Go wide for dramatic perspectives

Going wide-angle and low can really create a dramatic perspective. While we did come across several Himalayan Marmots frequently on the trip, this image stands out for its dramatic feel.

The Marmot is actually a large squirrel, but is quite dwarfed by the scale of its surroundings. The wide angle perspective dramatically reverses this scale if one can get really close to the subject. With this particular marmot it meant that one had to drop down, stay still and let him get closer. This one must have reached within a foot of my ultra-wide 11-16 lens which I clicked this. And the nearness to the subject created this weird juxtaposition of scales.

(Note to self, get the composition right the next time. Second note to self, never ever leave the ultra-wide lens behind.)

This was at the end of a long day and a long drive and I thought that I had nearly passed out due to food poisoning – must have been the momos that I ate at North Pullu the previous evening. I was hoping that we will drive straight through to reach Pangong as early as we could. So when we stopped I had to reluctantly drag myself out of the car. The end result seems to have been worth all that pain.

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