Sky Watch Friday- Night Sky at Hail Himalayas

by Mridula on January 3, 2014

in Canon D550,himachal pradesh,India,Photography,Sky Watch

I tried my hand to click the night sky at Hail Himalayas this time. The night sky had about a million more stars at Hail Himalayas than I see in the cities. In the city sometimes I have to search really hard to find even a few stars. I have always been fascinated by the night sky in smaller places but before this trip near Shimla I was never able to click them properly. I started drooling as soon as it became dark and the stars came out. However my first attempt was to click the camp at night. As I said before, Hail Himalayas has tented huts. I wish I was skilled enough to click the night sky along with the tents. But this time I got the tents and the stars separately.

Hail Himalayas

The Hail Himalayas Camp at Night

It was difficult to be out at night for a long time as it was cold in December in Himachal Pradesh. Everyone at home was apprehensive as to how would I cope with cold. But I managed fine as there was a blower in the tent and they would light a bonfire in the evening. So this is how the camp looked at the night. I was in the second tent of the first row. The bright lights you see are the lamp posts.

Star Studded Sky

The Million Stars at Hail Himalayas

These were the millions that came out every night while I was there. I was so happy that I could see once again that how beautiful the night sky looks when there are no harsh lights. Now that I have got a basic hang of clicking the night sky, of course I am going to try it out more and more. I clicked many shots but some I took while I stood close to a lamp post. That is not a good strategy. The 2-3 shots that came out well were those where I went and clicked away from any bright source of light. Also, I thought the camera would not catch the electric wires at night. Of course that was stupid reasoning and I was wrong. Can’t wait to get away to other such places where a million and more stars come out at night.

This post is part of Sky Watch Friday. It is one cool theme. Do check it out.

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njoyeverymoment January 6, 2014 at 9:00 pm

wow…..the Second pic is just fantabulous ….i can spend the entire night just gazing at the sky ….

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm

It was way too cold in December in Himachal Pradesh to do that :D Just kidding, I know what you are saying.

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Samanvay January 6, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Learning night photography is on top of my wishlist this year !
I would also love to capture some shots like you have done.

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Mridula January 6, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Samanvay if you use a SLR it is not that difficult. Just Google it.

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Amit Agarwal January 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm

Unbelievably beautiful shots, Mridula! Breathtaking…

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Thank you Amit.

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Aparna January 4, 2014 at 12:50 am

I love those star gazing

amazing
cheers!!

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Thank you Aparna. I am going to make it a habit.

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M.P.MEHANI January 3, 2014 at 10:22 pm

Same Comments::We are impressed with your spontaneous & Excellent expressions ON the untouched beauty of HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS, especially in starry nights.

You may recall our interactions & deliberations during my few months’ Visiting Faculty duration in GDGWI> Corporate Governance & International Trade & Business Laws/WTO Issues etc.

All the best & WISH YOU HAPPY & PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR, 2014

M.P.MEHANI
(LEGAL/CORPORATE CONSULTANT & SUPREME-COURT ADVOCATE)..
Former Chief Manager, State Bank Of India, New Delhi Head Office

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Thank you for getting in touch Mr. Mehani and your kind words.

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chitra January 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Lovely captures!

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 8:56 pm

Thank you Chitra.

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Pallavi January 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

That is beautiful Mri! Its like being in the milky way :)

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Thank you Pallavi. :D

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Aditi January 3, 2014 at 4:56 pm

The night sky with the stars…so beautiful Mridula!

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 8:58 pm

Thank you Aditi.

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Rajesh January 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm

Great shot! Night photography is little tricky. You need to have a good sturdy Tripod and need to turn your camera into Bulb mode. If your camera does not have, put in Manual mode and expose it for 30 seconds or so. Normally, I expose for a 30 and sometimes up to a 1 minute.

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 8:59 pm

Thank you Rajesh for the tips. Am going to try it more and more.

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r ramakrishnan January 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm

The pictures are so alluring. The night starry sky shot is a rare picture.

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 9:01 pm

Thank you Rama.

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Ankita Sinha (@ankionthemove) January 3, 2014 at 2:34 pm

Oh the second picture is a very clear night shot.Which lenses?

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 9:06 pm

Ankita it is a Tokina 11-16 f2.8 :D

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Preethi Venugopal January 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm

Ethereal Captures Mridula…

I loved the way the camp lights look in the photo. How nice it would be if all lights appeared like this to normal sight.
;)

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Preethi if only my camera could see like my eyes! :D

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rupam { xhobdo } January 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm

Amazing captures.

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 9:12 pm

Thank you Rupam.

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Lady Fi January 3, 2014 at 12:50 pm

Wonderful starry shots!

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Thank you Lady Fi.

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Niranjan January 3, 2014 at 12:34 pm

Nice start to night sky captures!

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Thank you Niranjan.

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Photo Cache January 3, 2014 at 11:32 am

Happy New Year.

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 9:14 pm

Wish you a very happy 2014.

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Shilpi Dutta January 3, 2014 at 9:58 am

A million dollar sight I swear! Loved the post!

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Thank you Shilpi.

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Shazi January 3, 2014 at 9:03 am

That second picture…. i loveee

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Mridula January 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Thank you Shazi.

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