buy accutane buy xanax buy percocet
Monitor Lizards Combat – A StoryMonitor Lizards

Monitor Lizards Combat – A Story

During the last quarter of 2006 I acquired a super-telephoto lens (Canon 400 f2.8L IS USM). Many people advised that wildlife photographers hadn’t tried that lens and I should stick to the proven 500 f/4. How ever I went ahead and poured nearly 8000USD on this dream lens as a hobbyist. A very similar amount someone would invest on a small car.

A Maruti Gypsy was my other proud possession back then and a colleague from #Accenture – Vijay was my accomplice in these jungle journeys as most others thought Bandipur was a place you could visit once or twice but you have to be mad like Jay and Vijay if you end up there every weekend. At around 4:40PM we realised it was too dark and cloudy and it would perhaps rain on this saturday evening. Smartness prevailed and we decided to cut-short the safari at 5PM thus saving 1500/- INR (around 30USD) and returning early to Mysore – where my parents lived.(Native)

Just when we were cruising towards the Bandipur reception, Vijay altered me of something crazy that was happening. We stopped and observed two Monitor Lizards up in arms. Soon they stood on hind legs (#Bipedalism) and the rigorous battle continued. Very dark and gloomy meant shutter speeds were in single digits. Even the world’s fastest 400mm lens at a reasonably high ISO of 400 (Back then on a Canon 30D) gave me a 1/4s exposure. I fired a few shots (All of them vertical compositions) and realised I was fighting a battle I couldn’t win. At such a slow speed I couldn’t freeze any action. It was frustrating. I was missing a great opportunity that I would probably never witness again and here I was dabbling with my camera controls. I took a funny decision then:

I decided to click 4 pictures in Manual mode by using a 1/60sec shutter speed which was a few stops down to what was needed. How would the pic turn out? You are right – it was a pitch dark photo where I couldn’t see head or tail of the reptiles in combat. I kept my camera aside and watched them for a while hearing them hiss and battle while they faded away in to the undergrowth. I looked at Vijay’s face and he gave me a smile we would then call a “Harami” wala smile. Economics / Cost cutting as an idea vanished at this sight and we ended up doing the safari till 6PM. Who would calculate costs when in front of such a spectacle?

We rushed home and the first thing I did was download the files and I just opened the 4 dark pictures in Canon Digital Photo Professional I would use then. I simply increased the brightness of all of them and here was this one. A pleasant surprise. Little did I realise this photograph would be the delimiter between my journey as a hobbyist and a professional. In a couple of months this was framed on the Sanctuary Asia magazine’s cover and it almost felt like scoring a century on one’s debut. My first ever published image. Most of you know how life has changed after this.

#Photography_Career #Bandipur #Jayanth_Sharma

Would you like to Respond?

