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Wildlife Photography camp - Kabini, October 2017


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Wildlife Photography camp - Kabini, October 2017

Kabini - Nagarhole National Park is a part of Rajiv Gandhi National Park located very close to Mysore in Karnataka, South India. In 1999, this park was declared as the 37th Project Tiger reserve. The park covers approximately 643 Sq. km located to the north-west of Bandipur National Park. The Kabini reservoir separates Nagarhole from Bandipur national park. Nagar-hole, the name is derived as - naga, meaning snake and hole, referring to streams. The park was an exclusive hunting reserve of the kings of the Wodeyar dynasty, Mysore. Govt. declared this as wildlife sanctuary in 1955 and later its area was increased to 643.39 Sq. km. It was upgraded into a national park in 1988.

DCP team will be visiting this amazing forest this winter ! We have limited seats. Wildlife of Kabini is famous amongst the Wildlife photographers because of stunning photographic opportunities with amazing landscapes. That resting Leopard on a silent tree branch (or that crouching one !!!) is probably the dream shot of every Wildlife photographer. Leopards, Tigers and Elephants are common in the forest. At the same time, the avian life is fantastic with Osprey, Fish eagle, Falcon, lesser adjutant stork and many more. There are hardly few places better than Kabini, simply to relax and enjoy the beauty of nature. Kabini is hence, rated as one of the top class wildlife destinations in the country !!!

Scheduled dates : 4th - 6th October 2017 (2 nights 3 days)


Day 1

Kabini camp site is 60 km away from Mysore. After a warm welcome at the resort, you will be briefed about the camp followed by a round of introduction. Our naturalist will share a few quick tips on scopes of photography during the next 2 days. Enjoy your lunch at the resort and relax. Feel free to take a walk around the resort for bird watching within the camp premises. Your transport to and from Kabini is not included in the package, however, in case you need help, our representatives will receive you at the railway station or Bus Stand, wherever you reach and a cab will drive you to the resort, which is approximately 60 kms away from Mysore.

There are two modes of wildlife safari possible at Kabini, but with a prior notice to the team leader. Kabini offers both Jeep as well as boat safaris. Jeep safari has good chances of sighting Leopard, Tiger, wild dogs (Dholes) etc, whereas the boat safari provides an amazing opportunity to photograph huge herds of elephants along with mind-blowing landscapes and raptors (Osprey, Falcon, Fish eagle etc). Our most awaited first safari will start at 3:30 pm in the evening and it will continue till 6:30 pm. Post safari, upon return to the resort, get together for a chat over a hot cup of coffee. Later enjoy the dinner and relax for the night.

Day 2

Wake-up with the morning call and enjoy the beauty of a fresh Kabini morning with a hot cup of coffee. Morning safari starts at 6:30 am. Participants can opt for either Jeep or boat ride upon prior notice to the group leader. Return from the jungle at 9:00 am and enjoy an excellent south - Indian break-fast (Continental choice available). Later, join the group for an interactive fun filled session on photography with DCP Wildlife photography expert. Post lunch, relax for a while and get ready for your cat luck in the evening safari, which starts at 6:30 pm. After you are back from the safari, our Photography expert will take you through a basic image processing workshop on the images clicked during the day. This allows enough scope of interaction with our experts to understand and critically analyze the images clicked during the safaris.

Day 3

This is the last safari of the trip. Board the jeep with fingers crossed! Post your return to the resort, hopefully with a few classic photographs, we all gather for a group photo and final round of interaction before checking out by 11:00 am. The expedition ends here and we move back to Mysore.


We will be staying in Kabini River Lodge. The lodge is located on the southern fringes of the Nagarahole National Park (Rajiv Gandhi National Park). It is considered as one of the Top 5 Wildlife Resorts in the World by the British Tatler’s Travel Guide.

Things to carry

Telephoto lenses – preferably above 300 mm
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
Carry a bean bag to stabilize your gears while shooting from safari vehicle
Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust
Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from the dust
It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you.
Please carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites.
Carry a pair of good binoculars
We now have an equipment rental service wing. Send a mail to rentals | dcpexpeditions ! com for any requirement.

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
Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
How to get sharp images of moving subjects
Framing and composition in the field
Ethics in Wildlife Photography
Image processing workshop

To maximize and complete your photographic learning, join our evening session of informal discussions on digital image processing. Our Expert will work on few of his own images or a few of yours (which you have clicked during the day) and demonstrate various techniques of image processing to give a final shape to your artwork. The following will be discussed

RAW files processing
Histogram and exposure control
Colour correction methods
Cropping and image resizing
Sharpening, cloning, dodging and burning
Noise reduction

DCP Expert

Balamahesh is a hardcore nature enthusiast and a skilled wildlife photographer. He has traveled across the country and more extensively in the forests of the southern part of India. His images have been appreciated and acknowledged in various national magazines, news papers and books. He is extremely passionate about amphibians, reptiles and he specializes in macro photography. He is a skilled trainer, regularly conducts workshops and shares his knowledge about natural history to school children in the interest of conservation. Bala has done his Masters in Physics from University of Mysore. Apart from being a skilled photography artist, he is also a talented Bansuri / Flute player. He is one of the most dynamic & talented team leaders for South Indian expeditions of DCP.

Rs 23,000 per head inclusive of all taxes

Cost includes

Accommodation at the resorts for 2 nights and 3 days
All meals (vegetarian and Non - Veg) starting with lunch of day 1 to breakfast of day 3
All park charges, entry fees, safari cost, jeep / boat charges, guide charges etc
All Taxes and service charges.
Cost does not include:

Pick up and drop from Mysore
Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary
Please take a note that sighting of a Leopard and / or a good photography opportunity to capture it in an ideal frame is a matter of luck. Though the possibility of sighting is high but it can never be guaranteed in the wild.

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