Shimla Hills are Burning - More Forest Fires engulf the Himalayas this summer of 2012

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    This is summertime in India. Temperatures are touching 45 degree celsius in the hot plains.

    The lower ranges of the mighty Himalayas have pine trees while the deodar trees grow a little higher.

    Where ever there are pine trees in great abundance, forest fires are a major hazard for the ecology and environment of the area.

    The tinder dry pine cones and needles just conflagrate and burn on their own and the fire spreads quick...as they say like ..wild fire....

    Night time you can see ribbons of fire arcing over the mountain side and advancing in straight lines.

    Here is one from a slightly up close perspective of the hillside of Dagshai which is about 12 kms from Solan. The fire was moving with great speed and pop hiss and crackle and one could feel the heat on the face.

    Notes on Photography

    This shot is hand held. I had a tripod but did not use it as it was dark and the terrain not the best for a stable positioning. The shot is not even braced with any other object.
    The trick in getting a sharp image where the shutter speed is in this range is to control your breathing and shoot 3 or more shots non stop. That generally will always give you one steady frame.

    The shot is at 640 ISO to obtain some faster shutter speed - in this case 1/8

    Dates
    Taken on May 28, 2012 at 8.46pm IST (edit)
    Posted to Flickr May 30, 2012 at 9.41PM IST (edit)
    Exif data
    Camera Nikon D70
    Exposure 0.125 sec (1/8)
    Aperture f/3.5
    Focal Length 18 mm
    ISO Speed 640
    Exposure Bias 0 EV
    Flash No Flash
    DSC_2453 nef exp cu

    Anuj Nair, [PKPC], Hiranya Malwatta, and 69 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. ChrisH Photos [deleted] 23 months ago | reply

      Super image great colour and capture.

    2. Pervez 183A 23 months ago | reply

      gosh, this is terrible...does India have a large forest fire fighting fleet of aircraft..??...hopefully no loss of life...

    3. nature photographer. 23 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot! Happy a good day, my friend!

    4. Sonali Dalal 23 months ago | reply

      Shocking and sad! Beautiful photograph.

    5. bloodybee 23 months ago | reply

      this is so impressive - almost scary

    6. Purrkur 23 months ago | reply

      great capture

    7. M'dian 23 months ago | reply

      Very nice image, my friend... the fire's really wild!

    8. NavjotSingh 23 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Thanks for sharing the info.

    9. gerrygoal2008 23 months ago | reply

      !!!
      watching this, I think the oxymoron :
      pretty drama ...
      Take care , Anoop !
      ;=)

    10. Bhavna Saluja 23 months ago | reply

      Very powerful shot!

    11. Ajay.. 23 months ago | reply

      Really a powerful image..The tones in this just awesome.!!Beautiful.!

    12. |Anooj| 23 months ago | reply

      Powerful indeed, right shutter and tones even without a tripod
      good one Anoopji

    13. Starlisa 23 months ago | reply

      fabulous!!!!!!!!! This is one amazing fire shot Anoop... and wildfires are such bringers of terrible destruction and yet cleansing at the same time...

    14. mraj october 23 months ago | reply

      Frightining and yet a powerful image of mother nature.

    15. Memories by Jules (not here much) 23 months ago | reply

      A favorite! I have never seen anything quite like this! Love it!

    16. Mojumbo22 (Matt Pirecki) 23 months ago | reply

      Awesome for a handheld.

    17. visithra 22 months ago | reply

      stunning but sad

    18. Ania.Photography - travelling 19 months ago | reply

      scary, but amazing shot my friend!!

    19. Mike_t_by_the_sea 13 months ago | reply

      good to have a zoom lens. you wouldn't want to be close to that blaze

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