55 Responses to “Monitor Lizards Combat – A Story”

  1. Vijay Kumar - Great shot
    July 5, 2014 Reply
  2. Hina Hina - sopr
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  3. Sabya Ghosh - Jayanth, I always admire your admirable pieces! There is always a story to every shot you freeze upon and I am always left in a dilematic chaos on what to appreciate upon !! You are just superb...in pen and lens !!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  4. Vicky Sardana - Super like !!!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  5. Sundar Rajagopal - Electionuku mun othihayo..?
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  6. Sandip Halder - Mind blowing. ....
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  7. Yogesh Namdeo - Great !!!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  8. Prashant Dhanavade - The image is spectacular. ..and the narration is equally enthralling
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  9. Suhaas Sathyanarayan - Beauty !!!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  10. Sajim Shaw - Retrieved full advantage of shooting in RAW.
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  11. Daniel Bennett - Great story, I know how you feel trying to decide on equipment. Glad it worked out for you.....
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  12. Desai Meesha - Simply amazing :)))
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  13. Rosie Lamb - Great photo, brilliant story, marvelous moment!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  14. Ganesh Prakasam - Thanks for sharing a piece of your history. Sure it was an inspiration tracing and relating your journey to mine. Nice pic too !
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  15. Akshay Deshmukh - superb
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  16. Shashidhar Ga - Beautiful narration ...
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  17. Natures Glory - God bless ur journey and ur hard work...
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  18. Saul Pereira - What a lovely story. It was worth the investment although I would never have dared to put in that kind of money
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  19. Nitin Maheshwari - This is a beautiful capture… lot to learn from you. :)
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  20. Jayalakshmi Senthilnathan - Through the lens is always magical, most unexpected moments glue to the eyes when seen and captured by an aspirant is awe inspiring! Truly! This is a great write up too..
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  21. Nediamveetil Damodaran - Two big reptiles are fighting standing up on two legs.Excellent to watch. Good picture. Good day to all.
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  22. Sujith Sivadas - Great lens great...ideas broh! n fr sure great result!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  23. Pranothi Shroff - Well as usual I can´t decide if it´s the photo or the story behind the photo that makes it so amazing :))
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  24. Gaurav Agarwal - Great story!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  25. Shivakumar Ramashastry - Good one jayanth. If I make a decision to learn photography it´s you who would be my teacher.
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  26. Tejas P Lodaya - Brilliant!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  27. Peer Mohamed - Actually your write up makes the photo even more beautiful. Your narration is always awesome :)
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  28. Kathryn Engle - Awesome shot!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  29. Bhargava KS - Kathe Purana is vocal.. Written e level ge nodirlilla.. :) ille idini pa.. Blore nalli.. Nin Tara kaalige chakra illa.. :P
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  30. Bhargava KS - U are an amazing story teller as well Jay!! :) Certainly makes the experience of the photo much better!!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  31. Simran Gadgil - Wow that´s amazing
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  32. Jacqueline Robinson Madhok - Amazing pic n grt story ....really enjoyed all of it !!!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  33. Arun Kumar - i read complete story of this image. photography i amy hobby. short is very nice and unique.keep it up
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  34. Subrat Kumar Seet - Superb one
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  35. Abhay Khedekar - Too good. Everything- picture, narrative, presence of mind, economics, luck n gypsy too....stuff dreams r made of (y)
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  36. Mahesh Subramanian - Thanks :)
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  37. Sunder Dev Baidya - Its nature love to live
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  38. Mahesh Subramanian - True that!! Btw is there a website where u have listed ur upcoming workshops?
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  39. Sameer Jain - Just one word...INSPIRING!!!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  40. Samir Madhani - Super :)
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  41. Suhas Shelke - ha ha ha ha .. I can relate to that ´Harami´ wala smile :D :D ..I remember this incident you shared on 2 occasions :) ..Love the write up as well !
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  42. Neeraj Garg - Jayanth Sharma As usual...a great shot and a great story....
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  43. Violeta Alvarado - El no darse por vencido es el logro de tan merecido éxito
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  44. Haresh de Soysa - Loved the narrative. Fantastic image!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  45. Mahesh Subramanian - Brilliant freeze and loved the write up... P.s: U still own the gypsy??
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  46. Uma Iyer - As usual loved the story behind the pic !!!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  47. Pavan Annigeri - Awesome
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  48. Aruna Minhas - Lucky!!!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  49. Mary Solorzano - Beautiful picture and as always a great story to go along!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  50. Sandeep Athreyas - Thats amazing.. And a nice story to addon..!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  51. Sabyasachi Talukdar - Nice to learn the story behind the pic (Y)
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  52. Suman Desarker - Superb Jayant.... wish u more such events !!
    July 4, 2014 Reply
  53. Ashish Paliwal - Was P Vijay Kumar with you?
    July 4, 2014 Reply
    • Jayanth Sharma - Indeed. The best thing he did after being tummy full of beer in Masinagudi was to spot monitor lizards in the undergrowth. Without the beer he wouldn't even spot his bike. Aint it?
      July 4, 2014 Reply
  54. Jayanth Sharma - Sanctuary Asia - Feb 2007
    July 4, 2014 Reply