Pune Regional Transport Office’s assistant regional transport officer S. Bhor was recently honored at the Viewers’ Choice Award event presented by National Geographic for his talent when it comes to wildlife photography. The amateur photographer got an award in nature category for his picture called – Tender Moment which portrays a shot of a mom cheetah along with her cub at Masai Mara National Park. Around 22000 entries from 150 countries were received by the channel for the competition.
Bhor told that the cheetah is well known for her habit of climbing up on vehicles to spot the prey. The photo was clicked while she was teaching her cub how to spot and hunt prey. He added that since the plains in the Masai Mara has less trees, the cheetah have learnt to climb on the vehicles.
The amateur photographer told that they had been watching the cheetah mom and her cubs for a long time and they were expecting to see the mom go for a kill. He took the picture in the evening light. It was really an unguarded moment.
It was around ten years ago that Bhor became interested in photography and he used to study photography techniques online. Later he had also taken a formal training.
Bhor has not let go the opportunity to go to a national reserve or a wildlife sanctuary through India and across the world. He told that he is not a full time photographer as he tends to be busy with work. But when he gets chance, he watches wildlife and click photographs. It is a kind of relaxation for him.
Who does not love penguins; they are funny, cuddle, and remarkably graceful at times. But photographer Paul Nicklen has done something more interested. With his picture of penguins called ‘Bubble-jetting emperors’, he has just won the Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer Year title.
Capturing those penguins was not an easy task. Paul was near a penguin colony in a full frozen region of the Antarctica’s Ross Sea. One day, he saw a hole and thought that the emperor penguins would come out from the water with this hole and they would be a perfect time to click them. He waited underwater with his camera and breathed with a snorkel to avoid producing bubbles.
By the time when the penguins came, his fingers were frozen. They were moving very fast and therefore he had to take the picture quite fast forgetting about focusing and framing.
He told that it was really a great a site, hundreds of penguins forced themselves out of the water and stood on to the ice above him. He felt incredible after taking the snap and thought that it was a once in a lifetime kind of event and he would never forget it.
Paul is a well known figure when it comes to clicking pictures of animal inhabitants of the coolest regions of the world. In his career, he clicked leopard seals, walruses, polar bears and a whole lot of other species in the tundra backdrop. All his pictures have a deep environmental message and he is concerned about global warming and how the environment is changing.
Ron Smith captures shots of nature whenever he travels through the trails of forests in Connecticut. Smith is the owner of Copper City Photography and he has captured snaps of everything starting sporting events to lighthouses to the sands of Arabia.
Still for Ron, who is also an avid nature enthusiast and hiker, would prefer to lose on the roads of the forests in Connecticut with his Nikon camera one day. He told that once he used to think that one neer to travel exotic places to capture great snaps. But now he knows that beauty exists everywhere. Spots like Macedonia Brook State Park (Kent), Lake Chamberlain (Bethany) and Tunxis State Forest have drawn Ron to capture snaps of waterfalls, paths and ponds.
Smith told that he is a kind of self taught photographer who came to know this craft by going after his brother in the woods with a thirty five mm camera. With a passion for hiking through the trails of Connecticut, Ron often goes to the Ansonia Nature Center and Osbornedale State Park, where he captures pictures of rabbits, birds, butterflies and even lightning.
He tells that he prefers to be outside and the solitude – the quiet and the peace. He just loves seeing the animals. One can just disappear and listen to the silence of the woods. Early morning light is his favorite as it is not harsh. The sun tends to be a lot lower; therefore one gets more shadow on things.