Ranthambore Beauty: T-17 Tigress
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|This is the photograph for those who have not seen my previously posted photograph on the eve of New Year 2010. |
It was an early morning at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve, Rajasthan. We were first few on the jeep safari SUV within the Tiger Reserve and were marked for Zone 4 by the Forest Rangers.
We initially encountered few tiger pug marks only followed by many varieties of deer, monkeys, crocs and over friendly tree pies. We finally met this beauty so called T-17 (daughter of legendary Machchali, the famous senior tigress of the reserve). Park authorities have put a radio collar on her neck, just to track her whereabouts on day to day basis. She was all set to launch an attack on the deer close to the lake. She happens to be the most dominant tigress of the reserve and seen strolling any where she feels like despite of tight territorial zones of almost 45 various tigers of this amazing fortified tiger reserve. She disappeared in the wilderness of the forest after looking at us. I was lucky to see her and shoot her side profile with eye contact well camouflaged within elephant grass despite of moderate fog and against morning sunlight.
I was told later that her territory covers both 2 and 3 zones of the reserve instead. She is not at all shy of the tourists and safari vehicles and provides spectacular sightings to all who come to the park. Quite often, she comes out of the park limits on to the main road offering free sighting but also shock and jitters to the pedestrians and bikers.
Ranthambhore is one of the few best places in the world to photograph tigers in their wild, natural habitat (Goldy! Pl excuse me). Some of the best wild tiger photos in the world have been taken in Ranthambore. There are a number of reasons for this and the most important ones are:
1. It is relatively easy to find tigers in a wildlife safari in Ranthambhore national park, thanks to the dry nature of the reserve. On an average a photographers should be able to get at least a few good tiger photography opportunities in a 3-4 days. When I say good opportunities, I mean great sightings in good light for at least 15 minutes and a good photographer can get a lot done in that time.
2. All the wildlife pictures in Ranthambhore are taken from jeeps (or Canter "safari bus"). This means that one is taking wildlife pictures from a much lower angle and the end results are eye level photos, that are much more impressive. In most of the other Project Tiger reserves, the only tiger photo opportunities that one would get are from the top of an elephant, which is not only a poor angle but also a very unstable platform to shoot wildlife from.
3. Ranthambhore has some very interesting backgrounds to offer. The forest here changes it colors in every season. It varies from lush green in October, to yellows and reds in winters (from the end of November to February), to yellows and browns in the summers (March to June). The ancient ruins that are found all over the park add to this environment.
4. Ranthambore also has a lot to offer wildlife photographers, besides tigers. It is the best place in the world to take pictures of Sambar deer. One can get excellent pictures of ungulates, birds (particularly the ones that prefer drier habitats), landscapes, old monuments in the jungle etc. So when you can not find an obliging tiger to take pictures of, one can still get a lot of other very interesting subjects to shoot.
There are some downside of wildlife photography in Ranthambore too and the main ones are:
1. It is difficult to book jeeps in Ranthambhore. Only a limited number of jeeps are permitted to go inside the park and since there is a huge demand for them, they get booked well in advance. The Canter "safari bus" are not so good for photography. Not only do they offer a much higher angle than jeeps, there are other people in the Canter too and they may all be moving at the same time.
2. When you book a jeep in for safari, you are allotted a route and you have to stay on the allotted route during your jeep safari. This can be painful for photographers because it is important for them to get the right routes.
3. You could get stuck with the wrong team of drivers and guides. There are a few (only a handful - I would say) excellent guides and drivers in Ranthambhore, who understand the light, angles etc. and can predict action with some degree of reliability. You could end up having a pretty lousy trip if you are not with one of them. You can easily come over these drawbacks by keeping a few things in mind.
Very Important Remember to book your trip well in advance online internet site http://www.rajasthanwildlife.in/ If you do that you will end with confirmed jeeps with good routes and look around for a good team :)
CeltickRanger, PaulH, xTauruSx, KOMSIS, zulfu, jaycee, boreocypriensis, eng55, Miss_Piggy, vinaymms has marked this note useful
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what a great luck you had to shoot this tiger in photo,
as i already wrote to you, i love this kind of animal/bird
photographys showing them in their environment,
on your photo beautiful pose of the tiger and lovely
warm luminosity and colour tones, TFS
- [2010-01-20 8:07]
fascinating post, i read your notes with much interest, as i have a dream of seeing a tiger in the wild..who knows, maybe someday? This Ranthambore Park sounds amazing, i am pleased to hear it fortified too to protect this rapidly dissappearing beasts.
Anyhow, the photo. Lovely golden colours and subdued low light, i like this moment of tension before she strikes her prey, the 'through the grass' framing makes me feel as if i was there. Lovely shot and thanks again for the interesting note.
Stunning scene shot with great composition and colours. The dreamy effect here superb.
TFS and regards,
- [2010-01-20 10:08]
a fantastic composition ...
Pastel colors and detail are very good.
- [2010-01-20 11:45]
Helllo Subhash, wonderful shot of this magnificent tiger in a beautiful ambience with nice composition.
TFS and G's,
- [2010-01-20 12:16]
A fine capture, full of atmosphere Subhash!
The tiger is a fine central figure in this capture with its habitat partly shrouded by the morning mist. A rare sight to be sure and one that I hope will continue to be possible long into the future!
Thanks for sharing this my friend,
- [2010-01-20 15:59]
You were soooo lucky to be in the park at the right time. We drove for hours early on a cold morning and saw nothing. I can just imagine how excited I would have been if I had seen this sight. The Tiger in his beautiful natural habitat is wonderful.
Hi MF Subhash,
Such an impressive view, great capture of a magnificent tiger in fine pose. The atmoshere just incredible! All are superb with tis image MF!
TFS and have a nice night!
- [2010-01-20 22:51]
What a great image.I liked warm lighting,harmonious colors and composition a lot.Excellent note too!
Thanks for posting..
- [2010-01-20 23:15]
An excellent and very atmospheric shot. I really like the misty colours.
I was lucky enough to visit Ranthambore several years ago and although I saw a female tiger and two cubs, the sighting was nowhere near as good as this.
- [2010-01-21 10:01]
What a privelage to have captured this image and you have done extremely well in doing just that.Well framed and interesting notes.
How beautiful can nature be? This is so wonderful to look at and has a soothing and calming effect on the whole being. The assortment of colours in the photograph is marvellous, and the atmosphere captured almost mystical. The tiger with its back to your camera just add to this feeling of serenity and peace. I can almost hear the silence and feel the tranquillity. This is one of those image I consider to be perfect. Thanks for sharing this beautiful scenery. Best regards
- [2010-01-26 6:37]
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