Portraits of Shradha, Avinash and Abhilash, participants from Orissa, India
Adventure Hills invited me to experience their new adventure course, that would teach kids the skills to survive at high altitude areas and Himalayan forests. It included a 4 day trek to choordhar peak (highest peak of the middle Himalayas), caving and other techniques for survival.
I’ll explain more in a separate travelogue, till then, enjoy the portrait.
Friends posing for a shot at sunset time when the orange rays of the sun were falling on the green pine trees in a forest in Shimla
It was a beautiful evening when we were strolling in the forests near Shimla. This small hill station is suffering from negative growth and unplanned development. So to find peace we usually travel around Shimla and spend some time with the nature. We were going back home when this shot happened. The sun was about to hide behind the mountains and a filtered orange light from the sun fell on the trees.
It was something we had never seen before. The darkness of the orange was blending perfectly with the green of the pine trees. I wanted to capture it so I asked my friends to pose in front of this beautiful natural background. I randomly asked them to jump and to capture the moment I increased the ISO as the light was very low and to freeze the frame a fast shutter speed was required. All went well and the print looks fabulous.
Youngsters playing cricket in a playground in a dense pine forest near Narkanda, Shimla. The place gets covered with snow in winters and used for various skiing events.
It all started with a bus ride from Kumarsen, a small village in Shimla district near Narkanda. We had to come back to shimla. We boarded a bus till Narkanda. Then we had food and started walking towards the forest.
There were clouds on the clear blue sky and it was cold and pleasant.
After a short walk, we reached a playground surrounded with cedar trees.
We saw children playing cricket, so my friends decided to join in.
Cricket is the most popular sport of India and Gully cricket is played almost everywhere and by everyone. You just need a spherical object and something to hit it. The rules can be changed as per your convenience. In the Indian Himalayas for example, the ball is usually made with old cloth.
The last time I remember playing cricket was when i was in 3rd standard, so I decided to stay away from it.
I am not allowed to disclose the final result, but the kids went home happily.