This post is in continuation to my previous post “Capturing Star Trails”. My next trip to the hills was Leh, in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. Inquisitive about capturing more of the trails, I travelled to Nubra valley, about 160 kms from Leh town. After the lights at the resort were out, I went to the roof to set up my tripod. The temperature was in the negative and the wind was chilly but that did not deter me from spending half the night on the roof top. For the first time I could sight and capture the milky way, not that clear though.
Nikon D 3300, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G, 18 mm, f/3.5, ISO 3200, 28 seconds exposure
I tried to locate the North star but to no avail. After several shots at the sky, I could finally capture these and was still in wait of the concentric circles.
Nikon D 3300, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G, 18 mm, f/13, ISO 400, 32 mins exposure
Nikon D 3300, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G, 18 mm, f/14, ISO 400, 36 mins exposure
After a few months, I was off to Thanedar, a hill station in the state of Himachal Pradesh which is around 450 kms from New Delhi. The first thing I did after reaching Banjara Orchard Retreat was to locate the spot for my night set up. Luckily enough, I could get a room facing downhill.
At around 10 pm, I went out to check if the sky was clear enough to take some shots. I was amazed by the sight as I hadn’t seen a starrier night. Excited with this, I set up my equipment and tried to locate the North star. Luck favoured me again and it was right in front. Adjusted the settings and after around an hour of exposure I managed to capture this.
Nikon D 3300, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G, 18 mm, f/9, ISO 400, 40 mins exposure
I was super excited after seeing the result and adjusted the frame to bring Polaris closer to the centre.
Nikon D 3300, 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G, 18 mm, f/11, ISO 400, 40 mins exposure
The magic that exists once you learn how to capture stars and star trails is immeasurable. So pick up your gear and go for it.
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