Top 10 Pro Techniques of Bird Photography

Hi everybody, Again yours karthik here. I’m serious Nature photographer specialized in Bird & Wildlife Photography. I revealed my (not only mine; all other famous photographers)  photography pro techniques for bird photography here.

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1. ShutterSpeed

Use always maximum shutterspeed to get most wanted freezed result of birds. Birds are so active, so because of that we can’t able to capture any sharp photo. Use atleast 1/2000 (or) 1/4000 shutterspeeds to get good results.

2. Auto Focus Lock

Most of the photography beginners (even professionals too) doesn’t know about this feature. This is very use to take photography of birds, recomposing the landscape and much more. So use it as where ever your situations need.

3. Focus on Eyes

Always focus on bird’s eyes to get stunning results.

4. Framing on Eye Level

Compose your frames at low level to frame the bird to get the picture more poetic than you see.

5. Use Telephoto

Birds are so sensitive. So Keep away from them and keep them playing themselves. Using minimum 300mm (or) 400mm telephoto lens to take the photos with decent distance.

6. Steady Hand (or) Tripod?

Although you have a VR Lens (Yes, I’m Nikon User), try to use Tripod (or) Monopad as where as possible to get sharp photos. But for some conditions like birds on flight couldn’t allow you to take photos with them. So handle the camera carefully without any shakes.

7. Go to Bird’s home

Birds lives with us. In our home, garden, traffic (terrifc!! 🙂 ) road sids you can see them. But for good bird photography you need to go their sanctuaries and zoo. Animals & Birds are very active with their own home like us.

8. Pay attention on Background

Always pay attention on background of the scene which you want to capture. A bad background can change the mood & visual of the photo.  And don’t always keep background as blur, sometimes we need to show the bird’s environment with them. So think about it too in your next click.

9. Use Continuous Shots

I hope you all guys know this technique. Use continuous shots to allows to take minimum 4/5 frame per second which is must for action photography. Whether you take birds, animals or sports events you must fix this setting to get best shot.

10. Avoid Sun Focusing on you

Shoot away from the sun. Usually backlits birds will not be good as front-lit birds.  Simply planning to stand in the correct spot will significantly improve the quality of your bird photography.

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Top 10 National Parks For Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography is not about clicking random pictures of wild animals. Wild animals are very dangerous and they can be attack any time, roar and some of the animals might fly while others leap. There are many wilds that they have many different movement.so it’s up to the photographer should keep their eye keen for the best capture at that movement and showing the best to the world for best snapshot of life. It’s actually a challenging role for the every photography. If the photographer using his technical skill then he can able to expose correctly. Here we have many wild places and national parks over in India. Some of the places are very popular and attracted by visitors in India. Let’s we see the following popular places for wild photography in India.

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Dachigam National Park-Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir with its full of natural beauty and its also known as the paradise of India. It’s situated in 22kms of north east of Srinagar and its cover an area of 141kms.Its considered as two parts which means more visitors are mostly accessible to visit in upper Dachigam is a day’s trek. Topography-It’s located in Zabarwan Range of the western Himalaya and the park lies above the tree line with natural beauty of bare rock mountains and crevices. Flora-famous for hangul or kashmir stag and various species like Musk Deer,Leapard,Himalayan serow,Himalayan black and brown bear,etc.Birds-cinnamon sparrow, Black bulbul,Minivet,woodpecker,etc.

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Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand

One of the largest park in India and its more than 488 species of fauna and 586 wildlife species are there in this park and attract almost 70,000 visitors visited till now. It’s located in the Nainital district of Uttarakhand.This Park has been divided into five different zones.Bijrani safari zone, Jhirna Safari Zone, Dhela Safari Zone, Durga Devi zone, Dhikala Zone, Sitabani Buffer Zone. This park attracted by Leopard, Hyena, Himalayan Goral, Elephant and last but not least Royal Bengal Tigers.

