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Old 18th September 2013, 00:58   #16
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I had forgotten about the trailor incident it was actually quite scary. Dont know what got into the guy that he suddenly decided to move from the right most lane to the extreme left without any indication while both of us were doing good 3 digit speeds. Nonetheless i rolled down the window and made sure that i reminded the guy of his mother.

Sanjay you forgot about Raghavs incident with the crazy biker gang. The bikers kept forcing their way around all of us along the narrow roads up to kaas. 3 of them managed to pass but one of them had to do a bit of offroading into the fields when he tried overtaking Raghav even though he had given the indicator that he was turning to the right to pass a car parked on the left. Fortunately the biker did not fall off but just skidded and rode into the field and came back onto the road after a few feet.

Yes you are right about my affection towards the digits 8530 , i try and get the same digits on all the cars at home hence the same digits also on my handle.

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Excellent description and pictures sir! Enjoyed watching the thread
Even i was unaware of the khalapur foodmall incident! The best part for me in the whole trip was listening to the roaring swift as soon as superbee and i entered the tunnels *winks*

OT- Are any of the pictures clicked by me good enough to be posted on the thread
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Old 18th September 2013, 13:43   #18
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Sanjay you forgot about Raghavs incident with the crazy biker gang. The bikers kept forcing their way around all of us along the narrow roads up to kaas. 3 of them managed to pass but one of them had to do a bit of offroading into the fields when he tried overtaking Raghav even though he had given the indicator that he was turning to the right to pass a car parked on the left. Fortunately the biker did not fall off but just skidded and rode into the field and came back onto the road after a few feet.
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Oh yes, I completely forgot about that. Thanks for reminding.
I did not see it happen, but Raghav and Aman did talk about it later.

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OT- Are any of the pictures clicked by me good enough to be posted on the thread
Ah, now I remmeber. Even you clicked some snaps using my camera. That's why I was wondering why there are a few shots that seem to have been taken from a very similar angle. So good possibility that some of the Kanher dam snaps, some snaps from the parking and on the plateau might be actually taken by you.
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Excellent Travelouge SDP. Actually I was also there @ KAAS on very same day with my friend circle. We started from Mumbai on Saturday and had a stay in Hotel in Satara. That gave us opportunity to visit this marvelous plateau twice - once on Saturday evening and once on early Sunday morning.

Things were quiet ok on Saturday (as there was comparitively less crowd). On Sunday, we left from Kaas around 11:00 AM (almost same time by which you guys reach there) and thus experienced very less crowd / vehicular traffic on that day as well.

Overall experience was fantastic.
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The plateau had a distinct pink hue.
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Spotted some interesting flowers by the road-side itself.
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The yellows were everywhere along the road.
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Fences everywhere.
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Pritam using a stone to get a better vantage point.
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Just too many people.
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Everywhere.
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While we were having breakfast at Aashirward, we had seen some 2-3 buses stop at the same hotel - buses full with people headed to Kaas. At 11:30am, there were already too many people on the plateau and a lot more were pouring in. I was initially disappointed by the heavy fencing all around, but soon realized that with the kind of footfalls this place gets, may be without the fences, there would have been nothing left.

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See Kailash, Raghav, Aman and Rahul?
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Kailash got to business in no time.
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Saw 2-3 interesting variety of flowers.
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When you look at the plateau from normal eye-level, leaving the greenish pink carpet aside, its a pretty ordinary scene.
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But go down to the ground level and the scene becomes quite interesting.
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Use a shallow depth of field and you can blur a couple of human figures in the background.
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Sometimes the blurred human figure could be somebody you know..
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..and then you can rotate the focus-ring to get them in sharp-focus.
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You can even reverse-mount a lens and try your hand at macros.
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But undoubtedly the best view that you get on the plateau is of the sky while laying flat on your back...as demonstrated by Raghav here.
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That's Aman..looking at the crazy amateurs around him in all sort of weird positions.
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Here's a serious thought. Not carrying a camera (and trying to document each moment of your life) is actually a blessing in disguise. That way you get to just seat down, relax and take in the beauty and serenity of a place like Kaas.
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What a beautiful place it is !!! I had seen some pics of this place, few days back, in a FB album of a friend. There were very few pics, so I couldn't understand what was going on.
Your pics gave the complete scene. Really amazed to see such a place. Can co-relate it to the famous Tulip fields in Netherlands. Not to mention, beautiful photography and interesting narration.

