HIGHLIGHTS

Rann, meaning salt marsh, is a unique geographical formation that is dreary, desolate, dramatic, and jaw-dropping – all at once. Remarkably rich in an array of faunal species, this photogenic landscape makes for a textbook learning of wildlife, bird, and nature photography. Little Rann of Kutch is home to the Asiatic Wild Ass and numerous other mammal species including the Indian wolf, desert fox, nilgai, hyenas, hares, hedgehogs among others. Flamingos, pond herons, egrets, sarus cranes are only a few of the hundreds of bird species found here.

Whether you are keen to master your bird photography techniques or it is nature photography that excites you, there is something at Rann for everyone.

SPOTLIGHTS

Airport/Railhead

> Ahmedabad Airport
2.5-hr drive
> Ahmedabad Rly Stn
2-hr drive
> Viramgram Rly Stn
1-hr drive

Ideal
Flight Timings

Arrive at Ahmedabad by 9 am
(day 1 of workshop)

Depart Ahmedabad after
6 pm (last day of workshop)

Last Mile

We will coordinate
with you for
pickup/drop from/to
airport/rly stn

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

2 camera bodies
70-200 lens
100-400 range
any wide angle lens
Long tele of 500mm or 600mm

Duration/Stay

3 nights/4 days
@ Rann Riders

Check-in/Check-out

Check-in: 12 pm
(day 1 of workshop)

Check-out: 12 pm
(last day of workshop)

Safari

A mix of jeep safaris
and on-foot photography

AM: 6:30 to 11:00
PM: 3:30 to 7:00

Weather/Temperature

Max temp: 29°C
Min temp: 12°C

Key Subjects

Flamingo
Sarus crane
Pond heron
Sandgrouse
Francolin
Asiatic wild ass
Desert fox

Things to Carry

Camera-lens
Binoculars
Bird book
Warm wear
Essential medicines

Thu Jan 25, 2018

Arrive and check in to Rann Riders, Dasada, by noon.

  • Gather around to exchange "hellos" and glean a few tips from Sudhir about the subjects and the destination.
  • Head for the afternoon safari into the Little Rann of Kutch targeting the Asiatic Wild Ass and some key avian species.
  • Post-safari, at the resort, Sudhir will lead an interactive session on the core concepts of wildlife/bird photography.
  • Fri-Sat Jan 26-27, 2018

    Morning safari in the Rann followed by breakfast at the Rann Riders.

  • Relax, review images, exchange notes.
  • Feast on the lunch spread and try to squeeze in a siesta
  • Spot and shoot as many species as possible during the noon safari
  • Return to the resort and convene for more photography-related discussion and image reviews
  • Sun Jan 28, 2018

    One final safari into the salt marshes before returning to the resort for breakfast and checkout.

    Before the Workshop

    We will ask you for:
    – some basic information about your equipment
    – your photos/portfolio
    – your expectations from the workshop

    Based on this, Sudhir will chart out best practices for your set of equipment. He will review the images and judge the areas that need working on.

    Communicating your expectations beforehand will ensure that Sudhir addresses them during individual interactions with you.

    During the Workshop

    – Sudhir will demonstrate the best way to approach and shoot the subjects and give deeper insights on their behavioural aspects.
    – He will introduce the advanced custom function settings of your camera. A firm understanding of these settings will be your first step toward shooting like a pro.
    – In the park, he will continually guide you based on the field conditions and subjects.
    – Knowledge sharing and image review will continue through the evenings as Sudhir interacts with you with focused inputs to reinforce the day’s learning.
    – You will have assignments to complete, giving you ample scope to assimilate and apply all that you have learnt.

    *For a detailed list of the topics covered, please scroll down.

    After the Workshop

    Your pursuit of photography knowledge doesn’t end with the workshop. The SSP Community is your gateway to continued learning and interaction, apart from being the ideal platform to showcase your best images. In addition to image review and critique by Sudhir and his team, you also gain the perfect peer group interaction to grow as a photographer. Theme-based assignments, healthy discussions, candid feedback, equipment reviews and resale are the other great perks of being part of this community.

    *The below topics will be covered and the participants will learn how to apply these concepts in wildlife photography.

    – Manual and autofocus (focusing points, autofocus lock, single or continuous focus)
    – Manual exposure (ISO, shutter speeds, f/ stops and the light meter)
    – Metering modes (evaluative, matrix, spot metering)
    – Depth of field (shallow, deep, hyper focal distance)
    – Motion (freezing, blurring and panning)
    – Picture styles / picture control (colour, black and white, sepia etc…)
    – Aperture priority, shutter speed priority, Manual exposure and other program modes
    – In-depth coverage of Spot Metering, Evaluative / Matrix Metering, Partial Metering and Centre-Weighted Average
    – Understanding exposure – the 18% concept
    – White balance (pre-set and custom)
    – Different kind of outdoor lighting and how to study / make use of it.
    – Composition (framing)
    – Elements of design (seeing v/s looking)
    – Lenses and perspective (the right choice of focal length)
    – Pre-visualization
    – Completing the story

    Post Processing:
    During the course of the workshop, you will be taken through the fundamentals of image processing, and the following topics will be covered:

    – Colour management policies (colour settings, working space, ICC profiles etc.)
    – Working with RAW files
    – Cropping and image editing
    – Levels, curves, contrast, saturation adjustments
    – Image sharpening, cloning, dodge and burn
    – Noise reduction
    – Advance concepts of targeted adjustments using masking and layers technique
    – Saving for web/ printing

    INR 28,500/- per person, on double occupancy

     

    Inclusions:

    • Accommodation and all meals for 3 nights/4 days
    • Safaris including park entry, camera fees, guide fees

     

    Any expense other than those listed in the “Inclusions” above.

    Rann Riders, Dasada

    Surrounded by wetlands, Rann Riders is an eco-friendly resort imaginatively designed using local materials to recreate the appearance of a village. Accommodations are in cottages, resembling the kooba houses of the Bajania community of Dasada and the bhunga houses of the Rabaris of Kutch, decorated with mirrors, mud-plaster work and embroideries. Each of the cottages has an a/c twin-bedroom, with a comfortable cane bed, a dry dressing area and a tiled bathroom with western-style toilet fittings and hot-and-cold showers.

    Refund policy:

    – 80% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done 45 days prior to the event
    – 50% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done between 30-45 days of the event
    – 25% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done between 15-30 days of the event
    – No refund if cancellation is done between 0-15 days of the event

     

    Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.

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