Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 9

Monday, June 26, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments


Guest Post by Ali Khataw

DAY 9

Hope you all have been enjoying Eid today. What a great time it is to celebrate Eid when it comes merging with your weekend! And I really hope my photography tips have been helpful enough for you to do some Eid photography yourselves ... discounting for selfies, that is. :)

Question 9/ Day 9 - Can I change the light?

Image 9/Day 9: CONTRAST - HARD AND SOFT LIGHT

Hard light creates contrast - hard light also causes anything in its path to become a highlight, while everything else remains dark.

Soft light is more even. Soft light is less intense meaning there is not much stark divide between the highlights and shadows. Soft light can also be flat! Soft light works well with portraits done in color.



The Street Scene image was made in San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. The objective of the image was to create a street scene with high contrast and high color. An aperture of F16 was utilized so that the depth of field (DOF) could keep both people in focus.


The image of young Aztec Boy was also created in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The lighting in this situation is soft and the colour creates the visible contrast. Instead of just making the image with just the boy's face, I backed up a little bit and incorporated another kid via soft focus. It adds a situation of mystery.

Example of Hard Light and High Contrast
Street Scene
Camera: FujiFilm Mirrorless X-Pro2
Lens: Fuji XF35mm F1.4
Aperture: f16
Shutter: 1/125
ISO: 200


Example of Soft Light and Low Contrast
Aztec Kid
Camera: FujiFilm Mirrorless X-Pro2
Lens: Fuji XF56 F1.2
Aperture: f2.0
Shutter: 1/1500
ISO: 200


Hope you found this helpful! Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will discuss “THE PERFECT FORMULA - COMPOSITION - LIGHT - MOMENT"
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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 8

Sunday, June 25, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments


Guest Post by Ali Khataw

DAY 8

Question 8/ Day 8 - am I aware of the shadows and contrast?

Image 8/Day 8: LIGHT

Whether you have your camera with you or not, the only way to learn about light is to observe it constantly. Harsh light intensifies the contrast between light and shadows and can be quite unflattering. When you make images in harsh sunlight your subject often ends up with shadowy eye sockets that make them look tired. When working with diffused less intense light, contrast is lower and the light is more flattering.

The image below was made at Angkor Wat temple in Cambodia. Subjects stand out prominently when colors are utilized to differentiate them from the background. I asked a local monk to sit on one of the rocks where the ruins and the old tree roots had created a beautiful abstract background. I utilized the rule of thirds to compose and the resulting image below was created. I named it “Peace within Chaos”.

Camera: Canon 1D-X
Lens: Canon 24-70 f2.8
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter Speed: 1/320
ISO: 800


Hope you found this helpful! Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will discuss “CONTRAST - HARD LIGHT & SOFT LIGHT"
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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 7

Saturday, June 24, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments


Guest Post by Ali Khataw

DAY 7

Question 7/ Day 7 - Is it the right moment?

Image 7/Day 7: GET CLOSE! (But safety first)

Often, nothing kills an image more than keeping your distance. If your subject is smaller than a car, take a step or two closer before taking the picture and zoom in on your subject. Your goal is to fill the picture area (frame) with the subject you are photographing. Up close you can reveal telling details, like a sprinkle of freckles, arched eyebrow, or sparkle in the eye. The eyes say it all!

This image that I call the "Pakistani Girl” was made in Karachi about 6 years ago. I am a big fan of National Geographic’s photograph “Afghan Girl” (Sharbat Gula) which was made by Steve McCurry and it was the cover photograph on June 1985 issue. Six years ago when I was visiting Karachi, my family went shopping and I took my camera and started visiting the “Kutchi Abaadis” (slum areas). 

I made several images and then I came across this little girl who had these amazing piercing eyes. I immediately asked her father if I could photograph her. He agreed on the condition I would give his family a large print (which I sent to her family from the US). I spent nearly an hour talking to her and her family until she was comfortable. I am certainly no match for National Geographic or Steve McCurry but I felt really good with the results. I got what I was looking for, a “Pakistani Girl”!

Camera: Canon 5D mark II
Lens: Canon 24-105 f2.8
Aperture: f6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/80
ISO: 400


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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 6

Friday, June 23, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments

Guest Post by Ali Khataw


Image 6/Day 6: THE SHAPE OF THINGS

Question 6/ Day 6 - What is the relationship between the foreground and the background?
 
