Taken at midnight with temperatures near freezing, with no formal education on the subject, a big challenge was getting the exposure settings right.
Another aspect that made framing the panorama difficult was the harsh and ugly reflection of sodium vapour light on the trees in the foreground. Being a controlled lighting environment, I pleaded with the person responsible to turn off all peripheral lights for exactly a minute so I could shoot without the interference of artificial light. After much ado, and with considerable risk of facing sanctions if found guilty of breaching his duty, he reluctantly agreed. “Sir, I'll lose my job, I can do this only once, for 1 minute”.
And just like that, the lights were gone! I had the night to myself and precisely a minute to make the most of my frame. Shooting with a certain degree of guesswork (the range was invisible to the naked eye), with numb hands I composed the shot. With nothing to lock on, the lens refused to focus! Fearing manual focusing might give me a blurred result, I took my chance with an f stop of 5 and having lost 15 seconds, set the shutter at 42 seconds and pressed ‘OK’.
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Leksand (880) 2013-08-26 6:14
Great composition and a Beautiful nightsky with stars. Very fine photo!
daddo (20639) 2013-08-26 6:28
A hell of a story Sahil and it all worked out in the end, hopefully without the poor compliant man losing his job. I hope his boss doesn't know about TE. Spectacular result, crisp image,enchanting play of artificial light below and natural light above- on the mountain tops and in the sky. I love it. Well done. Nmaste. Klaudio.
subhendu_bagchi (21056) 2013-08-26 8:06
awesome click. I just can't believe that you did it with assumption... With manual focusing, with f/5! Excellent work with light also. You have only one minute and you clicked only once (15sec +42sec). No chance for second shot. I wonder about your skill in this type of night photography that you hitted the bull in just one shot. Great result. Clear and crysp range in background with the stars at top. Like the balance of light with the town at bottom. Top notch. Hats off to you. Want to see a lot from your D600.
cargus (7556) 2013-08-26 13:05
A good angle framing, perfect play this mountain grandeur, good choice of contrast and clarity, which gives a good visual effect.!
adidas5nb (2901) 2013-08-26 20:48
congrats man on an incredible pic of kanchenjunga and darjeeling.this is absolutely stunning and spectacular.surreal.amazing camera work,BRAVO!!!
(IMHO.. please remove that water mark.its huge and somewhat destroys the feel of the pic)
subha (28) 2013-08-29 8:37
Really good click, good gradation.
I would like to ask you, the location from where you capture this awesome pix.