We at TOEHOLD are busy talking #Africa in the entire office. While the Catman Giri Cavale is packing bags to lead a group to the great plains of the Serengeti next week, Maestro Sachin Rai Photography is interacting with aspirants who want to go on our May Kenya trip guided by him.
Monochromes certain times can be more interesting than colour prints / images for various reasons. How ever many photographers start thinking of converting their images to BW when there is an exposure issue and want to avoid showing the over-exposed areas in the colour.
One wakes up in the morning and opens the door to look at the lovely sunrise in the marvellous Kuril lake – Kamchatka. Just as the eyes widen enough and set an end to the drowsiness, the vision starts extending towards the famous watch tower and the mouth of a river that joins the lake. 9 out of 10 times you can expect more than one Brown Bears splashing water and fishing salmons.
The Chambal is perhaps one of the most pristine rivers of India. Infamous for it’s bandits and the daring Phoolan Devi, this area has been the hide outs for organised gangs in the past. Perhaps one area where looting and crime was relatively high in the yesteryears and even now the number of industries and factories are a handful.
There are very few places in the world where a culture of birding, natural history and compassion for nature becomes a part of one’s daily life. Bharatpur is an epitome of the spirit of a Naturalist and over the last few decades it only spreads it’s love for nature and birds especially far and wide. The humble and passionate ex-ranger Bholu Khan and his naturalist/photographer sons Ansar and Chotu Khan belong to one such family that has given all its love to the park. Which is why even a retired Bholu Khan never misses patrolling the park and doing what ever he can as he wants nothing else perhaps and has only done this all his life.
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I am right now in Bharatpur, mentoring 8 smart boys who are the finalists of the Saevus Youth4Clicks contest. We have just ended day one with some Saurus, Bar-headed Goose and other opportunities. The boys are smart and seem to be already implementing some of their learnings.
I won’t be exaggerating if I tell you that I see Autofocus Points moving around in my dreams. I dream of animals in great perches and the focus point on them and the most pleasurable sound of the shutter release relaxes my sleep and I perhaps snore after this.
For me if there is a place on earth that I want to visit every year for the rest of my active life – it is Svalbard (The jewel of Arctic). With over 5 expeditions in my experience, I seem to know the archipelago much better than in 2012 when I first travelled to the European Arctic.