The Bengal Tiger

The Bengal Tiger
The Bengal Tiger

The Bengal Tiger, Photographed at Ranthambore National Park Ranthambore is one of the largest national parks in northern India, covering an area of 392 km. It is situated in the Sawai Madhopur district of southeastern Rajasthan. It is named after the historic Ranthambore fort, which lies within the park. Ranthambore wildlife sanctuary is known for its tigers and is one of the best places in India to see these animals in their natural jungle habitat. Tigers can be easily spotted even in the daytime. The best times for tiger sightings at Ranthambore National Park are in November and May.

The Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) is the most numerous tiger subspecies. By 2011, the total population was estimated at fewer than 2,500 individuals with a decreasing trend.

 

Photograph ID: _MG_3768 The Bengal Tiger

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Grey Heron

The Grey Heron: Photographed at Bhigwan. Bhigwan is a small dusty town on the border of Pune and Solapur district in Central Maharashtra, India. South of Bhigwan town, exists a widespread backwater formed due to a man made dam built on the Bhima river. The dam is called as Ujni dam. There are two areas where one can see the migratory water birds. 1) Diksal-Parewadi area and 2) Dalaj – Kumbharwadi area. From here, one can hire a small fishing boat to locate exotic species
such as flamingo etc. The grey heron, is a wading bird of the heron family. Found throughout Europe and Asia and also parts of Africa. It is a large bird, standing up to 100 cm (39 in) tall and measuring 84–102 cm (33–40 in) long with a 155–195 cm (61–77 in) wingspan. The body weight can range from 1.02–2.08 kg. Its plumage is largely grey above, and off-white below. Adults have a white head with a broad black supercilium and slender crest, while immatures have a dull grey head. It has a powerful, pinkish-yellow bill, which is brighter in breeding adults. It has a slow flight, with its long neck retracted (S-shaped). This is characteristic of herons and bitterns, and distinguishes them from storks, cranes and spoonbills, which extend their necks. The call is a loud croaking. Gray Heron breeds in colonies in trees close to lakes, the seashore or other wetlands. It builds a bulky stick nest.

 

Photograph ID: _MG_4892 Grey Heron

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‘The Kaas Plateau’ also known as the ‘Kaas Pathar’

Photographed at ‘The Kaas Plateau’ also known as the ‘Kaas Pathar’ is a plateau situated in the Western Ghat Sahyadri range, 22 kilometers from Satara city in Maharashtra state of India and is known for various types of wild flowers which bloom during August-September every year. The area of plateau is located at a height of 1200 mt. and is approximately 1,000 hectare. The name Kaas originates from Kaasa tree (Elaeocarpus glandulosus). It has been declared as Biodiversity World Heritage Site by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco). The place has more than 850 different species of flowers and other plants including Orchids, Karvy and carnivorous plants such as Drosera Indica. This comes under the Sahyadri Sub Cluster of Western Ghats which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kaas Plateau is rich in its Bio-diversity. Many species are observed on plateau which are new to the Botanical Science. Many of the endemic, endangered plants are found on Plateau. More than 850 species of flowering plants are reported on the plateau. 624 species have entered in the Red Data Book. Out of these 624 species, 39 are found only in Kaas Region.
Pink Flower: Impatiens oppositifolia
Blue Flower: Utricularia purpurascens
White Flower: Eriocaulon Sedgewicki – Gend

 

Photograph ID: _MG_8010 The Kaas Plateau also known as the “Kaas Pathar”

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Crested Honey Buzzard / Oriental Honey Buzzard

Crested Honey Buzzard / Oriental Honey Buzzard, Photographed at Nagzira wildlife sanctuary is located between Bhandara district and Gondia district of Maharashtra. The crested honey buzzard is a bird of prey in the family Accipitridae which also includes many other diurnal raptors such as kites, eagles and harriers. This species is also known as the Oriental honey buzzard. It has a long tail and a short head crest. It is brown above, but not as dark as honey buzzard, and paler below. There is a dark throat stripe. Unusually for a large bird of prey, the sexes can be distinguished. The male has a blue-grey head, while the female’s head is brown. She is slightly larger and darker than the male.

