Largest butterfly of India ….Southern Birdwing
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Butterflies has always dazzled me from my childhood. I remember during our school days ,having the entire school complex at the edge of sea shore at Sainik School Balachadi ,Jamanagar, we had a garden compound in each of our house . On holidays students from one dormitory use to catch hold of butterflies from the garden and release them under a mosquito net for some hours and then release them finally into free atmosphere after a hour or so.
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Nature lovers have always been fascinated by their colours , wings and their flight. These are the most beautiful jewels of the natural world. In the present times they are often used as flagship species for the conservation purposes.
In August 2011 while staying at a resort in Cochin I happen to observe a large butterfly in the garden. Later on I came to know that it is known as Southern birdwing and it is the largest butterfly of our country. A big and a pleasant surprise for me.
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This is endemic to Peninsular region and found in abundant during and post monsoon season. Since our visit was during the monsoons it was a treat to watch even other butterflies.
The State of Karnatka has adopted it as their State Butterfly.
We all delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
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Can we learn from these jewels of nature and make this planet worth living not for ourselves but for the future generations.
Enjoy the beauty !

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

Meet the Real people from the world of Photography

We are featuring people who are hobbyist or professionals photographers and we think they are worth sharing of Delhi Photography Club Fan page .

The selection is purely at the Discretion of Founders and owners of Delhi Photography Club.

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Anchal Seth| Photoenthuiast| Fashio Photographer/ Director  (ANX Media PVT. LTD.)

  1. 1. How you started your photography?

I’m a self-taught and a passionate photographer who started to be interested in photography 8 years ago and this is only the interest which I’ve developed along the years. This is the main or the most important passion of my life, considering the maximum time I can dedicate to it, and surely it has changed my way of looking at the world around me, because my eyes now always seem to move trying to go beyond the simple appearances of things in search of their intrinsic beauty and, overall, of my personal way to show it through my photography. Thanks to DPC also for the wonderful experience always.

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I worked in corporate for 8 years in a U.S company but decided to leave job and start my own photography venture. I have established my own media and photography firm a year ago and trying to take it into next level in the world of Fashion, Bollywood, lifestyle & weddings, but learning is still on.

  1. 2. What is the role of new technology and medium in photography?

Today the tables have turned as photography has achieved its new standing as most favored medium, a host of technological innovations, especially computer-aided processes for making and manipulating images so easily and in most creative way.

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  1. 3. Anything specific that you want to share with people?

Always be creative and you should have that dedication towards this art and this is the best way to see the world around you.

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  1. 4. What gives you motivation to go out and click despite having busy schedule and ongoing conditions?

It has always given me motivation for taking pictures in any circumstances. As photography is not only a profession for me it’s still my hobby, my passion and will remain the same and my love and dedication towards this is increasing by the time. And I am still exploring and learning photography.

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Write up about Anchal Seth

Anchal was  born and brought up in “City of Nawabs” called Lucknow. He came to Delhi around 10 years back and started my career in KPO industry.  It took him 9 years of passionate hobby photography before I took the decisive step to become a full time photographer.  When people ask him about his background, he answers the same way for many years – that I’m a self-taught photographer.

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Grey Hornbill ( Most devoted husband in Avian world ) with Lizard in beak
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They are mostly arboreal and come to the ground:-
(1) To pick up fallen fruits from their beak  or
(2) To pick up mud pellets during the breeding season for sealing the cavity after the female has entered the cavity or
(3) For hunting of insects ,birds or reptiles such as garden lizard or small snakes .
Their presence in an area are indicators of large and long trees having hollow cavities.
Frankly speaking it is not a beautiful bird but has the most unique behavior and characterstic which birders know. The male is the most devoted husband who feeds the female while she is inside the cavity for more than 2 months .
At the end of the breeding season when female is about to come out of the cavity to supplement her diet I have observed male feeding the female garden lizard a number of times .
At this time of the year breeding season for this specie in Delhi is coming to an end as the females are already out of the cavities and even some of the chicks are out and the weakest are still to come out from their nesting cavities.
This was shot on 4th June 2015 in Delhi.
The way I have been covering this bird for more than 4 years this specie appears to communicate with me and I remember a very lovely song from the old film ANPADH ….आपकी नजरों नें समझा प्यार के काबिल मुझे ,दिल की ऐ धड़कन ठहर जा, मिल गयी मंजिल मुझे

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

Meet the Real people from the world of Photography

Varun Joshi - Photographer with President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee during the entrouge who has come out with Coffee Table book on President of India

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Varun Joshi     | Photo Journalist | Special Photographer to the Honourable President of India

What could one do really to capture a site that is already picture-perfect?

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“That’s the challenge I have taken up to showcase my talent & vision, to have a different take that goes beyond banal, bring out the hidden facets & little details of monuments/places that our naked eye seldom misses,” says Varun Joshi, the  eminent photographer who has 24 coffeetable books to his repertoire in a mere span of 5 years.

Most important projects –

When a photographer has shot to fame with his body of work, what’s left for trumpeting his accomplishments? “A book on The President of India,” says Photographer Varun Joshi with a smirk. A photographer par excellence who has over 24 coffee table books to his vast repository of work, his latest book titled – President Pranab Mukherjee- A Statesman photographed and curated by varun joshi isn’t like any of his past work.

