Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, November 24, 2011
The master of Creative Wildlife Photography techniques – ‘Raymond Barlow’ - conducting photography workshops for photographers around the world... Africa, Yellowstone, Newfoundland, Florida, British Columbia, Costa Rica and finally...
….. Dr Caesar Photography presents - Raymond Barlow to all my dear friends in INDIA.
Ray, an international celebrity in the field of wildlife photography, helps photographers across the world to polish their creative talents. Ray specializes in creative wildlife photography... highlights of his visit will be 'Exposure with Birding', 'Autofocus management for bird photography', 'Birds in Flight techniques', 'Creative imaging', 'Equipments', 'Hand held techniques', 'Understanding RAW files' and 'Digital medium processing and workflow',
Ray is coming to India and we plan to do a series of "RAYMOND BARLOW PHOTOGRAPHY SEMINARS" in three major cities - Mumbai > Kolkata > Delhi. I am afraid, seats are going to get exhausted too fast and I insist, you must register yourself now to secure your seats. You can register yourself without paying any money right at this moment. We will announce the payment process very soon. The tentative registration fee for these seminars is an unbelievably low Rs 1050.
Please note, we plan to extend these seminars to a 3 nights 4 days workshop to PANGOT, SAT TAL... the birding heavens... where we shall have only 8 seats ! Approximate cost for the field workshop would be Rs 25,000 for a Ray Balow experience in Pangot and Sat Tal …. !!! Hmmm … Raymond Barlow ... and Pangot, Sat Tal ... does that sound like a irresistible combination????
I know it does ... make sure you register before the seats are over.
(Mumbai / Kolkata / Delhi - 100 registrations will be accepted per location !)
- Mumbai – 29th April 2012
- Kolkata – 30th April 2012
- Delhi – 1st May 2012
- Pangot and Sat Tal – 3rd to 6th May 2012
* Subject to change under unavoidable circumstances
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS OF SEMINARS
- Auto focus management for Bird Photography
- Exposure balance in Bird Photography
- Birds and Wildlife skill set improvement
- The Digital medium - Processing and Work Flow
- Creative Wildlife Photography
- Understanding Raw files
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS OF PANGOT SAT TAL WORKSHOP
Day 1 - bird photography at Pangot and 1 night luxurious stay at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, Pangot
Day 2 and 3 - bird photography at Sat Tal and 2 Nights luxurious stay at Sat Tal Birding Lodge, Sat Tal
The cost (Kathgodam - Kathgodam) mentioned includes all bird photography training, all meals as per the itinerary, dedicated services of local birding guide for 3 Days, dedicated vehicle for local transport for 3 days and above all ... a Raymond Barlow experience !!!
Registering your self is a MUST. Please click on the below link to register yourself.
Please select your preferred seminar / workshop and fill in all details to register yourself. In case you wish to attend in more than one location, please ensure you mention the same in remarks column.
- Mumbai – Rs 1050 per head
- Kolkata – Rs 1050 per head
- Delhi – Rs 1050 per head
- Pangot and Sat Tal – Rs 25,000 per head
* The cost of Pangot and Sat Tal (Kathgodam - Kathgodam) mentioned includes all bird photography training, all meals as per the itinerary, dedicated services of local birding guide for 3 Days, dedicated vehicle for local transport for 3 days and above all ... a Raymond Barlow experience !!!
Pay to : Caesar Sengupta
Account no. 911010061760341
Bank name: Axis Bank
Branch name: CBD Belapur
Branch address: Ground floor, Ellora Commercial Unit 1-4, Plot no. 27,
Sector 11, CBD Belapur, Navi Mumbai - 400614, Maharashtra, India
MICR Code: 400211068
IFSC Code: UTIB0000861
Will be announced soon
KNOW MORE ABOUT RAY AND HIS WORK
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wildlife photography as a career in India, used to sound like a dream a couple of years back. Lucky had been those who could persuade their profession and passion simultaneously. For most, wildlife and wildlife photography remained as a childhood passion and one amongst the many lost dreams condemned by our professional pursuits.
However, building a career in wildlife photography definitely demands the photographs to stand out amongst thousands and hand holding and personalized knowledge sharing helps one to improvise and excel – and hence this effort.
Today the trend is visibly changing. More and more people have started thinking differently; many have started taking serious interest in learning photography and adopting wildlife photography as a full time career.
