Rathika Ramasamy is India’s first woman wildlife photographer. She has been capturing animals through her lens for the past ten years. Photography for Rathika started at an early age when she was still in school. Today Rathika specializes in bird photography. Her interest in birds started after a visit to the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary.
When should you click birds?
The best time to click birds is early morning and early evening, because birds are most active during that period. The natural light is also good for a picture.
The waiting period for a perfect shot is not fixed. Sometimes you have to wait for hours or even days. Proper planning is required to get that perfectly timed shot.
How can you capture a flying bird?
Birds are always moving and perch only for a few seconds for a rest. To capture them, always follow them through your camera viewfinder. Bird movements are caught by using the continuous and auto focus modes on your camera.
Once the focus is locked by the camera, click and take the shot. If the bird is flying, bring it into your viewfinder, select fast shutter speed on your camera and then click to capture the flying bird.
What are the easiest and most difficult birds to shoot?
The urban habitat birds like peacocks, doves, owls and parakeets are easy to capture.
The family of crake birds is very difficult to capture as these birds are very shy in nature.
What are Rathika’s memorable photographic experiences?
This was in Jim Corbett National Park where I spotted a tiger with its kill in a water body. Jim Corbett Park is a thick jungle and spotting a tiger is a special moment.
Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur, Madhya Pradesh, has several species of birds. A pair of Sarus Cranes dancing is a memorable capture.
What camera and equipments can kids carry while going on a wildlife journey?
Carry a compact camera with a good digital zoom. Any entry level DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) is easy to operate.
Carry a good field guide and binocular to watch animals and birds.
Tips for young photographers
Watch animals and birds and try to understand and identify their behavior. Note down the details for future reference. The best place to start is from your nearest zoo, park or reserve.
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