Photoessay: Life in Kathmandu, part 3

The final part of my ‘life in Kathmandu’ series. Shot in mid-2011 with a Nikon D700, 24/1.4 and 85/1.4 G. I think this set really epitomizes my ‘cinematic’ style of reportage. Enjoy! MT

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Photoessay: Kathmandu with the Fuji X100

A continuation of my Streets of Kathmandu series – this time in color, and shot with a Fuji X100. Sadly, the camera with the firmware at the time was too slow for tracking street work – I resorted to either trap focusing or hyper focal. Superb colors, though. Enjoy! MT

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Photoessay: Monochromatic life in Kathmandu

The first part of an ongoing series of the streets and people of Kathmandu, Nepal. Shot in mid-2011 with a Nikon D700, 24/1.4 G and 85/1.4 G lenses.

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Photoessay: Boudhanath Stupa

Bodhanarth, Boudha, Boudhanath, Bodhnath…or any one of a dozen different spellings is a large stupa on the outskirts of Kathmandu, Nepal. One of the holiest sites in Buddhism, supposedly built over the grave of the remains of the enlightened person Kasyapa, who predated Buddha. It is a UNESCO world heritage site, and one is supposed to negotiate the stupa in an anti clockwise direction only to avoid bad luck. The stupa itself is surrounded by a mix of tourist traps and other temples, and kept fastidiously maintained by monks. MT

Series shot with a Nikon D700, 24/1.4 and 85/1.4 G.

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Photoessay: Nagarkot

Nagarkot is a popular tourist destination at the foothills of the Himalayas in Nepal; you aren’t really there, but you do get a spectacular view of the mountains if the weather cooperates – it did to some extent on the one day and one night we were there. Kathmandu is situated in a valley that tends to trap smog, pollution and every other kind of nasty; less than two hours outside (probably more like half an hour if the roads were maintained properly) and you’re breathing clear mountain air. Feeling ambitious, we undertook a 9km round trip hike; we underestimated the heat and altitude, and landed up flagging somewhat on the way back down – it might have had something to do with the rather disappointing view from the ‘lookout tower’ that was both not that much of a tower, and extremely difficult to climb because the ladder inexplicably started six feet off the ground. MT

Series shot with a Nikon D700, AFS 24/1.4 G and AFS 85/1.4 G lenses.

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Everest by aeroplane

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Incredible night view; not really visible to the naked eye, but that’s why we have cameras with 30s exposures and f1.4 lenses.

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Before sunrise. What appears to be a cloud bank turns out to be a solid unbroken mountain range.

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Breaking dawn

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Watching the view

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Commando training – center left.

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