Chapter One | My Travel Diary: BHUTAN

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I've never been to Bhutan and I honestly never really heard much about it the only thing I knew about Bhutan is that it's the happiest place on earth they're known to measure their country's growth by happiness over product I am very excited to explore this country and learn as much as I can and hopefully capture through my photography my name is Natalie and Rossi also known as Miss Hatton on social media I am a self-taught photographer born and raised in New York City I worked at JPMorgan until I hit my breaking point and realized that photography is my true passion in life this year I actually decided to leave my apartment and all of my things behind and live on the road the moment we landed we were greeted by our incredible tour guides karma and change is an hour drive to our capital city this is the only International Airport that we have been approaching I'm gonna move on to I will be your guide throughout your journey in Bhutan our country was isolated until 1950s during the time of our 3rd boog Alpo Jigme Dorji Wangchuck we opened a door of friendship to India we have been ruled by the king for almost 100 years and in 2008 a single want to change the system of government from absolute monarchy to democracy our government is looking at the best site of development but at the same time they do want to preserve our culture our tradition this city is the most populated city in a country because of all the headquarters even the college graduate students come to Temple City in search of job for this trip I challenge myself and use a new body the sony a7r 3 it was really easy approaching locals mainly because it's a small body and it doesn't look as intimidating as other cameras may seem so you're really able to capture pure candid moments the national sport is archery archery is mainly played by men each Archer will get to arrow previously it is to play the game between two teams now the game can be played with like 4 to 5 team as well today was definitely a great opportunity to get some portraits in and do some street photography being our first official venture and heading to a sacred monastery I decided to stay minimal and keep my Sony a7r 3 with the 24 to 70 lens we are here at this important monastery this monastery as of now houses 217 monk it was founded as a fortress back in 12th century later it was turned into a monastery in order to join monk there is no age limit in a monastery we can see young kids in a hardly five years old initially when they joined monk they are taught how to read and write the monk who are stirring in this monastery they hardly know each other but as the time pass the bond from friendship becomes Brotherhood it was a beautiful sight inside the dining hall the rays of light were shining in while the children were eating and I was able to get a variety of different shots using my 24 to 70 lens keeping my aperture low at F 2.8 I kept my shutter screen around two hundredths of a second and from there adjusted my ISO accordingly shooting with a 24 to 70 I was able to pick up some range between myself and the subject giving them space to act natural since most of the monks were backlit I over exposed my images just a little bit but it turned out to give a really nice dreamy effect to my photos the kids were super playful and although they were dressed in their traditional monk outfit there were still kids they were still having fun they were playing soccer and it was just an incredible sight to see we just arrived to the art school I can't wait to walk inside these classrooms and see what the kids are working on for this instance I'm gonna be using my prime lenses that I bought with my canons 35 millimeter and 50 millimeter and 85 millimeter I think it's the perfect situation for indoor shooting it was the first time in any country that I ever visited a school focus solely on creating art our country's known as the country of gross national happiness and one of the pillars is preserving and promoting our tradition and culture students thought would craft structure embroidery silversmith tailoring the one way to actually preserve our custom and tradition is by having this kind of institution of certain arts and crafts school we found ourselves may our local Bhutanese weed shop and watch the woman leave these gorgeous wearable art pieces it's my favorite type of shopping while traveling not only do I get these handmade one-of-a-kind pieces but I also get to support the local Bhutanese women creating them after visiting the art school weave Center and paper shop I realize how detail-oriented the Bhutanese are when creating their art in the next episode of my travel diary we are here at the punakha festival we call it a statue which literally means the tenth day of a month as for the moon calendar I've taken hundreds of photos and I just can't wait to go home and look through them as a photographer and as well as a traveler these are the moments that I'm looking for


26 Comments

WowMarie · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Yass 😁

jr98662 · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

I enjoyed the video and images. I wish you would drop the Sony advertisements though. Let this just be about the video ad images with narration about the trip.

sasidhar munama · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Videography nailed 👍
But snaps took in between not at the standards 👎

John Ishii · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Been there, I got some pretty good images.

Shawn Vine · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Very nice. Thank you.

Noealz Photo · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Adorama should post more things like this : )

William Lesourd - Photographer · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Nice one. I too have a a7r3, but I feel, coupled with the 24-70mm GM lens, it’s still a very big and professional looking camera…

Ray H · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

I go to Bhutan as often as I can. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

DC Allan · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Stunning ❤

Kavan Lake · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Very very cool. Looking forward to the next one. I love doing this same thing when I travel. I’ve been going to a music festival called Lightning in a Bottle. Every year, I challenge myself to make 100 individual portraits in 24 hours. All in the moment with the people around you. It’s amazing 👌🏾

_窮 · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Love any video produced featuring Bhutan, such an awe inspiring country. Great images Sal and Natalie! Can't wait for the next episode.

Rajesh Buchiya · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

wow amazing

T L · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Excellent video! Looking forward to episode 2!

Holden Herbert · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Loved the video. Can't tell you how much it inspired me. I've been looking to fo in the same direction for over a year now and this just shows what the bar is. Great work! Can hardly wait to see the next.

Azamat E · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Misshattan is the most overrated instagrammer there is imo. Bhutan looks dope!

Stu · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Looking forward to Chapter 2😃

BeyondTP · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Really informative! Thank you.

Looks like you both had a lovely trip

shrishak shrestha · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Awesome video and the information is not overpowering the cinematography. PERFECT BLEND. VISIT NEPAL NEXT

darrenchou · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

You should let Matt Granger do this trip video. He's so passionate about Bhutan.

Dacota Boss · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Visit also our country😁 Philippines😁

Karma · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

I watched full, very knowledgeable and entertaining. Thanks.

Karma · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

And well described.

Christian Ofslager · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Nicely done. Did you shoot the video on the Sony A7r iii

Karma · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Oh the guide name is same like me, Haha. Awesome vlog. Good job.

Karma · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Nice vlog, it's my next destination.lots of budhist pilgrimage. I m going on next year. Thanks for sharing.

joseph purty · May 14, 2019 at 1:49 pm

Wooo awesome… 😊😊😊

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