Photographer's Note

Not expected, eh? Sure, star trails over Namibia or Nevada, and colourful ghats or dramatic sadhus in India, fine. But what's this? Perhaps we need to break stereotypes in photography.

Take TWAN (the world at night) for example. It's a slightly different community of photographers - they use night landscape photography to show that we (yes, all 6 billion of us) do indeed live on the same spinning glob of dirt. To quote Sagan, "the earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena".

But back to the picture. This took approximately 240 exposures, each 30 seconds long (or a total of 2 hours). I've run a batch process to add all the exposures into one single photograph. The pole star is directly behind the tree up the slope from which I took the exposures. The streaks of red light at the bottom left are villagers (or rather, their torches) descending from a nearby village to see a local production of the Ramayana, just down the hill. The general blueish light is from the leftover light from the sunset.

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Additional Photos by Biswaroop Mukherjee (bmukherjee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 218 W: 72 N: 211] (1516)
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