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What is Most Unique to Birds………..FLIGHT . Yes the photos says so… By Sh Vinod Goel

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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/

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How to Become Travel Photographer and get paid for travel

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DPC announces next Travel Photography Course

Travel Photography Course

 If you love to travel, if you love to photograph while travelling, if you are bored of your routine job, if you dream of leaving the boring lethal routine, and work for your passion of travel and photography, then Delhi Photography Club organizes travel photography club, meant specially for you.

At Delhi Photography Club, we ensure that you won’t need to do your routine job after this workshop. You can take up travel photography on your own.

The unique content offered in the workshop is the compilation of the long discussions and brain storming sessions and keeping in the mind the needs of the photography enthusiast at different levels. Remain assured that we will be serving you the best of the quality content carefully tailor-made to suite your requirement s. And it is in synchronization with the experience of our subject matter experts and faculty members.

Workshop Outline

  • From early origins to today’s innovations and opportunities
  • Learning the Equipment
  • Aperture, shutter, exposure, focus
  • Composition, lighting, color, filters
  • Types of travel photography
  • Editing: Post processing and image enhancing software
  • How to plan and prepare for a photography assignment
  • Building and keeping an audience online by mastering social media
  • How to capitalize on new media
  • SEO, and adsense to monetize your blog and pay for your travels
  • Living the dream

Also, wanted to tell you

Workshops are conducted in small batches in order to give individual attention.

Workshops conducted on Friday evening and Saturday Mornings

Experienced faculty to help you learn the basics

Workshops can be adjusted with other batches in case you miss the session with the existing batch Requirements: Any digital camera

Batch size: Max 5

Venue: Building No 5 D, Second Floor, ShahpurJat Village, New Delhi, India

Fee: 45000 rupees (inclusive of all taxes) and loads of enthusiasm!

You can pay by visiting register option on DPC website

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Exploring Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra by Vinod Goel

Exploring Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra by Vinod Goel

During my posting as Commissioner of Central Excise & Customs at Raipur , capital of State of Chhatisgarh , in the initial years (from 2002 to 2008) ,there was no train on Sunday from Delhi which could take you to Raipur in the morning of Monday and you could attend office. The train was up to Nagpur and one had to travel by road to reach Raipur. During one such journey while I was crossing Sakoli ,a small town in the midway ,I observed a sign board giving information of the wildlife sanctuary at Nagzira. My driver had no knowledge about it. Even at Raipur no forester could any clue about Nagzira Wildlife destination. Then from an article in a wildlife magazine got some information about a tigress having cubs. My desire to see the sanctuary arose.

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That was the reason for my first visit in May 2005 even after knowing about the inhospitable living conditions in the park. But in reality what I observed during those 4 safaris I have never seen till date.

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I was a regular visitor to Nagzira from the 2005 to March 2010. In the first week of March 2010 we were fortunate to observe a sloth bear climbing a tree for getting his sweet diet of honey comb. On the very same day we also observed a tigress with a cub very near to the prime Forest Guest House Nilay (on the banks of the lake) . This was my first sighting of a cub of 4 to 5 months with the tigress. How can I forget the biggest tiger of my life who was

JAY’s father I observed in my first visit to this sanctuary in May 2005.

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In one of the earlier visits we were fortunate to observe a Changeable Hawk Eagle cooling off in a water hole during a hot day during summer. This shot is on the walls of the WWF India Head Quarters at Lodhi Road ,New Delhi.

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Many nature lovers may not be aware of the fact that there are only two tiger reserves in the country where Forest rest house are located in the core area and tourist can avail of the facility. Many hard core nature lovers know about Dhikala in Corbett National Park. But what about Nagzira. This is the second. It is the forest of my dreams. It has delivered many many first to me .

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The Sanctuary Asia came out with a book namely “The Tadoba Inheritance “in the year 2015. One of my image from Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary adorns the very first page of the Chapter 1 of the book. The langur monkey as sitting like a king on the anthill.

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Please enjoy the wild experience through unique images taken over a period of almost initial 6 years into wildlife .

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/

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BAHUT PYAR KARTE HAI TUMKO SANAM……. KASAM CHAHE LELO KHUDA KI KASAM By Sh Vinod Goel

“BAHUT PYAR KARTE HAI TUMKO SANAM……. KASAM CHAHE LELO KHUDA KI KASAM”

Rarest encounter with Tigress (Parwali known as Queen of Dhikala) till date. — on 31st May 2017

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In the early morning I was dazzled to see the colors in front of me as soon as I came out of my hutment into the compound . There was some magic in the atmosphere which asked me to be ready in time.

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At right time we moved for the game drive .On the Sambar road we observed 3 elephants who had just entered the waters of the Ramganga river . The bright sun rays were falling on the waters .I had a wishful thinking how nice it would be if the elephants crosses the sun glowed water in the river. Slowly they moved as desired and it was a great moment to see elephants crossing the golden waters.

