True example of why wildlife is always unpredictable when you are on a safari…Anything can happen anytime in the bush. During one of our evening game drive in July 2017, as we watched the beautiful sunset in Masai Mara savannah and retreating to the camp, we saw a pride of lions out in the open looking at the two wildebeests on the horizon. The light was falling and getting dark. The scene unfolded where a lioness advanced slowly towards the gnu who were completely unaware of the impending calamity. The strategy which the cats had was a successful one. A topi standing alone was alerted but it was too late for the wildebeest to act. And there the chase and hunt started which lasted for a minute. The fresh kill was then feasted by the whole pride.
This video is a compilation of 97 shots
ISO 10000, f/4, 1/800 sec, 500 mm, Not cropped
Canon 1dx mark ii, Canon 500 mm IS

Last week , I received an email from Sleeklens that, they loved my landscape photography, and are providing some free Through the Woods presets to ease my editing workflow. I downloaded them and tried out on few of my images. I was very impressed with few of them and started using them for my wildlife images too. Being a Lightroom user, I found them very user friendly and saves a lot of my time. Have a look at the before and after transformation. Go for these interesting presets and enjoy post processing. Thank you Sleeklens. You can see the editing workflow in the images uploaded and understand which presets did I use for the images.

Flight of flamingoes on a cloud cast day- Loved this Shine into the Sunset with preset Deep blue skies which changed the image dramatically

 

An elephant image taken in harsh lighting at noon

Baby gorilla with an over exposed lighting in the background. Presets – less highlights, punchy and subtle black made the difference

A beautiful landscape became more beautiful with HDR and blue skies preset

 

It was a day of excitement, fun and display of my African wildlife prints at the Christmas market at the German Ambassador’s residence in Kampala, Uganda . The exhibits were highly appreciated and there were many interested buyers for the printed rolled canvases, framed prints, and the little X-mas goodies coasters, table mats and greeting cards.

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Happy to share that , Usha Harish was the overall winner of the East Africa wildlife photo competition held by East Africa Wildlife Society (eawildlife.org) on their 60th year anniversary.

https://www.eawildlife.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=229

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Annual wildebeest migration

September 19, 2016 5:49 am  /  Kenya  /  , , ,

No where in the world is there a movement of animals as immense as the wildebeest migration, over two million animals migrate from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania to the greener pastures of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya during July through to October. The Wildebeest Migration, is one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. It is one of the most spectacular events to be experienced. Here is a short compilation of the migration I experinced in various occasions. Watch, enjoy and share.

Gorilla tracking is one the most adventurous and once a lifetime experience one must not miss out.
In Uganda, by road it is a 9 hour journey from Kampala by road crossing the equator, passing through countryside which is rich with vegetation, agricultural farms and villages. As we head towards Bwindi, one gets a sight of the truly Impenetrable forest in the Virunga mountain range. Next day morning getting ready for tracking by 8 am where the UWA rangers give a briefing about the apes and do’s and dont’s while tracking. This was my third time tracking the gorillas in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi and every time has been different. I have done the easy trek of 1 hr to one of the most difficult treks of 4 hours too. But when the gorillas are sighted, its a blissful feeling. This is my checklist for the trip.

1. Carry rain jackets, hand gloves, gum boots, long sleeve t shirt and trousers. The vegetation is wild and thorny as you clim the hill and its a rainforest .

2. On the camera equipment side, two bodies and a wide angle and 70-200 mm 2.8 aperture would be of help due to low light conditions. Well at times I have taken at 300 mm to 400 mm too but occasionally.

3. Take a porter from the briefing point and help the community too. They are very helpful if the trek becomes difficult.

4. Carry water and some fruits, though one can come back for lunch to the lodge.

5. One hour is the tracking time and one will definitely get to see the gorillas, hence make the most of it by taking pictures, videos and also looking through the eyes without camera.
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Please watch a visual tour of the gorilla tracking experience taken in May 2016 , sit back , relax and enjoy.

