My Favorite Night Sky Shots Of 2017

2017 was a year of learning and improving. One of the major changes I experienced last year was changing my point of view and more open to learning new things. As the year went by, I started experimenting with the style of my traveling, writing and yes, photography. In the process, I learned the art of clicking the night sky while even capturing milky way multiple times. These pictures are the results of learning many night sky tutorials on youtube.

Of course I wasn’t very lucky. I started my travel around Himachal late June and by the time it happened, monsoon had already arrived. Still I am happy that I was able to take some nice photos of these beautiful phenomenon.

Here are some of my favorite shots I have collected from my journeys –

Western Ladakh

Ladakh Star Photograph star trails
Star Trail captured at Western Ladakh

As a part of my volunteer work in Ladakh, we had to visit distant villages and study the behavior of Snow Leopards in the Ladakh region. At one of the villages, located enroute of Chilling Zanskar trek, I was able to capture this. Keeping the light from the home of our host as a source, I was able to make click my first shot of milky way.

Exif: 18-55, 15″, 3200, f3.5

Leh City

Leh City, August 2017
Star Trails captured from Chubi, Leh.

When I moved to Leh, the winter season was about to begin. We could see patches of clouds at regular basis and it would rain weekly. Since I was staying at Chubi, a place 4 km away from the main city of Leh, I was able to get clearer views and uninterrupted views of the sky. Every time the sky would be clear, I used to go on my landlord’s terrace and start clicking. This is the result of one of those attempts.

Exif: 18-55, 15″, 1600, f3.6

Valley of Flowers

Valley of Flowers, Star Trails
Ghangharia Village, Enroute Valley of Flowers
Milky Way Uttarakhand
Ghangharia Village

I often try to look for a place to stay that is little bit outside from the town. So after walking for 14 km I arrived in Ghanghria Village, I made extra efforts to find a guest house with a good rooftop and the one that was outside the village. This is one of the shots from the first night because the weather went down next day and it rained continuously for a week.

The difference between first and second image is that the first one was clicked on portrait mode while the second was clicked on landscape mode.

Exif: 18-55, 15″, 6400, f3.5

Alsisar Rajasthan

Star Trails RajasthanNight photography alsisar

Shooting a star trail in Rajasthan sounds impossible, right? Well, I was visiting a small village of Shekhawati district during Magnetic Fields EDM festival 2017. I ended up exploring the local village for a change. When I reached a small house at the last point of the village, I saw the sky was lit with stars. I didn’t miss the opportunity and took out my tripod and started shooting.

This was the same time at Geminid Meteor Shower. While I was not able to see the falling meteors in bulk, I was able to capture atleast one distortion.

Exif: Pic 1 – 18-55, 15 sec, 3200, f 3.6

Pic 2 – 18-55, 20 sec, 3200, f 3.6

Cherrapunjee, Meghalaya

Upper Sohra cherrapunjee
Cherrapunjee star trail

I went to Meghalaya to attend Cherry Blossom Festival. I ended up being disappointed to learn that the flowers were still to bloom so I left for Cherrapunjee. I spent my first day at Upper Sohra as I had not imagined that I’ll get such clear skies (pic below) I ended up falling and breaking my tripod. Next day I left for Lower Sohra. The night skies were clearer this time but again a lot was blocked because of trees. I’d try to visit more quiant corners of Meghalaya next time.

Exif: 18-55, 15 sec 3200, f3.6

 

Tungnath Temple

Tungnath Temple star trail

Making a star trail at Tungnath Temple was probably the most difficult attempt ever. I had trekked here without knowing that it is almost impossible to do night photography in the presence of full moon. This pic was shot at 11 PM and yet I made another attempt at 4 AM under the belief that moon would go down but it only got much much brighter. Next time I’ll make sure that there is no full moon during the time of my trek. It is just heartbreaking. Thanks to the moon’s light, this is the only picture clicked with ISO 800.

Exif: 18-55, 10″, 800, f3.5

Upper Sohra, Meghalaya

Meghalaya North East Star Trail
Star Trail Captured from my guest house in Upper Sohra

 

Meghalaya Star trail
Clicked near Upper Sohra market

The pictures clicked in Upper Sohra belong to the most painful attempts on clicking stars in the night. The place where I had kept my tripod was an uneven slope. After clicking a first few shots, I decided to move a little and slipped off from the slope. It was not very high but I ended up twisting my ankle and worse, one of the legs of my tripod broke. But these shots were worth all the pain.

Exif: Pic 1 – 18-55, 3200, 15 sec, f18

Pic 2 – 18-55, 3200, 10 sec, f3.5

Tosh, Parvati Valley

Tosh Kasol star trails
Night Sky Captured in Tosh Village of Parvati Valley

My very first star trail was captured during my trek to Kheerganga. While not my finest, still makes me feel happy that how it became better in such a small time. Unlike most of my shots, this one was clicked by a 35mm lens because its autofocus is so strong and I thought it would really work to capture the photos using that lens. I was probably wrong. Soon after the first few clicks, the clouds arrived and they didn’t leave until our trek was over.

