I am so addicted to doing the Sky Watch Friday posts that if I do not have sky pictures I try to create pictures of the backyard sky. There is one balcony in my home from where I can see the evening sky. It was a weekend and I had some time to spare. There was a nice glow in the evening sky but on it own it was too flat to be of any interest.
Then I stumbled upon this old lamp that Chhavi had taken to the balcony. Now if she could play with it, so could I. Started by clicking the lamp against the sky and the effect was pleasing. But then I wanted to play more and I lit the lamp. To do so, I had to make a wick from an old cloth and I poured some coconut hair oil over it so it would burn easily.
Then when the flame went out, out came the smoke. I was now interested in clicking the swirling smoke instead of the burning lamp. So, down I went again to bring more old cloth and the hair oil bottle, so that I could play some more! All this while Chhavi was busy with her friends and I was left in peace to do all these experiments.
It was not that easy for me to click the smoke. After many trials and errors I realized I got the best pictures immediately after the flame went out as there was a lot of smoke then. As it thinned out, I could not capture it as well! I was using my SLR with a 50mm prime lens to capture the backyard sky. I so wanted to click more pictures the next evening but I never got time!
PS. This post is part of Sky Watch Friday, a great community of sky watchers across the globe!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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