Sky Watch Friday- Magic in Kashmir

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Sunset and sunrise are usually the times when magic happens in the sky. I am guilty of sleeping through way too many sunrises, in fact almost all the sunrises in the recent times. However, if I am out at sunset I do try to enjoy those magical hours. In Srinagar I was lucky on my first evening itself. We were visiting Pari Mahal which is a multi-terraced garden with an out of this world view of Srinagar city along with the Dal Lake.

Srinagar City
View of the City from Pari Mahal #canon550D

When I have just one shot at photographing something I am often torn with conflicting emotions. I was not sure if I was happy with the clouds or not. I kept thinking about the gold in the water and how it would look if it was a clear day. Can you imagine the above scene at sunset on a clear day? I wondered if that would have come out much better? But then the clouds and the nature gives too hoots about how many times I get to photograph a place, so I get what I get!

In June the sunset at Srinagar was at 7.45 pm. I initially thought my app, which tells me about sunrise and sunsets across the world, was wrong but as usual it was accurate about its predictions. There was a time when I used to ask the locals about the sunrise and sunset timings. But after being told wildly off the mark timings, I decided that I was better off with an app. After all, the locals have better things to do than simply recording accurate sunrise and sunset timings for tourists!

Jhelum at Srinagar
Jhelum at Srinagar #lumia1020

Then comes the question of clicking the sky at every other time. You must have read on countless photography websites that mid day sun is harsh and gives flat pictures. I too agree with that premise. Then generally having scattered clouds in the sky makes for better pictures! I visited a restaurant by Jhelum in the mid day and after that I was on my way out of Srinagar. So mid day sun or not I had to click a picture. It was helpful that the shore was lined with purple flowers so it added color to an otherwise not too bright scene.

PS. This post is part of Sky Watch Friday the community that got me started on appreciating the skies.