The way subjects connect to each other in a photograph forms shapes that draw the eye from subject to subject. If your subject is already triangular or square-shaped then the viewer's eye will automatically focus on that shape. Horizontal photographs (or landscape format) encourage our eyes to move from side to side, whereas vertical photographs (or portrait format) make them move up and down. Below, I have included an example of each.
The image “Old Man in the Field” was made just outside the perimeter of Chitwan Forest in Nepal. He was a really friendly character who had arms that were extra long. Since it was early morning there was still fog in the background. I made several horizontal images of him using a greater depth of field (smaller aperture/larger f-stop) as I wanted the foreground in focus too. Typically in horizontal images the viewer's eye should be moving from right to left or vice versa.



The image “Sadhu” was made in Kathmandu, Nepal. I found this friendly character at Pashupatinath. Pashupatinath is one of the four most important religious sites in Asia for devotees of Shiva. The goal was to get the Sadhu tack sharp and blur out the background. This was achieved by using a shallow depth of field (Large Aperture/smaller f-stop). Typically in vertical images the viewer eyes move from top to bottom or vice versa.

I have done a decent amount of work photographing Pashupatinath. The link below shows some of my black and white work. It needs to be viewed in horizontal mode if viewing on an iPad or smart phone.

https://www.facebook.com/alikhataw.photography/posts/1504086942936214

Old Man in the Field
Camera: Fujifilm Mirrorless X-E1
Lens: Zeiss 12mm f2.8
Aperture: f10
Shutter Speed: 1/125
ISO: 400


Sadhu
Camera: Fujifilm Mirrorless X-Pro2
Lens: XF 50-140 f2.8
Aperture: f2.8
Shutter Speed: 1/400
ISO: 1000


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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 5

Thursday, June 22, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments


Guest Post by Ali Khataw

DAY 5

Question 5/ Day 5 - What is the real subject of this scene?
Image 5/Day 5: LEADING LINES

Leading lines are one of the most effective and under-utilised compositional tools available to photographers. They are used to draw a viewer's attention to a specific part of the frame, whether it's a person, or a vanishing point in the background of the frame. A leading line also paves an easy path for the eye to follow through different elements of a photo. Usually they start at the bottom of the frame and guide the eye upwards and inwards, from the foreground of the image to the background, typically leading toward the main subject.

The image below was made in Zion National Park, Utah, USA. If you notice the leading line in the middle of the frame its taking your eyes from the foreground to the background. When I arrived at the location, my goal was to make an image that was powerful and yet conveyed the beautiful season of fall (Autumn). So, I decided to walk right into the middle of the freezing cold stream. I then secured my camera to my heavy-duty tripod and started walking into the middle of the stream. The water was flowing quite fast and I had to balance my self without dropping the camera into the water. Once I reached the middle of the stream, I started to make some images. I used a small aperture (large f-stop) and a very slow shutter speed to create the image below. The idea was to create the effect of dynamic water flowing down to the beautiful red cliffs. My feet were numb for nearly two days!

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: Canon 16-35 F2.8L
Aperture: f18
Shutter Speed: 1 Sec
ISO: 100


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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 4

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments


Guest Post by Ali Khataw



DAY 4

"Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see it." - Elliot Erwitt.

I hope we all agree to this because over the years of adapting to photography as a passion this is what I have become a staunch believer of.

Question 4/ Day 4 - Are there patterns, lines, shapes and details?

Image 4/Day 4: COMPOSITION AND RULE OF THIRDS

Don't always look for "nice". Average photographers imitate beauty. Great photographers create their own. 

One can consider composition as arranging the elements within an image. Arranging elements can be done by actually moving the objects or subjects within the frame. This can easily be done by moving the subject or moving the camera to create an aesthetic layout within the frame - by frame I mean the four boundaries of the image. Composition is a way of guiding the viewer’s eye towards the most important elements of your work, sometimes in a very specific order. 

A good composition can help make a masterpiece even out of the dullest objects and subjects in the plainest of environments. On the other hand, a bad composition can ruin a photograph completely, despite how interesting the subject may be.
There are many rules for composition but the one most utilized that creates a good pleasing effect is the “Rule of Thirds”.

