Date archives "August 2018"

7 beautiful Lakes of Pakistan

7 beautiful Lakes of Pakistan

Lulusar Lake

Lulusar is a group of mountain peaks and a lake in the Kaghan Valley,  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. It is one of the largest lakes of Pakistan.

The highest peak has a height of 11,200 ft (3,410 m) above sea level. Lulusar Lake also is a lake at 3,410 m (11,190 ft). The lake is 48 kilometers away from Naran on the Naran-Babusar road.

The lake is surrounded by snowcapped mountains, making it a natural tourist attraction.  In summers, when the surface reflects its surroundings sharply like a mirror, a large number of domestic and foreign visitors makes it a popular destination.

You can take any car to the Lake due to the carpeted road. Lake is right on the Road going to Chilas from Naran.

Lalusar Lake is the main source of the Kunhar River, which flows through the entire Kaghan Valley through Jalkhand, Naran Valley, Kaghan, Jared, Paras and Balakot until it joins the Jhelum River.

Lulusar Lake, Kaghan Valley

Saiful Muluk Lake

Saiful Muluk is a mountainous lake located at the northern end of the Kaghan Valley, near the town of Naran in the Saiful Muluk National Park. The lake is a source of the Kunhar river. At an elevation of 3,224 m (10,578 feet) above sea level, the lake is located above the tree line and is one of the highest lakes in Pakistan.Saiful Muluk is located in the Mansehra district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, about 9 kilometers (5.6 mi) north of Naran, in the northern part of Kaghan Valley. Malika Parbat, the highest peak in the valley is near the lake.

The lake is accessible from the nearby town of Naran during the summer season but access during winter is limited.

Saiful Muluk was formed by glacial moraines that blocked the water of the stream passing through the valley. The Kaghan Valley was formed in the greater Pleistocene Period dating back almost 300,000 years when the area was covered with ice. Rising temperatures and receding glaciers left a large depression where glaciers once stood. Melting water collected into the lake.

The Lake Saiful Muluk is named after a legendary prince. A fairy tale called Saif-ul-Muluk, written by the Sufi poet Mian Muhammad Bakhsh, talks of the lake. It tells the story of the prince of Persia named Prince Saiful Malook who fell in love with a fairy princess named Princess Badri-ul-Jamala at the lake.‎

Saif ul Maluk Lake, Kaghan Valley

Ratti Gali Lake

Ratti Gali Lake is an alpine glacial lake which is located in Neelum Valley, Kashmir, Pakistan at an altitude of 12,130 feet (3,700 m). The lake is fed by the surrounding glacier waters of the mountains.

As the lake is fed by glaciers, it does not have any designated inlets for springs and rivers and the route to the lake is easily accessible in the summer months. The nearest village settlement which serves as a base camp for the tourists who wish to visit the lake is Dowarian. The flora and fauna of the area are well known throughout the world. Small animals such as otters are usually visible during the trek and large birds such as hawks. Flowering plants cover the valley during the summer season but during the snowed months there is almost no shrubbery to be seen. However, the large trees continue to thrive.

Ratti Gali Lake, Azad Kashmir

Rainbow Lake

Rainbow Lake is in Domel Region of Gilgit Baltistan. It’s in the restricted area so you’ve to take NOC from the army to visit it.

To go to Rainbow Lake, You’ve to travel to Chillam Choki from Astore. Then after crossing Burzil Pass at a height of 13808 ft you enter into Region which is somehow part of Kashmir. The first town on the way is Minimarg where you get internet and all basic facilities. In winter, snowfall here is average 10-20ft. From Minimarg you can go to Domel in Jeep and its 45min-1 hr Jeep Drive. You reach the lakes after crossing a series of check posts.

The lake was known as Yeldram Lake. Over the years, the spectacular appearance of two rainbows after every rainfall and the presence of rainbow trout in its water made it be known as “Rainbow Lake”.

