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How I shot this photograph – Storm over the hills

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It has been a long time since I last wrote on ‘How I shot this photograph’. The last one was made on the black and white photograph of Kanchenjunga shot from Darjeeling. Here is a link to that article.

Today I would want to share an experience of photographing a storm during my road-trip to Uttarakhand. On my travels to different parts of the country the one thing that I always love shooting is clouds and storms.

Here is the shot I want to share this week.storm over the mountains

Storm on the way to Munsyari.
Camera: Canon 1100D
ISO: 1600
Aperture: f/4.5
Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec
Focal Length: 10mm
Lens: Canon 10-18mm
Mode: Aperture priority
Tripod used: No

Here is the link to the higher resolution version of the photograph

As many of you might have already understood, because I could not manage to use the tripod I had to bump up the ISO thus inducing some noise in the photograph. Keeping the shutter speed to a minimum of 1/160 or faster was necessary as I wanted to freeze the leaves of the trees which were swaying tremendously because of the storm.

Experience: Leaving aside the technical aspects of the photograph, this particular shot was the highlight of the whole trip. We were riding towards Munsyari while the storm was slowly intensifying. After sometime there was lightning and we decided it would be best to take shelter and let the storm pass by. I just could not let a storm pass by without photographing it and thus took out my camera. Just as I was done shooting it, it started to rain. In quite a haste, I packed my camera bag and started my motorcycle just to find out that the bike wasn’t moving at all. There was something that was pulling the bike back. Upon examining it, I discoverd that the bunjee cord has entangled in the chain sprocket which was preventing the rear wheel from turning. All of us started working so that we could get it fixed as we did not want to get wet in the rain when all of a sudden lightning struck in a nearby light pole. We could actually see the massive amount of charge passing from one pole to the other. There was one shop which lost its electric connection instantly, surprising the kids playing there. We got so scared that we left all our belongings in the middle of the road and took shelter under a shade. Thankfully the storm passed by in around 20 minutes but the scary yet beautiful sight of the lightning striking so close to us and seeing the charge flowing through the poles was yet to sink in.

Being a travel and landscape photographer based out of Kolkata I can rarely see storms up-close and personal like the one I saw in Uttarakhand. Nature’s fury is something which is scary to an altogether different level, yet beautiful at the same time.

I had a great experience on my road trip to Uttarakhand photographing it in all its beauty but I would never forget the lightning hitting the pole and travelling cross the wire to destroy anything that was on its path.

Till next time happy photographing nature!

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