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On the other side of the river while waiting at the high point looking into the river and the grass, we observed a herd of spotted deer was on a stroll on the river bed. They became very attentive and changed their path .My guide on asking told that the deer must have smell of the tiger, hence the route has been changed.

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After a few minutes while we were on round in search of the tigress ,one of the guide in the other vehicle informed about the call. We decided to move to our old position on the bank . In the mean time Nitya, my daughter heard a monkey call. This confirmed the movement of the tigress as her pugmarks were noticed in the lower region about 30 minutes earlier. Then we noticed the tigress moving in the riverbed at about 300 to 400 meters from us.

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Based on the above movement all vehicles were coming to the Bhang vegetation. As the tigress was just to climb the area in front of her was a vehicle. Then tigress just changed her position. My driver also changed his position to the likely path of the tigress and for allowing me to have a descent shot. From my position I could have some head on shots. After crossing the bhang area the tigress came to the safari path. Now the tigress was between two vehicles and I was leading as it was coming towards my vehicle. In such a situation any wildlife photographer always gives space to the animal in between. Then what I found was the vehicle in my front did not move and the tigress was coming towards my vehicle. She almost touched the vehicle and I was looking into her eyes from the back of my gypsy. Not finding any space to move she turned back and again no space. She left the main route and melted into the bhang vegetation and disappeared for some time. We all were wondering where she had vanished and where she would be.

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After 11 minutes we could see her moving in the grassland at about a km away from us. We also observed 2 sambar running for their life on seeing the predator. We then moved to the Sambar road to locate her but could not.

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While we were reviewing the shots taken from various cameras and mobile it was gathered that while the tigress was moving in the thick bhang vegetation there was a male tiger too. In fact no body noticed his presence during a span of about 4 minutes. As I was having 100-400mm zoom lens and my concentration was on the tigress itself and the movement being fast ,no body ( about 10 vehicles ) including me noticed the presence of a big male.. My sister in law just clicked a few shots from her mobile phone on seeing the tigress from the front seat in the gypsy. She too was surprised to see two tigers on the screen .She just clicked and she got the jack pot. What a great luck.

Later on it was gathered that the male in question is very shy and rarely seen by the visitors.

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I have been coming to this park from the year 2005 and this was the closest encounter with the big cat where I was seeing in her eyes just 2 meters away from me. Secondly although there were more than 10 vehicles following the tigress but no body observed the presence of a male tiger. Another wonder.

In fact we observed the tigress from a close distance for full 4 minutes. But I am still not able to comprehend the non visibility of a huge male in the green vegetation.

Finally the look of the tigress so close reminded of the lovely song “BAHUT PYAR KARTE HAI TUMKO SANAM……. KASAM CHAHE LELO KHUDA KI KASAM”

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/

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Change of Regime at — Ranthambore Tiger Reserve by Sh Vinod Goel

Change of Regime at — Ranthambore Tiger Reserve

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For the last so many years the air in the Prime Zone no 3 of the Ranthambore jungle was full of the stories of the legends such as Machhali ( T- 16 )and her daughters namely Sundari (T- 17 ), Krishna ( T- 19 ), Ustad (T- 24 ) and Star male (T- 28)
Nature lovers who had been venturing into the park still search for them as they are not able to come out of old memories as they are still live in their mind and soul.

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The Queen of the lake Machhali left this park on 18th August 2016 to the heavenly abode but she has left a big legacy in terms of her many off springs. She ruled the prime area around lakes for a number of years and she taught her off springs how to kill a crocodile. At present the lake area is controlled by her grand daughter Arrowhead T- 85 (daughter of Krishna T- 19 from the second litter ). My son Bharat Goel could take some good pictures on 12th of May as he was allotted the zone no 3 and the tigress had passed very close to the vehicle. Another female is her sister namely lightening T 83 .

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T 24 the male tiger which ruled the zone no 2,3 and 4 and was one of the most visible tiger of the park not only to the visitors to the park but also to the general public who visited to have darshan of Trinetra Lord Ganesha at the top of the Ranthambore Fort. A number of times he was seen resting next to the main and only approach road going to the famous fort. Now Tiger T 57 has taken over the territory of Ustad. He is also the life partner of tigress Noor T 39.He is known for his aggression ,fearfullness and expansionist nature. One can say he is the most dominant male in the prime zone. At present Noor is having 3 cubs of about 8 to 9 months.

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For all practical purposes the dominant male who ruled over the most prime area of the RTR was star male T 28.Now he has been thrown out of his area by his son namely PACKMAN T 85 . We were lucky to observe his presence on the very first day of our visit on 10th May. He is the son of T 28 ( Star male ) and T 19(Krishna ).He was born in 2014 and seen in March of that year. He is from the lineage of the lady of the lake namely Machhali, the most photographed tigress in the world. We can say that he is the grandson of Machhali.

