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Kabini Wildlife Photography - July 2017

About Kabini
The Kabini Forest Reserve is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of Karnataka, probably because of its accessibility, lush green landscape surrounding a large lake, and sightings of herds of elephants. It is 80 km (50 mi) away from Mysore and 205 km (127 mi) from Bangalore, and comprises the south-eastern part of Nagarahole National Park. Situated on the banks of the Kabini River, the reserve is spread over 55 acres (22 ha) of forestland, steep valleys, and water bodies. Once a private hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore, Kabini was a popular shikar hotspot for British Viceroys and Indian royalty. Now it is considered to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, famous for its spectacular wildlife and bird life.

Recommended Equipment
Kabini offers varied photo ops to capture the Leopard/Tiger and a host of other mammals in it's natural habitat. Here are the recommended lenses for the tour.

100-400mm or the 80-400 Zoom Lens
This is a versatile range to capture mammals and birds and can also act as a landscape lens at 100mm.

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 Kabini will be good and you will get good shutter speeds depending on lighting conditions and ISO used.

400mm f5.6
This is a very sharp lens and suitable for portraits.

150-600 Tamaron / Sigma or the 200-500 Nikon
Though these are slow lenses, they works well in good lighting conditions and will be an excellent choice for Kabini 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.

500mm + 1.4x converter
This lens is highly recommended for a place like Kabini. Excellent for birds and also mammals. You will need a 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. You will need bean bags to support these lenses.

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 as a second body to ensure you have two sets of camera / lens ready to shoot at all times.

Sudhir Shivaram Photography recommends www.bookmylens.com in case you want to rent any of the above lenses from Bangalore. Please do visit BML website to make your rental booking.

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 bird and wildlife photography, enabling participants to master creative photography skills and handle dynamic subjects such as mammals & birds with greater confidence.

During the workshop your mentor Sudhir Shivaram will help you master the core principles and concepts of Wildlife/Bird 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 Widlife 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 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:- Friday 30th June, 2017
‣Arrive at The JLR Resorts, Kabini by noon.
‣Take some rest and have lunch at 1:30 pm.
‣Meet the tour leader at 2:30pm for a brief round of introduction and the plan for the next 3 days.
‣Depart for safari at 3:30 pm and come back by around 7:00 pm.
‣Coffee/  tea / snacks will be served after the safari.
‣We meet at around 7:45 pm to discuss about the 4 pillars of Wildlife Photography.
‣9:30 pm dinner and lights out.

Day 2:- Saturday 1st July, 2017
‣Wakeup call with coffee/ tea followed by safari at 6:00 am.
‣Return at 9:30 am and have breakfast.
‣We meet at 11:30 am to review the images shot in the morning safari followed by hands on learning session till 1:30 pm.  
‣In this session all your practical field challenges will be addressed.
‣Lunch at 1:30 or 2 pm. Take a power nap after lunch and assemble for the safari at 3:15 pm.
‣Depart for safari and come back by around 7 pm.
‣Coffee/ tea/ snacks will be served after the safari.
‣We meet at around 7:45 pm and continue the interactive sessions on photography.
‣9:30 pm dinner and lights out.

Day 3:- Sunday 2nd July, 2017
‣Wakeup call with coffee/ tea followed by safari at 6:00 am.
‣Return at 9:30 am and have breakfast.
‣11 am - group photograph and check-out.

There are no questions related to this program!

Workshop Cost

‣Rs 29,750/- (plus 9% Service Tax)
* Price is per person, on double occupancy basis for Indian Nationals.
* Please contact us for foreign national costing.

Cost includes
- All costs are ex-Jungle Lodges & Resorts
- 2 nights / 3 days stay at JLR, Kabini Resorts. Price inclusive of all meals, safaris, forest entry fee / camera fee/ guide charges etc.

Cost Excludes
- Any other services or meals which are not mentioned in the above "Includes" section.
- Driver / Guide / Resort-Staff Tip amount of around Rs 500-700 per participant.

Group Size: 12-18

The Jungle Lodges & Resorts, Kabini

Named after the River Kabini, the River Kabini Lodge beckons with the promise of elephants, gaur, deer and a rumour of tiger. Located on the southern fringes of the Nagarahole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park) , this former hunting lodge of the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore was rated as One of the Top 5 Wildlife Resorts in the World by the British Tatler's Travel Guide. A sprawling colonial estate in the heart of elephant country, the River Kabini Lodge echoes with the call of the wild.

Refund policy:

75% 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.