Leh Palace Milky Way – Long Exposure Night Sky Photo in the Himalayas


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This is the front entrance to Leh Palace, with the beautiful Milky Way on the left, taken a little after 3 in the morning.

Leh Palace is a forbidding place, and particularly at night, spooky. But the renovation of the interior has done away with some of the eeriness, while keeping to the 17th Century architecture.  Here, I light painted the front entrance.

Light painting is a photographic technique in which one moves a light source while keeping the shutter open for longer periods of time, and is really a performance of sorts. The light can be used to selectively illuminate parts of the subject, or to “paint” a picture by shining it into the camera lens. I’ve usually light painted subjects, as this is more of my interest.

Title: Leh Palace Milky Way
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. Leh Palace was light painted with a bright flashlight. ISO 3200, 20 second exposure, f/2.8 20 June 2013, 3:03 am.
Photographer: Ken Lee
Location: Leh, Ladakh, Indian Himalayas.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

You can see more of these photos here  on my Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page (poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like). We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

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