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What Photography can Teach you About Traveling: Exploring Srinagar

View of Dal Lake and Srinagar from Pari Mahal at twilight
View of Dal Lake and Srinagar from Pari Mahal at twilight
Chinar trees in summer at Nishat Bagh
Chinar trees in summer at Nishat Bagh
A houseboat and Chinar leaves lit by street lamp
A houseboat and Chinar leaves lit by street lamp
Reflections of houseboats on Dal Lake at night
Reflections of houseboats on Dal Lake at night

Photography literally is translated as 'Drawing with light' in Greek. The basics of good photography is- being at the right place at the right moment. This simple principle resonates with good travelling, exploring the best you can. 

Here are some simple reasons why photography can teach you a lot about travelling:

1. Mornings and evenings are the best time for photography; simply because they are the best moments and give you the best light. It’s the time when the hue of the sky changes the most and the reflection of it on the water can be breathtaking. Waking up early or staying back late can be tiring but quite rewarding. The view of Dal Lake from Pari Mahal can be breathtaking at sunset.

2. Photography involves lots of waiting for the key moments, which means visiting a particular place at the right time. For instance I once sighted some Chinar trees at Nishat Garden. It was cloudy then and I couldn’t get the light I wanted. I had to visit again to get the image I wanted. It simply means getting the most out of that place.

3. Visiting too many places at the same time spoils the chances of getting the best image. You missed out on the key moments. It is the same with traveling. Treating yourself with great sight will make your travel experience more enriching. It will keep your photographic memory alive for many years. Boulevard Lane at dawn is an all together different sight. The usually crowded lane looks quite peaceful.

4. To get the best images, one needs a lot of research with both text and images. Reading about a place beforehand can make your trip more meaningful.

 

 

 

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