‘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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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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Barasingha Male

Barasingha male, 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_3375 Barasingha Male

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White Lotus

White Lotus, Photographed at Ambolgad. Ambolgad is a coastal Hamlet 60 kms South of Ratnagiri, India and renowned for its Fort and stunning Views of the Arabian Sea

Photograph ID: _MG_5417 White Lotus

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Understanding Histograms in Photography

Understanding Histograms in Photography:

Histograms display a graphic representation of the exposure on a captured image. They provide highly accurate information, but their use is often ignored.

How Histogram work?
Histogram-legend2Histograms are a graph showing brightness levels of pixels in a recorded image. The camera’s processor arranges each Pixel recorded in sensor, on a horizontal scale on the histogram, according to its relative brightness from 0 ie pure black to 255 ie pure white.
Bright pixels are located on the right Side of the graph and darker pixels on the left side of the graph. Brightest pixels which are reproduce pure white and darkest pixels which are reproduce pure black with no detail, would be at the extreme right / left edges of a histogram. The height of the graph within a histogram Shows how many pixels in a scene were recorded at a given exposure level.

How to read a histogram :
Histograms Shows the brightness information from a specific image, but there are no “good” or “bad” histograms. Different subjects can generate completely different histograms, but both are properly exposed.
For example, a white Subject on a white background, if properly exposed, will generate a histogram to the right side, because there are no or very few shadows and mid-tones. In this example, all the pixels in the image will show a high brightness level in a properly exposed image.
a black Subject on a black background will display a histogram to the left, which normally would be a sign of under exposure, but in this case, in the actual scene, there are few mid-tones and no highlights. In this example, all the pixels in the image will show low shadow level in a properly exposed image.
So, the photographer needs to think of the subject and scene, if the subject is white against a white background, and a histogram shows lots of pixels in the middle of the image, it is a clear sign to the photographer that this particular image is under-exposed.Histogram-legend
One of the easiest ways to quickly use a histogram is to look at its graphic values, and simply ask if any of the bright areas on the right side, or dark areas on the left side, are touching edges of the histogram and the extreme left or right graph line extend vertically. Either condition indicates SOME area of the scene is reproducing as an over-exposed white, or an under-exposed black tone.
Now, it’s again up to the photographer to think for a moment. If the scene is a snow-covered field or a Person in a white dress in bright background, and the bulk of the histogram is pushed against the right edge of the graph and cut off along the right, it’s a clear indication that the image is over-exposed, and that another picture should be taken with reduced exposure.
But, it is possible to have a properly exposed scene with bright objects, such as the sun in the frame, which do appear as over-exposed areas. If these are the only areas in the scene that are washed out and the histogram is telling you that the image is over exposed but the exposure is actually correct. So don’t immediately think that there is a problem if part of the histogram is cut-off along the left or right side, until you have thought about the scene and subjects within it.
A histogram is a great tool for judging whether the brightness range of a scene will fit within the dynamic range of the camera. If the exposure graph fits within the histogram’s left and right margins, it means we have an easily workable and printable image. If the histogram is pushed up against either side, it means some parts of the image will be too light or too dark to reproduce with detail.
A “good” histogram doesn’t have to stretch entirely from the left to right side to indicate proper overall exposure. But if its peaks, large and small, all fit within the left/right borders, it is telling you that nothing in the scene will reproduce as a washed out white, or a black with zero detail.

Colour RGB Histogram :
Conventional histograms measure only brightness, as recorded in an image file. But, it is possible to view histograms that not only show overall brightness, but the brightness of each color channel. Most cameras offer the choice to display a brightness histogram or a colour RGB histogram.
For most users, the Brightness histogram is sufficient to evaluate exposure when reviewing images. But, there are situations where it can be useful to view a graph of all three color channels. The RGB histogram can inform a user when there is a color shift , which is useful when trying to white balance a known neutral colored test subject. It can also be helpful for determining whether any single color channel is at risk of being appear too light or too dark.

Highlight alert display:
Most SLR cameras have a setting called “highlight alert”. It will make any overexposed highlights blink when you preview your images on your camera screen. For how to activate this function on your camera please refer your camera manual.

Remember, RAW files will always offer more room to correct exposure and other problems. Correcting improper exposures during image editing in the computer has limitations and often results in a loss of image quality. Histograms give the photographer a tool to evaluate and perform corrections immediately after an image is taken, which means that less time is later spent at the computer trying to optimize images.

Under Exposed

Normal ExposureOver Exposed

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Bhushan’s Gear

Bhushan Shikhare in the field with gear
Bhushan Shikhare in the field with gear

 

One of the most common questions that I am asked is “what gear do you use?”   The products below are what I am currently using. Everything mentioned or listed has been tested by me in the field for years and I can honestly say I think it is the best out there.

In terms of Nikon vs Canon, I think they are both great.   Canon (as well as other manufactures) makes an incredible product.  It is more about what you feel comfortable with.  I personally prefer and use Canon for a number of small reasons, but I would highly recommend Nikon as well.

Please note that although the gear I have listed is fairly expensive, you DO NOT need expensive gear to create excellent images.  Great gear does make a difference in terms of technical quality, durability, ease of use and other factors and I advise using quality products, but creating a powerful, creative image is all about the photographer and the light.

I strongly believe in keeping my gear as light and simple as possible. This is a complete list of all the gear that I use and recommend to my readers.

I use a Canon 5D Mk II and Canon 50D for shooting landscapes and Nature. I carry four lenses total, two of them extremely small and light.   A wide-angle Canon EF 24-105mm L IS USM, a telephoto prime Canon EF 300mm f4 L IS USM, a Canon 1.4X extender, a telephoto zoom Canon 70-300mm L IS USM and a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 prime.

I use a Manfrotto Tripod and Manfrotto ballhead, Hoya ND filters, Hoya polarizing filter and a Lowepro Camera bag.

This list will continue to evolve as my gear changes, as technology continues and as my needs are altered by the work that I am doing.

Welcome to Bhushan Shikhare Nature Photography!

Bhushan Shikhare in the field with gear.
Bhushan Shikhare in the field with gear.

 

Welcome to Bhushan Shikhare Nature Photography!

Hi, My name is Bhushan Raghavendra Shikhare and I want to thank you for your interest in my work. Welcome to the official website and blog-site of Bhushan Shikhare Photography. I am a fine art nature photographer specializing in wildlife, bird, nature and landscape photography. I am doing photography for more than 10 years. I currently live in Sangli, Maharashtra, India and use a variety of top professional cameras and lenses. My goal as a nature and landscape photographer is to show you views of our natural world in ways that you may not have seen them before through careful composition, attention to detail and the creative use of beautiful light. I am an active member and instructor in ‘Pratibimb Amateur Photographers’ Club’ in Sangli. Go to www.pratibimbsangli.org for more information about ‘Pratibimb Amateur Photographers’ Club, Sangli’.  Please browse my site to learn more about my work. Images are available as prints, or for commercial licensing. My all work is available in the form of fine art prints created with various photographic papers and fine art canvas.  Volume purchases of three or more prints receive discounts off the entire purchase price. Don’t hesitate to CONTACT me. Thank you again for your interest in my work. Please return regularly and consider sharing this website with your friends and family.

Bhushan Raghavendra Shikhare

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