With only a few hours remaining to fly to Kenya to witness The Great Migration Trip In Masai Mara, I am all too excited and anxious at the same time. There’s a lot to photograph and a lot to do which is exciting. But then, there’s a lot of expectations from 4 avid bird photographers who are joining me.
I am eager to meet my 4 participants on this Great Migration Trip in Masai Mara
and to make it a memorable experience. You’ll hopefully see a whole load of wildlife images once I am back. Hopefully, a fantastic story to carry with them.
The opportunity comes only once in a while and only a few photographers seem to grab it before it’s too late. And 4 such avid bird photographers did grab the opportunity to come with me to The Great Migration in Masai Mara. This might prove to be well worth their time, effort, and money.
Here’s is another opportunity, which is larger than life. It’s a birding extravaganza that’s irresistible to any bird photographer. I dubbed it as a Trip Of A Lifetime for a great reason. Read on my fascinating story to understand the reason. Hopefully, after reading my story you’ll agree that it’s indeed a trip of a lifetime.
It Was The Tipping Point In My Career
Here’s a fascinating story of how I became good at what I do – Bird Photography. You might not know that I struggled much more than a normal bird photographer. It’s true. Today’s photographers have access to every information that they ever need. In fact, more than they need. There are thousands of blog posts, videos, self-published eBooks (including mine), group workshops, and tailor-made workshops like this.
Most of what I learned in past 8 or 9 years is from Digital Photography School blog (first few years), few great books on photography, and most importantly by demystifying the photographs of the master photographers. I would always try and decompose a photograph that I love, to see how it’s made. I’ll ask several questions like:
- What was in the photographer’s mind?
- Why he/she took it that way?
- How can I use it in my own compositions?
- The list goes on…
With these inquiries and visualization, I was gaining immense knowledge. But then, no matter what I did, I wasn’t able to pull out the shots that I visualized. There was some missing link. In fact, even today I feel I miss many shots that I would have loved to take. The miss and hit ratio is becoming extremely high as the day progresses.
I am kind of a perfectionist by heart. I must say I have many imperfect photographs which I shamelessly published as well. You might find many. I have a tiny number of photos I truly feel proud of.
Back then, I wasn’t really sure why I was not able to make the best photos. I was the most knowledgeable guy in the photographer’s circle. No matter whether I was in Sweden or India or
, I was always considered a knowledgeable guy and a go-to guy for many.
But I wasn’t happy with my photographs. Secretly I would blame myself for not able to pull the perfect shots.
However, I slowly started to realize the secret behind making successful images. I was able to convert my visualization into reality. And that secret is…Location. Yes! You heard it right. Location mattered the most.
I pulled off most of my best photographs invariably in the birding hotspots. Be it the photographs of Sarus Cranes, Bald Eagles, Egrets, and many more bird photographs that you love, they are all made in the famous birding locations.
The importance of location hit me really on my head when I visited Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. It was a revelation of sorts. I made the most successful images in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary than in any other place combined. It was a tipping point in my career.
I took considerable steps when I came back from the US and was ready to go to Bharatpur for the first time. I decided to go with a full-frame camera, Nikon D750 because I was sick and tired of the
notorious noise. Then I replaced my shorter prime lens Nikon 300mm f/2.8 to a longer telephoto lens Nikon 600mm f/4.
Most importantly I decided to go to Bharatpur for 15 days. Yes! 15 days. I still remember the reaction from Devendra, Iora Guest House owner, who said he was startled to hear that I want to go there for 15 full days. He thought I am mad. And I was J. Typically most photographers go there for 3 to 5 days.
I had made a decision that it should be now or never. I had a firm conviction that I have to pull off some great shots. I wanted to test my knowledge, passion, patience, perseverance, and above all enthusiasm. I wanted to know if I can sustain for 15 days at a stretch doing only what I love to do and still be enthusiastic.
I think I passed that exam with flying colors. I was darn tired. I was exhausted to death. But, I was there. I was making some of my most memorable photographs. For the first time, I was in the ZONE as said by Michael Jordon.
It was all my years of hard work, relentless learning, and practice that came together to prove that I was capable of pulling off some of the best shots. I cannot really express my feelings in words. You probably know it by now.
Now…why am I saying all this to you?
Experience The True Joy Of Birding
I want to you experience it yourself. I want you to take a test of your passion, patience, and perseverance. I want you to get into that zone when you experience the sheer joy of photographing. The ultimate joy of bringing your vision into reality is next to none. It’s definitely not an exaggeration if I say it’s worth a million.
