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

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



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

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Taken on May 28, 2012