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Photographer's Note

I have my own tradition of posting a photo of Nepal in occasions like this, that call for a kind of commemoration. The main pretext is that my first post was taken in this trip.

The following lines are much of a transcript of the note of my 300th post.

About two and a half years ago I wouldn't dream about putting 400 photos (not counting the others posted as WS's) in a site like Trek Earth. I don't pretend that I have managed to find 400 really good photos, but thanks to TE, I was able to see my own photos with other eyes and take pleasure in perceiving what other interested and interesting persons, some of them very talented and skilled, think about them.

I feel that I evolve much in this addictive hobby of ours. It's not that important if I really managed to turn myself into a better photographer, although I would like that such thing happened. What is really interesting and rewarding is that I find a community of very nice people with whom I share many interests, not only for Photography, and in the way I gained two valuable things: new friends around the world and an strong incentive to embrace again Photography as a hobby after many years being at the most just a casual holiday and social gatherings snapshooter.

Not being a perfect place, I think the only major disturbing thing in Trek Earth is the amount of time it make us spending around it. I often find that I should spend more time taking care of my own photos than appreciating and critiquing the photos of others, but that is such a pleasing, addictive, but also much self-educative activity... I see no solution for this dilemma, as it is too natural that if I am less participative I can't expect that I get much feedback to my own photos, so part of the incentive to produce and show more and better photos is lost.

Thank you very much to all of you for your friendship and the contribution to the pleasure I have with Photography. And thanks also to Adam and Internet Brands for offering us this space where our unique community is based.

This trip to Nepal, one of the most fascinating trips I have ever done, has in common with TE that it marked a return to the pleasure of Photography after some years with nearly no activity. It was also during this trip that I really discover the pleasure of travel photography beyond the occasional tourist snapshot. The bug had shown itself timidly the year before, when I went to Cuba, then a bit more firmly in a trip to Morocco I did earlier that year, where I used a broken camera that ruined 99% of my shots. I was so sad when I discovered that I had no photos of Morocco that I decided that I couldn't let that happen again in Nepal. As you can guess by browsing my gallery, you'll find that the inspiration and enthusiasm went much down in the following years, and it only reappeared after I bought my first digital camera.

You can find what I wrote about this region and my impressions of it in some of my other posts of the area.

Location (latitude, longitude): 28.7713,83.708 (I am not sure about the accuracy, but my guess is that the error isn't higher than 1 Km / 0.6 miles)

Note on the location in TE: according to Wikipedia, all this region, from Jomsom to Lo Manthang and Muktinath is part of Dhawalagiri district [te]. I put my posts in the Gandaki district following the others, as almost no one posts their photos of the region in the supposedly right place.

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