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More Fires in the Himalayas - Solan Rajgarh HIlls

Forest fires are quick and fast. They devour grass and dry organic matter of the mountain chains in minutes. Here is a view of a distant hill side engulfed by a chain of fire that is visible on the front side here but it is apparent that behind that mountain chain is also another fire that is throwing up the light on the smoke.


In the forefront are houses which must be a few kms away as the crow flies. Since this has been shot with a telescopic lens there has been a great amount of fore shortening. This must be a good 8-12 kms away from where it was shot,.


Notes on Photography


This has been mounted on a tripod and shot with the mirror up to prevent the vibration of the shutter. Shot at 190 mm on a telescopic lens the smallest vibration gets amplifed to a large extent. Keeping the shutter open for long durations makes the fire too fuzzy and the play of air currents makes the imagery a tad uncertain. This has been shot at 4 seconds with an ISO of 800. If it was shot at ISO 200 , the shutter speed were well near 8 -13 seconds and the results not as good as one would want.The image still has a blur in spite of all the steps taken here.



Taken on May 30, 2012 at 7.55pm IST (edit)

Posted to Flickr June 4, 2012 at 1.47PM IST (edit)

Exif data

Camera Nikon D300

Exposure 4

Aperture f/5.3

Focal Length 190 mm

ISO Speed 800

Exposure Bias 0 EV

Flash No Flash

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Taken on May 30, 2012