Rainbow Lake, Domel

Naltar Lakes

Naltar is a valley near Gilgit, Hunza, and  Nomal , Gilgit Baltistan in the Gilgit–Baltistan province of Pakistan. Naltar is 40 km (25 mi) from Gilgit and can be reached by jeeps. Naltar is a forested region known for its dramatic mountain scenery.

Skiing is a popular sport in the Mountains of Naltar. Ski resort of Naltar usually holds Ski competitions every year. There are two villages of Naltar valley; Naltar Bala, and Naltar Pine. Furthermore, Naltar Pine is at a distance of 34 kilometers (21 mi). And Naltar Bala at 40 kilometers (25 mi) from Gilgit. There is the main village known as Nomal between Naltar valley and Gilgit. A road from Nomal goes to ‘The Silk Route’ to China.

There are three lakes in Naltar Valley known as Naltar Lakes (Urdu: نلتر‎) or Bashkiri Lakes at an altitude ranging from 3050–3150 m. The first Bashkiri Lake is located at a distance of 12 kilometers (08 mi) from Upper Naltar (or the Naltar Bala).

The first lake is also called Satrangi Lake due to its unique blend of colors. Maybe the aquatic plantation is the cause for these colors.

Second Lake is also Called Blue Lake and it has a unique Azure color.

The road up to the lakes is a non-metallic dirt-road alongside a rivulet, flowing down the valley. The lakes are surrounded by dense pine forests, during winters it becomes almost impossible to reach the lake with any vehicle due to the heavy snow (10 to 15 feet high) on the road.

DJI Mavic 2 is a thing now

Mavic 2

The long awaited Mavic 2 is finally here with all the inherited features from original Mavic and some new cool features. Now with the variety in the Mavic series, one popular question arises. Which drone should one buy for ultimate video making experience?

DJI has released 2 separate models of Mavic 2, Pro and Zoom. Both offer different features to the consumers.

MAVIC 2

MAVIC 2 PRO and ZOOM

Mavic 2 Pro

The Mavic 2 Pro have unique high end camera with 1in Hassleblad sensor. Due to large sensor, DJI changed the design to square from round camera housing. Hopefully there will be ND and CP filters for the Mavic 2 pro in the market very soon. The Mavic 2 Pro camera might seem large in photos, but in person it’s much smaller than the camera on the Phantom 4 Pro.

Aside from the cameras, both of these drones have a sleeker and more aerodynamic design compared to the original Mavic Pro, but from a distance, you wouldn’t be able to see a difference between them.

The only major distinction is the LED light placement on the two back arms that makes the Mavic 2 easier to fly when far away.Bigger 1" Sensor in MAVIC 2 PRO

Mavic 2 Zoom

The Mavic 2 pro has a fixed lens while Mavic 2 zoom has the Zoom lens. On the Mavic 2 Zoom, you get a 24mm equivalent field of view at the wide end and 48mm at the narrow end of the zoom range (2X crop). You can go super wide and capture everything, or zoom in for isolating your subjects from the background and getting more of a film look. This is the very first consumer drone from DJI to offer zoom capabilities.

The Mavic 2 Pro has a fixed lens with a 28mm equivalent field of view. It’s not as wide as the Mavic 2 Zoom but it’s not too narrow either.

On the Mavic 2 Zoom the sensor size is much smaller, so the zoom lens can be much smaller than an equivalent lens for the Mavic 2 Pro with its larger sensor.

Camera Performance and Features

Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic Pro: Hasselblad Camera and Larger Sensor

DJI Mavic 2 Pro has the camera from Hasselblad with 1in sensor, Sensor is much bigger as compared to the original Mavic Pro. It has an active sensing area four times more effective than Mavic Pro, which means higher image quality with superior light and color performance. The larger sensor results in better performance in low light environments. The larger sensor also allows capturing vivid 20MP photos in full detail as compared to 12MP.

