Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Raymond's visit to India - a report

Raymond’s visit to India was an enlightening experience. It was a massive multi-city project planned which needed rigorous groundwork of almost 6 months to ensure that the project brings in nearing 300 Indian Wildlife photographers together and also helps them to understand the international standards and patterns of creative wildlife photography. The project was crafted with an objective to evaluate our own skillsets against the International benchmarks which was well demonstrated during the series of seminars that we conducted. We are happy to understand that this project has established a platform for all Indian wildlife photographers to escalate their work to the next orbit.

Panasonic Experience Center, Mumbai, witnessed hundred plus wildlife photographers from
Maharashtra and Gujarat, pouring in on 29th of April 2012. Mumbai was immediately followed by Kolkata and then Delhi, where again we got amazing responses from the participants. We were speechless to realize that participants had travelled for thousands of kilometers to attend this workshop. I don’t know whether we could match upto everyone’s expectations, but the feedback received so far says in 99% of cases – bravo !! So… we are happy !

We were a team of 12 at Pangot and Sat Tal – the birding heavens of India. We had a rocking 4 days there with the Himalayan small beauties. The beautiful resorts at both places along with the amazing avifauna of the sub Himalayan coniferous forests kept us mesmerized for 4 days. Raymond’s one to one interaction and personalized guidance for each participant on creative wildlife photography were highly appreciated. One our participants recorded nearing 70 species of birds during her stay – the list as she mailed us is as follows

Ashy Bulbul
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Asian Koel
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Bar tailed Tree creeper
Black Bulbul
Black Drongo
Black faced Warbler
Black headed Jay
Black lored Tit
Black throated Sunbird
Blue Throated Barbet
Black throated Tit
Blue throated Flycatcher
Blue whistling Thrush
Blue winged Minla
Chestnut bellied Nuthatch
Collared Owlet
Common Hoopoe
Eurasian Blackbird
Eurasian Jay
Fire tailed Sunbird
Gray Bushshat

Gray Headed Canary Flycatcher
Gray headed Warbler
Gray Treepie
Great BarbetGray winged Blackbird
Green backed Tit
Hill Patridge
Hill Prinia
Himalayan Bulbul
Himalayan Crested Kingfisher
Himalayan Griffon
Himalayan Woodpecker
House sparrow
Jungle Myna
Khalij Pheasant
Koklass Pheasant
Large Billed Crow
Lesser Coucal
Mistle Thrush
Orange Headed Thrush
Oriental Cuckoo
Oriental Magpie Robin
Oriental Turtle Dove
Oriental White eye
Plum Headed ParakeetPied Bushchat
Plumbeous water Redstart
Red Billed Blue Magpie
Red Junglefowl

Red billed Leiothrix
Russet Sparrow
Siberian Stonechat
Slaty Headed Parakeet
Speckled wood Pigeon
Spot winged Tit
Spotted Dove
Streaked Laughing Thrush
Striated Laughing Thrush
Ultramarine Flycatcher
Verditer Flycatcher
White Crested Laughing ThrushWedge tailed Green Pigeon
White throated Flycatcher
White throated Laughing Thrush
Yellow Wagtail

We are extremely happy about the overall response though it wasn’t a cakewalk. We are planning for more ‘on field’ projects in future in India along with Raymond Barlow.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wildlife photography as a career in India

Wildlife photography as a career in India, used to sound like a dream a couple of years back. Lucky had been those who could persuade their profession and passion simultaneously. For most, wildlife and wildlife photography remained as a childhood passion and one amongst the many lost dreams condemned by our professional pursuits.

Today the trend is visibly changing. More and more people have started thinking differently; many have started taking serious interest in learning photography and adopting wildlife photography as a full time carrier. Today, we can see endless opportunities for a wildlife photographer from print media to graphic designing, from exhibitions to stock photography, from photo tours to guided expeditions, from organized camps to sponsored projects, from natural history to conservation photography, from research to film making – options are too many.

However, building a career in wildlife photography definitely demands the photographs to stand out amongst thousands and hand holding and personalized knowledge sharing helps one to improvise and excel – and hence this effort.

In the country, there are maestros in wildlife photography who have taken Indian wildlife photographers to an international platform. These masters are making their best efforts to disseminate knowledge amongst the new comers. Budding photographers and amateurs are enthusiastic about it but limited resources and the cost of it becomes a major challenge.

www.drcaesarphotography.com is now a strong team comprising of established wildlife photographers, naturalists, conservationists, biologists and veterans in the field of digital photography. Having travelled through the same road, we understand the hurdles and challenges faced in taking this hobby to the next orbit. We, as a team, are putting our honest efforts to make photography learning available to the enthusiasts and amateurs at an affordable cost.

We have initiated a country wide chain of Wildlife Photography workshops, Photography tours and expeditions in multiple locations across Indian geography and hence we are looking for naturalists, biologists, conservationists, skilled wildlife photographers and other experts who would be interested in associating with us. We have an existing platform and a well recognized brand which has been doing exceedingly well in the field of wildlife photography and we aspire to be the best in the country. If you are interested in associating with us, do send us a mail to jobs@drcaesarphotography.com