Tag: stupa

Star trails over Swayambhunath stupa ( Monkey Temple ) in Kathmandu Nepal

NEPAL Kathmandu -- Swayambhunath chorten ( more commonly known as the Monkey Temple ) in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal -- Picture by Jonathan Mitchell
NEPAL Kathmandu — Swayambhunath chorten ( more commonly known as the Monkey Temple ) in the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal — Picture by Jonathan Mitchell/alamy.com

While time exposure is mostly done by the technique of stacking multiple exposures, I still love long exposures on film…Especially to capture star trails. This image of the Swayambhunath chorten in Kathmandu, Nepal was shot on a Voigtlander Bessa T with a Voigtlander 25mm f4 lens and had an exposure of around 45 minutes. The stupa of the Monkey Temple (as it is commonly referred to) is a favourite for visitors to the Kathmandu Valley and I decided to use the stars to get a more universal perspective of the famous stupa. Tibetan Buddhism is full of celestial mandalas and I thought it good to add in the Pole Star off centre. I was very happy when I got the film back from the lab and saw that the image had come out perfectly. This is a tricky shot to get, as there is a lot of light pollution, but the infamous power cuts in Nepal helped make the light good in the picture!