The belt of wetlands, savannah and forest where the rivers of the Himalaya spread onto the plains is known as the Terai and is being increasingly cleared for agriculture. While local people had developed resistance to malaria, an eradication campaign in the 1950s using DDT opened the area up to others and around 55 per cent of Nepal's population now live in its Terai districts.
Nepal – Photo Tip

How knowing your camera will make you a better photographer

Photo by David Noyes

Nepal – Photo Tip How knowing your camera will make you a better photographer

My camera strap is wrapped tightly around my right wrist. My Nikon hangs on my fingertips as I walk higher into the mountains. After decades of trekking, a callous has formed where my thumb rubs against the rubber grip.

David Noyes
David Noyes Travel Writer

My camera has become an extension of my arm – as comfortable and familiar as my well-worn boots. Working in the mountains, there is no second chance, no opportunity to return when the light is better. You walk forward into in the unknown, rarely looking back. Around every corner lies another photo-worthy vista. The weather can change in a moment's notice and chance encounters happen unexpectedly.

Over the years I have tried many bags, straps, and backpacks. I have missed countless shots fumbling around for the “right” piece of equipment at the bottom of an over-stuffed sack. Now, I set off each morning with my camera set on aperture-preferred, armed with a midrange zoom (18-70mm) and ready to shoot with a flick of the “on” button. With a turn of the zoom, I compose and shoot.

The less I am concerned with my camera settings, the more I can focus on the moment.

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The village of Ghandruk sits in the Middle Hills of Nepal with the peak of Annupurna South in the background. The full Annapurna Circuit takes from 16 to 20 days and trekkers leave from Pokhara, beginning near sea level to allow time for gentle acclimatization. Photo by David Noyes

David Noyes

David Noyes

NIKON D200

Aperture
ƒ/63/10
Exposure
1/320
ISO
125
Focal
170/10 mm

The village of Ghandruk sits in the Middle Hills of Nepal with the peak of Annupurna South in the background. The full Annapurna Circuit takes from 16 to 20 days and trekkers leave from Pokhara, beginning near sea level to allow time for gentle acclimatization.

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