Exif: 35mm, 8″, 3200, f 1.6

Here are some of my favorite night sky shots that I collected during my travels around India. I hope to click better photos and find clear skies. Do you have any tips and tricks for clicking such pictures, let me know and I’d follow them for sure.

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  1. Neha Kulshrestha

    Simply amazing.. loved the Shots, such clarity.

  2. Iulia

    The photos are beautiful! Congratulations on your work and your will to learn! I myself started to do that a while ago and I am using every opportunity to enhance my expertise 😁 keep it up!

  3. Angela

    There is something so mesmerising when looking at the stars. Such a shame my iphone’s camera never really captures them properly like a DSLR would. Beautiful shots!

    1. ansh997x

      You need to click pics in long exposure settings.

  4. Lauryn Henry

    Your photography is great! I can’t wait to see more shots soon!

  5. Elle

    These are great pictures of the night sky. What filters or lenses do you use? I really like how it pics up the stars.

    1. ansh997x

      Hey, I have mentioned all the details below individual pics.

  6. Neil Alvin Nicerio

    Wonderful photographs. This made me want to improve my skill in night photography which I admit is my weakest.

    More power to your blog

    1. ansh997x

      Thanks a lot. Try some youtube videos it will surely help your photography.

  7. ZyraKuma

    So beautiful! I love the photographs and definitely a big fan of night skies.

  8. Indu

    Great night captures. Ladakh shots are amazing. Night photography is always mystical. Keep experimenting.

    1. ansh997x

      Thank you so much. I too love Ladakh, I hope next year gives me better shots.

  9. Nikhil

    excellent photography. Western ladak image is amazing..

  10. Joanna Davis

    Your photos are beautiful and very inspiring. I have always wanted to take night photos and maybe now that I just got a new camera, I will go star hunting.

    1. ansh997x

      All the best, hoping to see some awesome shots.

  11. joancajic

    Oh wow I love stars and looking at them and your photos are great. Really shows how great the night sky is.

  12. damondnollan

    I think you did a good job of capturing the night sky. My favorites are the ones over mountains or other dark spots, which allowed for a very clear view of the sky. Keep it up!

    1. ansh997x

      I too love such settings, they increase drama in the sky.

  13. Amber

    These photos are stunning! You have such talent. I always love looking up at the night sky when the stars are out.

  14. Sarah Bailey

    Oh my goodness those are such beautiful shots of the sky, you have been to some wonderful places to get those photos as well.

    1. ansh997x

      Glad that you thought so. Awesome to have you here.

  15. Corinne and Kirsty

    These are beautiful shots! And you must have been somewhere where the air is super clean for such a detailed and clear view!

    1. ansh997x

      Yes, pollution doesn’t help in night shots.

  16. Laura Dove

    WOW these are stunning! I was in Scotland last week and the stars were completely amazing, so clear!

    1. ansh997x

      I would love to visit Scotland someday and test my camera there.

  17. Rose Mont

    Not just skies you researched snow leopards too! These skies are amazing. I took my kids to the planetarium for the first time last year. I have missed a season of Cherry Blossoms too.

    1. ansh997x

      I am glad to learn that you are taking your children on such educational trips.

  18. Ophelia T

    These pictures are amazing and beautiful. I wish I can take picture like these in NYC. Thanks for sharing.

    1. ansh997x

      There are trekking trails there. You can visit and click something nice 😀 Although I would love to click city lights of NYC.

  19. Ally Jones

    These photos are STUNNING! I love Leh City! I need to go there and experience that view for myself. Offically added to my bucket list!

    1. ansh997x

      Great that you did that. I am writing a lot of guides for traveling to Leh.

  20. Wanda Lopez

    What amazing captures. I love looking up at the sky and admire it’s beauty.

  21. Georgia Boanoro

    Waw, the photos are wonderful and your work is truly impressive! You are an inspiration!

  22. emmanuel damian

    Great shots! I would like to see the Valley of Flowers at night too. It looks so magical!

    1. ansh997x

      Do plan your trip. It is a fun place.

  23. Angela Milnes

    I miss seeing the stars. These shots really take me back.

  24. Jennifer L

    Omg these are so fantastic! I seriously love the Valley of Flowers so much…would love to paint something inspired by that.

  25. Savannah Pham

    Night sky shots are probably one of my favorite shots that people do! I’ve been wanting to do this but I’m still new at photography and still trying to familiarize myself with my DSLR but definitely want to get into doing this.

    1. ansh997x

      Just keep experimenting with your camera and you’ll get some good clicks

  26. Hannah Marie

    These are my favorite kind of photos aside from sunset. It’s so calming and just perfect!

    1. ansh997x

      I love sunsets too, Find them absolutely gorgeous.

  27. toastycritic

    You do some amazing nighttime work with the photos. I am just very impressed. I really love the one with the Milky way. So awe inspiring.

  28. lmochoa488

    These are some amazing pictures. I enjoy all of them! You are talented.

    1. ansh997x

      I have mentioned camera settings in the post. You can try it too.