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Interview With Bird Photographer Raj Shelke | ShutterTalks



WHERE ARE YOU FROM? WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?

Am from Belgaum Karnataka.Currently am in Belgaum itself. Done with my BE.I'm working for an Aerospace company Aequs.








How did you choose Bird Photography?

I like colours. Birds with different colours attracted and the love for travelling to capture the tiny and giant beauties developed more interest and that's how it all began.


According to you, what are some basic attributes a Nature Photographer should have?

To find good and special moments in every even and odds of Nature and freeze the moment without disturbing its species..


What are your homework before you go out to shoot these wonderful creatures?

I study about their habitat and the season in which they can be captured. Also many of the photographers capture the species I want so I look onto their work and their angles of shooting as reference and try to avoid mistakes or get a different shot.




How important is Patience in this wonderful genre of Photography?

Its the key. All genre of photography requires tons of patience to get a shot right. But it doesnt end there. A person is not a real photographer if he is satisfied with his shot. There is no shot as perfect. All photos have some or the other drawbacks & beauty of its own. It all depends on the luck, skill, timing and the angle we choose. So it requires lots of patience to wait for a good shot or make a good shot even more better shot 😀




What's in your Camera Bag Right now?

A torch, additional lens cap and battery charger, match box.Camera n lens are at hault as of now.




Your favorite location for Bird Photography?

Mountains and unknown places be the best. But there are few where regular activity can be tracked. So it also depends on mood. Sometimes I end up coming home empty hands n sometimes with to much surprises. My advice is to keep wandering n exploring so experience new species n places.




Who inspires you for photography?

Dad, Ranbir kapoor(Bollywood Actor), Sudhir Shivaram, Thomas Vijayan, Audiphotography, Vincent Munier, Niranjan Sant, Varun Aditya and the list goes on...Different people have a different impact on my photography and life.


What does bird photography give back to you? Why do you take pictures?

Happiness, peace of mind, way of living lifestyle, recognition in society, knowledge about different birds etc.I take pictures to bring a change from daily routines, to showcase my skill, to see the moment live about different species in their natural habitat and also to spread awareness to save n protect environment to help the species sustain for in future generations.





What’s one good piece of advice that you learned through firsthand experience?

Never settle with the present framed we captured. Because there is always a new frame that  awaits with different angles, action n light.


If not bird photography, what would you have spent time on?

Nature and abstract photography of daily items,Also animals in the wild.




Do you have any Advice for someone just starting out in Bird Photography?

Follow people who have more knowledge and control over bird photography. Also to study about different birds and their habitat and take care not to disturb any species just to get a shot right.


Thanks For Sharing Your Thoughts & Time With Us Mr.Raj

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