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Reptile Photography Tour - Desert National Park, September 2019

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Reptile Photography Tour - Desert National Park, September 2019


India is home to a varied array of habitats and one of them are the deserts. ‘The Thar' is India’s only hot desert which covers an area of approximately 1,70,000 sq. km of which more than 60% lies in the state of Rajasthan. Looking barren and empty to an untrained eye, deserts are home to some very interesting species which have adapted to living in arid climatic conditions. The Thar
Desert is home to many notable reptile and insect species which are specifically adapted to living in this habitat and are found nowhere else in India.

Some target species:

Brilliant agama, Toad-headed agama, Jerdon’s lacertid, Indian fringe-fingered lizard, Spiny-tailed lizard, Common monitor lizard, Desert monitor lizard, Keeled rock gecko, Sind sand gecko, Persian micro gecko, Sandfish, Sind awl-headed snake, Schokari sand racer, Red sand-boa, Glossy-bellied racer, Red spotted royal snake, Saw-scaled viper etc.

Scheduled Dates - 6th September- 9th September 2019 (3 nights 4 days)

Day 1:

The meeting point is Jaisalmer. Pick up and drop from Railway station/ airport will be arranged. After check-in, have a delicious lunch at the resort and then take some rest. Our expedition starts post lunch, once you feel adequately rested. For our first field session, we will move out to the sand-dunes near the resort for photographing reptiles and insects species of the region and we will return to resort by late evening. After dinner, we will go out for a night trail to one of the remote locations for some exclusive reptile photography.

Meals - Lunch, dinner, tea / coffee.

Day 2:

In the morning, we will move to a remote location for a guided on-field photography session covering more species of reptiles. After the morning photography session come back to resort, have breakfast and get together for an image review session. After the review-session have lunch and take rest till late afternoon. We start at late afternoon for another remote location with pristine sand-dunes for miles together; the location offers fantastic opportunities for creative macro photography during evenings and night; with no light pollution around, the beautiful night sky is a sight to behold. Once finished with the photography session come back to resort, have dinner and after an informal discussion retire to your rooms for the night.

Meals - Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea / coffee.

Day 3:

In the morning, we will move to a remote location for a guided on-field photography session covering more species of reptiles. After the morning photography session come back to resort, have breakfast and get together for an image review session. After the review-session have lunch and take rest till late afternoon. We start at late afternoon for another remote location offering a completely different habitat i.e. hilly/rocky terrain which is home to some very unique species of reptiles and offers great opportunities to photograph them in their natural habitat. After the photography session, move to resort and have dinner over an informal discussion with the mentor(s) and retire for the night.

Meals - Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea / coffee.

Day 4:

We will have an early morning field photography session at another remote location offering a different habitat i.e. desert grasslands and we expect to find some different reptile species here. Post session move to resort and have a group discussion over breakfast on reptile conservation in India and what we as individuals can do towards it. Our expedition will end with the breakfast session. The respective groups will depart as per the timing of their trains / flights.

Meals - Breakfast, tea / coffee

Comfortable Stay at Sam Village ( Twin Sharing AC rooms)

Things to carry
Carrying your macro lens is a primary need.
Also carry wide angle lenses for landscape photography.
Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries
Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop
Fill your camera bag with silica gel to protect your gadgets from moisture. They are available in chemist shops.
You must carry headlights / torches for the night search. Headlights make your both hands free to operate your camera.
We also advise you to carry protective footwear - gumboots are best. These boots give enormous confidence while walking through the forest floor or marshy areas. In case you are reluctant to use Gum Boots, do carry tough shoes (preferably covering upto ankle).
Carry Leech socks and way to use them will be demonstrated during workshops
Do carry protective rain gears for yourself and for your equipment. We find Ponchos very good
Carry basic first aid along with you. Carry regular medicines if you are on Medic*tion. Carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites. Carry Permite cream to keep you protected from tick bites.

On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our Wildlife Photography Expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following

How to approach Wildlife in the field
Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
Use of external lights and creative wildlife photography
Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
Framing and composition in the field
Ethics in Wildlife Photography

Soumabrata Moulick is a passionate wildlife photographer and nature enthusiast. He developed a keen interest in nature from an early age and started documenting nature and wildlife after buying his first DSLR in 2010. Primarily interested in behavioral and conservation photography, he believes that knowledge should be shared with no holds barred and has a flair for teaching. An engineer by profession, he devotes all of his non-office hours to the observation, study and documentation of nature and wildlife. His work has been published and acknowledged in various national and international media platforms. He aspires to become a full-time conservation photographer and contribute towards the conservation of fast vanishing natural wonders. He is associated with DCP Expeditions as a Project Coordinator, Team Mumbai.

Rs 26,250 per head inclusive of all taxes (Stay on twin sharing basis)

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Cost includes:

Three nights Four days Accomodation
Pick up and drop to Jaisalmer Railway Station/ Airport.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea, snacks as indicated above
All Taxes and service charges.
Cost does not include:
Mumbai – Jaisalmer – Mumbai train travel expense
Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary
Cancellation policy
All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No refund possible



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