Cloud-topped peak

Soumya Banerjee, taken from Zanskar, Ladakh, India

The Milky Way and the colors of the star-forming Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex hang over the face of Gumbok Rangan, a stand-alone peak in the Ladakh region of India. The peak stands roughly 3,300 feet (1,000 meters) above its base and is referred to as God’s Mountain by local practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism. The photographer used a modded DSLR and a 28mm lens, shooting the sky with thirty-three 30-second light frames (and six darks) at f/2.2 and ISO 1600 and the mountain with a 2.5-second exposure at f/5.6 and ISO 100.