BHARATPUR BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY

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    Wetlands, dry grasslands and woodlands intersperse and overlap to form Bharatpur’s landscape that is nothing short of magical. Changing light conditions over the course of the day add to the mystique while giving you dramatic backdrops for your images.

    birds flying

    cranes flying

    Subjects are aplenty here, and the landscape is varied. Unlike tiger destinations where you may have to anticipate and wait for your subject to cooperate, Bharatpur gives you the opportunity to apply your learning then and there. With the whole day to yourself (park is open until 6:30 pm), you get plenty of time to interact with and learn from Sudhir. He will offer practical guidance on how to approach your subjects, experiment with backgrounds, optimize your equipment, play with the light conditions and so on.

    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.
    • 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?

    • This is an advanced bird photography workshop for anyone who has cameras which supports focusing features of different AF area modes and want to learn how to use it.
    • 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 bird photography, as we always plan Bharatpur to make the best use of the opportunities available. Feb is an awesome time to be at Bharatpur.

    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.

    Prerequisite for the workshop

    Participants are expected to know the basic fundamentals of exposure triangle parameters, metering, focusing and various camera settings. You can watch the “How to be a better photography in 45 mins” video of Sudhir on YouTube to have a good understanding on the basics and then attend this tour.

    Your camera needs to have the different AF area modes like:
    Nikon – auto-area AF, single-point AF, dynamic-area AF, Grp focusing and 3D-tracking
    Canon – Single point AF, AF point expansion, Zone AF, Large Zone AF, Automatic selection
    Sony – AF options of wide, zone, centre, flexible spot, expand flexible point.

    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

    New Delhi Airport which is 4.5 hr drive or Jaipur Airport which is 3 hrs drive. Alternatively Bharatpur railway station.

    IDEAL FLIGHT TIMINGS

    Arrive at Delhi/Jaipur by 9 am (day 1 of workshop) and depart Delhi/Jaipur after 7 pm (last day of workshop).

    LAST MILE

    We will coordinate with you for pickup/drop from/to Delhi or Jaipur. Generally we car pool participants coming in at similar flight timings and the taxi cost is shared between them.

    RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

    You can get 2 camera bodies, preferable a full frame and a crop sensor. A zoom lens of 70-200 or 100-400 range will be good for wide perspective shots combined with a long tele of 500/600/800. The Sigma or Tamron 150-600 will also be a good choice. Since this is an advanced photography workshop, we recommend to get camera bodies which supports the advanced focusing features of different AF area modes.

    DURATION / STAY

    4 nights and 5 days at Birders-inn Hotel, Bharatpur. We will be doing 3 full days safari in the park.

    CHECK-IN/CHECK-OUT

    Check-in: 12 pm (day 1 of workshop) and Check-out: 12 pm (last day of workshop). Depending on the check-out time, you can have lunch and leave for your destination.

    SAFARI / FIELD OUTING

    We will have a total of 3 full days of safari / field outing in the park. Day 1 and 5 will be 1/2 day and day 2-3-4 will be 3 full days from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. One cycle rickshaw per participant.

    WEATHER/TEMPERATURE

    The weather will be very cold through out the day. A bit very chilly early mornings and late evenings.

    KEY SPECIES

    The primary subjects will be Sarus Cranes, Pelicans, Black-necked storks and a lot of other winter visitors along with mammals like Rhesus macaques, Sambar, Spotted Deer, Nilgais and Jackals.

    THINGS TO CARRY

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

    Testimonials

    What our students say about Sudhir Shivaram.