Debadatta Maharana, an aeronautical engineer and post-graduate in software systems, works for Ministry of Defence, Bengaluru.
An aviation photography enthusiast, he captured this picture as the night sky sets over the deserts of Rajasthan, the fighters and attack helicopters were lined up to showcase the air power. Mi-35s fired rockets, Jaguar dropped a heavy bomb from quite low altitudes, MiG-27s fired rockets and the series went on for almost half-an-hour with the paratroopers starting the night phase.
They had their para-jumping suit well-lit by LEDs and it was a quite a pleasant-yet-daredevil act to witness. At the end, there was one AN-32 that dispensed flares and flew past. But, the icing on the cake was a super hercules C-130J dispensing flares in bulk and flew past as the show stopper.
Camera – Canon 7D mk2
Exposure – 1/100sec
Focal length – 200 mm
ISO Speed – 1000
Exposure bias -1.7 step