The rule of thirds is one of the most basic composition technique in photography, making use of a natural tendency for the human eye to be drawn toward certain parts of an image. As a photographer, it is your way of making sure the viewers focus on what you want them to. The rule of thirds is an imaginary tic-tac-toe board that is drawn across an image to break it into nine equal squares. The four points where these lines intersect are the strongest focal points and that is where one should place the subject of interest (Most cameras have this option available in the viewfinder).


The image below of a Bee-eater was made in Botswana. I saw a pair of Bee-eaters sitting on a branch and what got me curious was that each one would fly away and come back with an insect in their mouth. Interestingly, they would perch at exactly the same location of the branch. I had my lens ready on a monopod and I began my composition. Just as I mentioned above, I used the Rule of Thirds to compose the image. Then it was a waiting game to see how clear and visible were the insects in the beak. Finally, the opportunity appeared where the Bee-eater returned with a large dragonfly in its beak. I pressed the shutter in burst mode and got the frame that you see below. I believe the image hits all three points - 

Composition, Light and Moment!

Camera: Canon 1D-X
Lens: Canon 200-400mm F4L
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter: 1/1000
ISO: 800


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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 3

Tuesday, June 20, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments


Guest Post by Ali Khataw


DAY 3

Here we are with the third day of our photography tutorial, hope the first two were insightful enough to get you thinking to use your camera's manual mode with confidence.


Question 3/ Day 3 - WHAT IS THE LIGHT DOING?
Image 3/Day 3: ISO AND GRAIN
Camera: Canon 1D-X
Lens: Canon 200-400mm F4L
Aperture: f9.0
Shutter: 1/2500
ISO: 800


It is challenging to make good photographs without a good understanding of how the ISO works and what it does. The camera ISO is one of the three pillars of photography (the other two being APERTURE and SHUTTER SPEED) and every photographer should thoroughly understand it to get the most out of their equipment. 

So, what is ISO? In very basic terms, ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to the available light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera. The component within your camera that can change sensitivity is called “image sensor” or simply “sensor”. It is the most important (and most expensive) part of a camera and it is responsible for gathering light and transforming it into an image. With increased sensitivity, your camera sensor can capture images in low-light environments without having to use a flash. But higher sensitivity comes at an expense – it adds grain or “noise” to the pictures.

This image of the Fish Eagle was made on the Chobe River in Botswana. While meandering through the river looking for wildlife, I saw this magnificent Fish Eagle sitting on a dead tree limb. It was eagerly looking for a fish down in the water. My goal was to capture this magnificent bird in flight. I then quickly set up my camera and lens on a tripod. Next I set the exposure to “Spot Metering” and changed the Shutter Speed to 1/2500 of a second which I use commonly when photographing birds in flight. Anything slower would create a blurred image. I then focused on the eye of the bird and set the shutter to burst mode. Now, it was all about being patient and waiting for the Fish Eagle to take off. After about 30 minutes, following sudden excitement, the Fish Eagle took off. I followed it with my lens using the tripod to make the panning smooth. The following frame was one that actually had the wings wide open and no shadows cast on the Fish Eagles face.

The image was made using 800 ISO. Typically one would expect some grain to be visible but since the new cameras have amazing digital sensors, one can easily shoot up to 3000 or more ISO without visible grain.

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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 2

Monday, June 19, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments


Guest Post by Ali Khataw

So, continuing with our 10 day theme of not just clicking the camera but thoughtfully making an image, here are the thought processes and setting behind the images shared above.

DAY 2

Top Questions to ask yourself before you make an image:

Question 2/ Day 2 - Would more or less Depth of Field (DOF) tell a better story?

Image 2/Day 2: APERTURE AND DEPTH OF FIELD
As most of you know the aperture is controlled by the f-stop ring on your lens or in your camera. The aperture refers to the access given to light from the lens to the camera sensor. The size of the aperture (the diameter of the hole through which light enters the camera) controls the amount of light entering your lens. The Depth of Field (DOF) is the distance between the nearest and the furthest objects that are in focus.

