Back to posting pics! We've been very quiet as a result of catching up with family and friends over the last 3 weeks. 👫👬👭It's been so wonderful to see familiar faces again after months away. Being without family and friends is 100% the hardest part of travelling, without question. We've met some wonderful, lovely, fascinating people while travelling and are still eagerly in touch via Instagram likes and story comments with several, in the hope that we'll cross paths again (you know who you are!)
However, as happens in 'normal' life, you only ever truly have that magical 'click' with a few, and within hours or - if you're lucky - days, you part ways, and that's that - you don't make plans for a pint next Friday or a catch up next time you're in the area. You may actually never meet them again, and it's such a bizarre feeling. And it's those 'normal' activities with close friends and family you find you miss the most - collapsing on their sofa at the end of the week and whinging about work, going out for birthdays, having barbques in the park (although I hear the weather's shite in the UK right now - not casually smug about the 27oC Cypriot weather in the slightest 😏☀️) This time away definitely helps put into perspective the people you truly value, and who you know will always be there wherever you are in the world 🌏 .
Anyway, soppy bit over - here we are with our very first waterfall in Asia! Strange that it took us this long to get to one, considering how much Zlat loves them. This one is called Seven Wells and is in Langkawi, very close to the SkyCab area. We got to swim in freshwater and just chill out with a beer on the rocks - a really nice way to spend our 6 year anniversary last month 😊💕
Twilight - that hour just before night time is one of the most beautiful times in the desert. There's just enough light and color to cast a silhouette on the horizon, some stars begin to shine, and the moonlight scatters down across the long flat desert creating shadows among the Joshua trees.
It breaks my heart to see how under-recognized and underestimated is the Landscape photography style in India compared to Wedding, Portrait, Street and other styles of photography. I know this post will not even reach 1% of its intended audience but it doesn't matter. It will be worth it even if one person out of my readers take up landscape photography for the love of nature and not to earn recognition and collaborations from brands or to make instant big bucks. No, I am not saying other styles aren't good enough and don't need enough skillset, all I am saying is take up a style that you love and not because you have to join the bandwagon.
Landscape photography is not just about point and shoot, just coz you don't have much say in the weather conditions and the landscape setting but that is what makes it more challenging. As a solo female traveler, trust me nothing about Landscape photography is easy. If you have little knowledge of this style you would know, how important is golden hour for great landscape photos. Be it waking up before everyone else to click that magical sunrise with best composition or be it staying late until it gets dark and put your safety at stake. The moment I started shooting years back I knew Landscape photography was all I would want to do.
The adrenaline of hiking solo on unknown trails, the magic of watching sunsets and sunrises, the bliss of watching milky way on chilly nights alone while you hold your breath to click the shutter to avoid shakes, the persistence to get the right exposure no matter how much hungry and scared you are, the sheer challenge of carrying your heavy equipment around the journeys in flights and otherwise while everyone else enjoys a lightweight backpack, sets you different from everyone else, so be it. I say dare to be different. If you are a woman then dare to be that one who pulls out a tripod from her backpack rather than pulling out a lipstick. If you are a man stand with me and help me set an example that Landscape photography deserves as much attention as any other style.
As ambitious and trivial as it may sound, my goal is simple: to build a strong community of landscape photographers in India.