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An evening @ Taj

A subject which has captured the imagination of photographers for decades – The Taj Mahal – is one of India’s most magnificent architectural marvels standing tall on the banks of a the Yamuna River in Agra. It was a random visit to the Taj and I went with an objective observing nature around the Taj. However the supposedly pristine Taj backyard is a garbage yard with the river being transformed into a dirty water body emitting smells that don’t allow you to stand at the location for more than a few minutes. Egrets, storks, kites etc. feed on this garbage site making it one of the most unpleasant Taj experience you can image. While the inner areas of the complex are being maintained with utmost care and disciple, should the Taj surroundings be ignored in this fashion? Wouldn’t the toxic waters around the Taj impact the natural ecosystem of the area and indirectly impact the structure and built of India’s most prized monument?

Colors of Taj

The Taj Denizen

Sunrise at Taj

The Great Migration 2014 Update

Shooting in Masai Mara during the Great Wildebeest Migration has been one of my biggest photographic learning ground over the past few years. The ample amount of shooting opportunities opens avenues for experimentation and a lot of field experience gathered from the Savannah can be applied while shooting in Indian scenarios since opportunities in our forests are rare and its imperative for a photographer to make the best of those rare intrinsic moments in the woods of India.

This year my focus was yet again on tight closeups and in addition to the light, a heavy downpour during one of the days also acted as an aid while creating images in the Mara. Presenting an assorted collection of images from my 2014 Mara expedition:

(In case you wish to join me for my 2015 Masai Mara photography tour, please send me a mail at shivang@naturewanderers.com)

Lion Portrait

Cheetah

The Marsh Pride

The Marsh Pride

The eye of a cheetah

Cheetah & 6 cubs

Lion in Rains

Photo Contest- Stripes

CNT Contest

Upload photographs of Tiger clicked in the wild in last 12 months. Please click ” JOIN ” on https://www.facebook.com/events/546568615470736/

Rules & Regulations-
1. Photo contest is hosted on Facebook, Twitter and WordPress.
2. Photo Contest starts from 9th August and will continue till Monday,18th August, 2014
3. Participants to follow handles @naturewanderers and @CNTIndia to be eliglible for the contest (on Twitter)
4. Participants to ‘LIKE’ Shivang Mehta (https://www.facebook..com/ShivangPhotography) and CNT India page on FB (https://www.facebook.com/cntravellerindia) to be eligible
5. Contest will also be shared on Naturewanders FB page-(https://www.facebook.com/naturewanderers)
6. Participants need to tag @naturewanderers and @CNTIndia on all twitter updates
7. Participants to upload best picture of tiger taken in the wild on Event Page in the last 12 months.
8. Each participant can share only one image
9. Image must be yours
10. Participants are required to give the location, date and EXIF details of the picture
11. All in all 3 winners will be declared
12. Each winner to get a year’s subscription of Conde Nast Traveller India
13. Final selection of winning images will be done by Shivang Mehta and Conde Nast Traveller India

 

Night Photography from the Roof of the World

Night photography is a fascinating genre of landscape photography and involves patience, planning and pre-visualization. It’s time consuming but the results are worth the time investment. Right from location scouting to the compositional aspects of a frame, there is a thought which goes behind each image and the challenges makes this form of photography extremely rewarding specially when the location is upper part of Ladakh where one needs to brave extreme weather conditions in order to get that perfect image.

Here is an interesting image that I along with my gang of photographers created in TsoKar a few days back. In addition to the night sky, the presence of an interesting foreground subject always gives a punch to night images. A beam of torch was lit for around 30 seconds as the idea was to create an image titled – Illuminating my own universe.

30-45 mins of trials made the night experience fulfilling for all of us.

My Universe (Shot at Tso Kar using a Canon 5DM3 and Canon 16-35mm f2.8)

My Universe (Shot at Tso Kar using a Canon 5DM3 and Canon 16-35mm f2.8)

June Journeys : Corbett & Bandhavgarh

It’s the end of June and most parks of India are on the verge of closure for monsoons. I started this month with elephants as the focus of my photography in Corbett National Park and then headed off to escort a gang of 3 photographers who were keen to shoot Vijaya (Kankati – the one eyed warrior queen of Bandhavgarh and one of my favorite tigers across forests of India) and her newly born litter of 3 cubs. While the assignment was challenging since the cubs were too small (two and half months old), the patience and perseverance displayed by our team was exemplary and helped us to move closer to our goal day by day.

Am pleased to share some highlights from June before I head off to the high altitude terrains of Ladakh in July with another gang of young enthusiastic photographers.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Corbett National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park

Corbett National Park

Corbett National Park

Wild Jewels from Kanha & Pench

2 weeks with the wild denizens of Kanha and Pench in the company of some amazing shutterbugs. Presenting a brief gallery of images created during the fortnight.

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April Stripes

From Corbett to Bandhavgarh to Ranthambhore, April has been a marathon sprint with more than 25 days in these forests. As I take a pause for a day before embarking on another marathon journey through central Indian forests, here are just some of the images created and moments witnessed during the month.

Enjoy the tiger digest for April!

The exiled king makes rare visits to Tala nowadays

The exiled king makes rare visits to Tala nowadays

An evening nap

An evening nap

T34 relaxes in Ranthambhore

T34 relaxes in Ranthambhore

T34 in Ranthambhore

T34 in Ranthambhore

Mirchani family in Bandhavgarh

Mirchani family in Bandhavgarh

T19 Trio in Ranthambhore

T19 Trio in Ranthambhore

Mirchani female in saal forest of Bandhavgarh

Mirchani female in saal forest of Bandhavgarh

T6 in Ranthambhore

T6 in Ranthambhore

T6 in Ranthambhore

T6 in Ranthambhore

Tiger Abstraction from Ranthambhore

Tiger Abstraction from Ranthambhore

T6 marks his territory in Ranthambhore

T6 marks his territory in Ranthambhore

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