So,
Large aperture = Small f-stop = Shallow (small) depth of field
Small aperture = Large f-stop = Deeper (larger) depth of field


It may be easier to remember these simple concepts:
 

  • The lower the f-stop, the smaller the depth of field (greater amount of the backgrounds and foregrounds out of focus)
  • The higher the f-stop, the larger the depth of field (backgrounds out of focus and foregrounds in focus)
Below is a chart that describes in graphical format the relationships between Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO.
 

Now lets look at the Cape Buffalo image that I made in Tanzania. The horns of the buffalo had numerous insects flying all over it and my goal was to make sure to make the photograph distinguish between the insects and the background. So basically I wanted a shallow DOF and therefore used the smallest f-stop number to achieve the required effect. As you see the image is tack sharp with the insects completely separated out from the background.

Cape Buffalo:
Camera: Canon 1D-X
Lens: Canon 200-400mm F4L
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter: 1/125
ISO: 400



Lets look at another image of the Zebras. This image was made in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. During the migration season, there are thousands of Zebras moving towards the Mara River. This provides great opportunity to photograph combinations and patterns created by the Zebra stripes. Again, by controlling the depth of field and using a lower f-stop (larger lens opening) I was able to create depth in the image. The last Zebra in the background is out of focus purposely. We as human beings see everything in 3D, but our photographs are only in 2D, so by blurring of backgrounds and foregrounds we create an artificial perception of depth.

Zebras:
Camera: Canon 1D-X
Lens: Canon 200-400mm F4L
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter: 1/125
ISO: 400


Use shallow DOF (smaller f-Stop) to isolate your subjects from the background clutter.
Hope you found this helpful! 


Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will discuss “ISO and GRAIN"!
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Photography Tips by Ali Khataw - Day 1

Sunday, June 18, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments



"A camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera." - Dorothea Lange

You all ought to learn photography for it helps capture moments and freezes them into memories. A camera is indeed an innocuous weapon of mass creativity if used sensibly.

Thanks to the digital era, most of us have the ease of access towards capturing what we would like to keep a record of and with the advent of digital cameras life has definitely become easier. I remember I was quite surprised back in 2002 when we got to know that mobile phones now have cameras embedded in them. Fast forward it to a few years and you see such a vast variety of gadgets available.

You have to have a keen sense of observation and a knack for photography to be able to capture the right moment. A camera is merely an instrument that helps you preserve that observation, though one can't deny the fact that a good camera is undoubtedly an essential instrument.

So today we have a guest post by an expert photographer, Ali Khataw, whose work is quite astonishing to say the least. You can get amazed by his superb photography on his Facebook page at Ali Khataw's Photography. I really admire the fact that he's got some gems related to wildlife photography.

Here's the first post by him from a series of tutorials that Ali will be sharing over the course of a few days!

And voila look at this:

Below is what he has to share about this picture:


I am willing to commit that I will post 10 images in the next 10 days with the angle of coaching you on certain photographic procedures or photography tips. I will also provide you with 10 questions to ask yourself before you press the shutter, by doing so you will slow yourself down and will not just "Click" but actually concentrate and "Make" an image.

So, let today be Day 1 ...

Top 10 Questions to ask yourself before you make an image:

Question 1/ Day 1 - IS THIS THE IMAGE I WANT TO MAKE? WHY?

Image 1/Day 1: SHUTTER SPEED

Sitting in the safari vehicle in Masai Mara - Kenya, I was observing this lion for nearly an hour and noticed that he would periodically wake up from his sleep and then rotate his mane to dust off the irritating flies. So, then I thought to myself how do I capture this amazing dynamic effect and yet keep the lions face in focus. I then set my camera on a bean bag at the roof of the vehicle and composed the image in such a way so the face of the lion was right in the middle of the frame (least rotation). Then I set the camera to "Shutter Priority" since my ultimate goal was to create an image that was "Dynamic" and had a sense of motion. The result is what you see below.


Camera: Canon 1D-X
Lens: Canon 200-400 F4L
Aperture: f5.6
Shutter: 1/125
ISO: 400

So, the message is to use slower shutter speeds to capture motion. Just make sure you are using a tripod to avoid any shake. The effect of slower shutter speed is gorgeous on moving water, it gives the effect of angel hair!

Hope you found this helpful! Stay tuned for tomorrow when we will discuss "APERTURE and DEPTH OF FIELD"!

