Bhutan Set 1, 1st Day

Now that I’ve gotten a few introductory posts as anchors to this blog, I plan to devote most of the blog to photo blogging.  I’m not sure if I’ll do 1, 2, or 3-5 photos per post, but it will probably evolve over time to what I feel is right.  I’ll also post some bad photos as well.  Constructive feedback is welcome.

I figure I’d also give some background on photos I’ve already posted.  If you haven’t already noticed, I link most of my photos to high quality jpegs to my flickr account.  If any of you have better alternatives, please let me know.  But with Flickr you can download different resolutions.

Location: Paro, Bhutan
Sensor: Panasonic DMC -LX3


This photo was taken at the end of a long day trying to avoid jet lag.  We arrived in the morning in Paro Bhutan after 3 flights and about 24 hours of flight time.  SFO, NRT, BKK, PBH.  After getting set at the hotel, our guide immediately took us on a long hike up the mountain.  Bhutan is filled with Dzongs, temples, and monasteries.  (The primary religion is Buddhism).  It’s hard not to become spiritual in a place like this.

For this trip, I was only carrying the a point & shoot.  It’s no DSLR, but good enough and light enough for long hiking trips.  And there were plenty of those on this trip.  In hindsight though, I wish I had a DSLR with me.

We had just emerged from hiking along a cliff side and entered a dense wooded area.  As we reached a local peak on the mountain side and crossed a river gorge, the woods began to open, and the building you see in the picture began to emerge.  I’m usually pretty skeptical of backlit subjects.  I find they rarely make it to beyond ‘good’ status, and would’ve been better if I shot it with the sun behind me.  But this particular one I think turned out better backlit than if I actually had the sun behind me.  It gives the building and trees a very nice glow.  What do you think?

Location: Trongsa, Bhutan
Sensor: iPad  Gen 3


This one was taken in the middle of our week-long excursion in Bhutan.  We traversed dirt mountain side roads in a midsize bus for a day long trip from Thimpu to Trongsa.  I’m probably over dramatizing things, but I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.  The roads were so narrow, any mistake by the driver would have been fatal.  Bhutan’s road system is very primitive.

However we visited the main Dzong in Trongsa where a lot of monks are housed and study there.  As we toured the huge complex, a large group of boys with their teacher stopped by to talk with our guide.  (That’s our guide in the picture ) My wife and I argue who snapped this photo, but since this is my blog I’ll take credit for it.  Despite being taken with an iPad, the color saturation turned out be very good.  Little post-processing had to be done with this photo to clean it up a bit.  What do you think?

Picture featured in post “Money Hole?”


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