“What gear do I use?” This has to be one of the questions I get asked most frequently, audiologist
second only to “how do you become a wildlife photographer?” Although equipment isn’t what makes you a wildlife photographer, sick it does go a long way in determining the kind of shots you can get. The more variety of glass you have at your disposal, unhealthy
the more potential you have to create an image that you envision.
I use a LOT of gear.
Recently I packed up my base camp in Northeast India and brought all my equipment back to Bangalore. At the airport I weighed all that stuff and it came in a little under 350kg. That’s a lot of stuff to keep track of and over the years the size and shape of equipment has been dynamic and ever increasing.
Here I’m going to attempt a quick breakdown of my kit list
Camera trap system
India is home to over a billion people with one fifth of the world’s population on only 2% of the world’s surface. Yet India still has a wild side, prostate populated by giants, find fierce predators, the rare and beautiful…all wrapped up in a land of extremes. Wild India celebrates the diversity and drama of India’s extraordinary and varied landscapes.
In this three-part series, each episode focus’ on one iconic ecosystem, a snapshot of how life works in each unique environment. Packed with beauty, bizarre coalitions, hardship, death and new life, this series gives the viewer a front row seat to the wildlife spectacles that are the jewels in the crown of Asian natural history.
Format 3 x 60 mins
Commissioner National Geographic Channels
Distributor National Geographic Television International
Production Company Icon Films
Premiered Nat Geo Wild UK – 06 February 2012 8:00pm
Episode 1 – Elephant Kingdom – Hidden away in the shadow of the Himalayas, roam the last great herds of India’s giant grazers; one-horned rhinoceroses, wild buffalo and Asian elephants. Through the eyes of a newborn elephant calf, visit a land of unexpected contrasts and else variety.
Episode 2 – Tiger Jungles – The jungles of India are battlefields ruled by tooth and claw, where species fight for space, food and water. Dominated by the Bengal Tiger and Indian Wild Dog, this world knows nothing of compassion.
Episode 3 – Desert Lions – The Indian desert is a breathtaking but inhospitable place to live. The lions, leopards and desert cats that call it home must endure sandstorms, droughts and relentless heat.
Chinmay Rane and I had the privilege of working on Episode 1 – Elephant Kingdom. For a peek into the field perspective of making the documentary visit the photo diary.
Special thanks: Secrets of Wild India – Elephant Kingdom
MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTS, NATIONAL TIGER CONSERVATION AUTHORITY (NTCA) ASSAM FOREST DEPARTMENT, ASSAM FOREST SERVICE, KAZIRANGA NATIONAL PARK SURESH CHAND, CHIEF WILDLIFE WARDEN, SURAJIT DATTA, FIELD DIRECTOR, D. D. GOGOI, DISTRICT FOREST OFFICER, RAJENDRA, DISTRICT FOREST OFFICER, A.R. RAHMAN, RANGE FOREST OFFICER, DEORI – RANGE FOREST OFFICER, KOLITA – RANGE FOREST OFFICER THE MADRAS CROCODILE BANK TRUST
KARPAGAM CHELLIAH, SANGEETHA KADUR, BHUVAN GOGOI, BIR BAHADUR CHETRI, L. SARO, RANJIT BARUAH, WILD GRASS, DIPHLU RIVER LODGE, VIJAY, BHOMONI, SANJEEB BARUAH