Ranthambore National Park

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Ranthambore National Park is one of the largest national parks in northern India. It is situated in Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan, about 110 km northeast of Kota and 160 km southeast of Jaipur, which is also the nearest airport.
Ranthambhore was established as the Sawai Madhopur Game Sanctuary in 1955 by the Government of India and was declared one of the Project Tiger reserves in 1973. Ranthambore became a national park in 1980. In 1984, the adjacent forests were declared the Sawai Man Singh Sanctuary and Keladevi Sanctuary, and in 1991 the tiger reserve was enlarged to include the Sawai Man Singh and Keladevi sanctuaries.
Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these majestic predators in the jungle.
The park lies at the edge of a plateau and is bounded to the north by the Banas River and to the south by the Chambal River. There are several lakes in the park. It is named for the historic Ranthambhore fortress, which lies within the national park. The park covers an area of 392 km². It is known for its tiger population and is one of India’s Project Tiger reserves. Ranthambore is the site of one of the largest banyan trees in India.

Day 1 started with Zone 3 for us. One of the most popular zone for tiger activity off late because of the T19 Cubs. We were not so lucky to sight one, but we enjoyed the forest and saw some of the most amazing locations, which can be magical if you end up with a tiger sighting, one such location is this. (Royal Ruins of Rajbagh Palace)

Hide and Seek | One of the T19 Cub |

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Day 1 – evening safari, it was again zone 3 for us. We headed to the forest sharp at 2 PM after a light lunch switching back to the mode of enjoying the forest! For the first few hours, we drove all around the zone checking out some vantage points where the chances of sighting CATS are very high. we were not so lucky to spot one, but it was a fantastic drive. Our experienced naturalist suggested that we should stay close to the lake, as there were good chances of spotting the tiger around. So we made our way close to the Rajbagh lake.
After some time, we start hearing alarm calls, so our driver rushes to the spot. It was around 4:30 PM and there were not less than about 20 vehicles all-waiting at a distance looking here and there to get lucky with the stripes!

Now, one of them in the canter spots the cubs and starts rushing towards them! What would you expect the others to do? You are so excited that you start looking everywhere to get a glimpse of the cubs. But once you spot them, you just can’t take your eyes off them so here’s one click of the cute and curious cub!
These cubs were very shy and were not accompanied by their mother (T19), may be that’s one of the reasons they were not ready to come out in open. The hide and seek continued for a while before they disappeared into the woods.
Close to 8-9 hours is spent on safaris rides each day, these hours are like minutes. Just not enough, you always end up with wanting for more. One needs to have passion towards wildlife, one needs to understand the subject what they are photographing at the same time code of conduct is very important.
In one of the safaris we came across this fantastic scene of tigress killing a sambar (fawn) and taking it for its cubs. It was so selective and camouflaged so well that the kill took place in less than 15 seconds.

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After making a kill it took the samabar to the place where it had left the cubs. The cubs were so obedient that they never wandered around or changed their place.

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Nikon Service Center (Relocated)

Nikon office has been relocated to the following address as on 13th April 2015.

Nikon India Pvt. Ltd
JNR City Center
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Bangalore – 560027
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Wishing you all a very happy ugadi !

ugadi

Yugadi, is the New Year’s Day for the people of the Deccan region of India. The name Yugadi or Ugadi is derived from the Sanskrit words yuga (age) and ādi (beginning): “the beginning of a new age”.

It falls on a different day every year because the Hindu calendar is a lunisolar calendar. The Saka calendar begins with the month of Chaitra (March–April) and Ugadi marks the first day of the new year. Chaitra is the first month in Panchanga which is the Indian calendar.

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BE INSPIRED, LEARN THE BASICS, EXECUTE THE BASICS IN THE FIELD

G.K.VALE and Nikon present a unique opportunity for photographers in Bengaluru. Hear Ganesh H Shankar talk about photography, his own experiences, and the evolution of fine art nature photography.
Followed by a workshop in basic photography concepts by Suresh Basavaraju.

On the next day, accompanied by mentors who are professionals from nature photography, landscape photography, architecture and modeling photography, and macro photography practice what you have learnt, be guided by mentors in the field and hear them share their best practices.

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A mentor for many an accomplished photographer in Bengaluru today, he has been photographing the living world for over two decades. His passion for nature, photography, and for nurturing talent is well recognized. His works have been published in wildlife books, nature periodicals, calendars, conservation articles, presentation, educational books overseas, and in catalogues.

He is a life member in Photographic Society of India and Bombay Natural History Society.
He is settled in Bengaluru for the last eight years so that he can pursue his hobby with the abundant wildlife preserves in the state.

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Now you can book your stay with JLR (Jungle Lodges & Resorts) and Equipments from us. That means you will be entitled for special pricing for the Stay and Rentals.

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Dear Customers,

BookMyLens is committed to advancing customer’s photographic and cinematic dreams by delivering superior, cutting-edge gear and providing exceptional customer service.

