Travel Photography by Gautam S Brahma

Travel Photography by Gautam S Brahma

Being a travel freak, I love following some of my friends on facebook and fellow bloggers who are pro in the field of travel photography. One such person whom I got in touch with through the medium of blogging and photography, is Gautam S. Brahma. Gautam lives in Guwahati, Assam and works as a District MIS Manager with Govt of Assam. I have never met Gautam in person but there have been a lot of interactions on online social networks andΒ on our respective blogs, due to the common factors like Travel, Photography and Blogging. I recently approached Gautam for a guest post and I am glad, he accepted the request to write about his most recent travel and photography experience.

 

Travel Photography by Gautam S Brahma

www.gautamsbrahma.com

 

So here is what Gautam Brahma has to say about Travel Photography

I have been into photography since 2009. Despite the challenges involved, whenever I headed out to shoot landscapes, portraits or wildlife, the results have been encouraging. Like most people, even I love to travel and, to have a good time with my near and dear ones. I love to capture the moments with them and share those with others. These are mostly captured through mobile phone, point & shoot camera or a DSLR. For me, travel photography has always been fascinating. It was a hobby in the initial stages that has now turned into a passion. It’s something that still keeps my spirits high to explore newer places and to know more about the people living there. So for me travel is a chance to experience life and to treasure some of the moments of life through photography.

Majuli
Majuli
Majuli
Majuli

When it comes to travel, my favorite destinations are many. However in this post, I would love to speak about the North-eastern region of India. Northeast India has a lot to offer for someone like me who’s looking to relax and spend some quality time with family and friends amidst the scenic beauty of the lush green mountains, forests and national parks. If I get into the wish list zone, the one place with most amazing landscapes that I consider as a paradise for photography enthusiasts is “Iceland”.

My favorite travel destination so far is Majuli. It’s a river island in Assam, a state in northeastern India. Majuli has been the cultural capital of Assamese civilization since the 16th century. As such, it has been mentioned in the records describing the visit of Srimanta Sankardev.

Kamalabari Satra
Kamalabari Satra
Dakhinpat Satra, Majuli, Assam
Dakhinpat Satra, Majuli, Assam

You can get to see the Satras (monasteries) everywhereΒ in Majuli and if you happen to visit these satras of majuli, I would recommend you take your time to know more about them. The Bhakats (monks) at the Satras would love to share a few words with you about their life, dedication and more if you would want to talk to them. I guess this explains how important Majuli is to us and why every Assamese residing in the northeast India and abroad has an emotional attachment to this place. I would definitely recommend Majuli to you if you ever happen to visit Assam.

In and around Assam there are a lot more places to see. However, if you have plans for a longer stay in northeastern India, then there are other places like Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland also. These are the neighboring states with Assam and I must tell you that these places have an abundance of scenic beauty to offer to every visitor.

Bhakat from Majuli
Bhakat from Majuli
Crossing Brahmaputra River to Kamalabari Ghat
Crossing Brahmaputra River to Kamalabari Ghat

How to Reach Majuli.

  • To reach Majuli you can directly book flight/train tickets to Jorhat which is the nearest city.
  • Once you reach Jorhat, you can get to Nimati Ghat.
  • From Nimati ghat you can use the ferry service that runs 6 times a day. This ferry service will take you to Kamalabari ghat, Majuli, Assam.

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50 thoughts on “Travel Photography by Gautam S Brahma”

  1. This is such an insightful post for all the travellers out there. Traveling is one of the most beautiful things you can experience in your life. Travel photography is a primary part of the procedure.

  2. This post reminded me of one of my wishes. I’d like to have a better camera soon. It’s not a priority for me now. But it’s something nice to have. Photography is one field that I’d like to explore some more in the future when I have more time in my hands.

  3. This post and the photographs have brought great desire to visit majuli island. Beauty of north eastern part of country has been well described by the author and it was indeed good to read the post

  4. It’s not hard to see why you would be in contact with other bloggers who are into travel and photography. From the photos, I can see how Majuli can be an interesting place and destination. From a technical standpoint, I can almost guess what the next expenses are going to be. Lens that has an aperture of 1.8. I do think the photos could use more light and that can be done with, unfortunately, more expensive lens. But that is photography, isn’t it?

    1. I think Gautam has tried to play it subtle here. Under-expose a bit rather than creating burn’t highlights is a good rule to follow at times. And yeah, photography is an expensive hobby to follow. Every new lens you upgrade to will make you want to upgrade to the next best one very soon. It’s a fever that’s only going to go higher.

      1. And then you have the prime lens. I have a friend, who for the love of taking bird photos, bought lens at around $7,000. Imagine, one lens and it is that much expensive. But I mean, if photographers could afford it, they would always go for the best prime lens.

  5. I love the ambiance of your photos. I can definitely get a feel of the culture by just looking at them. I agree that traveling and photography get along well and I admire people (like you) who can really take good shots and appreciate the spot at the same time. Continue doing more travel blog posts because you inspire people to go out of their comfort zones and explore places.