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I remember clearly that on 25th may 2009 we were fortunate to observe the courtship of T 19 and T 28 on the main route in the Nalghati. The image has left ever lasting impression on my heart and soul.

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Enjoy the present Kings and Queens of the Prime Zone which every tourist likes to visit.

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/

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DPC announces PhotoBus Trip Amritsar : Golden Temple and Wagah Border

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Amritsar and Wagah Border Photo Trip

Rejoice Photography Lovers!! Continuing the series of looking hot with camera this summer
�We are going for a photo capture trip to Amritsar and Wagah Border

About Amritsar

Founded in 1577 by the fourth Sikh guru, Guru Ram Das, Amritsar is home to the spectacular Golden Temple, Sikhism’s holiest shrine and one of India’s most serene and humbling sights. The same cannot be said for the hyperactive streets surrounding the temple, but they’re a delight to walk through for a sensory overload of sights, sounds and smells

 

About Trip

Amritsar and Wagah Border Photo Trip

Rejoice Photography Lovers!! Continuing the series of looking hot with camera this summer
We are going for a photo capture trip to Amritsar and Wagah Border

This is going to be a 2 day/ 3 night (stay in Amritsar ) photocapture trip to take some breathtaking photos of Golden Temple and Experience some long exposure with twist of Patriotism at Wagah Borde. Learn photography from peers, and be your creative self 24×7 leaving office and work behind!

The details for this trip are as follows:

We are going by Tempo Traveller.

Friday  Night 30th June 2017

Leave from Delhi & have dinner on the way To Amritsar via Karnal & Chandigarh.

 

Reach Amritsar by 7.00am.  1stJuly  2017

After getting the required rest we’ll head to Golden Temple (what could be better to start your day?) followed by breakfast to make sure our stomach is full and the energy is on the top.

Capturing Golden Temple and Wagah Border as being Saturday it will be not that crowded .

Sunday.  2nd July 2017

We’ll start our day with breakfast and head over to Jaliawala Bagh. This place takes us back in time and reminds us of all the sacrifices our freedom fighters and countrymen have made for us. You’ll love the ambience here and this is heaven for all the Selfie Lovers.

Exploring Local Markets and some amazing food .

Experience the Heritage with delicacies of Amritsar.

Cost of Trip

Non members   5400

For Members    5000

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DPC Announces Phototrip to Ranthambore

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Rejoice Photography Lovers!! Continuing the series of looking hot with camera this summer

Let’s meet the tiger and share some memories

We are going for a photo capture trip to Tiger land of Ranthambore

This is going to be a 2 day/ 2 night (stay in Ranthambore) wildlife photocapture trip to take some breathtaking photos, learn photography from peers, and be your creative self 24×7 leaving office and work behind!

The details for this trip are as follows:

We are going by Tempo Traveller.

26th May (Friday ): Night

 Timings: 9.30 pm IIT main gate (pls be there 30mins prior to departure)

Overnight journey to Ranthambore  via Alwar and Dausa

27th May (Saturday)

Reach Ranthambore at 5.30am
Going for the First Tiger Safari at Ranthambore tiger forest Reserve

Check-in at Tent   with Swimming pool

Post lunch : Going for the safari at Ranthambore tiger forest Reserve

 

Dinner

 

28thMay (Sunday): Early morning getting ready for the Safari No 3 at 6.30 am

Coming back to resort and after breakfast leaving the tents

 

Visiting the Chand Bowli at Abhaneri ( famous place from hindi movie paheli)

 

Reaching Delhi by 11 pm on sunday

 

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DPC announces Photo Trip to Spiti (9th Aug to 16th Aug)

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In the month of August, we are  again going to Spiti, to witness and capture the most beautiful monasteries, landscapes and the local people. Its going to be a six day trip. We will be going by road.

Kindly pre-book with us, in case you are interested in going.

Itinerary 

DAY 0: 09 th  August    Delhi to Manali

DAY 1: 10 th  August    Manali to Kaza    (Night stay in hotel at Kaza)

DAY 2: 11 th  August    Ki and Khibbar Monastery

DAY 3: 12 th  August    Rangrik , Lanza and Comic

DAY 4: 13 th  August    Dhankar and Tabo

DAY 5: 14 th  August    Nightstay at Chandrataal

DAY 6: 15 th  August    Starting Back

DAY 7: 16 th  August    Reaching Delhi

 

Other Important Details

 

Stay: will be on twin sharing basis in a home stay environment.

Mode of travel: We will be traveling in an AC TEMPO traveller together.

Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it digital. For yourself, please carry wollen cloths , comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen!

Fee (per person)        : 17000 (including registration fee)

For  DPC Members    : 16000

Fee includes travel & group transfers, stay and meals

Please note : If there is any special need please do let us  know in advance . For any medical requirements please share the history so that if required we may carry the medications to avoid any mishap.

 

Feel free to call us for further clarifications