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Friday, April 26, 2013

Nomadic Ladakh - Photography Expedition to Ladakh

After a super successful Season 1 we are back with Season 2 of Nomadic Ladakh

Expedition Partners: 


Option 1: Jul 6 to Jul 14

Option 2: Jul 6 to Jul 17


Pre Tour Analysis:

Each registered participant will be requested to submit their landscsape / portrait Related images. Our panel will analyse each image to see how to guide each individual during the tour and help them enhance their skills. We will also provide individual feedback to their each submitted image and suggest improvement areas.

During the Tour:

Based on the analytical data available with us post "Pre tour Analysis" we will provide individualized attention to all and ensure they work on their weeknesses and enhance their skills. Evening Gup Shup Sessions will be learning oriented and practical tips will be provided.

We shall also have atleast one evening session dedicated to post processing workflow to help them become a complete photographer.

After the Tour:

Each participant will be required to submit 3 of their best images from the tour. Each image will be analysed and constructive feedback will be provided. Best of the lot will make to our website and blog; and will be aggressively promoted on FB.

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 01 (06 JUL) ARRIVE LEH Arrival Leh Kushok Bakula Airport (This must be one of the MOST SENSATIONAL FLIGHTS IN THE WORLD. On a clear day from one side of the aircraft can be seen in the distance the peaks of K2, Nanga Parbat, Gasherbrum and on the other side of the aircraft, so close that you feel you could reach out and touch it, is the Nun Kun massif.) Upon arrival you will met by our representative and transfer to Hotel for Check in. Complete day for rest and leisure to acclimatize. Evening visit Shanti Stupa Overnight at Leh

Day 02 (07 JUL) Excursion to Sham Valley - After breakfast you drive downstream along the River Indus on Leh – Kargil Highway. And start our sightseeing with Hall of Fame (Museum Constructed by India Army) near Leh is worth a visit for every Indian, and proceed further to Gurudwara Patthar Sahib Nestled deep in the Himalayas, A drive of another 4 km took us to Magnetic Hill which defies the law of gravity & further Driving through a picturesque landscape we reached the Confluence Of The Indus And Zanskar River. After visiting above places we drive back to Leh enroute visiting Spituk Monastery, Built in 15th century during the reign of Grags ‘bum-lde, these new Gelug-pa monastery was built like fortress on the summit of crags. Evening at Leisure and Overnight at Hotel in Leh

LA –HUNDER –TURTUK (Distance: 37km / 90km / 90km –217km; Travel Time: 67hrs;Elevation: KhardungLa –5,602m/18,380ft)Driving from Leh, we cross the KhardungLa, known as one of the world’s highest motor able road, into the Nubra Valley. We spend some time at the sand dunes in Hunder and drive on further to the remote village of Turtuk.

DAY 04 (09 Jul) TURTUK –DISKIT –LEH(Distance: 98km / 119km –217km, Travel Time: 5
6hrs;Elevation: Leh–3,505m/11,500ft)Heading back over the KhardungLa we drive back to Leh with a stop at the Diskit Gompa dating back to the 14th century.

Day 05 (10 Jul) LEH - Aryan Valley- Early morning we will proceed for Aryan Valley. There are many small villages but only two villages of Dha and Hanu are open for tourists. Enjoy the afternoon with the Aryans, descendants from the armies of Alexander. Overnight at Aryan Valley.

Day 6 (11 Jul) Aryan Valley- LEH Post Breakfast we head back to Leh. Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Day 7 (12 Jul) Leh- Pangong Tso: After an early breakfast we leave for Pangong Lake enroute visiting Shey Palace, The ancient capital of Ladakh & 3 Idiots Rancho School & further 5 Kms Driving through a picturesque landscape we reach Thiksey an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. After visiting above two monasteries we drive further towards Changla Pass 5486 Mtrs. The long easy ascent takes you to Changla Pass through its winding roads passing through Sakti Village. Stop at the Changla Pass for a quick photograph session and drive down to the village of Tangtse, where you can relax for a cup of tea. Leaving Tangtse for Pangong you pass through few small villages of Changthang and finally you can have a sudden view of the Pangong lake situated at 14,000 feet (4,267 m). This famous blue brackish Lake of Pangong is 5/6 Kms wide and over 133 Kms long with half of its running the other side of the "Indo China Border". One rarely feels so close to nature and environment and the scenery is unforgettable. After the success of 3 Idiots, this beautiful natural location has attracted more tourists from all over the world. Upon arrival we check in at our Camp near Pangong lake. Dinner & Overnight at the Camp.

