Tadoba Tiger Reserve - Dec 2017
Tadoba lies in the confines of Chimur Hills and the latter comprises of Kolsa and Mohurli Ranges. The undulating topography comprises of Hills which are densely covered with mixed forests and belts of bamboo. The deep valleys, river beds, and small grassy meadows provide suitable habitat to many life forms.
The total area under the Project Tiger is 1727.6 sq.km with core area being 625. 82 sq.km and the rest 1101.78 sq.km constitute the buffer zone. The core area concept denotes critical tiger habitat which is subject to intense conservation measures with human intervention being minimal.
The lifeline of the park are the Andhari River, Erai Dam, Kolsa Lake, Junoria Lake and the Tadoba Lake. The river and water storage systems provide year long supply for fresh water to this amazing ecosystem. Besides small water bodies, rivulets and creeks exists in the confines of dense forests in plains and hills. Man made water holes and small dams add to a life sustaining environment. These factors explain the prolific bio diversity of the region.
Tadoba is Tiger country along with some excellent opportunities to capture the Sloth Bear and other common subjects. Here are the recommended lenses for the tour.
100-400mm Zoom Lens
This is a versatile range to capture mammals and is an excellent choice for a place like Tadoba where you may get the Tiger upclose and you may have to shoot 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. Depending on how far or near your subjects are, you can decide to use or remove the converter.
This is a very sharp lens and suitable for making close-up images of the Tiger or even to capture some action of cubs playing.
70-200 f2.8 + 2x converter
I would highly recommend this lens over the 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.
This is the Sigma 150-500mm zoom lens with a Canon and Nikon mount. Though this is a slow lens, this works well in good lighting conditions and is decent enough to capture the various mammals in open habitat.
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. An excellent lens for capturing action of Tiger cubs playing.
500mm + 1.4x converter
This lens is highly recommended for a place like Tadoba. Excellent for making good portraits of Tigers. A bean bag is highly recommended.
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 as a second 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 bird and wildlife photography, enabling participants to master creative photography skills and handle dynamic subjects such as mammals (Tigers) 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)
•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, cloning, dodge and burn
•Advance concepts of targeted adjustments using masking technique
•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:Arrival, briefing, jungle safari & interactive sessions
- You need to arrive into Irai Safari Retreat by noon. We can help you with transport coordination on actual costing.
- A brief introductory session along with tips for the afternoon safari by your mentor, Sudhir Shivaram.
- Afternoon safari into the Tadoba targeting the majestic tigers and some key bird/mammals species.
- Post-safari, hangout at the resort where Sudhir leads an interactive session on the tips and tricks of Wildlife/Bird photography to reinforce core concepts.
- Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Day 2 to 4:
- Morning safari followed by a hearty breakfast.
- Relax and meet to review images and interact.
- Sumptuous lunch and possibly a quick power nap in preparation for afternoon/evening safari.
- Following evening safari, back to the resort. Continued learning sessions including post processing over piping hot tea.
- Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
- A morning ride into the park and we return for breakfast.
- We relax after breakfast and check-out.
- Depart to airport/railway station.
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Rs. 50,000/- per person (Indian Nationality) (plus 5% GST)
Cost Includes :
- 5 days and 4 nights stay at the Irai Retreat Resort on double occupancy basis with All Meals.
- 8 Jungle safaris.
- All Meals, National Park Entry,Mandatory guide fees
Cost Excludes :- Rail or Air Fare
- Any other services or meals which are not mentioned in the above "Includes" section.
- Equipment Fees per safari - Rs 250 per lens (200mm and above) from the forest department which has to be paid directly at the time of safari.
- Expense of personal nature such as mineral water, tips, laundry, telephones, beverages etc.
Irai Safari Retreat
Set at the Moharli Gate in the outer boundary of Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve, Irai Safari Retreat is a high end accommodation option, which is set right next to Irai Lake in the forests of Tadoba, Maharashtra. It's beautiful place to stay, offering warm hospitality and various activities to add fun to your trip. It offers comfortable suites and tents for guests along with library and playing room. All the rooms at Irai are spacious and equipped with all modern amenities. Activities like gym, outdoor and indoor games are also available. In brief, the hotel offers world class amenities and services to make your stay unforgettable.
Rs 25,000 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.