Better Color Production

Mavic 2 Pro’s Hasselblad camera offers Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution (HNCS) technology, the colors of your footage appear more natural with less distortion. In addition, the Mavic 2 Pro is able to record over 1 billion colors due to a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile. Comparatively, the Mavic Pro records 16 million colors.

Advanced Adjustable Aperture

Mavic 2 offer variable aperture (f2.8 and F11) which enables it to outperform in long exposure shots in dim light. It capture photos in limited sunlight which have minimal noise and color distortion.

New HDR Video

The new Mavic 2 Pro can shoot 4K 10-bit HDR videos. In easy words, this means you can shoot videos with higher dynamic range and more vivid colors, which can be seen on HLG TVs without post-editing.

New Zoom Lens

The Mavic 2 Zoom has a 1/2.3-inch 12-megapixel sensor, same as the original Mavic Pro.  But only the Mavic 2 Zoom version is equipped with the new 2x optical zoom lens with 24mm-48mm focal length. The zoom feature allows you to capture from more dynamic perspectives and get closer to the target object.

Mavic 2 Series vs Mavic Pro: Bit Rate

While the Mavic Pro records videos with a maximum bit rate of 60 Mbps, both versions of the Mavic 2 are capable of shooting 100Mbps bitrate videos. The higher bit rate will generate more clarity in your videos due to less compression.

In addition to the higher bit rate, Mavic 2 Pro can take HDR photos even better than the Mavic Pro. It takes multiple shots with different exposures and combines them to get one high quality and detailed image.

The Mavic 2 pro also offers newer video codec H265 so videos and photos appear sharper and clearer.

New Flight Modes

In addition to conventional flight modes like Dronie, Boomerang, Circle etc, Mavic 2 have some brand new flight modes names as Dolly Zoom and Hyperlapse. Dolly Zoom is only available in the Mavic 2 Zoom. In this aircraft moves backward and Zooming at the same time to take a cinematic shot which was only possible in expensive equipment before. With the new Hyperlapse feature, the aircraft shoots videos in various flight modes and processes them automatically into moving time-lapse videos.

Mavic 2 Zoom can also take high res 48MP photos. This shooting mode uses the zoom lens to take multiple images and combine them together into a Super Res image with 4 times the resolution of a standard photo.

Video Quality

The video quality has improved significantly in this iteration of Mavic Series. This is mainly due to better colors, higher bitrate, and a new video codec. The colors on the Mavic 2 Zoom are very similar the Mavic Air. Both the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom also record at 100Mbps (40Mbps faster than the Mavic Pro), but the biggest improvement is the new H.265 video codec.

Flight Performace

Due to the newly designed body, Mavic 2 have a longer flight time of 31min because of lower power consumption. Mavic 2 has a top speed of 72 Kph in the sports mode.

Mavic 2 supports APAS (Advanced Pilot Assistance Systems). Both Mavic 2 drones have an omnidirectional obstacle sensing system with 10 sensors.

The all-new OcuSync 2.0 video transmission system supported by Mavic 2 provides a 1080p video transmission signal up to astonishing 8 kilometers (approx. 5 miles) away, allowing you to fly 1km (0.6 miles) further than the old generation.

Which Drone is the best for you?

Mavic 2 Pro sales on $1499 and Mavic 2 Zoom $ 1299, pricier than Mavic Pro $999.

Mavic 2 Zoom looks impressive with getting close to the targets feature, you can silently get close to capture the wildlife. But if you’re more like a cityscape filmmaker or photographer. Instead of extra Zoom, You must go for the extra Megapixels and a bigger sensor. The bigger sensor will help you to capture the nightlife in the cities. In short by spending the extra $200, you’re basically getting the Mavic 2 Pro’s Hasselblad camera which offers better colors, higher resolution, and low light performance.