In the country, there are maestros in wildlife photography who have taken Indian wildlife photographers to an international platform. These masters are making their best efforts to disseminate knowledge amongst the new comers. Budding photographers and amateurs are enthusiastic about it but limited resources and the cost of it becomes a major challenge.a full time carrier. Today, we can see endless opportunities for a wildlife photographer from print media to graphic designing, from exhibitions to stock photography, from photo tours to guided expeditions, from organized camps to sponsored projects, from natural history to conservation photography, from research to film making – options are too many.
www.drcaesarphotography.com is now a strong team comprising of established wildlife photographers, naturalists, conservationists, biologists of the country and veterans in the field of digital photography. Having travelled through the same road, we understand the hurdles and challenges faced in taking this hobby to the next orbit. We, as a team, are putting our honest efforts to make wildlife and wildlife photography learning available to the enthusiasts and amateurs in multiple locations of the country at an affordable cost.
We have initiated a country wide chain of Wildlife Photography workshops, Photography tours and expeditions in multiple locations across the Indian geography with a focused objective of guiding and educating wildlife enthusiasts about natural history, biodiversity and importance of conservation.
I thank all for the motivation and appreciation extended since www.drcaesarphotography.com has gone live. We aspire to achieve newer heights in the coming years towards this objective.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
LAI is a search taking place simultaneously in 16 states for 67 amphibian species that have been 'missing' for a period ranging from 16 years to 169 years. Around 24 teams of researchers and nationalists are involved in the project.
Dr Caesar Sen Gupta, who is a member of the expedition teams from Mumbai, said, the aim of the project is to locate species that have not been spotted since their first sighting.
"Until now, five species of amphibians have been rediscovered in the eight expeditions, carried out mainly in the Western Ghats and the Northeast." LAI rediscovered rare frog species, including the Chalazodes bubble-nest frog, Anamalai dot frog, Dehradun stream frog, Silent Valley tropical frog, and the Elegant tropical frog. Each of these species was last seen decades ago, and had been classified 'missing'.
Dr S D Biju, the programme coordinator of LAI, said, "For a successful conservation programme, we first need to know what we have to save.
The fact that these species were rediscovered gives us hope that all is not lost. We have gathered more data on other lost species." With around 341 recorded species, India can be called a 'global hub of amphibians'. On the flip side, however, over 40% of Indian amphibians are facing extinction. LAI hopes to garner more support and spread awareness in the coming months. Monsoon is the best time for such expeditions, and the teams have planned 20 more field trips before the rainy season ends.
According to experts, amphibians are indicator species and act as environmental barometers, making them an important part of the ecosystem. The roles they play-from controlling the population of insects and the spread of disease to humans and crops-are an important part of the ecology.
Massive habitat loss is one of the main threats that amphibians in India face. "The aim of the project is not only to find our lost amphibians, but also to see how we can conserve and protect their habitats," Biju added.
This is only one of the few obstacles faced by this team that functions under the umbrella organisation Lost Amphibians of India (LAI), launched in November 2010 with the plan to travel the country to rediscover India's 'lost' amphibians.
Sadly, over 50 species of amphibians in India, mostly frogs and caecilians, are thought to have gone extinct, since noone has seen them for 10 years. Some have not been seen for 18, others for 169 years. The figures are dire when one considers that about 60 per cent of Indian amphibians are not found anywhere else in the world.
Dr Biju, coordinator and brainchild, LAI, says, "They have existed for centuries and have seen many animals go extinct. But now this category is quickly disappearing too."
He thinks the reason is habitat loss. "Many might still be around but won't be for long if steps are not taken to conserve them."
The expedition team, apart from scouring the country looking for lost species and studying them, is also trying to involve the locals and forest department officials in conservation. But it's not easy. Most of these areas are marshlands, rainforests or protected areas. Plus, these animals come only at night.
But results are emerging. The LAI has already rediscovered five species of frogs that were considered extinct. These include the green Chalazodes Bubble-Nest Frog in Tamil Nadu, sighted after 136 years, the Anamalai Dot-Frog, from Kerala after 73 years, the Elegant Torrent Frog, from Karnataka after 73 years, the Stream Frog from Uttarakhand after 25 years, and the Silent Valley Tropical Frog from Kerala after 30 years.
Over 19 expeditions have already been undertaken this year. Dr Biju says, "We have found some interesting species that are being identified. Many are probably lost species, while some may be never-before-identified.
We will make an announcement about the findings in September."
While amphibians are facing extinction worldover, he says steps are being taken to conserve them in other countries. "Here, conservation activities are geared towards only certain animals," he says.
Dr Caesar Sengupta, a wildlife photographer who participated in many of LAI's expeditions, says, "Conservation activities in India focus only on the tiger and the elephant. While they are equally important, so are amphibians. Without them, there will be a major bio-diversity shift."
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Dr Caesar Photography team is organizing an interactive session in Mumbai on 17th July 2011 with Dr SD Biju, the coordinator of Lost Amphibians of India. Biju is also delivering a talk on LOST and FOUND: in search of lost amphibians of India. The event is sponsored by University of Delhi, Kerala Forest Department, CEPF, IUCN/ASG.
