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Thousand-hectare Stare
Photograph by Mark Thiessen

From the window of an Mi-8 helicopter the endless expanse of Siberian green rests a firefighter’s eyes after a week on a wildfire. There’s no shortage of daydreams out here, but at least one of them can come true back at base: bagna—Russian sauna.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fuji Provia 100
Lens: 35-70mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/60 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: 3 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: I bounced the flash off the helicopter’s ceiling. 

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