Tuesday, February 28, 2012



It's been quite a long time since I wrote something. I was busy with my homestay and related works in the last couple of months. We have added a new villa to Simha Farms. You can see photos here

Lots of good things also happened in the field of photography also.

I won runner up prize in prestigious Veolia Wildlife Photographer Of the Year 2011 competition in Nature in B/W category.

An article has been published in the Deepavali special edition of leading Kannada News paper Prajavani about my images.
Scanned copy of the article is here

I have also won Judges first prize  in Nature in b/w category in Saevus wildlife magazine's online contest. I have been invited to launch program of the same magazine.

This is the winning image.

 I went to Kaziranga, Assam. This was my first dedicated photography tour. It was a great experience.  I will be updating the photos very soon.

Between, I have created my own website www.lensandtales.com to showcase my photos.
I am moving my blog to there.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

King Cobra

Just 10-12 years back sighting of King Cobras was very rare. There were many myths revolving around these snakes. (It has a pearl on it's head which emits light in the night etc.) But in the last 10-12 years the sighting and the King Cobras entering the village and domestic ares have been increased to a large extent. In 2000 when a KC entered our farm house it became a very big news. Local transportation buses stooped near by our farm to see the KC.
But in the last couple of years sighting has become so common that when 2 months back a KC appeared near my in laws home there were hardly a few people to see that. In fact except me(who went to there to photograph) there were no outsiders. 

 Capturing the KC-
Since KCs are considered sacred in our part of world we don't kill them.In my in-laws home they called snake expert to capture it. Later it was released in the thich forest in the foothills of Kodachadri.
Below is the image of 2 KCs indulging in combat dance taken in 2009.

The scarcity of food in the forest ( mainly rodents) might have forced them to enter the human zone.
Anyone who can through more light on it?

Saturday, March 19, 2011

BeLLigundi-Dream came true

You may remember my promise to explore Belligundi water falls made almost one and a half years back. We had witnessed a huge water fall called BeLLigundi when we went to Booralugundi water falls.

Our team has decided to explore BeLLigundi that day. But for some reasons we could not make it.
Finally after postponing many dates we decided to go there on On Jan 11th.
We started early in the morning as the Water falls is hidden deep in the forests and this time we were sure that we have to trek hours together in the jungle. The starting point is almost 45 k.m. from my place Madodi. So we left here by 5.30 in the morning, had breakfast on the way, packed some food for the lunch. When we reached the starting point it was around 7.30 and it was very cold. We were total 7 in number. Raghavendra Udupa, naghabhushan, Manju, ganapathi, Dhakappa, Thimmappa and me. Dhakappa was our guide and he was the only person who knew the route.
It was very cold and we were in dilemma whether or not to carry our warm clothes as after some time we may not need them. Finally we left the place to start the trek at 7.45. After 45 minutes all of us who had carried jerkins started cursing ourselves as the weather started getting hot.
There is a temple at the beginning of the forest.
It was really a thick forest

If Dhakappa was not there we definitely would have lost in the forest.

After a few minutes I observed the route is not completely untouched by humans! There were clear signs of good road built a few years ago and now in decaying condition. This place is near Kanoor Kote  .  I asked Dakappa about the history of the place. He also knew little about it and he only told me that some years back it was the main route connecting Dakshin Kannada and his place.
The sides of the road were built with stones and upon them trees had grown. Some  trees look like at least 100 years old and I guess this road was used before the British constructed other roads to connect Dakshin Kannada with our place.
After around 3-4 k.m. of trek we reached near a stream. For my big surprise a tank made with single stone was there. May be it was made for the cart oxes to drink water. A small pipe like thing was also there by which humans can drink water. It was sure that this was one of the main road connecting two sides of the western ghats, may be couple of hundred years back.

We had snacks over there, filled our appetite and continued our trek. The last 2 k.m before the water falls was very tough. We had taken diversion from the old route. We had to descend at an inclination of     75degrees . It was not very easy for amateur trekkers like us. But when we reached the bottom of the falls we felt it was worth.
The falls was massive. As we expected it was around 400Ft.in height (this is just our guess.). It is the one of the tallest falls in Karnataka. Most admirable thing about this falls it's "wilderness". There was hardly any sign of human activity. It was like a private falls specially constructed for us amidst the deep jungles of western ghats.

We had our lunch, took some rest and started to go back. Oh! It was very tough. The 75degree inclination was tougher than we imagined. It took one our more to reach the place where the stone tank was built. 
Finally when we came back near the jeep it was 5.00 in the evening and it was a experience of the life time.
Though all of us were tired we were all very happy. The trek in the forest is unforgettable.
As we still had time to go back we decided to see sun set at "Booralu Gundi". It was again 2+2 k.m. of trek. The sunset was very beautiful that day and we could see the sun setting in the Arabian sea.

From the photographic point of view it was not a good trip for me. I had to run with my friend who didn't had interest in  'just forest'. Also when we reached the water falls the light was very harsh and I just had the choice to make record shots.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pleasant surprise

Today I received a mail from www.nwf.org saying my image "Damsel fly " mating has won the Honorable mention in the 2010 National Wildlife Photo contest. It will be featured in a slide show on the National Wild life Federation's website in the magazine's Photo Zone pages in 2011.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


From the last a few days I am trying to make some minimalistic nature  images, especially kind of abstract images.

It is interesting to note that, majority of the nature photographers don't like abstract images. We are a little hesitant to 'look beyond the obvious'. Some time back I have posted an abstract image in a nature photography forum. The moderator has commented " Usually I don't like abstract images, but nice image." Not that it is right or wrong, but usually this is how we perceive nature.

 Some time back I was talking to one of the moderator of  CNP , Ashwini Kumar Bhat . He shared an interesting experience when they decide to start the forum. For one of his friend the name 'creative nature photography' itself was meaningless. "What is there to create in nature? You take what is there in nature. What is creative thing in it?"

Some one may ask "why do you choose specifically nature to make abstract images? When your intension is to 'show beyond the obvious' you can chose a wire instead of a creeper. Why nature photography?". The answer is simple. To me photography is not only the final product,i.e. photograph. But the whole process of making images is photography. The way I try to find forms, shapes, patterns, colors, through the view finder makes me gel with the nature. And this makes nature photography more interesting and fun.  Of course I like to try all kind of photography, but for this reason I like shoot more nature.

   In these images I tried to concentrate on lines and minimum colors. Though I have I titled it "impressions" these are not influenced by impressionism moment in fine art.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Into the wild

The place where I live is surrounded by  mountains and ever green forests of western ghats. After taking photography seriously I wanted to explore many those mountains and forests which are rarely accessed by human beings.
Last week myself and  my old  friend Yogesh went for a whole day trekking to one of those forests.
I tried to make some images to depict the monsoon mood.