Day 8 (13 Jul) Leh Morning at leisure to explore the beauty of lake and later we drive back to leh enroute visiting Hemis Gompa, the largest monastic foundation of Drukpa Kagyu Order of Tibetan Buddhism. Drive further to Leh and check in at our hotel for Overnight In the evening you can stroll around the market place for some last minute souvenir shopping.

Option 1 

Day 9 (14 Jul) Fly out Transfer to the airport to board your flight back

Option 2 

Day 9 (14 Jul) LEH - CHUMATHANG - TSOMORIRI (240 KMS / 06 – 07 HRS) In the morning leave for TSOMORIRI LAKE enroute visiting SHEY PALACE, The ancient capital of Ladakh & THIKSEY an impressive complex rising tier upon tier on a hill above the village. After visiting above two monasteries we drive further towards CHUMATHANG, which is famous for medical hot spring and people visit to this place for medical bath. From here a short drive will take you to Mahey bridge, the main checking point to enter to this new area. On the way visit Sumdah village and another 55 kms drive will take you to Tsomoriri. The TSOMORIRI LAKE is a beautiful mountain bounded expanse of water, around 240 Kms. from Leh in Rupsho Valley. The Lake is located at 14,000 ft. near a small village of Korzok. Recently opened to foreigners due to the proximity of the Chinese boarder, the Changthang is a land of wilderness and magnificent landscapes. This region is characterized by high arid plains, remote villages, snow-capped peaks and beautiful high altitude azure-blue lakes, the largest being Tsomoriri at 4,500 m. The Tsomoriri Lake is also the breeding ground for numerous species of birds, like the bar headed goose, crested grebe, the Brahmini duck (ruddy sheldrake) and the brown-headed gull. The Tsomorir Lake is 8 kms wide and 28 kms long. Upon arrival we check in at our camp for Overnight Stay.

Day10 (15 Jul) The day will start with a drive to Mahey village, a picturesque village with spurting fountain and white clouds hanging upon. From there, you will proceed towardsPuga Valley, famous for Butan gas. Thereafter, you will continue towards Tsokar via Polokongka pass (at 13500 ft.). Check into the camp.

Day 11 (16 Jul) Sissu Today we leave for Sissu. Check into Camps

Day 12 (17 Jul) Alas your trip comes to an end. Today after breakfast we depart for Manali, from where you proceed onto your onward destination.


      Option 1 Rs. 36,900 .00 Per person on twin sharing basis. (Based on 04pax travelling together in 
      1 Innova)

     Option 2 Rs. 51,600.00 Per person on twin sharing basis. (Based on 04pax travelling together in 
     1 Innova)

     Package cost Includes
  •     Assistance upon arrival at Leh airport with traditional welcome in the Hotel 
  •     Accommodation on twin/ double sharing Basis as per the Itinerary
  •     Meal Plan-Breakfast & Dinner at Leh. All meals at Nubra, Pangong, Aryan Valley, Tso  Moriri, Tso Kar & Sisu 
  • Return airport and round trip transfers along with all sightseeing tours by Non-Ac Innova as per the program. (Leh Pick up onwards till Manali Hotel drop Only). 

     For option 2
  • Inner line Permit to restricted / protected areas (Dha hanu, Nubra Valley ,Pangong & Tsomoriri)
  • Ladakh hills development fee


  • Any airfare or airport tax
  • Accommodation In Manali
  • Any Kind of Personal Expenses or Optional  Tours / Extra Meals Ordered
  • Anything not specifically mentioned under the head “Prices included”.
  • The Services of Vehicle is not included on leisure days & after finishing the sightseeing tour as per the Itinerary
  • Guide fee, Camera fee & any monument Entrances
  • Medical & Travel insurance
  • Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc
  • Government Service tax @ 3.09% 
  • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

•   P.S: It’s our endeavor to make this the best possible trip that it can be, but we would not be liable 
     for delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances.

     For Registration Contact: Jassi Oberai +919899905070

Friday, April 19, 2013

Eolo Perfido Workshop in New Delhi and Mumbai

For the first time in India

Hasselblad and Workshop on Road join hands with KLIK (a JAS fotography initiative) to organise two workshops with the ace photographer Eolo Perfido


New Delhi: 10th May, 2013

Mumbai: 12th May 2013

Time: 9.30 AM to 5.30 PM


New Delhi: Indipix Gallery, B-2/1, Vasant Vihar

Mumbai: Collective Image Studio. 2nd floor, 206, Adhyaru Industrial Estate, Sun Mill Compound, Opp. Phoenix Mill, S. B. Road, Lower Parel West

Participation Fee: 

