Jeff Dai captured this image on October 7, 2016 and wrote:
Is it a view of alien world? Actually it’s captured from our planet Earth. Deep in the Himalayas, I made a self-portrait among the serac atop a glacier in Tibet, China.
Due to the thin air of approximately 17,000 feet (5,300 m) above sea level, even the overexposed moonlight can’t washout the bright central bugle of our Milky Way. Mars is also visible to the left.
Canon 6D . Lens: Tamron 15-30 f2.8
Single exposure, at 22mm, ISO 3200, f2.8, 15seconds; processed in Photoshop.
Jeff said this particular glacier is located at the border of China and Bhutan. It’s close to the NO.40 boundary monument. So it’s named Number 40 glaciers by Chinese travelers.
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