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Thomas Vijayan
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Since last few years nature photography is a major part of my life and I am loving it but let me make it clear that this is my love not my profession. The Big Cats are my favorites, especially the largest in cats The Tiger, my all time favorite.
Since last few years nature photography is a major part of my life and I am loving it but let me make it clear that this is my love not my profession. The Big Cats are my favorites, especially the largest in cats The Tiger, my all time favorite.

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Glimpse of an expression

One of the most beautiful moments I have ever witnessed in Kabini, especially with this royal beauty. Spotting a leopard is more easy or common when it comes to Kabini whereas the tigers here are usually very camera shy compared to Tadoba or most of the other tiger reserves… The lush green environment throughout the year sums up the essence of Kabini. The contrast we get while we shoot this beauty always adds a lot of grace to the frame. We spotted her towards the end of an afternoon safari from a good distance. Instead of driving directly to the spot, we took 3 stops in between. This helped us gain her trust. We did take many shots in all the 3 halts we made. Finally when we reached a safer distance, she started give us a row of rare expressions… Please note, this was not a part of a charging. She was just finishing a long wide yawn after a mid-day nap I assume… Every expression of this beauty was connecting me to my mom… When we were leaving home for this safari, we overheard her prayers… She was asking God to help us to find what our heart desires… A blessed moment from Mother Nature....... A response for mom's prayers… It's a very special frame for me in many ways…
 
Nikon D4, Nikkor 300 2.8
ISO 1600 , f 5 , shutter 1/125

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The face of a Dream…

Don't worry i am only a Black Panther 
 
A glimpse of the second sighting we got in Dandeli, on the same day, while on our way back to the hotel.... Outside the gate… The headlights of the vehicle created twinkling stars in those golden eyes… The sighting of this black beauty besides the bush outside the gate was unbelievable for all of us… Getting a second chance in nature is so rare and such a big blessing… Nature as you all know, is so unpredictable, and whenever we take one small step in our quest to know her deeper, she opens doors unseen before… an unconditional deep relationship… 6th sense… I am not sure whether this can be classified or categorized with a term… But it's always true when it comes to nature… It was an ultimate dream of mine to spot this beauty… The opportunity of sighting her was far more important than even the photography… I am so glad I got 2 sightings and managed a few clicks too… The main challenge was getting the focus… It was pretty dark… black in black… the only source of light were headlights on the vehicle… What I did was to initially use manual focus on the mouth area and switch to auto focus… repeated the same process as and when she made some moves… it was really really tough to have a control on the focus and the Exposure, but worth every single moment of the effort… The bright starry golden eyes, blood red tongue in the silky shining black body… It was a visual treat for us… I have had many occasions close to my heart, but none compared to this…
 
Once again a million thanks to my brother Mohan Thomas, Praveen Siddannava and Mr. B.B Mallesha – IFS, Conservator of Forests and Director for this wonderful trip.
 
Nikon D4, Nikkor 300 2.8
ISO 4000 , f 2.8 , shutter 1/200
 
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A Cherry for my Valentine
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It was my third trip in span of a year to India for this giant beautiful bird. I am happy that during every trip I have made for this bird so far, I have been always blessed with at least 1 shot. This time the trip was for 2 days and we got 3 sightings. Challenges were many; mainly the low light condition of early mornings in the woods, but at the same time that lighting was the main beauty component. To manage the light I pumped up the ISO, used a wider aperture and managed a decent shutter speed along with the appropriate use of K value. Wider aperture gave a beautiful background and soft golden rays of the early morning sun enhance the beauty of the bird and its surroundings. While waiting for hours in the middle of the woods we spotted group of elephants along with a calf, a leopard, group of wild gaurs and many other species. It was an experience beyond any explanation. This handsome was collecting cherries for his sweetheart. I don't think I have a better image in my collection that I can present to all of you, to share the glimpse of the unconditional love that I witnessed in the middle of the woods…

Happy Valentine’s Day my dear friends… Love you

Western Ghats , India
Great Indian Hornbill Male (Buceros bicornis)
Nikon D4, Nikkor 800
ISO 1000, f 6.3, 1/125 (Hand Held)
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Display of Love

Another lovely moment from a family trip in BC waters. There were a group of 13 + whales in the water. Everything in nature has its own unique way or behavior to attract its mate. This can be by special calls, postures, movements, and may involve special plumage, bright colors or other ornamentation. Courtship and copulatory behavior in killer whales are quite active, vibrant and fun to watch. We have seen them chasing one another, with a great deal of physical contact, fluke slaps and spyhop directed towards other whales. This shot, Spyhopping is a behavior in which a whale rises and holds position partially out of the water somewhat vertically, exposing its head.  They say spyhopping simply lets the animals get a better view of activity near the water's surface. Watching this was really a lovely experience for me.

