"Tropical Nature Photography"
Presenter: Supreet Sahoo
Monday, October 15, 2018
At the age of eight, I visited my first national park in India where I witnessed exotic wildlife in abundance
and with that arose a never-ending desire to photograph wildlife in their natural habitat. I would borrow my dad’s camera —a Yashica 35mm— and the excitement I would get from using that was unimaginable. Today, I shoot 16 fps with my Canon 1DX II. While a lot has changed in the last 25
years, the excitement I got as an eight year‑old
When I first visited the rainforests of Costa Rica a few years ago, I fell in love with their tropical birds and wildlife. Little did I know that this passion would become a serious hobby and eventually become my profession. Understanding the techniques used in
low-light shooting and post-processing made me realize that an image is made and not shot.
To me, the most important part about nature and wildlife photography is its unpredictability. Mastering your equipment enables you to make critical changes to your settings while you are in the field. Today, the
use of post‑processing techniques could change a lot in our images, but I believe it is critical to get the image right in the capture.
For three years I visited Costa Rica every few months. Wanting to explore further, I began to travel to other South American countries. I work with local guides and plan my trips months ahead, and know exactly which species I am pursuing. Instead of volume, I go for high-quality images, and I believe this is what separates my work from others. I use social networking to convey my work, and apps like Instagram have completely changed the dynamics of
photo-sharing on the web.
I have now set up my photo tour company, Tropical Photo Tours, to conduct workshops in Costa Rica,
Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil.
(Submitted by Supreet Sahoo)