Friday, March 4, 2011
HIMALAYAN BIRDING CAMP, UTTARKHAND
Please note that this is a sample package - we can customize your tour package according to your need.
Pangot is a small village 15 km from Nainital, 50 km from Kathgodam and 80 km from the very well known Corbett National Park. Sat Tal (Hindi - seven lakes) is situated in the lower Himalayan range and the place has a group of seven freshwater lakes situated at an altitude of 1370 metres. Both the places, with its dense pine and oak forest, are undoubtedly the birding heavens of the country and offer a spectacular avifauna along with the breathtaking landscapes of the Himalayas.
October to June is the best season to be here. Experience an unforgettable birding expedition. Itinerary is as follows – it is extremely customizable according to your needs
DAY 01 – DELHI – PANGOT
Drive early morning to Pangot (6-7 hrs.). Arrive for lunch. Overnight stay in a cottage at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge. Afternoon leisurely birding in and around the lodge.
One can see crested woodpeckers such as Greater Yellownape, Scaly-Breasted, Speckled Piculet etc. Large flocks of Slaty-Headed Parakeets, numerous Spotted and Oriental Turtle Doves, Grey Bushchat, Russet Sparrow. Cuckoo: Indian, Oriental, Large-Hawk and Eurasian. Large-billed crow, Grey Treepie, Black-Headed Jay, Maroon Oriole, Large Cuckoo Shrike, Tits such as Rufous-Naped, Black-Throated & Yellow-Browed and smaller numbers of Black-Lored and Green-Backed. White-tailed nuthatches, Chestnut Bellied Nuthatches and Bar-Tailed Treecreepers.
Meals: Lunch & Dinner at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge
DAY 02 - PANGOT
Full day birding at Cheena Peak, Kilbury & Timla Pani. Overnight at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge
DAY 03 – PANGOT
Another day of birding at Pangot village, Baggar and Gughu Khan. These walks can be very rewarding. Overnight stay at the lodge. One can see Crested Serpent-Eagle, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Woodpeckers such as Brown-Fronted, Stripe-Breasted, Rufous-Bellied etc. Thrushes such as Dark-Throated, Mistle etc. Striated Prinia can be seen in the terraced fields. Warblers such as Tickell's Leaf-Warbler, Greenish, Golden-Spectacled, Grey-Hooded. Flycatchers such as Asian brown, Rusty-Tailed, Ultramarine, Verditer, Tickell's Blue, Rufous-Bellied Niltava etc., Orange-Flanked Bush Robin, Blue-Capped Redstart. Laughingthrushes such as White-Throated, Striated & Streaked, Chestnut-Crowned etc. Look for Accentor, Upland Pipit, Blue-Winged Minla, Whiskered Yuhina etc.
Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinner at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge
DAY 04 - PANGOT-SAT TAL
Drive to Sat Tal (2 hours) in the morning. Birding along the way. Birding around Sat Tal. Overnight stay in Sat Tal Birding Camp
The entire drive is through the forested area of Cheena Peak Range via Snow View Point and Kilbury. One can see a variety of Himalayan species along the way such as Lammergeier, Himalayan griffon, Blue-Winged Minla, Spotted & Slaty-Backed Forktail, Rufous-Bellied Woodpecker, Rufous-Bellied Niltava, Khalij Pheasant, variety of thrushes etc. More than 200 species have been recorded at Pangot and surrounding areas. The numerous perennial & seasonal creeks are home to an amazing variety of flora and fauna including the Leopard, Yellow-throated Himalayan martin, Himalayan Palm Civet, Ghoral, barking deer, Sambhar, Red Fox etc.
Meals: breakfast at Jungle Lore Birding Lodge, lunch & dinner at Sat Tal Birding Camp
DAY 05 – SAT TAL
Full day birding with guide. Overnight stay at Sat Tal Birding camp
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Sat Tal Birding camp
DAY 06 – SAT TAL
Full Day excursion to Nainital City.
Meals – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Sat Tal Birding camp
DAY -07 SAT TAL – DELHI
After Breakfast drive towards Delhi.
There are a number of ways to reach Pangot in case you don’t want us to arrange for Delhi – Pangot travel
- Drive from Delhi via Kathgodam and Nainital: 8 hours
- Drive from Delhi via Ramnagar (Corbett National Park) and Kaladhungi: 7½ hours
- Overnight air-conditioned train from Old Delhi railway station (departing at 2245 hr.) to Kathgodam (arriving at 0615 hr.) and then 2 hr. drive to Pangot via Nainital.
