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Bardan Gompa

Zanskar, Ladakh, India.

Camera : Nikon D850

Lens : Zeiss Otus 28mm F1.4

Tripod : Really Right Stuff TVC 45

Head : Arca Swiss D4

Sky : 10secs F1.4 Iso 12800 stack of 12

Foreground : 120secs F2.8 Iso 1600

Filters : none

Legend has it that the site for the Bardan Monastery was chosen after a crow picked up the lantern of Lama Barawa and dropped it here. Bardan Gompa is a monastery built in the shape of a fortress which sits atop a rocky outcrop overlooking a valley formed by the Tsarap river. It dates back to the 17th century and is located 12kms south of Padum in the Zanskar Valley. I was at this location along with a couple of friends and they crossed the river and lit up the gompa with low level lighting allowing for more details to be seen of the monastery…

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