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Today was timelapse day. It rained all night and rather heavily. Continued into the morning till about 9 a.m., after which it completely stopped. No travel was scheduled for today so I decided to pick a point and do day-two of day time time lapse photography to look at how the clouds move in and around the Menchukha Valley.

I am not carrying a neutral density filter, so long exposures during the day were not possible. The remote control contraption I’m carrying doesn’t allow me to do automatic time-interval time-lapse photography without long-exposure so I had to click the remote each time – 1/250 on the shutter every 10 seconds, 20 seconds or 30 seconds depending on wind speed.

I tried to use the square dark glasss coasters as pseudo-neutral-density filters by sticking it onto the lens using surgical tape but that didn’t work when I wanted to zoom in or out.

Having spent more time attempting time-lapse during the day, I’m not itching to do some at night but haven’t had a single clear-sky night till today. There are some clouds in the sky but it’s mostly clear. But, I am feeling under the weather today. A spot of allergy has created a dry cough and some congestion in my nose and throat and sinus. Not keen to step into the cold wind tonight. Health comes first but only just. After spending two hours standing in one spot manually cliking the shutter button, it feels like a cop-out not doing it at night.

We’ve also decided to leave Manchukha a couple of days earlier than our original plan. Weather seems to be getting more unpredictable and we want to spend an extra day at Aalong and even Dibrugarh. I really want to shop local and there’s nothing at Menchukha. My #CoverUp shoots are all done here at the beautiful Menchukha valley – got lucky a couple of days when there was beautiful blue sky and sunny days.

It’s been quite a break. No mobile phone, no internet, nothing. Peace. I could do another 30 days easily with no guilt whatsoever. But now I’m itching to get back to my desk and blog all the images and all these blog entries and share all this with all y’all!

The local dogs here are super-friendly. I was shooting alone and a dozen of the dogs converged barking their lungs out. Being scared of stray dogs in general, I almost died till I realized they were ALL wagging their tails while barking. I whistled and they all bounded toward me and wanted to play! Jeez. So close. To a heart attack. And then they all wanted to shake paws with me. I’ve been told they can be quite fierce if the situation demands but that’s rare because humans are not a threat by any means.

Maybe I’ll check out the status of the sky after dinner tonight and see if I am willing to put photography first. Who knows when I’ll be back to Menchukha, if ever.

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