- Overnight air-conditioned train from Old Delhi railway station (departing at 2245 hr.) to Ramnagar (arriving at 0500 hr.) and then 2½ hr. drive to Pangot via Kaladungi.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Wildlife photography as a career used to sound like a dream a couple of years back. Lucky had been those who could persuade their profession and passion simultaneously. For most, wildlife and wildlife photography remained as a childhood passion and one amongst the many lost dreams condemned by our professional pursuits.
Today more and more people have started thinking differently; many have started taking serious interest in learning photography and adopting wildlife photography as a full time carrier. In this market driven economy, today, we can see endless opportunities for a wildlife photographer from print media to graphic designing, from exhibitions to stock photography, from travels and tours to organized wildlife camps, from organized field trips to sponsored projects – options are too many.
However, building a career in wildlife photography definitely demands the photographs to stand amongst thousands and hand holding and personalized knowledge sharing helps one to improvise and excel – and hence Wildlife photography workshop.
In the country, there are maestros in wildlife photography who have taken Indian wildlife photographers to an international platform. These masters are making their best efforts to disseminate knowledge amongst the new comers. Many wildlife photography workshops are being conducted in the country but this is still focal in some major cities, viz. Bengaluru, Delhi and Mumbai. Charges for such workshops range from Rs 4000 to Rs 10,000 because it involves hiring experts for lectures, hiring costly gadgets and infrastructure. Budding photographers and amateurs are enthusiastic about the art but the cost of it becomes a major challenge.
This is for the first time someone in the country, has made a bold attempt to dissipate knowledge in a non profitable way which will help the budding photographers immensely. We, as a team, are putting our honest efforts to make wildlife photography learning available to the enthusiasts and amateurs at an extremely affordable cost.
I wish to thank you all for the motivation and appreciation extended since www.drcaesarphotography.com has gone live. It gives me an immense pleasure to announce the launch of two Wildlife Photography courses… enriched, interesting and interactive. These modules have been conceptualized, designed and drafted based on the various feedbacks received from the fan followers. We aspire to be better every day and we hope we shall definitely be able to meet upto your expectations.
1. Wildlife photography basics – one day workshop
2. Wildlife photography post processing techniques – one day workshop
WHO CAN ATTEND?
1. Anyone who is enthusiastic to learn wildlife photography can attend the basic course. No qualification criteria / no age limits / no skillsets mandatory.
2. Amateurs and hobbyists who wish to improve their work can attend both basic workshop or the advanced workshop on digital post processing techniques – depending on the need..
WHAT TO CARRY?
1. Better if you have a digital SLR camera. However, having a Digital SLR is not mandatory. You can do wonders with your point and shoot digital camera as well.
2. For Wildlife photography post processing workshop, we advise you should carry a laptop, if you have one. That would make the hand holding easy for us. However, carrying laptop is not mandatory. You can carry your best digital images in a CD or pen drive and rest will be taken care of.
WORKSHOP DURATION: Full day – 9 am – 4 pm with breakfast, lunch and tea breaks
REGISTRATION INQUIRIES: Call 9819839821 / 09920772965
REGISTRATION CHARGES: Rs 1500 per head for each course
The online payment mode is still under the developmental stages and hence we request you to please send a cheque or opt for an account transfer to account in the name of CAESAR SENGUPTA, Account no. 061010100128452, Axis Bank, Naupada, Thane
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY BASIC COURSE
Session 1: 9 am – 1 pm - Photography Basics
1. Know your camera
2. Exposure control
3. Shutter Speed
6. Exposure & Exposure settings - Histogram
7. Depth of field
8. Focal length
9. Tones and contrast
10. White Balance
11. What is Pixel
13. Auto focus
14. Field tips
15. Different types of camera
16. The Digital SLR
17. Different types of lenses
18. Storage Media (Cards), File Types
20. Camera Care
Session 2: 2 pm – 4 pm – Post processing basics
7. Noise Reduction
10. Presenting your images
This is followed by a one hour interactive Session (Q & A)
WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY POST PROCESSING WORKSHOP
Session 1: 9 am – 1 pm - Post processing live Demo
1. Brightness and contrast
2. Levels and curves
3. Exposure control
4. Color balance
5. Hue and saturation control
6. Photo filters and channel mixers
7. Sharpening, blurring and smudging
8. Cloning, burning and dodging
9. Usage of gradient tool
10. File types, image size, crop tool
11. Playing with layers
12. Framing and presenting your images
Session 2: 1 pm – 4 pm - Post processing – Practical – this session will focus on hands on experience on editing your own photographs in your laptops using the image editing software you prefer to use.
This is followed by a one hour interactive Session (Q & A)