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01 December 2005 @ 05:53 pm
Western Ghats  
For some us living in the cities, exposed to the hum of man and his contraptions, the jungle trips are like a natural hallucination, arousing all our senses and making us feel like we are in a different world. It's a feeling that cannot be described and only hits us once we're back to work and urges us to go back for more.

Grey Wagtail eating a dragon fly

The Hill Myna. It's got one of the sweetest voices and can be a great great mimic. This was shot with a Nikon D2X + Nikon 600mm f/4 lens. :)

zhenzhizhenzhi on December 1st, 2005 01:05 pm (UTC)
great photos! the first is fantastic! :-)
i'm glad i found your lj, it is a treat. :-)
goofy_duck2004goofy_duck2004 on December 1st, 2005 01:47 pm (UTC)
The 'Grey Wagtail eating a dragon fly' picture is very well captured, though the birdie seems to have a mean look on his face.

Love the markings on the Hill Myna.
ZuZusuzan_s on December 1st, 2005 01:50 pm (UTC)
These pictures are wonderful. They do convey a sense of an enchanted world, far removed from traffic, contraptions and man.
Arunbirdonthewire on December 1st, 2005 02:13 pm (UTC)
Wow, that first snap is something. How in heavens do you manage to take such photos!! Sometimes I get the feeling, birds stop and pose for you. :-)
Jayseakaredpirk on December 1st, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
wow..that first one! amazing!
Natarajanknutties on December 1st, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
The first one is just amazing. So impressive it is.
arucard2 on December 1st, 2005 04:20 pm (UTC)
the first one exposure seems spot on. I love the colors on that one.
Preethifiveonehalf on December 1st, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
Absolutely amazing pictures! The first one has a 3-D effect!
Bhavanabhavanar on December 1st, 2005 11:13 pm (UTC)
Amazingly captured! Great timing!
(¯`·._.·[ (SIL) ]·._.·´¯)cyberscorpion on December 2nd, 2005 04:33 am (UTC)
Great capture !!
bloggeranonbloggeranon on December 2nd, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
Western Ghats!! It's all magic. Which part?
Yathinyathin on December 2nd, 2005 05:30 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary - near Baba budan giri hills.
bloggeranonbloggeranon on December 2nd, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
I am guessing that this must be on the other side of Baba Budan, after Mullainagiri, starting from Chickmagalur. The photographs are too much. You must have heard "Wow" and "Awesome" a billion times :)

Yathinyathin on December 2nd, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
Re: Wow
Well, the nature does the job of being photogenic, I just document what I see. And yes, the wildlife and the hills are just awesome. :)
Shalushalu_b on December 2nd, 2005 06:27 am (UTC)
Hey Yathin, Great pics as ever :) I am a great fan of your photography. I love to take photos. I am a newbie. The only photos I have shot from are from a ordinary Nikon (just a focus and click, no zoom, not an SLR).

I love taking pics of birds, flowers, nature. Can you suggest me which camera (or camera + lens combo)I should start with to take some good pics?

Yathinyathin on December 2nd, 2005 06:36 am (UTC)
It really depends on how serious you are and how much you can afford to spend. For birds, you need the biggest telephoto lens you can afford since birds are very shy(and small) and will not let us approach them very easily.

I'd suggest a DSLR, instead of an SLR, because of the short learning curve and the ease of use and lower running costs on the long run. A Nikon D50/D70s or a Canon EOS350D would be ideal beginners' cameras.

As for the lens, a cheap and effective (and popular lens) would be the Sigma 170-500mm lens which is ideal for birds. This lens is also great for a non-professional who just wants decent photographs. However, to get good sharp images, you'll need one of those super expensive telephoto lens like the Canon 500mm or a Nikon 600mm which cost upwards of $10000.

However, you can get fairly good photographs with plain digital cameras with lots of zoom. Cameras like Panasonic Lumix FZ20 and Nikon Coolpix 8800 should give great shots but are not as expensive as DSLRs. The disadvantage being that you cannot change lenses if you want to.

Hope this helps.
Shalushalu_b on December 2nd, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
Hm I am pretty serious about it. I think I will go for a D70 + Sigma lens combo. Thanks a lot Yathin! :D

Do you know any place where I can get D70 in Bangalore or should I get it shipped?
Yathinyathin on December 2nd, 2005 07:33 am (UTC)
Well, it's a lott cheaper to buy camera gear in the US, especially on a big investment like this. The duties and taxes almost double the prices here.
Shalushalu_b on December 2nd, 2005 11:17 am (UTC)
pardon my ignorance yathin. Even if I get it shipped from there (Buy from Nikon) I will have to pay taxes and duties eh?
Arvindharvindh_d on December 3rd, 2005 05:19 pm (UTC)
On another note, I would suggest doing what Yathin suggests in the last part of his comment. Go in for a decent digicam with features. For instance, if you buy a FujiFilm S5500, it gives you considerable zoom (10x) and of course, aperture, shutter priority settings as well as manual focus options. It's also pretty cheap (costs around 240 pounds in the UK - must be about 240 dollars in the US). If you start with this, you could directly graduate to a good DSLR +Lens combo.
Arvindharvindh_d on December 3rd, 2005 05:21 pm (UTC)
For your last question, try asking someone you know in the US who'scoming back to India to get one. They don't need to pay duty if it's just one they're briging along.
Shalushalu_b on December 6th, 2005 05:03 am (UTC)
Thanks a lot Arvindh and Yathin :)