Yak Farming in Tibet


During our photography tour of Northern China and Tibet, we found the main (only) proteins we could get at any restaurant was Yak. The landscape is this photograph is typical of a Tibetan Yak Farm. Although not a focus of my tour, adding some environment photographs of Yak farming in Tibet creates a better story. The gesture of this image that I was after was to emphasize the baron and dry terrain. I limited my colour pallet and upped the clarity in Lightroom to bring out the texture of the land.

Yak are characterized by their shoulder hump, large horns, horse-like tail, and a full dense coat. These long-haired mammals are called hairy forehead yak in Tibet.

What do they taste like, you ask?

Well, most of the Yak that we had during our meals were in stew and soups. It was small tough cuts of beef. Great for the experience of the trip, but nothing I will be seeking at our local restaurants back home in Canada.

Gear: Nikon D4S, Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. 
Settings: Focal length 70mm; exposure 1/1,600 sec; f6.3; ISO 5,000.
GPS:32°55’19.624″ N 101°51’29.892″ E

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