Abhishek Patel

A Year full of Rarity | Halo ring aka "Sun Dog" | Kargil Chowk, Surat.

After the Venus transit, this would be considered the 2nd rare occurrence, although not once in a life time, but atleast quite rare for me to witness it once in a long time. Halo occurs when light passes through Ice particles called Diamond Dust in the Troposphere (We do have Ice over Surat, but everything melts before reaching
g the surface), while passing though this Ice crystals, that acts like prism, the light ray is split into separates color rays and reflected and refracted several times before hitting the layers of cloud to form a Halo like this.

At first I didn't knew this was happening, its only after I saw a few pictures online uploaded by friends, I ran out to the terrace to get the glimpse, Sun Halos did occur before, but very small in size, that needed a telephoto lens to capture but NOTHING THIS BIG, infact it was big enough that i was using up my 10mm without any cropping, and the colors were visible even with naked eyes, although i couldn't stare for long. After getting some interesting frames on the terrace, I decided to visit someplace near by that can be included in the frame to act as a supporting subject, the first thing got into my mind was Kargil Chowk at Piplod, and without wasting any time, I reached the spot with only 2 things in hand the camera and tripod, the sunheat was crazy but nothing much to stop me from making a few frames here and there, good thing I had something before leaving to give me some energy since health is not at its best right now [:(]. At one stage I was wishing the Halo goes away, because having it only makes me to run around more and continue capturing endless frames.

Once again Sun gave me another chance to capture a rare phenomenon.

Canon 500D | Sigma 10-20EX @ 10mm | f7.1 + 1/6sec | ISO200 | B+W #110 ND

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