Kumarakom maybe a recluse for the rest of the world but photographers experience sheer euphoria on reaching the place. Therefore, under such conditions, a photo tour to this destination was mandatory.

A train ride to Kottayam and a short auto ride later, we reached Kumarakom. It was satisfying to leave the intense heat of the city and slowly be welcomed by the pleasant weather of the countryside. The narrow bylanes, the lake line dotted with coconut trees, the serene nature— it was all starkly opposite to our daily lives.

We met our participants at the venue- Lake Song Resort in Kumarakom and it always feels great to see some of our repeat participants and meet the new ones. After a rather fulfilling lunch made of fresh local produce, at the resort we headed out to capture our sunset shots.

We took a secret alleyway to reach our photo destination where local fishermen were busy winding up their days’ hard work. It was the possibly the first time when our eyes couldn’t find the destination as beautiful as our lenses did. The images from the day turned out to be better than reality itself.

Our evenings were mostly reserved for image review and post processing. It was a learning experience for those who were unknown to the techniques of Google Nik. Post the image reviews, we figured that although most of the participants were comfortable with manual mode, it was the right composition skills that the pictures lacked. It was decided that the next day will be reserved in correcting those skills.

The day commenced with our race against time. We were all ready and out of the door— to capture some sunrise shots but it was pitch dark, without a soul in sight. Just a bunch of photographers with their cameras ready to the sound of click. So we sat there waiting for the sun to peak and once that happened, there was no disappointment.

Shot by Surbhi Kaushik

We loaded ourselves on the boats and off we sailed. Since we knew exactly what to work on and all of us returned with some stunning shots at the Lake Vembanad. It was a completely different experience sailing beneath the bridges of the backwaters, watching little children busy playing along the banks unhinged by life and the various kinds of birds that a lot of the participants took fancy to. Not just that even the hotel property had some stunning views that we decided to capture. The tall, twisted coconut trees and expansive view of the Lake, produced some great shots.

After a quick lunch, we sat down to review the images from the day before heading out to a secluded island right ahead of dusk. It was the paddy fields here that served as the subject. A lot of us even tried macro. While returning, darkness had already enveloped the sky but the boats had lights in them and we played some music too making it quite an experience. We ended our day with some more post processing and a lovely alfresco dinner at the resort.

The last day too, we wanted some sunrise shots and we reached our venue but to our surprise, there were no boats at all. After what seemed like quite a cumbersome wait, all of a sudden 3 boats reached us together. Filled with joy, we hopped onto those boats and sailed by to find shots that can turn others green with envy.

We checked out soon afterwards. With a final look at our images from the morning and at our captivating destination, we headed back to our lives; Away from all the tranquility that Kumarakom has to offer. It isn’t called God’s own country for no reason after all.

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Words by Mohana Ganguly– Content Writer at GoodShotz who day dreams about her next trip when she isn’t penning down her thoughts.

 

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