The Pride of the Wild – A Masterpiece
~ by Diinesh Kumble
12 wild life pictures in a year
Wildlife photography is one of the most exciting genres of photography. As wildlife brings you face to face with the creation of God and mesmerises you with breath talking moments. As the saying goes, "A thing of beauty is a joy forever" and nothing is more beautiful than an encounter with nature. It takes a lot of time to shoot good pictures and if you are able to shoot 12 good wildlife pictures in a year, call it a successful photography year. Sometimes, it takes days and months to wait for your subject as nature is something which is not under your control. It’s like hunting without killing. When you shoot the wildlife, it’s all about action. If you miss it, you miss it forever. Nothing in this world can bring that moment back.
In wildlife, the shyest animals on land are cats and to shoot them is a work of patience and luck. One wrong move and you never see the cat. I was shooting on Sony A9, I waited for a few hours pointing my camera toward the dense shrubs with my finger on click button and waiting for the cat to emerge from the dense cluster of greens. The lightweight camera design did not exhausting me and helped me to hold my position for longer.
My decisive moment
Equipment plays a very important role in wildlife photography; this genre knows no compromises. The Sony A9 is unarguably the best camera available to shoot action as it allows shooting 20fps in RAW format. I was shooting in the burst mode till this wild cat came under the shade of willow tree. With G-master SEL100400 F4, I was able to compose my frame as the changeable focal length allowed me to transit from a tighter to wider composition, depending on the ambience.
Becoming a photographer was not easy 10 years down the line as photography was linear and the digital revolution gave every one of us leeway to shoot. I had used many cameras before shifting to Sony and it was not an easy call. And now, I use Sony and my loyalty is earned forever. Without the right combination of lens and camera, being a wildlife photographer would have been a distant dream. I strongly recommend Sony A9 Full Frame Camera with G-Master SEL100400 lens.
The iconic shot
The treasure of nature is infinite. However, it is not always possible to capture it in a lens, from an intimate angle. Thankfully, the advancements in the area of technology can now help us achieve the ‘impossible’. A tiger is a fiery being, it certainly is a task to photograph this creature.
In this shot, I have used the focal length of 400mm with the shutter speed of 1/500 to make sure I freeze the shot with no blur. The Sony A9 allowed 800 ISO with an advantage for writing images to memory cards providing add-on buffer storage on the sensor. Even if I shoot 900 frames without break, the camera will not hang, so all I need to do is to focus on my subject. The G-Master SEL100400 Lens is engineered to shoot the best possible resolution. Shooting with a conventional lens may give you lot of colour cast in the picture, but my experience with the G-Master lens has been more than satisfactory. Sony A9 Camera with G-Master SEL100400 Lens helped me shoot warm and colour cast-free pictures. Thanks to the exclusive autofocus technology used in G-Master lens, that makes it easier to lock focus on the subject while shooting in the continuous autofocusing mode. The desire of getting closer to the subject is obvious while shooting cats. The G-Master lens offered me an edge-to-edge sharpness so that I could later crop and recompose the picture.
Besides, this phenomenal portrait easily explains the story!
About Diinesh Kumble
Diinesh Kumble is a self-taught photographer who has lived most of his life in Bengaluru, India. He returned to his home town in 1994 after completing a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A & M University, USA. Diinesh started his photographic journey in New York in the early ‘90s. Over the past decade, Diinesh has been instrumental in publishing 6 coffee table books filled with his images and stories; 3 of which were commissioned work undertaken for the Govt. of Gujarat. "Kutch - A Pictorial Journey" was highly acclaimed by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat, now Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi. Diinesh also runs a creative boutique & publishing company that has been instrumental in developing KAADOO - wildlife themed board games and card games - that are sold across various outlets in India. He also has on offer a range of fine art photographic prints in both B&W and colour, unframed & produced using highest quality substrate. Each print is individually numbered, signed, and accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.
Story Stats & Gear Used:
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Sony Alpha 9 Full-frame Mirrorless camera - Made for professionals.
Premium G Master series super-telephoto zoom lens.