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The Painted Ostrich Egg

Sunday, June 04, 2017 Hiba Moeen 2 Comments


Painting is therapeutic as it takes you to a level of serenity that you rightly deserve! It's up to you how you experiment with the talent that nature may have gifted you. For some it comes naturally while to the rest through hard work and persistence;, nonetheless, you should give it a try and discover yourself either through experimentation or an expert guidance.
I read a rather intense thought yesterday which questioned, "How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?”- Virginia Woolf.

A few weeks ago, our company CEO requested me to paint an ostrich egg that he had preserved over the years. And to all environmentalists and animal lovers out there, let me mention over that it was an infertile egg that he got drained. The moment you hold this egg you would me amazed at how hard an ostrich egg shell is, it's really a piece of art by nature itself. The giant flightless bird, ostrich can lay about 40 to 100 eggs per year!

To me it was a completely new experience as I had never painted anything beyond a chicken egg and that too was during my school days. If you are to hold this enormous egg you'd realise how many people it would possibly feed as it weighs 1.4 kilograms on average and can feed up to 12 people. 

So according to the request, here's what was needed to be painted; ostriches running in jungle, a cheetah ready to pounce on them any minute, an acacia tree, and a Maasai Tribe man. This tribe is inhibits Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania and has very distinctive customs and dress, and because of their acquired ability to produce food in deserts and scrublands, Oxfam has suggested that their lifestyle be adapted as a response to climate change. Unlike us, they are nature friendly people.

Eventually, having asked to fit all these things in one egg which apparently seemed big later seemed small and therefore a challenge. I thought I should rather have been given a dinosaur eggs and hesitated to commence the project and once I started drawing on the egg, the challenge seemed to have transferred itself from theoretical to practical terms. The surface was dotted and shiny to an extent that it seemed to have been polished. Hence, I at least erased the drawing thrice to get the subjects fit into a strategically favourable spot knowing that eggs are round. And then came another version of the fun part; the painting stage. 

This is what an ostrich egg looks like in comparison to a chicken egg and is equivalent to 20 to 24 chicken eggs:

The slippery surface didn't allow strokes but rather blobs of paint to cover it, this required the egg to be divided into at least three parts where I could approach the next side once the previous one had dried out. Once this was done, I applied another coat of brush strokes thereby adding depth and contrast. And then add another 4 to 5 days for varnish coats and them drying out in their sweet time in this humid weather.

Voila! This is what the end result was. Since I really like Beethoven, I added the Moonlight Sonata as the background music:
 
So now this egg will either have a glass enclosure or probably some other ways of preservation. Till I find another ostrich egg, adios!

Oh wait, I thought may be you'd like to read up on these interesting ostrich egg facts:

  1. It's the biggest egg in the world. You would be surprised that the eggs of the extinct Giant Moa of New Zealand and the Elephant birds of Madagascar were much larger than an ostrich egg but then humans happen and make animal species extinct.
  2. An ostrich egg measures approximately 15 - 18 inches in circumference and 6 inches in length.
  3. It has a thickness of 0.06 inches, hence the very hard shell.
  4. It contains 2000 calories and is rich in vitamin A and E, calcium, phosphorus, other than traces of magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and manganese, 47% proteins and 44.3% fats.
  5. The incubation period lasts for about 35 to 45 days.
Now I wonder what an ostrich omelette tastes like ... :O 

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AkzoNobel's Walls of Connection

Sunday, June 04, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments


School children eagerly painting the Wall of Connection
Quite some art specific activities are taking place pertaining to CSR. AkzoNobel for instance, recently conducted a painting activity at Saint Monica's High School which is located in Bhattiabad, Karachi. I happened to have been invited to this school to be part of this initiative and it's interesting when I realise that there still are so many places in Karachi which I haven't yet explored, hence, both ways it was a new experience for me.

AkzoNobel and the global peace movement, MasterPeace have collaborated for a partnership under which they will paint 100 walls, called the 'Walls of Connection', this will be done in 40 countries. Through this partnership, both entities aim at creating harmony among different faiths and communities, hence, they decided to paint a dove on one of the walls of Sain't Monica's High School, this also being the first of a 100 Let's Colour Walls.


