Hi there, for those of you who don’t know me already, my name is Sid. Aside from the great outdoors, I’m a fan of mainly modern musics & cinema, and am currently studying for a PhD in Neuroscience. My PhD looks at the way in which certain neurons in the fruit fly visual system, and early fruit fly brain, encode visual information. As the environment at large is the primary determinant of an organisms behaviour, I also look at how the former is reflected in the latter. These types of research demand that I spend a great deal of time sat alone, in a laboratory, in the dark, at a microscope, or a computer. To attest to my former point, it appears that the more I am exposed to this kind of a lifestyle, the more I seem to yearn for something else.


Fly behaviour; the optomotor response.

I therefore try to balance out these restrictions in my private life, by ‘heading for the hills’, so to speak, having become somewhat obsessed with the outdoors, particularly the high places, and those well-blessed with snow! Alongside this obsession comes my burgeoning love of photography and also field recording, and a similar fascination with the best gear for the job. Each of these aspects I intend to touch upon during the pages of this blog, most articles will probably be in a trip-report type format, some will be accented by comments on the gear I’ve used, and all of them will be coloured with photographs, (and perhaps some audio, if I ever get the time!).


The Great Ridge in winter; looking out to Lose Hill, Hope Valley.

As the outdoors beckons to me, I succumb more & more to it’s allure, and as I do, I learn more about it’s subtleties, and become more capable of capturing it’s essence.

p.s. This blog showcases solely digital imagery, however I have just recently begun a foray into film photography and darkroom development which, in the coming weeks/months, I intend to start blogging about separately at this page. Please head over if you’re interested.

By no means am I an expert in any of these disciplines and any advice that I may give is solely based upon my own opinion and experiences.

© [Sidhartha Dongre] and [Altitudinal Aspirations & Assorted Ramblings], [2013]. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to [Sidhartha Dongre] and [Altitudinal Aspirations & Assorted Ramblings] with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


2 responses

  1. Beautiful photo!!!

    27/04/2014 at 20:05

    • Thank you! The Great Ridge is lovely in such wintry garb!

      28/04/2014 at 11:47

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