A nation as diverse as ours has no dearth of places where the wildlife photographer can satiate his innate desire to connect with the wild. So if photography is your passion and more so to photograph the beasts in their natural habitat, prepare to experience a high, so indescribable that you would be forever hooked on to the amazing places in India where such pursuits can be fulfilled. Below are pointed out the top 5 places in India where the best wildlife photography can be done. Adding to their list of fun is also bird photography which holds a special place of interest for some.
The Prime Destinations in India for the wildlife photographer
Ranthambore National Park:
Nothing beats the thrill of having a rendezvous with the mighty tigers if truth be told. And topping the list for such an adventure is the Ranthambore National Park, the unquestionable best tiger reserve in India. Right from the months of October to June, the park opens itself to the feasting eyes and lenses of wildlife enthusiasts. But if you want to see the tigers prancing in all their majesty like the masters that they are, come between the months of March and May and have your fill.
Kaziranga National Park:
Sighted a One Horned Rhinoceros and the shutterbugs get in full alert; that is the magic of the Kaziranga National Park. As a prized UNESCO World Heritage Site, the exquisite and unmanned flora and fauna of the park make the wildlife photographers turn into nature lovers. Between the months of November and April, the park is flooded with famous wildlife photographers and bird watchers from across the country and also from different parts of the world.
Gir National Park:
Home to the Asiatic Lions is the impressive Gir National Park, which acquires its credibility for being the only habitat to these beasts. Open jeeps and a roaring attitude make for some great wildlife adventure. One has a true forest experience with a vivid species of other reptiles, mammals, and birds. See them in full view with a bit of luck on your side between October and May.
- Of all the National Parks and Sanctuaries in India, wish to know which had the distinction of being first Asia’s National Park; it had been the Jim Corbett National Park. Also, as the foremost participant park for Project Tiger to save the tigers, Jim Corbett National Park has always been a wildlife photographer’s delight. You simply cannot miss sighting the tiger between March and May.
- Want to know what is wildlife photography? Invest in traveling to the Sunderban National Park and among the mangroves, you will feel the vibe. To capture the tigers in their own habitat has its own rush. In the backdrop of balmy evenings, against the setting sun, the perfect shot of a tiger oblivious to the human race has a beauty that only a wildlife photographer can understand. Spot the tiger swimming, (yes, you read it correctly) between October and April!
The three ‘P’ s in a Wildlife Photographer’s Life
Patience, perseverance, and perfection are the ground rules for the success of wildlife photography. With my brief stint as a writer for a leading photography institute, here is a compilation of wildlife photography tips that the professionals consider grail and the amateurs should watch out for.
- People, know your equipment and know them really well. The wild can be as unforgiving as beautiful as they are. Neither you are looking to miss an award-winning shot nor are you looking to be the next meal of your subject. Hence, tread carefully.
- It is important to familiarize with the wilderness and also the traits of the subject in question. Keep your time reserved to observe the mannerisms of the animal you are shooting and do not let the perfect shot get away.
- Because the wild is more unpredictable than any controlled photographic environment, it is prudent to be very generous with your clicks. Every fleeting movement of the animal captured in the correct moment can make all the difference.
- The work of a wildlife photographer cannot be an imposition. It is an artist’s job, one which is done with passion and complete conviction. So, it is important to be very passionate about it.
Coming back to the three Ps, know that being patient, perseverant and perfect is what would make you a better than the best wildlife photographer and there are absolutely no two ways about it.