Oh what the night it was. I still feel frozen hands and legs thinking about this picture. Ladhaki sky are the most cleanest sky I have ever came across, and light pollution ?? whats that ? If I tell this term to anyone over there, they would probably laugh it out because there is no such thing as light pollution in Ladhak. The skys are drop dead gorgeous to begin with, no pollution, no clouds at night. And the Milky Way starts to be visible to naked eyes even when there is twilight in the sky from the Sunset, by 8pm, you could pin point the whole Milkyway even with naked eyes. The sight was way beyond our minds. Been planning a night photography session since the start of the trip but little did we know about the extreme climatic changes in the Ladhak valley by night. In the day the temps would be 5 to 15C depending on altitude, but by night it would drop well below zero would say around -5 to -10 and the wind chills would just make it way to hard to stand at a place for even a min, what made things worst that we weren't well dressed for such a cold weather, our multiple layer of cloths weren't enough to stop the chilled winds to shake things up till our spine. But that night we had high hopes and will power for this, finally after the lights of the small village "Rumtse" (A small high altitude village after "Tanglang-la" with a population of not more then 15) would go off after 9pm, the sky would be completely dark and we embarked to some hill climbing behind our home stay. Due to the high altitude it would exhaust us out completely walking for even a few minutes, after a few stops. Walk - Rest - Walk - Rest and after repeating this for sometime we stopped at a place we decided a few hrs ago. I was excited to see how great the Milkyway actually look and its true colors, because in urban areas we could never spot the true colors of the Milkyway due to the light pollution. But still this was pretty close to the real thing, the only point being our cameras are equipped with Infrared cancelling sensors that would actually block a GREAT deal of the light coming from the Milkyway. Finally after about just 30mins on the hill, our bodies started giving up, feet and hands started to feel freezed and we didnt even feel the shutter cables if we had held them in our hands or not, nose started to feel blocked, and the tiredness from the whole day of driving and running around started to take its toll on us, thus we decided to end the short session and head back to our cozy and warm rooms. In the end it was all worth it, the cold, the exhausting, the plans.
For the Milkyway: Canon 6D | Rokinon 14mm f2.8 | f2.8 + 40sec | ISO3200
For the Foreground: Same Equipments | f3.5 + 610sec | ISO800