Wildlife Photography Camp - Ranthambore, May 2018

Wildlife Photography Camp - Ranthambore, May 2018

24 May 10:00 - 27 May 12:00 - Sawai Madhopur
Ranthambore National Park


Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve is the single largest expanse of dry deciduous Anogeissus pendula Forest left intact in India. It is is home to over 40 species of mammals, 320 species of birds, over 40 species of reptiles and over 300 species of plants. Currently it is home to 45 adult tigers & 16 cubs.Situated in the desert state of Rajasthan, Ranthambhore’s flagship species is Panthera Tigris Tigris- the Indian or the Bengal tiger. The forest remains dry for more than eight months in a year & therefore the chances of spotting this elusive big cat are much higher as compared to other tiger reserves in India.Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve, was previously private & exclusive hunting reserve of Jaipur royal family until 1955 when the forest was declared ‘Sawai Madhopur Sanctuary’. The practice of issuance of game permit finally came to an end in 1973 when this sanctuary was declared a part of project tiger, resulting in relocation of 12 villages located inside the park. . In 1980, in order to give greater protection to the forests, an area of 282.03 sq. k.m. of the inner part of Sawai Madhopur sanctuary was declared as national park. Since then the state Government stopped collection of any forest produce from sanctuary and national parks. In the year 1983, 647 square k.m. of forests lying to the North of the National park were declared as the Kaila Devi Sanctuary and included in the Tiger Project. Similarly, in 1984, 130 square k.m. of forests lying to the South of the Ranthambhore National Park were declared as Sawai Mansingh Sanctuary and included in Tiger Project.Today, this Project tiger reserve spans over 1334 sq. km of area, of which 282 sq. km is the Ranthambhore National Park.The project tiger reserve is where the Aravali and the Vindhyan hill ranges meet and this confluence is perhaps the reason for the rich bio-diversity of the Ranthambhore. The geological formations of Vindhyan system are characterized by flat tabletops locally known as ‘Dang’ , while the Aravallis are characterized by sharp ridges and conical hilltops. An important geological fault line – the Great Boundary Fault – lies at the confluence of the Aravali and the Vindhyan systems – and runs right across Ranthambhore national park.

Courtesy: Tigerwalah, Wikipedia

Flora-Fauna of Ranthambhore

Ranthambhore wildlife sanctuary is known for its Bengal tigers, and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. The park's deciduous forests are characteristic examples of the type of jungle found in Central India. Other fauna include the Indian leopard, nilgai, wild boar, sambar, striped hyena, sloth bear, southern plains gray langur, rhesus macaque, mugger crocodile and chital. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of trees, plants, birds and reptiles, as well as one of the largest banyan trees in India.

Courtesy: Tigerwalah, Wikipedia

Scheduled Dates : 24th May 2018 – 27th May 2018 (3 nights 4 days)

Day 1

Arrive at Sawai Madhopur Station. Our representative will be ready to pick you up from the station.Those who are travelling by air, nearest airport is at Jaipur, which is approx 162 km and can be covered in 3 hours. Innova or equivalent vehicle can be arranged at an additional cost for convenient pick up and drop. On arrival at the resort, you will be allotted your rooms. You are advised to take some rest, get ready for the first safari and meet at dining area for lunch. We will have an introduction session to get familiar with co-participants and some informal discussion about photography, gears to use etc over the lunch. We will immediately leave for our first safari post lunch. After we are back from safari, we will discuss the first round over a cup of coffee in lawn area. Once get freshen up, we will again meet at dining area to review the images and discuss about some intricacies of Wildlife Photography. Enjoy the dinner and get back to bed to rise early for morning safari

Day 2

Wake up call at 5am and we all will gather at dining area for morning tea/coffee.. While the Jeeps have already arrived, we will sip on the hot tea /coffee. At 6am, we will leave for our first morning safari. Breakfast will be ready at the moment we are back from morning safari. Discuss and share the experience of our morning round. We will have free time till lunch, those who want to rest can do so or we can also do some image review, chit chat session on photography in the resort area. It’s a good place for some casual birding!! Immediately after lunch we will leave for the 3rd Safari. Enjoy evening coffee after safari at lawn area. We will have a small presentation, giving insights about photography before dinner. During every breaks we will keep reviewing the images. Enjoy your dinner and go early to bed.

Day 3

Yet another exciting day in the forest. We will have same schedule of 2 safaris today along with some in between photography tips sharing sessions. In the evening post our 5th Safari, we will have small session on Digital Post Processing. Enjoy the last dinner of the camp, with some delicious Rajasthani cuisine cooked by veteran cooks at the camp.

Day 4

The final day with Tigers. We will have final 2 rounds of the safari today. Once we are back from the first safari, please ensure you will pack all your luggage, before leaving for final safari. As soon as we are back from the 7th Safari, get freshen up and leave for Sawai Madhopur station. Our expedition ends here and we return back with loads of memory!!

Machli, a wilderness home

Machli, is much more than business venture for the people behind it, and is more of a fruit of their passion to provide the best of travel experience to the guests during their stay at Ranthambhore National Park. The Management of Machli have always felt a connection with the nature, and their aim has been to raise awareness among the guests regarding the natural splendor of India and how best to preserve it

Things to carry

1. Telephoto lenses – preferably above 400 mm, Wide angle lens. Being a full day expedition, carrying two set of bodies will be advisable.
2. Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
3. Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries.
4. Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop.
5. Carrying a Tripod is optional.
6. Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust.
7. Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from dust.
8. Warm clothes, gloves for the chilly early mornings.
9. Sun screens lotions are very important.
10. It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you along with your daily course of medicines (if any)
11. Please carry suitable mosquito repellants to keep you protected from mosquito bites.
12. Carry a pair of good binoculars.
13. Bean Bag

Do not worry if you don’t own any advance camera / super-telephoto lens as we now have an equipment support division. Equipment is available on rental - please mail us at rentals@dcpexpeditions.com.

On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our Wildlife Photography Skipper will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following
How to approach Wildlife in the field
Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
How to get sharp images of moving subjects
Framing and composition in the field
Ethics in Wildlife Photography

Ashutosh Shinde based out of Mumbai, is a banker by profession and wildlife enthusiast by passion. Wildlife has always been his passion from childhood. Ashutosh has travelled accross Maharashtra in search of wildlife, but his core area of interest has always remained the wildlife of Gujarat. Having travelled extensively in the local terrains, he has gained quite a good knowledge about the resident and migratory flora & fauna. He has been successful in showcasing his knowledge in varied genre of wildlife photography. His work has been recognized by leading international nature & conservation institutions like NGC, BBC Wildlife Magazine, iNaturalist etc. He is a Panel Expert associated with Team DCP, Mumbai.

Package Cost: INR 40000 (Inclusive of taxes Ex Sawai Madhopur)

Cost includes

Accommodation in super deluxe AC room on twin sharing basis in Machli Resort for 3N/4D
Veg and non-veg breakfast, lunch and dinner during the stay (4 Lunch, 3 Dinner, 4 Breakfast)
7 safari in Ranthamhore Tiger Reserve, 4 photographers a jeep
One round Pick up and drop from Sawai Madhopur station
All park charges, entry fee etc.
DCP photography expert for 4 days.
All Taxes and service charges.
Cost does not include:

Travel costs to Sawai Madhopur
Jaipur Airport Pick up and Drop
All expenses of personal nature- additional meals, bottled water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls etc
Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
Any payable tips and Gratuities to Guide, Driver and hotel staff etc
Anything which is not part of inclusions above

Cancellation policy
All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No refund possible

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