 

Photograph ID: _MG_2680 Crested Honey Buzzard / Oriental Honey Buzzard

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Black-Shouldered Kite (Hovering)

Black-Shouldered Kite (Hovering), Photographed at Amba Ghat. Amba ghat is a mountain pass on Ratnagiri-Kolhapur road (NH 204) in Maharashtra, India, at a height of 2000 ft above sea-level, This ghat lies in the Sahyadri mountain ranges (Western Ghats) and has picturesque mountain scapes and a pleasant climate. The black-shouldered kite is a small raptor. The adult black-shouldered kite is a small and graceful, predominantly pale grey and white, raptor with black shoulders and red eyes. Their primary call is a clear whistle, uttered in flight and while hovering. Black-shouldered kites live almost exclusively on mice. Their prey also includes grasshoppers, crickets and other large insects, lizards and rodents. Injured birds, small snakes and frogs. The black-shouldered kite flies slowly during hunting like a harrier, but it will also hover. When hunting the kite hovers with its body hanging almost vertically.

 

Photograph ID: _MG_2197 Black-Shouldered Kite (Hovering)

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The Indian Wild Boar

The Indian wild Boar, Photographed at Kanha Tiger Reserve, also called Kanha National Park is one of the tiger reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh state in India. The Indian Boar also known as the Andamanese Pig.

 

Photograph ID: _MG_3336 The Indian wild Boar

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Barasingha Female

Barasingha Female, photographed at Kanha Tiger Reserve, also called Kanha National Park is one of the tiger reserves of India and the largest national park of Madhya Pradesh state in India.

The barasingha also called Swamp Deer, is a deer species distributed in the Indian subcontinent. The barasingha is a large deer with a shoulder height of 44 to 46 in. and a head-to-body length of nearly 6 ft. Its hair is rather woolly and yellowish brown above but paler below, with white spots along the spine. The throat, belly, inside of the thighs and beneath the tail is white. In summer the coat becomes bright rufous-brown. The neck is maned. Females are paler than males.

 

Photograph ID: _MG_3172 Barasingha Female

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Gray Langur Family

Gray Langur Family, Photographed at Nagzira wildlife sanctuary is located between Bhandara district and Gondia district of Maharashtra.

Gray langurs or Hanuman langurs, the most widespread langurs of South Asia. Gray langurs are large and fairly terrestrial, inhabiting forest, open lightly wooded habitats, and urban areas on the Indian subcontinent.

 

Photograph ID: _MG_2708 Gray Langur Family

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Why you should be shoot in RAW?

You’ve probably heard over and over that you should be shooting in RAW. But do you know why it’s so important? And what it really means for your images? 

First off, what is RAWRAW is a file format that captures all image data recorded by the sensor when you take a photo. When shooting in a format like JPEG, image information is compressed and lost. Because no information is compressed with RAW you’re able to produce higher quality images, as well as correct problem in the images that would be unrecoverable if shot in the JPEG format.

In easy words, a RAW file is an uncompressed image file that records the data from the sensor ‘as it is’, with minimal processing. Depending on your camera, this file will most likely contain either 12-bit or 14-bit data or even 16-bit in medium format Camera. When shooting in JPEG, the camera will take the RAW file, process it with a number of generic actions (typically contrast/saturation adjustments, correcting for white balance and sharpening) before compressing the image down to an 8-bit JPEG file. That difference in ‘bit depth’ will took the main part here. The 12-bit image will contain 4096 tones per Red, Green and Blue channel. i.e. R-4096 X G-4096 X B-4096 = 69 billion possible tones per pixel. If we compare that to the other bit depths, you will see the difference:

  • 8 bit = 256 Tones per channel = 16.8 million possible tones per pixel.
  • 12 bit = 4096 Tones per channel = 68.7 billion possible tones per pixel.
  • 14 bit = 16384 Tones per channel = 4.4 trillion possible tones per pixel.
  • 16 bit = 65536 Tones per channel = 281.5 trillion possible tones per pixel.

When you take a JPEG file from your camera into Photoshop to process, there are only 256 possible tones to define the colour for each red, green or blue channel, which means that when you start apply changes to contrast or brightness, there are a very limited number of possible tones for each pixel, which can result in obvious image degradation if pushed too far.  With a RAW image, the number of possible tones is that much greater that more significant changes to can be made without any impact on the final image quality.

Benefits of using RAW:

1. Get the Highest Level of Quality

This is one of the biggest benefits. When you shoot in RAW you record all of the data from the sensor. This gives the highest quality files. And when it comes to your awesome images, you want high quality.

2. Record Greater Levels of Brightness

Levels of brightness are the number of steps from black to white in an image. The more you have, the smoother the transitions of tones. Smooth is good.