New Delhi: Rs. 2900/-

Mumbai: Rs. 3000/-

Every person who sits in front of the eye of the camera needs complete attention and passion. In every person, there is a secret ability that gives the structure to have the right feeling for the portrait“.
- Eolo Perfido -
The purpose of the workshop is to teach you how to approach a studio-based portrait photography session using LED Lighting.
Portraiture is one of the most important arts in all of history. And in portrait-making, both painting and photography have mixed traditions, techniques and skills.
In the early years of photography, it has been thought that new technologies have hampered these traditions, skills and techniques. But more recently, portrait making through the use of modern photography is considered an art.
In the end, a portrait is the outcome of the photographer’s ability to catch the soul of its subject.
Eolo, who has over 12 years of photography experience, is recognised as one of the best photographic talent alive. During the seminar, he will give his audience some working knowledge of how to take portraits with both a technical and emotional approach, helpful tricks and other tips from his own experiences.
After a short show reel of his work, Eolo will be talking about:
- Different kinds of portraits – classic, creative, corporate, fashion and beauty.
- How to approach the subject you are shooting.
- How to determine the right pose – staged or stolen shots?
- What you need – equipment, set-up, etc.
- How to prepare the pre-lighting with LED lighting systems.
- Assistance and Intelligent light.
- Photo editing.
- Post-production – how do you prepare a file for a customer?
- How to present your work to your customer.
- To impart specific knowledge of the use of lighting in a studio (particularly with the use of LED lights)
- To help attendees develop their interaction with their subjects.
- To impart basic Photoshop know-hows with a particular reference to skin tone and colour correction.

For further inquiries and registration please contact:  Jassi Oberai +919899905070
Payment:  JAS fotography
A/c no.: 3947002100009825
Bank: Punjab National Bank
Branch: Sector 21C, Faridabad
Type: Current Account RTGS/NEFT IFS code: PUNB0458500
(in case of other kind of payments, please contact Jassi Oberai

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Relevance of Exposure

Canon 5D Mark II, f/10, 1/640, ISO 100, Exposure Bias -0.7 step, Partial Metering
Canon 5D Mark II, f/10, 1/640, ISO 100, Exposure Bias -0.7 Stop, Partial Metering

What is exposure?

Exposure, in photographic terms, is the process of capturing light with your camera to produce an image on a film or a digital sensor. When we look at something, our eyes adjust very quickly so we can see it properly. With exposure in photography, things are very similar. There are two functions that matter here. One is the ability to adjust to the brightness of the subject and the other is adjustment to its distance from us (Focus).

To professional photographers, exposure holds great concern as it contains a certain notion of risk and a certain amount of irremediable commitment. Once the exposure has been set on a camera and the subsequent photograph taken there is no way to physically change this exposure. You are done, set and have to live with the consequences. Hopefully the exposure is “right on” and the photograph holds details everywhere.

Canon 1D Mark IV, f/8, 1/500, ISO 200, -1 stop, Partial Metering
Ready for the Kill (Indian Pond Heron)
Canon 1D Mark IV, f/8, 1/500, ISO 200, Exposure Bias - 1 stop, Partial Metering

But what if the photograph does not hold detail everywhere? What if your calculated exposure isn’t absolutely, 100% correct? What if your calculations were off, what if you made a mistake! More importantly, in order to avoid post-photographic-exposure stress, how can one calculate, with absolute accuracy, the perfect exposure, each and every time, in the field?

However, exposure isn’t rocket science. There is a certain amount of leeway, adjustment and artistic interpretation involved. The goal of learning how to expose is not only being able to determine the “correct” exposure. Most cameras do this automatically and in many instances we can trust what they tell us. Plus, with the histogram function we can visualize how the final image will be exposed. 

Canon 5D Mark III, f/10, 1/800, ISO 400, Partial Metering
Hide and Seek
Canon 5D Mark III, f/10, 1/800, ISO 400, Partial Metering

The goal of learning more about exposure is to gain control over how our photographs are exposed. Our goal is not only to find the proper exposure but rather to find the exposure which will give us the effect we are looking for. A properly exposed photograph is one we will eventually consider for printing. In this sense such a photograph is what is often referred to as a keeper. But being properly exposed is not enough to make a photograph a keeper. Other things come into play when making this selection such as, shadows, contrast, etc. 

Canon 5D Mark II, f/20, 15 Sec, ISO 100, -0.3 Stop, Partial Metering
Kazan Cathedral
Canon 5D Mark II, f/20, 15 Sec., ISO 100, Exposure Bias -0.3 Stop, Partial Metering

We shall continue with our detailed articles on Exposure in forthcoming posts.

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