Prayer flags at Chele La, Bhutan. Phase One A-Series IQ3 100MP, 23mm lens, 1/60 and 1/4 second @ f11, ISO 50
Another photograph from the remarkable Chele La in Bhutan, this one taken on our photo tour just a month or so ago on the night of 'that full moon'! Chele La is a 4000 metre pass and each time I visit, it's a little bit different. The flags have changed position or aged, the weather is different, or sometimes it's just me!
On this occasion, I loved the strong colour of the orange flag with the predominantly white flags behind. Using an ultra wide-angle lens, I moved in close to the orange flag (less than a metre distant) so it became a dominant element in the composition. However, I had two conflicting desires when it came to the exposure. On the one hand, I wanted to capture the writing and illustrations printed on the flag, which needed a fast shutter speed; on the other, I wanted to capture the blur and motion of the flags as they fluttered and crackled in the strong wind, in which case a slow shutter speed was required.
What to do? The solution was relatively easy, especially since my camera was mounted on a tripod. I took a series of photographs at different shutter speeds, using a 3-stop ND filter to slow down the shutter speed. I took a lot of shots because you can't always tell when the flag is going to be in an 'attractive' position.
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