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.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Monsoon Raagas

  As all of  you know I am living amidst the thick forests of Western Ghats. It's a place full of green, mountain, birds etc. Especially in the time of monsoon the beauty of the place reaches to it's peak. It is my long time wish to make some images in the rainy days through which I can depict monsoon. The big challenge for this israin itself! Mist and the water are the biggest enemies of the camera. Last year in the attempt my camera got exposed to the mist. I had to replace the CCD of the camera.
So This year I was scared to do the experiments as with at-most difficulty I had changed my camera and my new D90 is in perfect condition. I didn't want to take extra risk. But when the monsoon started and the nature began to dance with wings spread to it's own tunes my desire started to grow again.
Finally, today I decided to take the risk, but with proper care. I hired a jeep and collected enough plastic bags to cover my camera, in the event of rain fall.
This morning we (myself and my wife Anusha)  around 5.30 in the morning headed to Kollur ghats. I had already noted the places where to take photos. In fact I have even composed the scenes and the only thing remaining was recording them on the sensor.
There are many streams flowing only during the time of monsoon. I used my camera bag as bean bag to achieve the slow shutter.
There is a beautiful view point facing west. One has to be there to enjoy the beauty of the place.I feel  thousand words or hundred images will definitely fail to describe the serenity of the place.When we reached there luckily and very a rarely rainbow was formed on the valley. I could not believe my eyes, it was so serenic!It was out of the world. It lasted for a few seconds I was in very awkward position to make image and with a little difficulty I managed to make 2 images.

Just a few meter ahead there was another stream flowing with the style of a super model!  We didn't want to waste a single opportunity.
                                          (Difference in the color is due to white balance)                                                        After making some more images  we headed back towards the foothill of Kodachadri,Khareghati. Though we were not sure of making any images as it is the thick forest and thousands of leaches are waiting for us to step down from the jeep. But we managed to make some images sitting in the jeep.


The mist, gigantic trees soaked in the rain were a treat to watch.

    It was getting late and we reluctantly headed back to home.
PS: Please see the larger images to get better impact of the place

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

3 birds- This year

Last year I saw 3 rare birds-
1.Black capped Kingfisher(Apr-2009)
2.Oriental dwarf Kingfisher(Apr end 2009)
3.Amur Falcon(Dec 2008)
Though I had made record images of those birds this year I wanted to make some decent images. Unfortunately this year let alone photograph those birds,but I failed to have a sighting of the birds.

I went to the same places same time this year too, but could not find the birds. May be I have to wait till next year.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lizard acrobat

Couple of weeks back I was wandering in my farm with my camera. Suddenly a lizard(forest calotous?) jumped on me. Both me and lizard were shocked to see each other. Lizard made another jump. But it failed to catch the tree and stuck to a leaf. It was amazing to see how that succeeded to hold the leaf with only fingers, that too keeping it's body parallel to the ground.
It did hold the leaf like this more than 10 minutes and after that slowly tried to climb the leaf. It easily did that and disappeared.Nature never stops to amaze.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Philautus Neelanethrus

That morning I was sitting on the chair thinking of many things. It was mid April. Not even a single leaf was fluttering. Mercury level was rising very fast. No sign of breeze. It was really a boring day. Our cats 'Gunda I.A.S' and 'Kempa I.P.S.' were playing in the garden. It's always a treat to eyes to watch those cats playing. The reflex of their body is amazing. After all, they are nothing but tigers,but in small size! They have shared all most all chromosomes from their bigger siblings. So there is no wonder they possess enormous amount of energy in their tiny body.

Suddenly Gunda I.A.S. jumped and tried to catch something. It was about 25ft away from me. Curiously I went near him to see what is it trying to catch. It was a frog. I went further to check whether I can ID the frog. It was about 2-3cm. And astonishingly it had a blue circle in it's eyes.

Wow! what a catch! Is it Philautus neelanethrus? An endemic frog limited to western ghats. A frog which was discovered just a year back by Dr.Gururaja and his team. I was not sure.
I rescued the frog from the cat and put it on a leaf.

(It may be ethically wrong to grab it's food from it's mouth . But the frog being rare I was ready to commit that.Instead of that I gave Gunda I.A.S. one full glass of milk. ;) )I ran back to home and brought my camera. Tried to make some images. The frog was not wounded in spite of tasting the bite of the cat. It was just scared. I made some images.
As it is a rare specie and it is famous for it's blue eyes I wanted to make an image where I can juxtapose it's blue eyes with something blue in the BG. The first thing I remembered was sky. But as it was already 11o'clock the sky was not not so blue & the image turned pale.
Then accidentally I saw light passing through the leaves making small circles on my viewfinder. I tried to make use of that for the purpose.

It slowly recovered from the happening and started moving from one leaf to other.
I managed to make some images by following it.

I wanted to make some more images, but all of a sudden made a big big jump and disappeared in the grass. I didn't want to disturb it further. So I didn't tried to search it and came back.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

3 Birds

In the December 2008 We three - Adithya Biloor , Adithya U N , Adithya Shankar decided to go to Kodachadri by trekking. We stayed there . While coming from the top, next morning we saw Amur Falcons which were migrating from Siberia to Africa.
Myself and Adithya U N made some good images of those falcons. In fact it was the first record of sighting of Amur Falcons in Kodachadri.

In the end of the December I went To Pandavara ThaLi . It's a stream flowing amidst thick forest. A myth about this place is Pandavas have spent some time here during the period of Vanavasa. There I saw Black Capped Kingfisher. This is also first sighting of this beauty in our region. Though I could not make any good images I managed to take record shot.

In the month April at my in-laws house I saw Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher which is also a rare bird.Unfortunately this time also I could not make a decent image of this bird.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Two water falls

Almost two months back we went to explore a new water falls called 'Belli Gundi'. No one of us knew the route. We have only heard the name of the falls. Some one told us that the route is very tough and we have to walk in the deep forest for 13 k.m. They described it as a 600ft height falls. After hearing all these we were very much excited and decided to go there. Meanwhile some of my friend told there is another route which is just 3 k.m trek. There you can see the water falls at a relatively long distance.
We decided to chose that route . One morning we left the place early in the morning to discover the falls. After 45 k.m . we reached a place called 'Kattinkaaru' where we had to take deviation and enter into the forest. No one was there to guide us. After searching for 2 hours we could find a old man who was willing to show us water falls, but not Belli gundi instead 'Booralu Gundi'.
We followed him. after 3 k.m walk in the forest we reached "Booralu gundi" which is really a awesome place. It's very less explored place. Very a few outsiders have seen this place.

After exploring each and every corner of that falls we decided to climb down to see other falls.The old man who took us there warned us not to go there as no one has climbed down till date.
we were there to explore the place . we wanted to discover new places.We were not at all in the mood to listen him. With lots of difficulties we managed to climb down.

Wah!! what a scene !! The real beauty of the place lies here. It was amazing sight. The water was falling almost from 150ft height. And the width was no less than 150ft.
This falls is called Maaralu Gundi"
we were very happy.Our task was almost accomplished.

While coming back we took a small deviation and reached to a valley point. From there we could see Arabian sea. If we waited till sunset we would have witnessed sun setting in the Arabian sea.
On other side from a far distance we saw "Belli Gundi"falls which was falling from almost 400ft height.

We are planning to explore that place in near future. Hope very soon I will be coming infront of you with that story.