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“Working closely with Shri Pranab Mukherjee was an experience I can never compare to anything else in life. It’s not about photography here, but the life lessons I received just from observing him. To know such a humble gentleman from close quarters was a prized fortune, and I can afford to say that with pride. He is the most decorated politician India has ever seen, as his accolades are unparalleled” Photographer Varun Joshi was quoted as saying.

Being part of his entourage itself was a privilege which i reminisces fondly, “Capturing every important moment from his work was not an easy job, given the number of people surrounding him always.and i enjoyed every moment of it..

Ongoing projects : A book on Rashtrapati Bhavan

A book on the prime minister shri narendra modi ji

Krishna Birth Mathura 1

The changing face of technology gives good opportunities to photographers and makes their job easy, i have always been in favour of technology and with the changing time technology has dramatically changed but from a photographers point of view there is a different world which a specialist sees when he looks through his view finder thereby creating magic, here i would like to mention that in contrast to the bygone era we have landed on a stage where young photographers are carrying digital cameras with loads of memory cards and filling it up in no time, but a good picture is created with super control of the surroundings and not by  simply clicking without even realising or conceptualising a frame.Here i would like to request the young enthusiastic photographers to capture a magical frame, see through the viewfinder, think and then click ….

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the changing face of technology gives good opportunities to photographers and makes their job easy.

Photography is not a profession for me but a hobby. It is something which is very close to my heart what motivates me is the feeling that the almighty has blessed me to paint a canvas with light which to me is photography. i feel motivated to be  in a position to click pictures and leave a legacy for the future generations to come, and when i m gone from this world i will continue to live in other peoples eyes and heart from the beautiful pictures that i will leave behind…..Born and brought up in a Hindu business family in delhi in the mid 80s, I had strong inclination towards arts at an early age, which i pursued by choosing Arts stream as the subject of my studies after 10th grade. After graduation, i ditched  my family business to take up an acting & direction course from Sri Ram Centre for Performing Arts. Those were the defining years of my career where i spent most of the time scratching the surface of all things arts.

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I delved deeper into the world where paint brushes presented a fantasy world, a certain alaap reverberated intensely across the streets, a few strings strummed to heighten the senses, a style of disciplined rhythmic moves represented a divine culture, a constellation of printed superlatives recited a charm extraordinaire, a group of actors under spell portrayed a magnum opus, and a few men with a strong sense of their surrounding, culture and heritage captured random moments to make them look ethereal. It was this environment of creativity and discipline that became the foundation of my forte. Pursuing a course on Photography under the tutelage of immensely talented OP Sharma ,Nitin Rai along with the blessings of the famed Raghu Rai, I carved a niche for myself in a short span of time.

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MY books encompass a wide spectrum of subjects, from the comprehensive project on stunning Jain temples across the length & breadth of India to the immaculately carved Dilwara temples that do not have any coffeetable book dedicated to them even though their architectural beauty is compared to Taj Mahal itself. I have given a whole new dimension to pushkar in my book where i have captured the town’s temples, ghats, annual fair, hotels, life and bazaar in a different light. Hyderabad is a project dear to me since i got to know the hidden gems apart from bringing to life the heritage of the city.

Brij Book

Among the other projects are Brij where i have shot the beautiful temples of Vrindavan and the surrounding areas along with the legendary celebrations of Holi there. i have poured my heart & soul on the book on the Monuments of delhi, as i owe everything i knows about life to this megapolis. The city has had a strong influence on me that reflects in my shots, brimming with passion and acumen.The other important projects that i have done are coffee table books on  jainism svetambara , jainism digambara, coffee table book on brij the land of lord krishna, world culture festival by sri sri ravi shankar, lucknow  the legacy of the imperial splendor a heritage, Telangana the kohinoor of india, ujjain the town of mahakal, ranakpur temples, the poetry in symmetry, vintage car glory, golden temple etc….

Jainism Diagamber Book

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Who does not like to fly ? Whether as a child ,as a student , then in the profession and of course to see the world and no doubt in the dreams.
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From the childhood one has seen the birds in his own compound and crossing the wall in a flick of a second. They just hop to the near by trees and reach any destination as they like. But when a child or a human being tries to do it either gets himself hurt or dies without realizing that the birds have hollow bones to have a light skeleton and some more characterstics such as wings ,beak ,eggs etc
Man has always thought of flying like a bird. Lot of pioneers risked their lives over many decades to get humans off the ground by various means such as flapping artificial wings to gliding from the high cliffs and towers.
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The first flight began in the year 1783 through a hot air balloon. But the credit goes to Wright brothers from USA who invented the first successful airplane in 1903. They were in air for 12 seconds and covered 120 feet. Their achievement is called the first manned powered and controlled flight.
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Within a span of 100 years we have reached a stage where most of the research is possible through unmanned spaceships. Not only that they have become part and parcel of our daily life as drones are being used for covering marriages as well as delivery of important items at your door steps.
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A movie such as SPIDER MAN has broken all the records through out the world as he is able to perform the most difficult tasks. Even our film industry has not lag behind in showing the hero performing humanly impossible tasks in movies such as KRISH, A FLYING JET and so on……
I too believe in action. Although I can not fly(except By airplane or helicopter ) but like to shoot the birds in flight and peacock is one of them. Whether peafowl is going from one tree to another or going up or coming down or flying to save his life from predators or fighting with his rival for the territorial or mating right ,I have tried to capture those moments.
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Birds are thought to be symbol of freedom. May cultures believe that they are a symbol of eternal life and the link between the earth and the heaves as they can soar into the sky.
Enjoy the Peafowl in flight.
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About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/