Nvidia Geforce RTX, World’s First Real-Time Ray Tracing GPUs

In a series of announcements, Nvidia showcased it’s brand series of gaming GPUs, Nvidia Geforce RTX. The GeForce RTX series of gaming processors represents the biggest leap in performance in NVIDIA’s history. The new GPUs, starting at just $499.

Computer graphics has been reinvented.

Turing is promised to deliver 6x more performance than its predecessor, Pascal. It redefines the PC as the ultimate gaming platform, with new features and technologies that deliver 4K HDR gaming at 60 frames per second on even the most advanced titles.

The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 GPUs are the first gaming processors based on new Turing architecture. The RTX 2080 Ti and RTX 2080 including Founders Edition cards will be available for pre-order starting Monday. The RTX 2070, starting at $499 will be available in October.

These products are built on the NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture introduced a week ago in Vancouver, which fuses next-generation shaders with real-time ray tracing and all-new AI capabilities. Huang said this new hybrid graphics capability represents the biggest generational leap ever in gaming GPUs, delivering 6x more performance than its predecessor, Pascal.

At the moment, 21 new games —including Battlefield VFinal Fantasy XVPlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and Shadow of the Tomb Raider — are being developed on the NVIDIA RTX platform.

The demo of battlefield V had everyone burst into applause and shouting with enthusiasm as they saw scenes from an urban battle reflected in a soldier’s eyes, fire from a flame-throwing Churchill Crocodile tank reflected from the hood of a car, or an explosion from a V1 rocket reflected in the windows of nearby storefronts moments before the shockwave from the explosion shattered them.

NVIDIA RTX is the product of 10 years of work and 10,000 engineering years of effort in computer graphics algorithms and GPU architectures, Huang said. The NVIDIA RTX platform benefits from support in Microsoft’s new DirectX Raytracing API, games adopting it in development for Windows and Vulkan APIs, and hardware acceleration integrated into NVIDIA’s Turing architecture.

The headline feature — RT Cores — represent a kind of “holy grail” for gamers, accelerating the crushingly computationally intensive work of tracing beams of light through to generate images in real time, Huang said.

GeForce GPU Ray Tracing Performance* Memory Starting At Founders Edition
RTX 2080 Ti 10 GigaRays/sec 78T RTX-OPS 11GB $999 $1,199
RTX 2080 8 GigaRays/sec 60T RTX-OPS 8GB $699 $799
RTX 2070 6 GigaRays/sec 45T RTX-OPS 8GB $499 $599

 

GeForce RTX — New Family of Gaming GPUs
The new GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, 2080 and 2070 GPUs are packed with features never before seen in a gaming GPU, including:

  • New RT Cores to enable real-time ray tracing of objects and environments with physically accurate shadows, reflections, refractions and global illumination.
  • Turing Tensor Cores to perform lightning-fast deep neural network processing.
  • New NGX neural graphics framework integrates AI into the overall graphics pipeline, enabling AI algorithms to perform amazing image enhancement and generation.
  • New Turing shader architecture with Variable Rate Shading allows shaders to focus processing power on areas of rich detail, boosting overall performance.
  • New memory system featuring ultra-fast GDDR6 with over 600GB/s of memory bandwidth for high-speed, high-resolution gaming.
  • NVIDIA NVLink®, a high-speed interconnect that provides higher bandwidth (up to 100 GB/s) and improved scalability for multi-GPU configurations (SLI).
  • Hardware support for USB Type-C™ and VirtualLink(1), a new open industry standard being developed to meet the power, display and bandwidth demands of next-generation VR headsets through a single USB-C™ connector.
  • New and enhanced technologies to improve performance of VR applications, including Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering and VRWorks Audio.

The new RT cores boost the performance of Geforce family and in ray tracing the 2080Ti is 10 times faster than the last generation 1080Ti. Gaming performance is still vague due to limited supported titles for this new platform. Nvidia is promising a 50% boost in gaming performance at 4K using 2080Ti as compared to 1080Ti.