How small we are.

My ‘home’ along the banks of the Pangong Tso (Lake) in Ladakh as well as my ‘home’ the Milky Way :-)

I am extremely grateful for Mel’s write up on one of her Milky Way shots that allowed me to take this (my first ever) shot of the Milky Way. I was walking back from the dinner tent and was marvelling at the sheer number of stars visible up on this moonless night at 4500 meters above sea-level when I noticed what looked to be clouds …. and then I had this big Aha moment when I realised I was staring the Milky Way in it’s face (having seen Mel’s pic a few weeks earlier helped). Desperately trying to remember what settings were used, I remembered this one sentence “Pump up the ISO” … turns out that was part of the sentence and I didn’t remember the “30secs and wide open aperture” bit ….. so I did get a bit of star trail movement here which wasn’t apparent while chimping at close to freezing. Anyway – I was really pleased as punch to get this shot :-)

Nikon D700
Sigma 14mm f/2.8 @ f/7.1 and 71 secs with ISO 1000


  • Johanne Brunet
    Johanne Brunetalmost 3 years ago

    You certainly have every reason to be mightily proud of this shot; it’s absolutely amazing!! That sky is a jaw dropper! Love the tents adding interest in the foreground!

  • sunscapes
    sunscapesalmost 3 years ago

    Magnificent capture Vik, well done!

  • trueblvr
    trueblvralmost 3 years ago

    Vikram, I know one is not supposed to have envy…..but i do for you, for the fact that you were able to witness such an awe inspiring moment. Thanks so much for capturing it, and the share. Di

  • Wolfdocter
    Wolfdocteralmost 3 years ago

    Whoa, this is amazing mate!

  • Mark Williams
    Mark Williamsalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture!

  • Steen Nielsen
    Steen Nielsenalmost 3 years ago

    I can understand why you are pleased with this shot Vikram, I think it’s great and like your composition with an interesting foreground too.

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