Wilderness Awareness

I picked up my first SLR at the age of 13, a good old film-I loading one (35mm format). My dad had photography a, I his hobby, and he introduced me to the colorful world o capturing images with a camera. When I was 17, I got my first D-SLR, and that’s where my photographic journey started.

Initially I tried to explore every genre of photography I hearc about, but at some point I realized that nature photography gives me more pleasure than anything. Then I was introduced to magazines like Smart Photography, and websites like India Nature Watch(INW) (INW is the place for all nature lovers, it my opinion). I met some of the greatest photographers from all over India like Kiran Poonacha, Clement Fransis, Sharad Agrawal, and Tejas Soni. Their works inspired me to keep pushing my boundaries further, and their work has remained my prime source of inspiration all these years.

I started out by clicking plain shots of the various species of animals I encountered. But after going through the work of India’s eminent photographers, I started trying to experiment with the technique I used in each capture, and was fortunate enough to have some good results.

I commonly use the Canon EOS 7D and Canon EOS 500D bodies, and the Tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 XR LD non-VC, Canon 100mm F/2.8 USM MACRO, Canon 70-300mm IS USM, Sigma 150-500mm APO DG OS HSM, and Canon 400mm F5.6 L USM lenses for my shots.

India has an amazing and great natural heritage, but it is vanishing too fast. The greens of forests are turning into the grays of urban sprawls, and rivers are transforming into sewage. The greenery, bird-songs and roars that once echoed in so many regions of our country are rapidly fading away before ruthless urbanization. I believe that in order to preserve our natural bounty, we need to spread awareness about its presence and importance. To make people aware, we must show them what we still have hidden in the wilderness, and I aim to use my photographs to achieve that exact very goal.

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