This story was originally published in April 2009.
This photograph is one of the most prized ones from my collection from Zen of Travel & Cultural Photography workshops in Ladakh. It was shot handheld at 1/6 seconds at ISO 1600, so as to maintain a small aperture and still achieve the desired depth-of-field.
I was invited into the kitchen of a monastery, and had only seconds to grasp this wealth of photo-opportunities in the making. With details maintained in the shadows wherever possible and no blown-out highlights, this shot illustrates that a thorough knowledge of metering and exposure is as important in the digital world as it was in the film one.
Unlike controlled situations in a studio, travel photographers have but a moment to make split-second decisions to capture their images. It is only in this split second when technical and artistic ability come together, without conscious thought—and that is Zen. This, for me, was truly a Zen moment.Tags: Ladakh, My Best Shot, better photography, travel photography, April 2009, Neville Bulsara, Zen of Travel & Cultural Photography