How about being guided in the right direction by the one who has already done it time and again? Wouldn’t it be great?
What if I say I will help you find that zone? What if I get you out of the ordinary rut of making boring photographs to something that’s extraordinary? The pictures that make you proud just the way I am proud of mine even after 4 years.
I know you secretly wish you could pull it out yourself in a few years by going to many different trips. But, let me assure you I have done it for more than 5 or 6 years before coming to terms with the secret of success. Don’t be fooled by your intelligence. It’s the hard work which has brought the success to anyone in any field. It’s never the intelligence or even talent alone.
It’s not easy. But, it’s not tough either if you are in the right hands.
I can assure you that an exclusive bird photography trip for 25 days can reveal your attitude towards photography. It can be a life-changing experience just the way it was for me. Whether it’ll be a tipping point in your life or not, it’ll be a fulfilling experience for sure.
What I am really looking forward to is, bringing a team of just 4 avid photographers together to create an ultimate birding experience. I have always seen that a group of photographers working in tune makes it for a great learning experience. Something that can push you up the scale by several times than if you were doing it alone. It’s like a mastermind group if you are aware of.
Believe me; I have had such experiences while talking or shooting with other pros. When we discuss several aspects of photography, we tend to learn a lot from each other. We tend to understand how differently or similarly we think about a topic. It’s a revelation in itself and an experience I always long for.
Do You Think 25 Days Is Too Much?
I know it sounds too complicated to take nearly a month holiday. Or, is it? It could be hard to convince your manager (unless you are your own boss) or the beloved ones. More than that it could mean staying away from the beloved ones for a whole month. It’s uncomfortable. But then nothing worthwhile in life is achieved without getting out of your comfort zone. Isn’t it?
It could mean an emotional dilemma about one’s duty and responsibility versus the burning desire to achieve greater creative success.
I have been in that situation. It was the first time in our 3 years of marriage that I was leaving my wife behind on a photography trip for as long as 15 days. It wasn’t easy at all. It was a moral dilemma. I was completely torn between my love and passion. But luckily my wife understands my madness and knows what I’ll go through in such situations. I had to prove to myself. I had to do something phenomenal. I madly wanted to turn my vision into reality. She completely understood that (not that she understands all the times 🙂 ). She knew I couldn’t do it if she were with me because I might not be able to give my 100%.
That single step to leave behind everything to prove something was a game changer. And it truly changed the game.
Why not take that ONE STEP today? Why not convince yourself first that you really need to unleash your complete creative potential? Why not make a promise to your beloved ones that you’d want to test your passion?
Remember…if you truly desire for something, your dear ones will understand it. I guarantee it.
Are You Ready For The 25-day Ultimate Birding Extravaganza in India?
Are you ready to gift yourself with the once-in-a-lifetime bird photography trip? Great!
The 25-day Ultimate Birding Extravaganza in India starts on 7th Feb in Delhi and ends on 3rd March 2017 in Delhi. Here’s the complete itinerary:
Day #1: Pick up from Delhi Airport and transfer to a Luxury Hotel in Delhi. Meet and Greet. Rest for the day.
Day #2: Fly to Ahmedabad. Then transfer by road to a Luxury Lodging in Little Rann of Kutch (LRK) by evening. Rest for the day.
Day #3, #4, #5, #6: Morning and Evening Private Jeep Safaris with a dedicated naturalist for bird photography in LRK. There’ll be field sessions where I keep guiding you about making the best photographs. There’ll be instant review and feedback as and when necessary. In the evening, we’ll have a short informal review session about the day’s shoot.
Day #7: Transfer to Jamnagar by road. Relax in a luxury hotel till evening. A post-processing workflow session in the evening. Rest for the day.
Day #8, #9: Full day bird photography in Khijadiya Bird Sanctuary. Field sessions and the instant feedback continue to be there. By this time you’d already be radically different in your approach – you’d be thinking like a pro.
Based on the tide timings, we’d visit Narara Marine National Park to photograph coastal birds. Especially the Crab Plovers who congregate in thousands painting the Blue shoreline White. You’ll get to photograph many sea birds here.
Day #10, #11: We’ll photograph thousands of flamingos in close quarters in Jamnagar city center!
Day #12: Transfer to Ahmedabad Airport. Fly to Delhi on the same day. Transfer to a luxury hotel in Delhi. Rest for the day.
Day #13: Transfer to Bharatpur by road. Do some photography on the way. Relax for a while in the luxury hotel in Bharatpur. In the evening, I’ll review a selection of your best images so far from the trip. You’ll get critiques to improve your pictures. And also professional tips and techniques to overcome your shortcomings.
