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A Twist. A Turn. by Vikram Franklin

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Pangong Tso (Lake) in Ladakh

Pangong Tso is an endorheic lake in the Himalayas situated at a height of about 4,350 m (14,270 ft). It is 134 km (83 mi) long and extends from India to Tibet. 60% of the length of the lake lies in China.

It’s a saltwater lake. Formed when the Indian landmass crashed into Asia millions of years ago and so formed the Himalayas with the force of the collision and a few salt water lakes of trapped sea-water. The lake manages to retain it’s salinity through a balance of evaporation even after all this time.

I’m not completely sure what causes it’s amazing colour – but they are completely unreal!

Nikon D700
Tamron 17.0-35.0 mm f/2.8-4.0 @ 19mm
f/10 @ 1/125secs with -0.33ev


  • John Conway
    John Conwayalmost 3 years ago

    Exquisite shot Vikram, no chance of me visiting here so am happy you managed the shot for us all to see

  • Thanks so much John … but that’s the awesome bit about RB – we all get to see places we perhaps won’t get a chance to visit and enjoy them vicariously.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Adriano Carrideo
    Adriano Carrideoalmost 3 years ago

    Stunning capture love the reflection

  • Thanks so much Adriano!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Anthony Hedger Photography
    Anthony Hedger...almost 3 years ago

    beautiful shot Mr F I bet it looks fab in B&W?

  • Thanks Anthony!
    Great input – have a few other shots with the tonal difference in the water – hadn’t thought of doing a B&W – but that’s an excellent thought. Will process one of them – I suspect you’re on the money on B&W suiting this scene.

    – Vikram Franklin

  • ShotsOfLove
    ShotsOfLovealmost 3 years ago

    WoW! Stunning image Vikram:- )

  • Thanks so much!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Andrew Paranavitana
    Andrew Paranav...almost 3 years ago

    Wow, that’s a shot and a half, Vik! What an amazing scape, love the tones too!

  • Thanks Andrew!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • scottjessuk
    scottjessukalmost 3 years ago

    Love the clarity, great work.

  • Thanks so much Scott!

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawalmost 3 years ago

    Wow Vikram – quite magical!

  • sunscapes
    sunscapesalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful composition Vik and amazing clarity and that sky is just wow!!!

  • Thanks Simone – would you believe it if I told you it gets better earlier in the summer? (but not as much drama)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrarialmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful photography Vik!! Love those colours! :))

  • Thank you so much Vicki with a “c” ;-)

    – Vikram Franklin

  • lucin
    lucinalmost 3 years ago

    Your work has an edge of passion always that is missed when it doesn’t come round.

  • Your support and encouragement make it just sooooo good to be back! Thank you!!

    – Vikram Franklin

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