The starting pics from Post # 15 are pure wallpaper material. What perfect balance of colours of mother nature ! Just loved em'.

I had one question that popped up in my mind. Quoting a statement from your post. How can it be done ? Reverse-mount a lens ? I have a Canon 600D with 18-55 kit lens. Didn't find a way to reverse-mount it !

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Gripping travelogue and mind-blowing pictures. Each one is wallpaper material.
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What a beautiful place it is !!! ....
The starting pics from Post # 15 are pure wallpaper material. What perfect balance of colours of mother nature ! Just loved em'.
Thanks Soumyajit!

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I had one question that popped up in my mind. Quoting a statement from your post. How can it be done ? Reverse-mount a lens ? I have a Canon 600D with 18-55 kit lens. Didn't find a way to reverse-mount it !
As you might be aware, reverse-mounting is a old technique used for quickly and cheaply adding macro ability to your gear.

http://www.dpchallenge.com/tutorial.php?TUTORIAL_ID=81

All you need is a cheap 250-300 Rs reversing ring. Please note that not all lenses can be reverse-mounted. Prime-lenses with dedicated ring for aperture control are best suited for reverse-mounting. Googling for your specific lens and the term reverse-mounting could help to figure out if it is possible for your specific lens.

Here're couple of macros I clicked a few months back by reverse-mounting my 50mm prime lens.
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It's really very nice to see the authorities have fenced the region.

Stunning pictures SDP
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Beautiful photographs and beautiful narration too. Kaas is indeed a wonderful place. Been seeing a lot of photos lately.

Never been there. Seems kaas would be the first out of town drive for my punto when it arrives in 10 days. Hope the flowers are around still.

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I had one question that popped up in my mind. Quoting a statement from your post. How can it be done ? Reverse-mount a lens ? I have a Canon 600D with 18-55 kit lens. Didn't find a way to reverse-mount it !
Hi. Just buy a reversing ring for the kit lens and you can fit it on your camera. You ll find it easily on e bay. However with the kit only issue would be controlling the aperture since there is no manual control of the aperture and reverse mounting would mean u can't use the electronics of the lens. By default the lens would be wide open and that would mean a very shallow depth of field. But there is way to work around that too. I frequently reverse mount my kit lens on the camera and on the 70-300. Gives insane magnification. Won't hijack the thread for that though.

Sorry for going OT.

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As you might be aware, reverse-mounting is a old technique used for quickly and cheaply adding macro ability to your gear.
http://www.dpchallenge.com/tutorial.php?TUTORIAL_ID=81
All you need is a cheap 250-300 Rs reversing ring. Please note that not all lenses can be reverse-mounted. Prime-lenses with dedicated ring for aperture control are best suited for reverse-mounting. Googling for your specific lens and the term reverse-mounting could help to figure out if it is possible for your specific lens.
Here're couple of macros I clicked a few months back by reverse-mounting my 50mm prime lens.
Thanks a lot SDP for the advice. I am absolute novice in photography. Graduated from P&S to SLR, last year. Haven't explored much.

I am Googling more on this subject now. Thanks again !
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It was fun exploring the plateau for different types of flowers and insects.
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Caught a honeybee..
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..and an insect.
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We headed towards the edge of the plateau.
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See those yellow specs? Those are the Donald ducks.
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A closer look at a Donald Duck. The cartoon just below (taken from the internet) should remove all doubts about why the flower is called a Donand Duck.
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A little bit farther, I spotted a unique one! One without the red spots!
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Towards the edge of the plateau, the crowd thinned out. Managed to get a frame without people in it.
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Whites!
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Donald duck in interesting company.
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Look at this snap and the one after that. Its the exact same frame, just the focus is different.
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The white flowers sort of dilute the shade of the plateau. Purples + Whites give the light pink shade to the plateau.
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The view from the edge was fantastic.
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A small establishment on the other side.
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A closer look.
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Small flowers at the edge of the plateau.
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A few dark clouds appeared in the sky and gave temporary relief from the sun.
It was almost 12:45pm. Time to head back to the cars.
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The reverse lens macros have come out very well SDP. Need to learn the trick from you now , and it's high time to get a 50mm prime for me.

Also did you use manual focus most of the times?
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Beautiful report and pics, thanks for sharing.
@SDP, how long do you think the flowers will last (in full bloom). have they already peaked?
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