We are happy and excited to launch photography related equipment rental service at GOA.

Please write to us at email: rentals_goa@bookmylens.com or Call us at +91 9527353073 for more information.

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Rent or Buy ?

THE BEGINNING

We all start in photography and go through the phase of buying equipment we can afford at that point of time, it may not be the equipment we need or the equipment we lust for. The
first purchase is always dictated by our affordability.

While limited it may be, it does not limit the joys of photography. There are photographers who are creative and use their first purchases to create stunning images. For the rest of us, who need different lenses or second camera body to augment our expanding horizons, the only choice in India till a few years ago was to buy. This was a slow process taking many years to acquire the kit.

Many a times, I had wished that I could try a particular lens to see how it handles in the field and where it suits my shooting style. There was no option to do this and the only time I could this was when traveling abroad and most pro stores would have a demo copy of the lens to try and feel..

THE HORIZON BROADENS

Just about a few years ago the lens rental business started in India and I remember congratulating Sudhir Shivaram, the first entrant in this field on the pioneer steps taken in this direction. Since then the choices of rentals have increased for the photographer.

With so many rentals how does one choose? We want quality gear when we rent as every shoot for us is special and we do not want equipment failures. While today’s gear is highly complex piece of electronics and sometimes even new cameras shut down, the instances are few. 

I went through this process and jotted down a few points.

 1.   Is the rental equipment a full time professionally run business?

​I started off with this question because I was approached a few years back to pool in my kit for renting out. The argument was that anyway, I am not shooting for 365 days a year. So why not recover some money spent on the equipment.

My argument was that, while it sounds good. I do not have the resources for upkeep of the equipment lent out.

Eventually, my equipment will have loss of functionality and it would be unfair to the customer to rent out something that may not be 100% functional. Nobody would benefit unless I make it my prime business. 

While Personal rentals can be between friends and acquaintances with or without monetary transactions.

There is a difference between Professional Equipment Rentals and Personal Equipment Rentals. 

Professional run business objective is to be profitable. They will not survive if they do not take care of customers and offer the best. They have the resources for on-going upkeep. Moreover how would a Personal Equipment Rental manage with the corporate job that needs full time and a part time rental.

2.   Does the rental have the wide variety for your use?

Having a small inventory does not suit a photographer who is serious about renting. Few lens or camera selections will vastly reduce the benefit for which you started with rentals in the first place. If you are a one lens one camera person it could work for you.​

3.   Do they have multiple copies of the fast moving items

Let’s face it there are some models that are more sought out then others. Example, the 500mm prime lens for photographers into Nature and wildlife, the 85mm primes for the candid wedding photographers, full frame camera bodies etc.

If the rental does not have multiple copies of these fast moving items, you may not be able to get it for rent when you need one.

A rental business must have a proper yield
management to figure out the fast moving items. 

4.   Do they calibrate and service their equipment?

Every piece of equipment needs regular service whether you own it or rent it. These complex pieces of equipment have many moving parts and lots of electronic parts which do need a check occasionally. 

A good rental business will make sure that the lens are calibrated, Camera sensors are cleaned, and make sure the piece is in condition for the next order.

5.   Do they upgrade their inventory with the latest gear?

What’s the point in going for a rental if they do not stock the latest and the best?

How soon does the rental get a new item on to their inventory? With new launches every few years, the gear has advances that can make images which were difficult with the previous versions.

​6.  Is the process of registration and booking rentals professional, hassle free and efficient?

Finally, how does one get to book the gear? No business will be able to rent out to customers without any credentials or verifications. Is the process of registration simple or does it take weeks / months before the business can verify and start giving you rentals.

How does one book an item? Can a customer book over phone or through the web site? A good rental business will have an efficient system in place to avoid double bookings. This means when you book an item, its ready for you to pick up. 

7.  Do they listen to their customers?

Does the Professional Equipment Rental have a mechanism to seek customer feedback and act on it? Situations change, challenges arise. Is the rental willing to address these and tweak their process to keep it relevant?

​So, when does it make sense to rent?  For non-professional use, if you need the equipment for a trip couple of times in a year it would be good to rent. if you end up using the equipment every weekend and for 4 – 5 major trips of a week or more in a year, it would make sense to buy. Calculate the planned usage and the cost of rental for the time over a period of 5 – 6 years that would give you an idea.

FUTURE OF RENTALS?

I see the day rentals matures to the extent that, I land at the location and I can pick up the pre-booked equipment, shoot and return before departure.

Imagine traveling to the location with a few memory cards and minimal personal equipment, having your rental gear ready for the entire trip or for a single safari and traveling back with your images.

Maybe I can use a different lens for each safari.

​I am listing two such rentals in Bengaluru, which I have used personally or my friends have used it. Both of them have a wide selection and happy customers

BookMyLens : http://www.bookmylens.com/

TOEHOLD : ​http://www.toehold.in/rentals.php

Suresh Basavaraju

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