About the tour :
Wildlife photography is an art and the more time you spend in field, more your basics become stronger, the more fine tuned & outstanding is your final product. In the modern era of privileged digital photography many amateurs have picked up good camera gears & lenses and are clicking a variety of wildlife. However in most of the cases the photographs are turn out to be just normal record shorts and they lack majorly in aesthetic values to make the shot a “Wow!” one.
This wildlife photography bootcamp addresses exactly the same problem and focuses on transforming a “Photo Clicker” into a “Photo Creator”.
Jamnagar, one of the best birdwatching places in India, is not only great for observing the mesmerizing bird life but also serves as a great opportunity for photographers to compose incredible images at close distance. Birding here is bound to leave one euphoric with the sheer number of waterfowl present & the wetlands carpeted pink by large flocks of Lesser Flamingos till early summer. In winter a thousands of bird including Pelicans, Ducks, Storks, Gulls, Geese and Waders ambling through the water all together create an exclusive kaleidoscope of birds. This makes Jamnagar one of the most sought after wildlife tourism destination in India for bird watching and bird photography.
SHORT INFO & DATES
Outing Dates :
Batch 1 : 23rd-25th Feb 2019
Batch 2 : 01st-03rd March 2019
Category: Wildlife Photography Tour
Duration : 02 Nights / 03 Days
Please mail us your registration confirmation & ask us for Train/Flight suggestions.
We’ll be happy to help you.
We take you on the field with focused photography of a single wildlife species. This curated on field learning experience offers you several benefits like:
- A to Z hand-holding by a photography mentor.
- Concretization of fundamentals like basics of camera functions, important camera settings for wildlife photography, Smart tricks to improve your photographs.
- Emphasize on mastering camera functions as per the situations like flight shot, fight sequence, silhouette, against the light object shooting etc.
- Allowing you to make many mistakes and understand the right way of fixing them.
- Helping you tackle tricky manual modes without any hassle.
- Teaching the art of shooting every single wildlife species in 6 different themes namely Documentation portrait shots, Close up & Extreme close up shots, Habitat shots, Action shots, Behavioral shots and Creative shots.
This particular bootcamp will be held at Jamnagar in State of Gujarat and shall focus only on Greater & Lesser flamingos as our target species.
Day 1 :
Reach Jamanagar by 12 noon. Reporting at Hotel in Jamanagar by 12:30 pm. Ice breaking session followed by room check in. Lunch followed by first on field photography session. Post sunset back to hotel. Before Dinner we meet up and have a discussion on today’s photography session, field learning’s followed by a technical session on creating better photographs. Dinner & lights off.
Day 2 :
Early morning with first light we head on for another field photography session (4 hours session). Post lunch gear up for another in depth field photography session. Pre-dinner photo review and problem solving session by our photo-mentor. Dinner & lights off.
Day 3 :
Early morning we head for our last on field photography session (2.5 hours session). Back to hotel for breakfast. Check out. Q&A Session & Conclusion of the camp.
Tour concludes with a great ending !! Proceed towards your respective destination by train / flight.
This is not a leisure tour but a dedicated on field photography learning camp. It involves multiple walking trails in countryside rugged places, waiting patiently at same spot, sometimes crawling or lying flat on your belly on floor.
Tour Price : Rs.12,000/- per person+ Tax as applicable
For Lifetime Member : Rs.11,700/- per member+ Tax as applicable
For Lifetime Membership Details (Rs.1000/- only), click here
1. Accommodation on twin sharing basis in a/c room – Hotel President or equivalent.
2. Meals at destination as per mentioned in the Itinerary. (Veg. Lunch and Non-Veg. Dinner)
3. All Photography sessions at Jamnagar.
4. Mumbai Travellers Photo Mentor Expertise.
5. Local travel to birding sites in Jamnagar.
6. All tolls, permits and guide fees etc
1. Any tips or gratitude.
2. Pick up drop from any other destination.
3. Any personal orders, laundry, phone calls etc.
4. Camera charges (If any).
5. Any Other Expense other than mentioned above
6. Taxes as applicable
CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY
1. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 90 days of Tour/Event/Activity 80% of total price will be refunded.
2. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 60 days of Tour/Event/Activity 60% of total price will be refunded.
3. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 30 days of Tour/Event/Activity 40% of total price will be refunded.
4. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 15 days of Tour/Event/Activity 20% of total price will be refunded.
5. If Tour/Event/Activity cancellation done by participant prior to 14 days or less of Tour/Event/Activity No refund will be provided.
THINGS TO CARRY
ID Card Compulsory (Aadhar/ Pancard/DL)
1. Dull Colored Clothes (Please don’t wear Bright colored Clothes, TRY TO GET AS CAMOUFLAGED AS POSSIBLE)
2. Sanitary Kit
3. Dry Food (snacks)
4. Torch (Must)
5. Personal First Aid kit.
6. Cap, goggle, sunscreen, moisturizer etc..
7. Sport shoes or Kitos/ sandal
8. Electral powder / Glucon D
9. Binocular/Camera with lenses (Optional)
10. Water Bottle (3 liter must)
11. Odomos (Mosquito Repellent)
12. Tripod will be helpful to avoid shake as there will be low light
13. Umbrella or Poncho/Cap
FAQ’s For WILDLIFE SAFARI:
1. How many people will be there in Gypsy for a safari tour?
– All wildlife safaris will have 4 pax in one gypsy (Unless otherwise mentioned particularly regarding 4 or 3 sharing)
2. Can I get a Safari on 2 sharing basis?
– Definitely yes, but it will be on extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.
