Land of Gods

Born and brought up in Mumbai, Ruby Aderbad works with an MNC and is an avid traveller who likes to digitally capture memories. Talking about her love for the mountains and her recent trip to Spiti, she says, “Every time I’m in the vicinity of these massifs, I’m humbled by their sheer beauty and power. I have tried my best to encapsulate and epitomize the beauty of this place through my lens”.

Majestic mountains, winding roads, rugged landscape and rustic surroundings with the quietly flowing Spiti River; these are the spellbinding vistas that you get to witness when traipsing in Spiti. Known as the ‘Land of Gods’, Spiti Valley is in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. Primarily a Buddhist dominated region, Spiti is home to some of the most beautiful monasteries situated on the rooftops of the Indian subcontinent. Often regarded as a cold desert, the high mountains of this valley are heavenly and truly magnificent. Here are some of the images captured by Ruby Aderbad on her recent trip to Spiti.

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Land of Gods | Ruby Aderbad
by Mystica Vora
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Sunrise Photography Tips that will get you more Likes

We call it the golden hour for a reason. Yes, sunrise and sunset are both beautiful and serene, but they also happen to provide the perfect amount of light and color to transform an ordinary photo into one worthy of record-breaking Instagram likes. We’re breaking down the ideal sunrise photography session based on location.

Snapping a Skyline Sunrise
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Alan Glazier | Shot on an Olympus OM-D
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Sunrise Over Sand and Sea
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Michael Garnier | OM-D E-M10 Mark II | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
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Olympus Visionary, Alex McClure | Shot with an Olympus OM-D Camera, M.Zuiko 7-14mm F2.8 PRO
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A Journalistic Sunrise
Olympus User Gallery Contributor, Michael Garnier | OM-D E-M10 Mark II | M.Zuiko 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II R
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Sunrise Photography Tips that will get you more Likes
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An inspiring approach to photography

Clean, spare, and meditative, joSon’s photography reveals a mind of extraordinary focus as well as a deep sense of captivating simplicity. Perhaps these qualities can be attributed to the fact that joSon lived in a Buddhist temple from age 10 to age 18, gardening, drawing, and teaching art to the resident monks. When he turned 18, the temple master told him he was destined for artistry, noting that, “Life chooses us and takes us places.” Here, joSon shares how his experiences played a role in shaping his life as a photographer, and why his images incorporate what he was looking for in the temple—a deep desire for peace, combined with an inspired approach to life.

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Insights and ideas from joSon, Adobe® Photoshop® user

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The B&W Look

A special thanks to all the photographers that shared their best landscape photos in B&W in this photo contest

Mirror of the sky by aidagri
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Silver Sunset by BlackRockPhoto_PaulSmith
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The Dark Side by Ricardo_Mateus
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The Crying Tree by GeorgeDigalakis
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Long exposure shot of Bow Lake during sunrise by beautifulpixels1
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Church by jansieminski
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The Wanaka Tree by jacobmarsh
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more in: “10+ Landscapes Photographers Go After The B&W Look”
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Creative eye | Howard Kingsnorth

Photography has never been in a better place than it is right now. As the primary medium for ‘instant’ communicaton, it is now accessible to all. The alchemy that we used to enjoy: with the mysteries of film and exposure, the darkened rooms and chemicals, have all but been transcended by a small device that fits in your pocket and can send images anywhere in an instant. The digital revolution has enabled photographers and clients to push visual boundaries and enhance concepts, simply due to the power of instant review.
I love new tech. I’m always looking at it, buying it and playing with it.
Advances in digital manipulaton and capture are bound to make a difference to what we see today. More access for less able photographers and unskilled operators has been the trend lately, and that will only continue. A general dumbing down and consensus ‘look’ is what I see, especially in the fashion and celebrity world. But like any trend, there is a point when it will feel worn out and unable to go any further.

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Creative eye | Howard Kingsnorth
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