Nikon D3x, Nikkor 600
ISO 250, f6.3, 1/6400
Killer Whale (Orcinus Orca)
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Golden tinted frame…..

Taken near Toronto during last fall season

Nikon D4, Nikkor 400mm 2.8
SO 1250, f 5.6, shutter 1/5000
Hand held | Full frame
Wood Duck or Carolina Duck (Aix sponsa) - Male
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A clip from an old memory…

I was browsing through some of my old collections when I saw this again, a clip from my initial days of photography. It was a huge bay, very deep too, but the speed of this 250 kg+ wild beauty crossing was amazing. It crossed the bay in no time, without making hardly any harsh ripples. The toughest part here again was the low light condition and the drizzling made it more problematic. Still, what I liked the most in this frame is the rain drops enhancing its beauty… shooting in rain and getting things right always gives a good feeling…

Nikon D4, Nikkor 400mm 2.8
ISO 500, f 4.5, 1/1250
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Fly Along   

A personal favorite from the frozen world.  An eye-level flight shot of this angel with golden eyes. A continuation of the lowlight photography research from cats to birds; it’s not the end, but the process is in progress. Framing is another beautiful element of a picture. Here I was anticipating the direction of moment of this beauty, so I kept the focus pointed towards the right, and she didn't disappoint me. I got more space in the direction of movement. I have used 2.8 as aperture along with ISO 1600 to get a manageable shutter speed and this helped with the blur on the wings, which gives a feel of motion to the picture. If this is the positive side of f 2.8, the negative is losing crispness beyond the main focusing area. The main thing I loved is the level. Getting her on eye level is not that easy. Handling all this in freezing cold and chilling winds is another challenge here. But anything for this golden eyed fairy...

Nikon D4, Nikkor 400 2.8
ISO 1600, f 2.8, 1/1600
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A Different Pose
 
A moment from a Kabini trip… A series which was a challenge, mainly due to the strong backlight with low light conditions, it was still cloudy after a heavy rain and was drizzling sometimes with downpour in-between. This beauty was on her favorite perch, which was again in a shaded area… 800 mm with 1.25 TC helped me a lot with the reach but the starting aperture I got was 7.1. Increasing ISO was also not a good idea because it can reduce the beauty of drizzle and the crispness of whisker. Underexposing 4 steps was the solution that I used here to mange a decent shutter speed without damaging the quality of the image and to give justice to its beauty. The play of the light on the maze was amazing and it helped a lot to light up this wild beauty too. In the chilled weather she gave us great time, with all possible displays of emotion and a lot of cool actions, giving a real warm feel and excitement to all of us :) This one reminds me more of a YOGA posture :)

Nikon D4, Nikkor 800mm 1.25 TC
ISO 1250, f 7.1, Shutter 1/160
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Stories of heads and tails 

This one is from an old Bandipur trip. The trip was completely unproductive when it comes to big cats or any other interesting activities. Towards the end of one afternoon safari, we spotted these two on the roadside. In a usual scenario we would take a couple of shots and move on to another subject. But this time everything else looked totally dry, so we stayed back for a while to get some interaction. Thankfully, our wait was not in vain, we got some cool interactions and later on, even we were confused to identify or match the heads and the bodies…

Nikon D4, Nikkor 600mm
ISO 1000, f5.6, 1/200
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Winged Welcome 

Wish you all a wonderful & prosperous New Year 2014!!!
Lets begin the year with this fairy from the land of snow… Snowy Owl a bird that is one of my all time favorites  Getting to see this amazing beauty itself is a difficult task and the challenges in photographing them are many… Mainly the very tough weather condition and windchill factor will make it near to impossible for anyone waiting in the snow more than 15 min for this beauty to be active … Often because of the extreme of cold, we feel so frozen and will not even be able to move our fingers to click when the time comes… Another difficulty is distinguishing the thin line between the white body of this beauty and the snowy background which is again white and getting the white as white with out the tint of blue… The settings we use should be perfect according to the available light. The plus point is since the subject is white in color, when it comes to low light, we still get a bit more breathing space in shutter speed and aperture. This time I was trying do my "lowlight photography" experiment on this white beauty in flight  I did every thing to get a decent shutter speed, used wider aperture - 2.8 - and increased ISO and also underexposed few stops. Waited more than 6 hrs in a truck and then more than 20 min in open air on freezing cold as usual below minus temperature… But it was worth and I got this beauty with the full display of wingspan along with a straight look from those beautiful glossy golden eyes…

Nikon D4, Nikkor 400 2.8
ISO 1600, f2.8, 1/1000
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