Photographer's Note

This is not for hardcore fans of digital photography, but maybe for lovers of film grain. It's a scan of a Kodachrome slide taken more than 33 years ago on a day with a difficult light at an elevation of 3 600 meters above sea level.

Looking at the central area of the photo, the woman and the small stupas behind her, the colours seem fairly correct. Logically the rest should also be reasonably correct, but I don't understand the blueish tones of the background. Frankly, I don't even know what the background is showing. A forest or a grove of big bushes? Maybe, but why so blue? And was there really a forest here? I don't remember any. Perhaps ghosts of Buddhist saints? It is quite possible.

Whatever it is, this is what the original slide looks like, so it's not a matter of a disastrously bad scanning job. I actually quite like the slightly surrealistic effect.

Enough of that. This is from the same walk through the Indus valley in Ladakh that I showed in my last upload. I was on my way to the famous Thiksey monastery southeast of Ladakh's main city Leh, where the local farmers were busy taking care of their crops. If you care to continue with me to my next upload in a few days you will see that great monastery.

I cropped quite a lot at the top and bottom, then also a part to the right to make the woman better placed at a third. I also desaturated the original scan quite heavily to make the yellow and blue tones less overwhelming.

Here is a larger version. No workshop today.

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