The work here in Kathmandu is simple: work hard on two projects, all the time. My new friend David (read Wall Street analyst starting MBA at Stanford soon) and I took the long drive over to the other side of Kathmandu yesterday to check out the famed Swyambu, the monkey temple. While dodging bad weather, crowds, and other more normal elements when photographing, I have yet been distracted by monkeys accidentally knocking my tripod. Well, I did have monkey problems in Peru in 2007 when one tried to grab a lens out of my bag. When I closed the bag on his extended arm (it was soft, don’t worry), he screeched bloody murder, and my views of monkeys drastically changed.
The set up on this shot was simple enough. Looking east into the setting sun, I composed with the prayer flags to the lower right and the sun to the upper left. This look about 7 stops of Singh-Ray goodness to even get the exposure in the ballpark. I’m still not sure if it succeeded…the clouds were awesome, though during a period of the year when rain and fully cloudy days can hamper any good effort at light.
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