3. What is the Child policy for Wildlife Safaris?
– A child above 05 years of age is considered as an adult for any safari permit all over India. Children below 05 years of age exempted from any safari costs and can travel free of charge.
4. Are Wildlife Safaris safe?
– Absolutely! Even if all the safaris are carried out in an open gypsy, there is hardly any danger from wildlife when travellers are siting inside the vehicle. Plus on every safari we would have a Forest guide with us along with the gypsy driver and our expert who will help out if any unwanted situation arises.
5. What are the safari timings?
– Safari timings change from season to season in different National Parks depending on the Sunrise and Sunset. Usually a safari lasts for 3-4 hours morning and evening.
Approximately the timings are:
Morning: 6.00 am – 10 am
Afternoon : 3.00 pm – 6 pm
6. What is a Core zone and Buffer Zone ?
– A tourism zone in any National Park is divided into two zones: Core Zone and Buffer Zone. Buffer zone lies around the periphery of core forest area. Most of the tourism/safaris takes place in core zone.
7. What is the best season to do a Wildlife Safari?
– The wildlife safari season starts from October-June. In Winter, from October to March one can have amazing birding opportunities with some migratory birds along with decent Tiger sightings and other mammals. March to May as the summer approaches one can have good tiger sightings along with other mammalian sightings and birding. So if you are a tiger centric wildlifer, we suggest you do a safari from March-May.
8. What are the chances of Tiger Sightings during the safaris?
– Tiger sightings are dependent on tracking skills, knowledge of the forest along with luck & chance. Weather conditions also affect tiger sightings. But all our safari tours are well guided with experts and local guides who help track tigers along with other mammals and birds! This has resulted in extremely successful tiger sighting ratio for us compared to others. We also focus on overall biodiversity and hence we ensure that you take back some unique experiences with you if not tiger sightings!
9. Why does one has to book Wildlife Tours in advance?
– The safari permit booking starts 120 days before the actual travel date and this is governed by the forest department. Plus there is a limited number of gyspy’s that are allowed to enter each gate during every safari session. Hence securing your safari booking before others grab it is very crucial and needs to be done at the earliest.
10. What kind of facilities will be available at the destination we are travelling to?
– Though we are taking you to wilderness places away from luxury, we have ensured that you will get at least all the required basic comforts during the tour. Our resorts in all the wildlife safaris tours are Deluxe Category; comfortable and homely. All resorts are equipped with all amenities like comfortable bedding, hot/cold water, western toiletries, A/C facilities, laundry on request, doctor on call, mineral water, generator backup etc. Along with this, Veg-Non veg meals will be available in buffet style. Jain food provision, Wifi connection and Television are also available at most of the places.
11. What are the camera charges for safaris?
– Some National parks forest permit charge extra camera fees to the travellers who are carrying high-end cameras with telephoto lenses or video cameras for photography and videography. Rules are different for different forests. Eg: In Tadoba: A camera with a lens of 250 mm and above is charged Rs.200 per safari.
12. I’m not a professional photographer or frequent wildlifer…can I still enrol for safari tour?
– Yes, why not?? Every nature lover is welcomed on a safari tour! We feel every traveller must do a wildlife safari at least once in his lifetime! Its an experience that every individual must take in especially when India has such a rich biodiversity and Tiger is our national animal.
13. What are photography opportunities for someone who is keen on wildlife photography and will he/she get guidance for the same?
– All our safari tours are balanced providing ample opportunities for wildlife photography. It not only focuses on tigers but also on other mammalian species, birds, reptiles along with capturing beautiful Landscapes and natural beauty. Our experts also help the participants with guidance and tips for wildlife photography.
14. What will the climate/weather be like in/around the park we will travel to?
– The weather differs from region to region. Winters are usually cool with temperature ranging from 8-20 degrees while Summers are hot and dry with temperatures ranging from 25-45 degrees.
Some Do’s :
* Carry clothes according to the season of the visit. Carry clothes that will help you camouflage with the surroundings.
* Always carry original identity proof.
* Carry a fragrance-free Sunscreen.
* Always keep your phone on silent or aeroplane mode when entering the forest.
* Cover your face with a scarf to protect it from dust.
* Also carry extra batteries, memory cards for camera and cover it to protect the camera from dust, rain etc.
* Always remain calm and composed when any sighting takes place. Remember patience is the only key.
* Your guide/mentor and locals know the area inside the forest better than anyone, so do co-operate with them.
* Do follow strict timings as given by your team leader to avoid delay in any activities as safaris are group events.
* Always respect your local guide/driver and their knowledge about the forest during a safari.
* For herping/monsoon wildlife tours, always carry wind-cheaters, proper clothing and shoes, water-proof bags. Also get rainproof covers for your cameras/binoculars etc.
Some Don’ts :
* Do not litter in forest and surrounding areas.
* Do not throw anything out of the gypsy.
* Do not yell, scream or wave at the animals.
* Do not wear brightly coloured clothes or apply any kind of perfumes or deodorants.
* Never feed any animals.
* Do not play any loud music in the vicinity of the forest area.
* No one is allowed to get down from the gypsy inside the forest.
* Do not argue with any person like forest guards, guides, locals or even travellers from another gypsy during the safari.
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