  6. Wow, Gautam is truly an inspiration. Just like him, we really have a certain place where we’ve been that would definitely became our favorite or just so close in our heart that we want to go back again. I’m going to check his works and would love to follow his photography journey as well. Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much @Thelittlelai Fist of all I would like to thank Kcalpesh for letting me share my travel experience, and it was great to see so much of response here. Its inspiring for me as well to get to know so many bloggers here. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  7. Thanks for sharing the information about this region. Travelling and photography are two huge passions of mine, in fact I want to get out right now! Happy travels!

  8. Travel and photography are two passions that I never get fed up talking for! I have never heard about this place in India but as I can see in the photos it looks very beautiful! India is an exotic destination for me that I would like one day to visit and take many photographs!

    1. Thank you so much Giorgos,
      I’m happy that when someone gets to know about some place which he has never been to, and for me and for the people of Assam, Majuli is not just a place but it is more than that, our culture our existence everything. If you ever happen to visit India then do visit the northeast and Majuli πŸ™‚

  9. Beautiful photos you have here. Love the feel of the photos as well. Like theyre trying to tell us a story hehe. I personally love the third photo! Can’t wait to see more photos from you πŸ˜€

  10. Beautiful images. You really know how to capture the moment! India looks like an amazing culture to capture. You know what would be even more beautiful? If you could capture some of the stunning designs the India culture wear – especially at weddings. The clothes are so full of color and dazzling diamonds!

    1. Thank you Karla,
      These days point & shoot cameras are very good too, as they don’t want to get confused with the camera settings and yes I do own a DSLR. Photography goal for me would be more related to Travel, as I love traveling. πŸ™‚ and please visit India.

  11. That seems to be a very interesting place. And the best way to preserve it is through photographs. You got pretty cool and lovely angles there. You have captured the place perfectly. Even without words the photographs can speak for itself. Keep it up! πŸ™‚

  12. One of the worries people have of traveling in India is the safety. I wonder how safe it is in Majuli? Also, I noticed you traveled there by ferry. Is that the only way to travel there? πŸ™‚
    The photos are beautiful, the story is as well. I look forward to one day visiting India.

  13. I’ve never been to India before or even heard of Majuli! Your photos capture some of the details of these places that others might not notice, which is always great. A lot of my friends have visited India recently and it seems to have a rich culture. Perhaps I will visit myself this summer πŸ™‚

  14. I love what he said about talking with the Bhakats. Personally, I would be a little shy to approach them if ever I go there. I am generaly shy in talking with strangers. In those times though that I get to do it, it is always fulfilling as the locals always have something interesting to share not only about the place but most importantly about how they live and their culture.

    I also love photography but I am not claiming to be an expert, hell I don’t even own a camera. But I love taking photos, like Gautam, I like capturing memories.

    1. Marge, thanks for your comment. It’s true that when travelling your interactions with the locals is something that will be etched in your memory forever. And, for practicing photography you really don’t need to own a camera. It’s all about the moment. Technique and technology just aid you to capture the moment slightly better…

  15. I love photography, and lately I’m immersing myself in travel photography. I was once focused on food photos and lately, I feel I’ve become stagnant, which is why now when I travel, I take photos of absolutely everything. XD You can see it in my instagram though, (@nicolepaler) that I really try to capture the moments in my travels, just like you. πŸ˜€

  16. Awesome photos, I love you captured the mood. I just recently bought a mirrorless camera and I’m excited to use it for my travel! I’m no pro but I want to learn so much in taking good photos! πŸ˜€

  17. I love your shots! I do too love to go on a trip if that can only be done every day, why not?! And yes, photography will always be part of traveling. You also have shared a precise guide on how to get to Majuli though I am not from the place, I’ll surely know that I’ll get to my destination.

  18. Travel photography definitely is fascinating. But I find street photography challenging which, I can see, you’re awesome at also. It definitely is not just about the gadget to be used since you mentioned you use mobile phones too. It’s all about composition and lighting. You inspire me to do well in photography. I hope I can be a good travel photographer too.

  19. You have some beautiful images Gautam and I love how you’ve followed your passion since 2009. The images in Majuli are great but my favorite image of yours is the sunset you captured in Meghalaya last month.

  20. I always love to take pictures while travelling. It all started with the love of photo and travelling that’s why I started my blog too. My favorite subject will always be landscapes and sunsets. I’m aiming to capture every sunset from all the places I’ve been to. πŸ™‚

  21. “Travel is a chance to experience life and to treasure some of the moments of life through photography.”

    I couldn’t agree more with this statement. I don’t always get the chance to travel but seeing other people’s travel photographs and stories make me feel like I’m experiencing the location too even if I’m just in front of my laptop or phone. I love traveling too and I hope someday I get to experience it by myself and also practice my photography skills.

  22. Travel photography is a very nice and somehow challenging craft. You get to tell stories about the places you visited through captures and still photos. You get to share your memories with us who may not have been there at all. Basically, through your pictures, you also bring us to the place where you have been and let us experience with the windows of our souls the culture that they have.

  23. The photos are indeed inspiring and tell a unique story. I’m always too hesitant to take our my camera during travels for fear of it getting snatched! Good luck on your next travels and hope you’ll get to feature more travel photographers soon! πŸ˜€

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