In this sixty-seventh archive story by Kristian Bertel, we are visitiing the Ranakpur Dam in Rajasthan, India.
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In this landscape photograph of an evening sunset photographed near Ranakpur in the Indian province of Rajasthan, one can see that the natural vegetation is present here. Though a large percentage of the total area is desert with little forest cover, Rajasthan has a rich and varied flora and fauna. Something that varies throgh the state through the density and size of patches increase from west to east following the increase in rainfall in India.
In this landscape photograph of an evening sunset photographed near Ranakpur in the Indian province of Rajasthan, one can see that the natural vegetation is present here. Though a large percentage of the total area is desert with little forest cover, Rajasthan has a rich and varied flora and fauna. Something that varies throgh the state through the density and size of patches increase from west to east following the increase in rainfall in India.

Ranakpur Dam in India


Ranakpur is a village located in Desuri tehsil near Sadri town in the Pali district of Rajasthan in western India. It is located between Jodhpur and Udaipur in a valley on the western side of the Aravalli Range. Ranakpur is one among the most famous places to visit in Pali, Rajasthan and it easily accessed by road from Udaipur. The Land of many paradoxes, the nation holds numerous different spots which are barren and fruitless where some spots are favored with lavish greenery with shocking woodland.

Landscapes in the Rajastan province of India
India is unquestionably, a country that is personified with its individuality of landscape. Each and every bend of India is lovely in its own right accordingly. India is frequently portrayed as a place where there is striking differentiations in light of the fact that the Indian firm ground where the western side of the nation is encased by the dry sandy deserts of Aravalli range and the northwestern division is delimited by the Thar desert. The dry sandpaper state, Rajasthan is flooding with barren and rugged yet the area around Ranakpur has its own appeal and allure. The quintessential sandy desert land in this area is measured as one of the beautiful landscapes of Rajasthan. Unquestionably, throughout the year, the state Rajasthan possesses its hypnotizing landscape photography. A dam is a barrier that stops or restricts the flow of water or underground streams. Reservoirs created by dams not only suppress floods but also provide water for activities such as irrigation, human consumption, industrial use, aquaculture and navigability. All photographs need some sort of focal point to them and landscapes are no different – in fact landscape photographs without them end up looking rather empty and will leave your viewers eye wondering through the image with nowhere to rest and they will generally move on quickly.

Photographing landscapes in India
As a photographer and traveler in India it is a pleasure to photograph landscapes that one will see everywhere in India. When photgraphing these, focal points can take many forms in landscapes and could range from a building or structure, a striking tree, a boulder formation, a silhouette and so on. Think not only about what the focal point is but where you place it. The rule of thirds might be useful here. These Golden hours are great for landscapes for a number of reasons – none the least of which is the 'golden' light that it often presents us with. The other reason that I love these times is the angle of the light and how it can impact a scene – creating interesting patterns, dimensions and textures. Before you take a landscape shot always consider the horizon on two fronts. While you can always straighten images later in post production it is easier if you get it right in camera. A compositionally natural spot for a horizon is on one of the thirds lines in an image either the top third or the bottom one rather than completely in the middle.

"- Of course rules are meant to be broken – but I find that unless it is a very striking image that the rule of thirds usually works here. Take a little more time with your photos – particularly in finding a more interesting point of view to photograph from. This might start with finding a different spot to photograph from than the scenic look out and you can wander down paths, look for new perspectives and so on. It could mean getting down onto the ground to take photos from down low or finding a higher up vantage point to photograph from. Explore the environment and experiment with different view points and you could find something truly unique", the photographer says.

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India is a land full of stories. On every street, on every corner and in the many places in India, life is rushing by you as a photographer with millions of stories to be told. In the archive story above, you hopefully had a readable insight in the story that was behind the photo of a dam in Ranakpur. On this website of Kristian Bertel | Photography you can find numerous travel pictures from the photographer. Stories and moments that tell the travel stories of how the photographer captured the specific scene that you see in the picture. The photographer's images have a story behind them, images that all are taken from around India throughout his photo journeys. The archive stories delve into Kristian's personal archive to reveal never-before-seen, including portraits and landscapes beautifully produced snapshots from various travel assignments. The archive is so-far organized into photo stories, this one included, each brought to life by narrative text and full-color photos. Together, these fascinating stories tell a story about the life in India. India, the motherland to many people around the world, a land of unforgetable travel moments. The archive takes viewers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in the photographer's archive collection. The photographer culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty and everyday life in India. By adding these back stories the photographer's work might immensely enhanced the understanding of the photographs.