Jeff Dai submitted this photo to EarthSky – taken September 9, 2015 – and wrote:
Lights or Stars? Today most city skies have become virtually empty of stars. But there is someplace beyond your imagination. Pictured above, the central bugle of our Milky Way galaxy shines brightly above the vast ocean of lights of Yaqing Temple. Located at Garzê Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan province of China, Yaqing temple lies in an isolated valley with 4,000 meters above sea level. The monastery is associated with the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. With more than 30,000 Sangha members now, it’s the largest concentration of nuns and monks in the world.
Camera: Canon 6D Lens: Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G
14mm, ISO 3200, f2.8, 30seconds
This is a single exposure image, No photo montage, additional filter and black card.
Email: Jeffdai1988 [at] gmail.com
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