Happy to share that some of my images were posted in The Daily mail, The Mirror, The Daily Record and the Telegraph in UK by Caters News Agency.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3606274/Sometimes-itch-just-scratch-Elephant-rubs-against-rock-relief.html

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/weird-news/elephant-goes-extreme-measures-scratch-8040584

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Newspaper- Mirror UK

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Newspaper – The Telegraph

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Newspaper – The Mirror online edition

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Shoot the frame winner

May 28, 2016 3:16 pm  /  Contest  /  ,

Very happy to inform you all that I am the winner of Shoot The Frame photography contest in the “shoot the wild”-category for the month of April 2016.
http://shoottheframe.com/gallery/wildlife-gallery-2016/

Please click the link 2016 Shoot the wild winners in it.13174127_1155749094469287_4958559536804113747_n

There were 40 interesting images as finalists which can be seen in the gallery.

I got an opportunity to participate in the biggest ever ivory burn in Kenya, which was held on 30th April, 2016 at Nairobi national Park. The conservation effort wads towards a message to be relayed across the world. It was a day of adventure, thrill, excitement, remorse and pain. I entered the Park gates at 10 am and after the necessary security checks and screening, I was transported to the ivory burning site organized by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS). There I saw large tents pitched in for the event, a press corner, and then 12 pyres equal to 105 tonnes of elephant tusks and 1.5 tons of rhino horns piled up with the rangers offloading more tusks at the burning site. It was raining and muddy, thanks to the gum boots which was a saviour.

The burning site was cordoned and getting ready for the burn. The place was buzzing with activity with rangers, photographers, reporters, conservationists, organizers, artists, all battling the rains and still connected with one cause. At about 3 pm, the President of Kenya arrived with other prominent dignataries and His Excellency gave a very powerful speech stating the reasons for burning ivory and the serious intent of Kenya to end illegal ivory trade. The President lighted up the pyre along with Ms Judi Wakhungu, Minister for Environmental and Natural resources , Dr Richard Leakey , wildlife conservationist and KWS Director General, Mr Kitili Mbathi  torching the biggest ever stock pile of ivory tusks.

In the words of President Uhuru Kenyatta – “We come from a truly blessed country. Blessing however come with duty. The last decade has seen a catastrophic destruction of the African Elephant, which threatens our communities. Kenya is rich in natural heritage, we intend to protect it. A time has come when we must take a clear stand, ivory is worthless unless it is on our elephants.”

It was a funeral, a memorial to thousands of lives lost and a celebration of Kenya’s resolve to end this bloody trade. Had it been sold as some have suggested, it would only stoked the flames of greed and demand for more and more Ivory. All of us watched these once alive and ornated tusks smoking to flames.

The Ivory burn got the special publicity it deserved, a clear message to the world that no more trade in ivory.

All of us watched these once alive and ornated tusks smoking to flames.

Some facts:

20,000 litres of diesel and kerosene

10500 elephants and 343 rhinos

12 stockpiles of ivory and rhino horn

105 tonnes of ivory

35 tonnes of rhino horn

$172m combined value of tusks and horns burnt

100,000 the number, at least, of elephants killed in Africa in four years

If  arranged the elephants killed for this stock of ivory tail to tail they would stretch for 30 miles.

  • The aftermath

    The aftermath

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    The wet and rainy morning

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Unloading the ivory tusk

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Thrilled to witness a historical event

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Battling the rains against all odds

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Getting ready for the big event with dignitaries coming in

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Wonderful Soila with her daughter Sian and the KWS staff

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Photo op with the great conservationist Dr Paula Kahumbu

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The ultimate burn

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Let this never repeat

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The rangers working round the clock

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Smokes and flames of the once alive elephants

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It was the largest ever ivory burn

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President of Kenya- Mr Uhuru Kenyatta with a great conservationist Dr Richard Leakey

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Got connected with some amazing bloggers

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1.5 tons of Rhino horn burning

Imbirikani Event

October 26, 2015 7:19 am  /  Conservation, Events, Kenya  /  ,

An event for the Masai women empowerment project was officially launched in Imbirikani near Amboseli , Kenya by Wildlife Direct, UNDP and the Office of the First Lady of Kenya

Happy to share the news that in the event a photograph taken by me during my recent trip to Amboseli for the conservation project was gifted to the First Lady of Kenya. It was an image of  Garamba (mother) with her male calf Gakuo who is named after the father of the First Lady of Kenya. Banners were made of the “Three Holes” family and the Masai women in beautiful beads also.

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