Vrishin Bhamri talks about his thrilling encounters as a wildlife photographer and what it takes to be one.
I am pursuing my Bachelor’s in Business Economics from Vaishnav College. Photography has been in my blood since childhood as my father used to be an avid photographer, shooting with the old film roll cameras. I have also used the roll cameras and the miniature zoom hand-held digicams, until the arrival of the DSLR cameras.
I am largely into wildlife and floral photography. I relish capturing eyes, faces, movements and macros. I click without extra lighting or any high-end equipment. I’m equipped with basic requirements to nurture the hobby.
I have been associated with the Tamil Nadu Forest Department and have been supplying them with photographs for the last two years, which they have been using for calendars, brochures, wall portraits etc. I am also a part of their annual census team and help capture random wildlife shots.
Wildlife photography is an art by itself. Without passion, you cannot make it. It is a lot of hard work on field. Every wildlife photographer’s mind-blowing shot is the result of 20-125 shots with his camera.
Face to face
I have had a lot of experiences as a wildlife photographer, be it, sleeping on wet grass or trailing a tiger pug mark for miles and miles and spotting no tiger. I have been chased down by several wild tuskers and herds of bison. I have sat on a tree top for weeks together, slept under the open stars, leapt cautiously over frogs and insects...I have waited for hours near a tiger kill waiting to see its majestic saunter towards his kill and his sharp canines tearing apart the spotted deer’s flesh.
At every turn there is a shot waiting to be captured and one must not forget the adventure and thrill that come with it. Every wildlife photographer waits for that one moment when he/she gets that “perfect” shot.
Wildlife photography gives you the chance to relish nature in all the different camera modes — landscape, macro, movement and close-up. Every glance of an insect is different, every stride of an animal is different, every movement of water is different and every colour of a flower is different.
I have the pleasure of capturing a large variety of colourful birds from as small as 10 inches in size to as large as two feet. We humans as social animals must have more affinity towards these creatures of the wild. Why only portraits of humans? Why just landscapes of cities? Why not nature? Why not the canopies and trees?
Always take your tripod stand with you.
Shoot as much as you can, but let the camera be your weapon.
An eye of a nocturnal creature shines at night, so keep your flash guns aback.
Nature hates losing its colour, so let it remain green and clean. Do not modify the pictures too much.
Always have spare batteries as your shutter counts will not stop.
Patience is a big requirement in wildlife photography, and you can not afford to lose it.