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    Bandhavgarh Photo Gallery

    Experience Bandhavgarh, which has one of the highest density of Tigers in India and its amazing wildlife together with Sudhir Shivaram.

    Bandhavgarh is a photographers paradise to capture the magnificent Tigers in their natural habitat. We cover the core zones of Tala and Magdhi as a part of this photography learning tour with Sudhir. During the trip, we will photography everything from Tigers to birds and anything which moves.

    Tala and parts of Magadhi zones have mostly sal forests with vast open spaces, giving ample opportunity to experiment interesting compositions and landscape/habitat shots. Certain sections of Magadhi and most of Khitauli zone contain bamboo forests that can be somewhat challenging to shoot. This is where you get to gain from Sudhir’s experience and expertise as he demonstrates shooting and composition techniques to help you make the most of any situation.

    Why do this photography learning tour with SSP?

    • On field guidance from Sudhir during the field outing to help you get the best images.
    • On field review of images and feedback.
    • Get the best drivers and guides/naturalists trained to position the vehicles from a photographers point of view.
    • Healthy photography competition among participants where you will be the judge. You will learn the parameters used to judge images and will understand what it takes to participate in a real world competition.
    • We choose the best season to maximise the photography opportunities.
    • Whatsapp group of the participants will be formed 1 month prior to the workshop dates so that your learning starts much in advance and you are well prepared for the tour.

    Who should attend this tour?

    • Quite simply, this tour is for anyone who wants to be an awesome wildlife photographer.
    • You can be a rank beginner or have some experience wielding the camera, either way, SSP’s photography learning tour is bound to enhance your skill and knowledge.
    • This is the ideal tour if you are looking to move to next level in wildlife photography, as we always plan Bandhavgarh to make the best use of the opportunities available.

    What can you expect from this tour?

    • Practical on-field learning from Sudhir.
    • Understand the various challenges of wildlife/bird photography and learn how to arrive at the correct camera setting for a particular situation.
    • Understanding the advanced focusing features of different AF area modes, AF cases (in Canon) and learning when to use what.
    • Pre-visualising your images in the field and how to arrive at the camera setting for that.
    • Discussions back in the camp as well to ensure all doubts are cleared for your next field session.
    • At the end of this tour, gain enough practice and confidence to put your camera to optimal use – with respect to basic and certain advanced camera settings.
    • Move away from taking images to making images.

    Beyond Learning

    While we are extremely serious about our photography, we never play down the importance of some good old-fashioned fun. And great food. Dinnertime is our designated “huddle time” where we share safari stories that continue well past bedtime. Last night of the workshop is official party night where we match steps with the local tribal folk over a celebratory dinner. So, what do we celebrate? Good times, great food, awesome friends. And of course, photography!!

    AIRPORT/RAILHEAD

    Jabalpur is the nearest airport, around 3.5-hr drive. Umaria Rly Stn is 45-min drive and Katni Rly Stn 2-hr drive.

    IDEAL FLIGHT TIMINGS

    Book any flight which arrives at Jabalpur by / before 3 pm on day 1 of the workshop and plan to take any flight after 4pm from Jabalpur on last day of the workshop.

    LAST MILE

    We will coordinate with you for your pickup/drop from/to airport/rly station. We generally do car pooling of participants arriving at around same time.

    RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

    2 camera bodies. 1 full frame and the other crop sensor is recommended. For wide angle shots, you will need a 16-35mm and 70-200mm range lens. Then you an have the 100-400 or the 200-500/150-600 zoom lens and finally you can get the 500/600/800mm biggies.

    DURATION / STAY

    4 nights/5 days @ Pugdundee's Kings Lodge Resort or Bandhav Vilas.

    CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT

    Check-in: Anytime on day1 of the workshop and Check-out on last day after morning safari.

    SAFARI

    Total 7 safaris. Morning safari from 6:15am to 10:00am and evening safari from 3:30pm to 5:30pm.

    WEATHER/TEMPERATURE

    Max temp: 40°C and Min temp: 27°C

    KEY SPECIES

    The key species we can sight during the workshop are Tigers, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Wild Pig, Lesser adjutant stork and other common bird species.

    THINGS TO CARRY

    The recommended Camera gear, Binoculars, Hat, Sunglasses, Essential medicines

    Testimonials

    What our students say about Sudhir Shivaram.