These walls are a means to connect people and bring them together through a strong medium, Art which seems to be getting extinct in our country at least. Art is a primitive part of any culture and if it starts diminishing, it marks the decadence of that society; something we've gradually been facing.

AkzoNobel's senior teams had travelled all the way from Lahore to participate in this painting ritual and more cities will follow. People from different faiths accompanied the team and were hopeful regarding an inter faith assimilating wave that will have a positive impact on the country. The symbol painted below shows symbols of all faiths as a unified force.


This activity will cover 6 schools later for the adaptation of a more inclusive future.

From Left to Right: Artist Nadeem Ansari, Club Leader and Program Director Kelash Kumar Sarhadi, Artist Kaiser Bhatti


 
 


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5 Places you can visit other than Murree this summer

Monday, May 08, 2017 Hiba Moeen 0 Comments


By Umana Khan

Every time we talk about spending vacations in Pakistan the immediate go-to response that comes in our minds is of Murree. Murree is perhaps the most popular tourist destination in the country that’s literally located on top of a mountain, and this accounts for its absolutely breathtaking views of unending forestry amongst enormous mountains. 

But the adverse effects of tourism have taken a toll on this beautiful hill station making it become increasingly commercial with time.  So for all those nature lovers who’re looking for an alternative holiday destination that still has its beauty preserved in its original form, we have 5 great spots for you:

Swat 
Popularly referred to as the Switzerland of Pakistan, the Swat Valley is blessed with possibly the best gifts of nature. Running streams, dense forestry, fruit orchards, and huge mountains are all picturesque elements that this district is known for. 

What can I do in Swat?
     Visit the Malam Jabba Ski Resort (If you’re visiting in winter)
     Trek the Hindukush mountain range
     View the Jarogo Waterfall, Kandol lake, and Shahi Bagh
     Visit the Kalakot village, Gabral River, Bahrain and Alpurai town, and Kalam forest.

Abbottabad

Abbottabad is located in the northern side of the country and is often treated as only a transit city that’s used to get tourists from one place to another without being fully explored. But even when it’s given just half a chance, this city never fails to disappointment. It is greatly appreciated for its pleasant weather, natural attractions, and historic monuments. 

What to do in Abbottabad?

     Offer prayers in the sacred Ilyasi Masjid
     Go on a chairlift ride above the hills
     Go Hiking in the Shimla hills
     Enjoy a daytime picnic at Thandiani

Naran - Kaghan Valley

The Naran valley and Kaghan valley are both located only a short distance away from each other, so are often discussed under the same heading. Even though this location is pretty well-known, most tourists make the mistake of not allocating enough time to it - The places and views of these valleys are so incredibly beautiful that you just won’t want to look away! 

What to do in Naran-Kaghan?

     Visit the angelic Saif-ul-Mulook Lake
     Make a trip to the Siri Paye Meadows
     Visit Shogran to enjoy the forestry, panoramic views, and pleasant weather
     Make your way to the Ansoo Jheel (tear shaped lake), the Malikai Parbat (Queen of mountains), Lalazar, and Noori Top for the best scenic attractions.



Skardu
 
Located in the far north of the country, Skardu is scattered with hills, plains, and gigantic mountain peaks. The shifting landscape of this city makes it a remarkable place to visit! 

What can I do in Skardu?

     Visit the mesmerizingly beautiful Deosai National Park
     Explore the ancient Kharphocho fort and K2 Museum
     Travel to the breathtakingly beautiful upper Kachura Lake

When visiting the heavenly lands of Azad Kashmir, prepare yourself for the unbelievably enchanting sights. The scenery, mountains, and forestry of Azad Kashmir are all so surreal that pictures can never do justice!

What can I do in Azad Kashmir?

     Visit the Banjosa lake of Rawalakot
     Scroll the Gurez Valley
     Visit the Red Fort and Pir Chinasi in Muzaffarabad
     View the Nergola Waterfall


Source: http://www.christiansinpakistan.com/christians-in-azad-kashmir/

Pakistan is blessed with so many amazing sights and attractions that you can never claim to cover them all. Every time you go out looking, you’ll find something more beautiful hidden in its mere innocence, amidst commercial chaos.


About the Author: 
Umana Khan is a writer and a travel blogger who interested in exploring the culture of Pakistan from an in-depth perspective.

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