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Gurkha / Lake District.

By Dave87
Hi to all.

The Gurkhas have been an active part of the British Army for almost 200 years it is written, but who are these fearsome Nepalese fighters? "Better to die than be a coward" - is the motto of the world-famous Nepalese Gurkha soldiers who are an integral part of the British Army. They sometimes work in the jungle and in areas hard to infiltrate for the British army where their skills and presence is undetected and still carry into battle their traditional weapon - an 18-inch long curved knife known as the kukri.

I felt privileged to have the opportunity of getting a quick portrait of this genuine young Gurkha soldier and two of his mates back in June this year in the woods near Ullswater in the Lake District. The landscapes are the result of the dearest wife Jen (a landscape photographer) getting me out of bed some mornings at 5.30 to take landscape pictures and ends with a shot of Ben our border collie dog captured in the garden of our holiday let on the morning we went home who without his help of pulling me up the many hills in the Lake District - I would never have enjoyed the view!!

Thanks a bundle for looking.


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BrianSS 16 423 41 England
6 Oct 2009 8:57PM
A lovely pin sharp portrait.
6 Oct 2009 8:59PM
brilliant portrait Dave, really captures the character. My Dad was blood Brother to a Gurkha in the second World War, so i guess I have a soft spot for these heros.

John Smile

Hope you and Jen are well Smile
wyatturp 17 2 England
6 Oct 2009 9:02PM
Good detail and sharp with good Exposure, nice to see a pictureSmile
woolybill1 Plus
16 39 79 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 9:22PM
Two fine portraits as preface and envoi to an excellent set of landscapes. We live only 90 minutes' drive or so from Ullswater yet know it only from the circumferential road; every year we threaten to put that right, but it never happens.....Wonderful skies and composition in V3 and V4, in particular, though I must admit that V2 is my favourite from the set.
Great to see you uploading, Dave!
Tigress 14 Scotland
6 Oct 2009 9:23PM
A lovely series. Nice portrait of the gurkha and Ben with his tongue out is just lovely!
Ray42 14 3 England
6 Oct 2009 9:24PM
Nice work Dave - A great set and a lovely mix portraits and landscapes - some cracking shots. See the piglet is blowing a raspberry at you!!! Catch up with you soon - handed in my retirement papers so I might get to see you.


ChristopherG 16 53 United Kingdom
6 Oct 2009 9:35PM
Ayo Gorkhali

nuff said

and thank you ALL Regiments.
User_Removed 18 17.9k 8 Norway
6 Oct 2009 9:41PM
Voting for v1 here...
mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
6 Oct 2009 11:05PM
A fine portrait of a proud man !!
Good set.
7 Oct 2009 8:04AM
A superb set of shots,
Karrol 14 29 England
7 Oct 2009 9:52PM
7 great shots!
nmurray 15 Australia
8 Oct 2009 9:38PM
I like them all Dave, the Border Collie, the scenes and the Gurkha portrait. Nice work

best wishes,
Sezz 17 619 15 England
8 Oct 2009 11:39PM
Great to see you posting Dave! A fine set and V1 is an excellent portrait, the Gurkhas have my full admiration and support! V3 & V4 are also very appealing - lovely light and composition! As for V7.. well Ben just looks adorable! Smile

Sarah *
Pegon 17 78 1 England
11 Oct 2009 7:47PM
Great set of shots Dave.
GeorgeRusky 16 1 4
17 Oct 2009 11:37AM
Hi Dave
An interesting selection of images.
Portraits are best for me, as you can guess Smile
I read your comments on various photos regularly and enjoy them as muchas your pictures!
Take care.
dmhuynh72 14 47 3 United Kingdom
22 Oct 2009 10:44AM
Really amazing and vary series Dave. Great lansdcape and portrait photos. The information on gurkhas warrior is very interesting.

Kind regards
AnneWorner 15 620 43 United States
27 Oct 2009 11:18PM
Hi Dave!
You have really captured this young Gurkha soldier well. He looks extremely comfortable in front of your lens. Very good eye contact here also. (Thanks for the informative commentary too Dave).
The landscapes are a treat to see, with #3 a very slight favorite of the bunch. Thanks to Jen and Ben for getting you there so we could have the pleasure of viewing these.
Nice to see uploads from you again mate.
hebdens 17 5
29 Oct 2009 8:44AM
an attractive and confident young man. loved looking at all of these, congrats to you and Mrs Dave, the views are gorgeous as is your dog.Great to see you posting some new work.
paulashby 14 10 1 United Kingdom
29 Oct 2009 7:54PM
Great portrait Dave from an amazing bunch of soldiers that deserve our full support.
phal 14 Nepal
30 Oct 2009 12:31PM
Great portrait ,u know Gorkhas from Nepal I am too from Nepal
FeatherFriend 15 38 217 England
30 Oct 2009 1:42PM
A superb set Dave, cracking portrait in V1, Ben looks a real cutie and may I say beautifully groomed, well done,
1 Nov 2009 4:49PM
An interesting series and write up.
Alan_Coles 16 181 11 Wales
3 Nov 2009 9:42AM
Good set of images and could all have gone up as posts in their own right....the dog is a fabulous image.
Mavis 20 143 2 England
8 Jan 2010 8:56AM
Dave what really a magnificent set of photos . Each one would be good on it's own . 1,6 & 7 are my favourites. Great portrait of a fearless man , and good on Jo-anna Lumley, A fine view with plenty of stones and the gorgeous portrait of your Collie ,wonderful xx
DeSilver Plus
15 14 12 England
26 Jan 2010 11:36AM
Seven very nice images especially the Gurkha Portrait. Smile

Mavis 20 143 2 England
16 Feb 2010 8:35PM
Thank you Dave xx
Richsr 15 91 223 England
20 Feb 2010 2:13PM
Great set of images love the portrait of the Gurkha which is excellent, good details and pose too.
Regards Richard
paul_indigo 19 259 United Kingdom
11 Mar 2010 8:51PM
I like the pose. The way he is leaning back and his open expression which is enhanced by the soft light. Nice work. Enjoyed a brief tour of your portfolio too Smile
Mavis 20 143 2 England
26 Jun 2010 7:43AM
What a wonderful set of lanscapes and great portraits xx
mrjt 16 United Kingdom
15 Jul 2010 1:44PM
A superb image of a very respected soldier, their courage is second to none, a fine collection of images.....Jack.

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