On travelling from Dehradun to Noida, we had made a brief stop for some refreshments Garbage thrown in a ditch near the side of the road will attract feral dogs, rats, boars and monkeys and also becomes a breeding site for mosquitoes. And also this is not just in one location. There is a common site across various road side restuarants. I feel it should be responsibility of the restuarant owners to avoid creating such a mess and some action should be taken against them if they cannot keep the area clean.
On visiting Delhi, I had a day free so decided to visit the National zoological park for some wildlife photography. The zoological park is a 176 acre zoo in New Delhi and is located in Mathura Road. The zoo houses a number of birds and mammals. Here are some of my best shots from the day.
Lodhi Gardens is also a great place for nature and bird photography. One can spot a number of birds such as woodpeckers, hoopoes, owls, baya weavers and much more however I was only able to photograph a small number of birds and common wildlife such as squirrels. The equipment I used was the Canon 7D and Canon 70-300mm L f/4-5.6 telephoto lens. Here is a small showcase of images I shot that day.
Lodhi Gardens is a public park located on Lodhi road in Delhi and is now under the protection of Archaeological Survey of India. It contains a number of tombs which were created by the ruling Lodis in the 15th century. The park is located quite near to Khan Market. The park is popular for walkers. Here is a showcase of photos captured on the day.
For landscapes and even portraits, I use the combination of the Canon 5D Mark III wth the Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens. Alot of photographers may not consider this to be a lens for portraits but I have created some interesting wide angle portrait images with this lens. It may not have a wide aperture compared to the more expensive prime lenses but still I personally feel that this is a good lens for portraits.
A histogram is basically a graph that show how brightness levels are distributed in a photograph. The brightness of a certain pixel is plotted on the horizontal x-axis and is given a number of 0 to 255 with intermediate values in between wihich are midtones. O is pure black and 255 is pure white. There are 256 levels in a raw file. The number of pixels of a certain shade or level is indicated by the hieght of the column in the graph. Therefore if there are lots of distribution of pixels on left side of the graph then photo will be underexposed and if there pixels are distributed on the right side of the graph then photo will be overexposed. For a correctly exposed photograph of an average scene, there should be some pixel distribution in areas of pure black, in pure white and an even dsitribution of pixels between these two.
Other than the wildlife, Rajaji National Park offers amazing views and is a good option for the landscape/nature photographer. Here are some images that I have taken on my previous trips to the reserve. The best time to visit the park or nearby for some landscape photography would be in the winter and images would be less hazy. In addition to this, the dark clouds and mist give the images a bit surrealistic. Here is a showcase of landscapes of the national park. Equipment used is the Canon 5D Mark III and Canon 17-40mm f/4 L lens.
Jhilmil Jheel conservation area is part of Rajaji National Park and a good spot for sighting Elephants, Leopards, Sloth Bear and Swamp Deer. This is located near Haridwar and is 9349.23 acres. It is also the only Terai marshland where Uttarakhands only surviving herd of Swamp Deer live.
This is a small shop located just across the road from Chilla entry gate. It is run by Viru Negi and stocks books, souvenirs, cups, t-shirts, toy or anything related to wildlife. Everything is reasonably priced and of good quality. T-shirts are available for people of all ages, some with tiger prints, some with leopard prints on them.