JPEG records 256 levels of brightness, and RAW records between 4,096 to 65,536 levels! This is described with the term ‘bit’. JPEG captures in 8 bit, and RAW is either 12 bit, 14 bit or 16 bit. The effect of higher bit depth on your images is huge. Those additional steps of brightness let you make more adjustments (exposure, blacks, fill light, recovery, contrast, brightness) to your image without a significant reduction of quality, because there’s more levels to work with! 

3. Easily Correct Overexposed or Underexposed Images

Obviously you want to get the best exposure in camera, but sometimes things move fast and you wind up with a overexposed or underexposed image. With RAW you have additional information in the file, so it’s much easier to correct the image without a drastic reduction in quality.

4. Easily Adjust White Balance

When you shoot JPEG the white balance is applied to the image. You can’t just easily choose another option. With RAW the white balance is still recorded, but because you have way more data, it’s easy to adjust. 

5. Get Better Detail

When you shoot RAW you have access to sharpening and noise algorithms in a program like Lightroom or ACR that are way more powerful than those found in your camera.

6. Enjoy Non-Destructive Editing

When you make adjustments to a RAW file, you’re not actually doing anything to the original data. What you’re doing is creating a set of instructions for how the JPEG or TIFF version should be saved. You can always reset your adjustments, and start over again.

7. Get Better Prints

Because of the finer gradation of tones and colours you’ll get better prints from RAW files. You’ll also get less Banding, which is really bad on a print.

8. Select Colour Space on Output

With RAW you can choose from any colour space when you are exporting it out, so you can adjust depending on the situation! Basically there are different colour spaces that work best for different situations, and when you shoot RAW you can export a single image in multiple spaces!

9. Have an Efficient Workflow

It’s easier to work through large batches of images when you’re using a workflow centric program like Lightroom or ACR. They’re designed to easily process groups of RAW images. Photoshop is not meant for that kind of thing, it’s built to handle one image at a time.

10. It’s the Pro Option

Professionals should be providing their clients with the highest quality possible. Hobbyists and amateurs can also take advantage of this pro level option, and get better files and prints!

In order to take full advantage of all the benefits of Lightroom and ACR or Photoshop you have to shoot in RAW!

One most important thing, there is a learning process associated with RAW processing.  You will need dedicated RAW processing software to manipulate your images, but cameras that support shooting in RAW should ship with the manufacturer’s own software for doing so.  There are also a large number of alternative free programs out there, as well as software packages from well know image editing giants, such as Adobe. With a little bit of research, you will see how easy it is to squeeze the most out of your images, and you will soon wonder why you weren’t shooting in RAW sooner.

Most cameras should give the option of shooting in ‘RAW+JPEG’, where the camera records both the RAW file and processed JPEG file to the memory card simultaneously.

Downsides

Now, there are always pros and cons to every option, and RAW does have a few downsides. 

NEED TO BE PROCESSED

A common argument against shooting RAW is that because the files need to be processed.

Most photographers do some level of processing to their JPEGs. RAW gives you way more options, and can be processed just as fast, if not faster, than JPEG.

TAKES UP MORE SPACE

Yes, RAW files are bigger and take up more space. But that’s because they’re of higher quality. Since RAW files have more uncompressed information they can be 2-3 times larger than JPEG files. This is definitely a concern for many shooters, especially those who create a lot of images.

But over the past few years, the cost of hard drives has really dropped, and they’re incredibly affordable!

It’s also probably a good idea to not place so many images on a single hard drive. Don’t put all your photographic eggs in one basket!

SLOWS THE CAMERA DOWN

RAW files are larger than JPEGs, so they’ll fill up the buffer of your camera faster. The camera will still shoot the same frames per second, regardless of whether it is RAW or JPEG, but you may have to wait for the camera to write to the memory card if the buffer fills up.

IN A PROPRIETARY FORMAT

RAW files are often recorded in a proprietary format, which means that the camera manufacturers haven’t officially disclosed how the raw data can be converted. Companies like Adobe either need to license software to decode the RAW files or reverse engineer how the files should be converted. (For Canon cameras the RAW format looks like .CR2 and for Nikon it’s .NEF).

A new open source RAW format has been developed in order to overcome this obstacle. It was developed by Adobe and is known as DNG (Digital Negative). Using a program like Lightroom or ACR, you can convert your proprietary RAW files into the open source DNG format. It’s an extra step, but it will ensure your files are readable far into the future!

These days, it’s super easy (and fast!) to process RAW files, and you’ll be able to get the absolute best quality out of those images that you put so much time and effort into!

I think, all of you will shoot in only RAW FILE after reading this information about RAW Format.