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Gir National Park and Sasan Gir Sanctuary at Gujarat

It’s situated in Gujarat and it’s established in 1965.This park is famed for providing shelter to Asiatic lions and its mixed deciduous type of forest. In flora there is Amla, Timru, Babul, Bahedo, and Moledi. In fauna there is Blue Bull, Spotted deer, Chinkara, Asiatic Lions and chousingha. This park around 38 species of mammals, 300 avi fauna species, 37 species of reptiles and over 2000insect species.

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Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary at Kerala

It’s in Kerala on Anappady place and has been proposed a world heritage site by the UNESCO.Its established on 1973.It’s the best spot for enjoy rich and enthusiastic flora and fauna. Here in the flore there is rosewood, teak, sandalwood and Neem trees are there and in fauna there is wild boar, Leopard, Macaques, Lion tailed. Visitors are mostly attracted and praised for providing shelter to various endangered and conserved species.

Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary

Kanha National Park at Madhya Pradesh

It has served as a source of inspiration for jungle book. It’s very popular national park in India located in the state of Madhya Pradesh and the most popularity of this place is The Royal Bengal Tigers. Fauna-Jungle cat, Wild dogs, Foxes, Jackals, Swamp Deer, Wild Cats, Barking Deer, Hares, Rat snakes, etc.It’s acknowledged as a best tourism friendly national parks award by the Department of Tourism, Government of India.

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Bandhavgarh National Park

Bandhavgarh National Park located in Madhya Pradesh in the heart of Umaria district. It’s full of natures and beauty were loved by the visitors and wild enthusiasts, ever year with decent numbers. It’s famous for Tiger, Panther, Deer, and 250 Bird and its nice place for photography. November to February is the best time to visit.

Bandhavgarh National Park

Sunderbans National Park

This national park is the largest forest in west Bengal and it’s also covered by throughout mangrove forest. There is almost 54 small island along with numerous river Ganges tributaries. Here the tourist are not only come for enjoy the sceneries but also come for enjoyed with wildlife constituted by 55 species of reptiles,250 species of birds and 58 species of mammals. This park is main attracted by Royal Bengal Tigers, wild boar, chital, fox and common Grey Mongoose.

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Pench National Park

This park is located in the neighboring state of Maharashtra.Its established on 1983.This Wildlife Park is mainly popular with Leopards, Deer, sloth bear, jungle cat, Bengal Tigers, striped hyena and porcupine and it’s the paradise of birds watchers. In this park we can see around 300 gorgeous species which include parakeets, Kingfishers, horn bills, bar-bets, chital, minivets, wagtails and white eye buzzard etc. The Best time to visit this park is between Novembers to June month.

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Keoladeo National Park

It’s firmly known as Bharatpur bird Sanctuary in bharatpur in the state of Rajasthan. In this park migratory bird species are protected around 29 Sq km.The main wildlife attraction by Cranes Ducks, Wagtails, Pelicans and flycatchers and its most popular for wide range of water fowl and stoke species. The best time to visit this place for October to March.

Keoladeo National Park

Periyar National Park

This park is located in Kerala and its protected wildlife reserve. It was established on 1982.This national park is situated right at the heart of Pandalam hills and the cardamom hills of south Western Ghats. This national park is mainly popular for Tiger, Elephants, Gaur, Wild Pigs, Barking Deer, Sambar and Nilgiri Langur and the best visited time is winter month of November to February.

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Top 10 Best Photography Places In India

Whether you want to be surrounded by people or capture a place where nearly no one goes, shoot amazing art and architecture, or just visit places of pure magic or drama, we’ve got 50 of the best places in the world to go. Take your pick. Every location on this list guarantees you incredible pictures.

This list could have thousands of entries, but the few mentioned here have a reputation for performing in front of a camera. Once you’ve made your way through the list, be sure to leave a comment with your favorite place.

Girnar Hills

Girnar, also known as Girinagar or Revatak Pravata, is a group of mountains in the Junagadh District of Gujarat, India, situated near Junagadh.

