typical. I agree on the whole with the previous comments. However, despite the dimensionality of the immediate foreground area and nice tonality, the scene overall strikes me as rather flat. By that I mean — that mountain must be very large and far away, yet I’m not getting a good sense of its distance and size. I seem so far to be the only one seeing it this way, and I’m not at all sure it matters, but it puzzled me enough to try to work out why.

    Comment by Christina — December 18, 2008 @ 06:15

  9. Christina – that isn’t just a photographic effect, it is a very real effect when stood there. There is absolutely no way to tell how far or how high the mountain actually is without breaking out a map. There was something strange about the whole area that seemed to warp perspective.

    Comment by doonster — December 18, 2008 @ 06:42

  10. A belated, but heartfelt welcome, Martin.

    You certainly have communicated to me the mystery of the scene. For one thing, the reflection seem eerily selective creating the illusion that the white snow cap floats (pun intended) independent of the mountain and even the water itself. The image makes me want to be very still and quiet—just take time to listen and sense my surroundings.

    I am curious as to how long you had been shooting before you began seeing in black and white and whether it was a gradual change or a noticeable shift.

    Comment by Anita Jesse — December 20, 2008 @ 18:42

  11. Belated welcome to the fold, Martin. Hope you find the place a rewarding experience.

    Seeing the bottom of the pool makes this scene seem very small for what I guess is a rather impressive vista. The additional detail and tones in that foreground makes me dwell at the front which I guess compounds this sense. Like Christina I too wanted to use flat to describe this. It’s almost like a Hollywood back-lot! I would proffer that you have achieved your goal with this one quite well.

    Comment by akikana — December 21, 2008 @ 13:50

  12. Anita, somewhat delayed but I answered your question about seeing in black and white over on my blog:

    Comment by doonster — January 1, 2009 @ 09:46

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