Kanha Tiger Reserve - June 2017
About Kanha National Park
Kanha's sal and bamboo forests, rolling grasslands and meandering streams stretch over 940 sq km in dramatic natural splendour which form the core of the Kanha Tiger Reserve created in 1974 under Project Tiger. The park is the only habitat of the rare hardground Barasingha (Cervus Duvaceli Branderi).
A heightened attraction within the Park is Bamni Dadar, popularly known as Sunset Point that offers the most awe-inspiring backdrop of the sunset against grazing Sambhars and Gaurs, magnifying the natural splendor of the area. Aside from its diverse wildlife and bird population, the frequent sightings of Tigers roaming in the wild at Kanha Wildlife Sanctuary remain the most popular draw.
Kanha is a Tiger centric sanctuary but you do get opportunities to capture other mammals and birds. Here are the recommended lenses for the tour.
100-400mm Zoom Lens
This is a versatile range to capture the Tigers as sometimes you get them at very close range.
300mm f/4 + 1.4x Converter
You can use this at 300mm or with the converter to get a good range of 420mm or even 600mm+ on a crop factor body. This being a prime lens, the quality of the images will be good and you can easily hand hold it. The lighting conditions at Kanha will be excellent and you will get good shutter speeds.
This is a very sharp lens and suitable for making good portraits of the Tiger.
70-200 f2.8 + 2x converter
I would highly recommend this lens over the older version of 100-400 as you can get two different ranges of focal length and even with a tele-converter, the quality of images is good. At 70mm it can also act as a decent landscape lens. Good choice to capture the mammals in its habitat.
150-600mm Sigma or Tamron
This is the Sigma/Tamron 150-500mm zoom lens with a Canon and Nikon mount. Though this is a slow lens, this works well in good lighting conditions and will be an excellent choice given the good lighting conditions.
300mm f2.8 + 1.4x or 2x converter
This offers the flexibility of multiple focal lengths and is a light-weight lens which can be used for hand held shooting.
Canon 200-400 f/4 with builtin 1.4x converter
This is one of the best lens for this tour as it has great flexibility, especially with the built-in 1.4x converter. The quality of the pics are also excellent. A highly recommended lens for this trip.
500mm + 1.4x converter
Another good lens for a place like Kanha to get close/tight portraits of the Tiger. You will need bean bag to support this.
600mm or 800mm
These are super telephoto lens and will be an excellent choice if you can manage to get them.
Along with the above recommended lenses, you can also get wide angle lens or any other lens of your choice for making landscape images. You could also rent an additional body to ensure you have two sets of camera/lens ready to shoot at all times.
Wildlife Photography related learning during the workshop:
Today's Wildlife Photography is all about action, creativity and uniqueness. The aim of this tour is to ensure on-the-field knowledge sharing & instruction with respect to wildlife photography, enabling participants to master creative photography skills and handle dynamic subjects such as mammals with greater confidence.
During the workshop your mentor Sudhir Shivaram will help you master the core principles and concepts of Wildlife Photography. The sessions will help you to progress from taking images to making images. You will understand the concepts of storytelling images and what it takes to get your images published.
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 and program modes
- Understanding exposure - the 18% concept
- White balance (pre-set and custom)
- The temperature of light (natural and artificial colour cast)
- Composition (framing)
- Elements of design (seeing v/s looking)
- Lenses and perspective (the right choice of focal length)
- Completing the story
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
- Saving for web/ printing
During the Field Outing:
During the field outing, your mentor Sudhir Shivaram will help you make memorable images. Inputs provided on the field will enable you make the most of the opportunity.
Before the Workshop (An e-mail will be sent to you to collect all these data before the workshop)
- Your camera / lens details needs to be sent to Sudhir so that he can prepare a chart of best practices for that set of equipment which you can use in the field.
- Your photos / portfolio to be sent to Sudhir for him to review the images and arrive at the areas of improvements for each of the participants.
- Your expectations from the workshop - This needs to be sent to Sudhir to ensure these are addressed during individual interactions with the participants.
During the Workshop
- Sudhir will demonstrate the best way to approach and shoot the subjects and also give deeper insights on the behaviour of the subjects.
- He will introduce to the participants the advance custom function settings of the camera and teach them to shoot like a professional based on the chart he would have prepared for each individual.
- He will continually guide participants during the hands-on field outing, review images and provide feedback.
- Knowledge sharing and image review will continue through the evenings in the conference room where he will interact with participants to further reinforce the day's learning.
- Assignments will be given to individuals which needs to be completed during the course of the workshop. This will enable better learning for the participants as they will have deliverables as a part of the workshop.
After the Workshop
- Participants will select and upload their best images from the photo tour in the '"Sudhir Shivaram Photography Club" Facebook group.
- Sudhir will personally review them and provide detailed inputs.
- The learning continues through Facebook and e-mail interactions, where doubts and queries related to their learning from the tour will be addressed and resolved.
- The Facebook group will also facilitate peer group interaction and contribute to the overall learning experience.
Day 1, Saturday, 3 June, 2017:
Participants of the workshop arrive from various destinations and check-in to Kanha Earth Lodge, part of Pugdundee Safari.
In the evening, the participants meet the mentor Sudhir Shivaram and go through the tips and tricks of wildlife photography along with understanding the core concepts of photography.
Day 2,3 : Sun/Mon, 4/5 June, 2017:
Morning and afternoon safari.
Interactions with Sudhir Shivaram after the morning and evening safari.
Day 4, Tuesday, 6 June, 2017:
- Morning Safari and checkout after breakfast.
- Participants of Bandhavgarh Workshop if any, proceed to Kings Lodge Bandhavgarh.
How to get to Kanha Earth Lodge:
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For Indian and Foreignal Nationals(Same cost):
Rs 38,000/- (USD $560)
*Price is per person on double occupancy basis.
Additional Rs 10,000 (USD $150) for single occupancy
- All costs are ex-Pugdundee Safaris. However, at an added cost (on actuals), we can arrange for transportation.
- 3 Nights / 4 Days Kanha Earth Lodge - stay at Pugdundee Safaris. Price inclusive of all meals, safaris, forest entry fee/ camera fee/ guide charges.
*Any other expenses outside of the above will have to be borne by the individuals.
Group Size: 8 - 14
Kanha Earth Lodge is tucked in a forested area of 16 acres adjoining the buffer zone of Kanha in a small tribal hamlet. It is set in deep jungles away from the tourism hub of Kanha yet close enough for an easy access to the Khatia/Kisli park gate (9.5 km), there is good opportunity to view variety of mammals and birds around the lodge itself.
The Lodge architecture has been inspired by the stunning Gond tribal villages which are situated on the fringes of Kanha, making it blend effortlessly with the forest and rural architecture. Local material and manpower has been used extensively in building the lodge, many construction workers have been trained and are now part of the permanent lodge team. The lodge is wild & rustic yet deluxe & stylish, assuring an exclusive wilderness experience.
Rs 18,000 is non refundable once the Safari Permit is done for the participants. The refund policy below is applicable to remaining amount.
80% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done 45 days prior to the event.
No refund if cancellation is done between 0-45 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.