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Pangongtso is a lake at about 14500 feet in Ladakh. It is salty and it is beautiful and the subject of immerse interest for photographers globally.

Everyone with a camera and a bit of pretention to be called an artist has been there and taken the usual shot of the lake and the by now familiar slopes crumbling into the lake shore.

Me too !

I am ready to be counted ;-))

On a serious note, my visit to Pangongtso was fraught with the usual dose of high altitude trouble. The night before at a halt in Thangtse, by a strange twist of fate a chink of an opening was left in the window. Lights out at 1030 followed by fire place shut down is routine. Thereafter it is your warm bed alone that is your life. That night a fresh cold wind sprung up and kept on howling in the valley as the river next door froze over in a few hours. That little sliver of opening in the window gave me a bad head cold and by the morning there was trouble in the La la dakh land for me. After the doctor had come and gone, one did make a valiant effort to reach the Pangongtso lake and in a dreamy dazed state at that.

A total of about 24-30 shots and that was all I could manage. Better luck next time I hope ~

I was reminded to put up this post thanks to this beautiful post of the Tso Khar by Anna Carter
too much blue ? by Anna Carter.

This was ready in May but never got around to posting it. This is a 1st section ( three sections ) of the 5 part panorama made out of the jpeg images. I have not done anything with the raw files yet.

Taken on November 15, 2010 at 12.23pm IST (edit)

Exif data
Camera Nikon D300
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture f/13.0
Focal Length 18 mm
ISO Speed 200
Exposure Bias -2/3 EV
Flash No Flash
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