Kashmir light and shade
Enrique had arrived via Khardung La pass, one of the highest roads in the world. ‘I kept my camera ready,’ says Enrique, ‘since the mind and body are slower at this altitude’. In a spellbinding moment, he took this image as the clouds shifted and the soft evening light leapt across the ridges of the valley.
The last light of the day illuminates the barren slopes of the Nubra Valley, hidden between the Himalayas and the Karakoram Mountains. This area is a major tectonic junction. As the Indian Plate collides with the Eurasian Plate the rock is sheared, fractured and forced upwards.
Nikon D300; 80-200mm f2.8 lens at 200mm; 1/640 sec at f5.6 (−1.3 e/v); ISO 200.
Nubra Valley, Jammu and Kashmir, India
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Enrique López-Tapia de Inés, Spain
Enrique likes to take photographs in the most extreme places on Earth, such as volcanoes, deserts and high mountains. He is currently preparing journeys to Tibet and Namibia. The Himalayas are one of his great passions and the subject of a major long-term project on its landscapes and wildlife, as well as the people who live there, their way of life and religion.