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Older than Himalayas Girnar, the mountain and its range are considered sacred and it’s an important pilgrimage site for both Jains and Hindus, who gather here during the Girnar Parikrama festival. Significantly famous among Shiva devotees for the mystic space-time of the mountain range with known presence and turnover of different sects of Sadhu Babas, Nath sect, different Jain Tirthankaras to Girnar, its typical flora and fauna, the famous Maha Shivratri fair, Girnar hosts a number of temples and some historical spots across its range. Amidst the lush green Gir Forest, the mountain range serves as the hub of religious activity.

Mysore Palace

Mysore is commonly described as the City of Palaces. There are about seven palaces inclusive of this; however, Mysore Palace refers specifically to the one within the Old Fort. Built by the Maharaja Rajarshi His Highness Krishnarajendra Wadiyar IV, Mysore Palace is now one of the most famous tourist attractions in India, after the Taj Mahal, and has more than 6 million visitors annually.

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The palace is ten minutes from the city central railway station and from the suburb bus-stand; right behind city bus-stand, and twenty minutes (less four miles) from Mysore Airport. The domestic airport is directly connected to the international airports of Bangalore (Kempegowda International Airport), Chennai (Chennai International Airport), Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum International Airport), Hyderabad (Rajiv Gandhi International Airport), and Bombay (Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport). The city is connected through the state highway SH-17.

Nandi Hills

Nandi Hills or Nandidurg (Anglicised forms include Nandidrug and Nandydroog) is an ancient hill fortress in southern India, in the Chikkaballapur district of Karnataka state. It is 10 km from Chickballapur town and approximately 60 km from the city of Bengaluru. The hills are nestled near the town of Nandi. In traditional belief, the hills are the origin of the Arkavathy river.

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The hills are now a popular tourist spot during summer. The state horticulture department maintains a garden for the tourists. The pressure of tourists on the environment here is great with a considerable problem of litter, noise and physical disturbance.

Cherai Beach

Cherai Beach is located in Kochi Taluk, Kerala, India. Cherai Beach is just 25 km from Kochi, and 30 km from Cochin International Airport. The nearest towns are North Paravur (6 km) and Kodungallur (10 km) and the nearest railway station is Aluva (20 km).

Cherai-Beach

Cherai Beach offers the less busier and cleaner beach assessable to the Ernakulam City and always attract the tourists from around and other states as well.

Cherai beach is different from many beaches in the sense that it is very clean and shallow and thus, ideal for the purpose of swimming and sunbathing. Being so near from the main Kochi city, an important commercial capital of Kerala, the Cherai beach is an enticing option for anybody who wants to get away from the din of city life momentarily. Particularly, people come to see the beautiful sunset from the beach and during rainy seasons, the dying rays of the Sun paints the cloudy sky with beautiful hues and colors.

Occasionally, people also see dolphins in the water. Cherai Beach is rightly considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in Kerala. It is a beautiful combination of sea and backwaters rimmed by lush green coconut palms and paddy fields. There is also a park for children on the beach. Tourists and visitors can also ride the water-scooter and speedboats, which are available here on rent. There are also a number of lodges and hotels in this area where you can put up. Generally, there is a lot of rush at the beach during the holidays.

You can also do lot of people/candid photography particularly those who love monochrome as there are photo-opportunities galore here…

Qutb Minar

Qutub Minar, at 75.1 meters, is the tallest brick minaret in the world, and the second tallest minar in India after Fateh Burj at Mohali. Qutub Minar, along with the ancient and medieval monuments surrounding it, form the Qutb Complex, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site The tower is located in the Mehrauli area of Delhi, India. Made of red sandstone and marble, Qutub Minar is a 72.5-meter (237.8 feet) tall tapering tower with a diameter measuring 14.32 meters (47 feet) at the base and 2.75 meters (9 feet) at the peak. Inside the tower, a circular staircase with 379 steps leads to the top. Qutub Minar station is the closest station on the Delhi Metro.

