Sunday Chronicle headliners 17 Dec 2017 Bornfree in the jung ...

Bornfree in the jungle

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | DEEPTHI SREENIVASAN
Published Dec 17, 2017, 12:29 am IST
Updated Dec 17, 2017, 12:29 am IST
Photographer Sachin Rai loves nature and wildlife, he shares his experience of capturing the young wild animals, the abundance of wildlife in Africa.
Bat eared fox
 Bat eared fox

An uncompromising reverence for nature and an unfailing eye for unique perspectives underline Sachin Rai’s journey as an ace naturalist and eminent wildlife photographer with over a decade’s  experience. Although Sachin has been  enjoying photography for a few years, he says that it was his trips to Africa that  gave him a chance to click photographs of baby animals. “I started taking baby animal  photographs just two to three years ago, when I started visiting Africa. Now that is a place where you get a lot of potential to shoot more wildlife than in India.” 

Vervet monkeyVervet monkey

 

An elephant calfAn elephant calf

He explains, “There one would invariably end up seeing animals in every corner, so that is where you get the opportunity to choose what you need to shoot unlike in India where you might have to search a lot to find any animals. No matter what season you choose to go to Africa, there will be some or the other animal hanging around with a baby.”

Lioness with her cubLioness with her cub

A scorpion with her babiesA scorpion with her babies

Sachin stresses on the point that one cannot plan in advance to take such photographs. “Most of the animals breed throughout the year, like tigers and rhinos. Large animals like elephant have no  particular season for breeding, so one  cannot really plan and go in such situations to take photographs, unless you are shooting certain species of antelope, for instance wildebeests. Their breeding period takes place in one week time. I will be visiting Tanzania only to see this phenomena, it’s called the calving season,” says Sachin, who has an uncompromising reverence for nature and an unfailing eye for unique  perspectives. 

 

Cheetah cubCheetah cub

A young giraffeA young giraffe

Great Indian rhinoGreat Indian rhino

A lion cubA lion cub

For him photography is not about  equipment. “It is about making the most of it,” he says. Chief Operating Officer of Toehold, a travel and photography platform, his images carry an unusual oomph and pack a bagful of impact because they are not minute quanta of time squeezed into a frame. He has won many awards including the ‘Photographer of the Year’ award of Sanctuary Asia Wildlife Photography Awards.

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