The Golden Hour

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As we drove through the forests on our very first morning in Ranthambore National Park. It truly was the Golden Hour, loved by photographers across the years. When the light is mellow and everything is cast in warmth.

Right by the roadside was this mother and child duo. The baby getting its early morning wash by its doting mother. Like children of all species all over the world 🙂

OF SUMMERS

Watering the garden in the morning. Watching chameleons come down to drink. Some from pools in the ground. Some the little drops on leaves…
One stretched out to enjoy a light refreshing shower while the other two ran the moment the spray came close.

Elephant safari in search of a Tiger

Last week of February was my first proper visit to a Animal Sanctuary. The Jim Corbett National Park is situated right where the mighty Gangetic plains meet the mighty Himalayas.

We’d gone with the desire to photograph tigers. The elephants, deer, monkeys, countless birds just by-the-way.

A quick lunch and the first safari was on. Driving through the forest trails, learning to understand the sounds of the forest and it’s silences. Soon each animal started to hold it’s own importance. The magnificent Sambar below which crossed the road right beside our jeep or the shy but often heard Barking deer.

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Finally when we did see a tiger, it was on an early morning elephant safari. The elephant ride through the forest was a not-to-be-missed experience. The way the group of elephants were made to flush out and chase the tigers however was saddening.  It was my only sighting of a tiger. Seeing it the way it was, on the run. Hounded by shouting mahouts and jeep drivers, excited tourists who made enough noise to scare me away….

It was with relief that I got back to shooting ….. monkeys!!! 🙂

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See more photographs from Corbett here

Photography tips:

  1. Zoom. Zoom. Zoom. 
  2. Keep very quiet. Don’t be shy or polite to hushing other people.
  3. Be very patient. Wait don’t chase. Good things happen to those who wait.

Birds birds birds

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The last month was excitingly different. A group of us, all interested in photography made two trips to the Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary. With it’s easy proximity to Delhi, it was much simpler getting there for a day outing than the more famous Bharatpur.

Photographying birds is tough on all counts.
1. They stay away
2. Move fast and randomly
3. Most of their activities happen at times when the light is poor

To add to this, in Sultanpur unfortunately the walkways were not well planned for photography. The birds were always between us and the sun.
My 300mm zoom was made to work hard yet most times all I got was a blur.

Photography lessons learn’t: Set the shutter speed to 1/1000 sec or more. apperture closed as much as possible at that speed. Focus manually to infinity then track the birds as they move and shoot. Hopefully the large DOF will ensure the birds in focus and the high shutter speed will prevent blurring.
Problem with this was that the ISO had to be maxed up .. and that made the images grainy

Some other solution had to be found…