Day #14, #15, #16, #17: Full day bird photography in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary – India’s best bird sanctuary. Field sessions become tougher as we photograph the full day, relentlessly. You’d be making larger stride by now in the way you execute a shot – be it light, composition, preparedness, or vision. You’d be working independently by now.
We’ll be giving importance to making artistic images during the golden hours.
Day #18: Early morning bird photography in Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary. We dedicate the rest of the day for post-processing your best images so far from the trip. You’d post-process your images and get it reviewed by me. The review will be an eye-opener in seeing some obvious mistakes that are hard to find. These sessions can prove invaluable as you can see your own mistakes as well as others and also the solutions.
Day #19: Transfer to Sattal by road. Enjoy the great scenery in the Himalayan range. Rest for the day in the luxury cottages amidst nature.
Day #20, #21, #22: Full day bird photography in Sattal where you’d find entirely different bird species. Sattal is famous for the colorful birds that are endemic to that region. It also offers a variety of migratory birds making it a great birding spot.
This place is a tough ground to test all that you learned so far. You’d be dealing with exotic birds with exceptionally colorful plumage with completely different lighting.
Day #23: Transfer to Pangot by road. We’d photograph some more Himalayan birds in this gorgeous location. It offers some unique birding experience.
Day #24: Transfer to Delhi by road. Stay in a Luxury hotel in Delhi. Experience sharing session and a cocktail party.
Day #25: Few final words before we say goodbye. Transfer to Delhi Airport. End of bird photography extravaganza.
Do You Know Why It Is The Ultimate Bird Photography Trip (Feb 7 to Mar 3, 2017)?
This is, in fact, the ultimate bird photography trip for excellent reasons:
- This is the only photography trip entirely dedicated for birding.
- The trip covers the best of the best locations to photograph birds in India.
- Covers a wide variety of birding landscapes including marshland, wetlands, fresh water, sea waters, marine land, desert land, and forest region.
- Covers an exceptional variety of birds including the water birds, shore birds, marshland birds, raptors, migratory birds, Himalayan birds, endemic species, and salt-water birds to name a few.
- Every birding hotspot is covered for at least 5 days giving enough time to make the best photographs.
- You’ll learn the professional bird photography tips and techniques throughout the trip.
- You will get instant feedback about your photographs making it an invaluable learning experience.
- Above all, you will have 3 more passionate photographers working in sync to unleash their ultimate creative power.
Above points are definitive proofs that it’ll be a one-of-its-kind bird photography trip.
Are You Ready To Unleash Your Creative Potential?
If you are reading this line, then it’s a good indication that you are very passionate about photography. Whether you come to this tour or not, you can pat on your back for being passionate.
If you are ready to take action to change your bird photography for good, then let me congratulate you first for taking a step to change your life. Congratulations! Here’s what I want you to do. Do drop me a mail stating that you are interested in the 25-day Ultimate Bird Photography Trip In India: A Birding Extravaganza (Feb 7 to Mar 3, 2017).
Early Bird Offer Price [valid until 9th October 2016]
Let me warn you:
This trip is not for the cost conscious bird photographer. It’s not for the photographers who want “run-of-the-mill” bird photographs to add to their portfolios. Neither it is for the photographers who “run” behind the birds and shoot whatever comes their way.
This is for the bird photographer who really wants to Achieve New Heights in bird photography. For those who are In Search Of Excellence In Photography just the way I am. It is for those who wants to learn all the Field Techniques from a skilled professional. It is for those who want to learn the Key Concept in making successful bird photographs – Think Like A Pro.
The Cost of The Ultimate Bird Photography Tour In India: A Trip Of A Lifetime is USD 8949 only.
This Early-Bird Offer Price is valid only up to 9th October 2016. Drop me a mail before that to avoid paying a higher fee.
Talk to you soon…
THINK PHOTOGRAPHY. THINK SIMPLE.
P.S. Interested to gift yourself a Trip Of A Lifetime? Do write me a mail stating you’d be interested in the 25-day Ultimate Bird Photography Trip In India: A Birding Extravaganza (Feb 7 to Mar 3, 2017).
P.P.S. The locations covered in this Exclusive Bird Photography Trip are India’s Iconic Birding Locations. Covering these many iconic bird photography locations in India at once is something no one has done before (at least as far as I know). You’d be amazed at the wide variety of birds that you find in these unique birding landscapes.
If you want to grab this unique opportunity or have any queries, don’t hesitate to write to me.