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Mongolia - Starry, Starry Night - Startrails over Traditional Mongolian Gers at White Lake | by © Lucie Debelkova /
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Mongolia - Starry, Starry Night - Startrails over Traditional Mongolian Gers at White Lake

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Ger or yurt (üi or kiz üi in Kazakh, ger in Mongolian) is a portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structure traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia. A yurt is more home-like than a tent in shape and build, with thicker walls. They are popular amongst nomads.


I just got back from over 3300km journey through North, Central and South Mongolia. It was unforgettable journey spend in these traditional and at night and early morning very cold gers, with hardly any electricity, no running water and no internet connection. As it was not my first visit to Mongolia I had few photos I wanted to capture already in my mind before arriving to Mongolia. One such a photo was having traditional ger captured under star trails. As I got to Mongolia with Moon getting to its full phase I had to time it right. To get this shot I had to wake up at 3:30AM (to a very very cold night) when the moon was just about to disappear behind the horizon but was still brigth enough to give those gers their long shadows and the sky lovely blue color. Needless to say that the iPhone has yet again helped me with finding the North star to get the full circle between those gers.


Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: EF17-40mm f/4L USM; Photo Focal length: 17.00 mm; Aperture: 4.0; Exposure time: 1h; ISO: 400


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Taken on January 15, 2013