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Qutb Minar is surrounded by several historically significant monuments, which are historically connected with the tower and are part of the Qutub Complex. These include the Iron Pillar of Delhi, Quwwat-ul-Islam Mosque, Alai Darwaza, the Tomb of Iltutmish, Alai Minar, Ala-ud-din’s Madrasa and Tomb, and the Tomb of Imam Zamin. Other minor monuments include Major Smith’s Cupola and Sanderson’s Sundial.

Lodi Garden

Lodhi Gardens  is a city park situated in New Delhi, India. Spread over 90 acres (360,000 m2), it contains, Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodhis- who ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 1451 to 1526. The site is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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The gardens are situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung’s Tomb on Lodhi Road and is a hotspot for morning walks for the Delhiites.

Spread over 90 acres (360,000 m2),Lodi Garden contains Mohammed Shah’s Tomb, Sikander Lodi’s Tomb, Sheesh Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodis, an Afghan dynasty, that ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern day Pakistan, from 1451 to 1526. The site is now protected by the Archeological Survey of India.

Mandu Hills

Mandu is a ruined city in the Mandav area of the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, India. It is about 35 km from the Dhar city and about 100 km from Indore. It is about 80 km from Indore Airport and will take about 3 hours to reach by Taxi.

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At an altitude of 2,000 feet, Mandu, with its natural defenses, was originally the fort capital of the Parmar rulers of Malwa. Towards the end of the 13th century, it came under the sway of the Sultans of Malwa, the first of whom named it Shadiabad – ‘city of joy’. It’s rulers built exquisite palaces like the Jahaz and Hindola Mahals, ornamental canals, baths and pavilions, as graceful and refined as those times of peace and plenty.Each of Mandu’s structures is an architectural marvel. That is not all about Mandu, there are numerous other attractions at this hill station like an old fort called Rani Rupmati Pavilion, Baaz Bahadur Palace, Nilkanth Temple etc.

Elephanta Falls

Elephanta Falls is situated at the outskirts of Shillong, the Capital city of the North-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. Hilly road and around 12 kilometers away from Shillong. It is around 140 km from Guwahati Airport and will not take less than 4 hours to reach considering hilly roads.

The original Khasi name(Khasi is the local language of Meghalaya) of Elephanta Falls is -“Ka Kshaid Lai Pateng Khohdiew” meaning ” Three steps of water”. Because there are 3 phases in Elepahnta Falls. The First phase is hidden behind trees and jungle and not very accessible. The second phase is also not very significant. The third phase is really magnificent and since this region has rain all through the year, it is always flowing with water but July-August is the best time to visit as it is monsoon here and the water gushes down with full force and the view is stunning. The Third phase is also the tallest and the grandest.

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The name ‘Elephanta Falls’ was given by the British as there used to be huge rock in the Fall area resembling the shape of an elephant. However this rock was destroyed during the 1897 earthquake.

Babughat

Babughat is one of the many ghats built along the river bank of Hooghly along the Strand Road. The best time to visit is during the Durga Puja festival which happens around October in Kolkata. On the tenth day of the festival, the idols of Goddess Durga are brought to Babughat during late afternoon or evening and immersion rituals take place.

Babughat

Take a flight to Kolkata, the capital of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. From there you can hire a cab to go to Babughat. It is located along the banks of the Ganges river (local name Hooghly river) and is very near to the Eden Gardens stadium.

The place is taken over by photographers from the country as well from around the world during the 2-3 days when immersions take place. However one has to be careful about slipping on the muddy banks of the river.

A fast prime or telephoto with good low light capability should be good enough for taking snap during the rituals.

Sikandra

Sikandra is located in Agra about 15 kilometers from the Taj Mahal.From New Delhi Airport, it will be around 240 km via the Taj Express Highway and will take 4 hours by Taxi. It is a common destination for all who visit the great Taj Mahal.There is a nice garden where you will see deers grazing.

Sikandra

Sikandra was built in the beginning of the seventeenth century. The construction was started by the great Mughal Emperor Akbar and was completed by his son Jahangir. Sikandra was named after Sikandar lodi, the Delhi ruler who was in power from 1488 to 1517 but is most famous for and known as the final resting place of Akbar himself.