Interview : Sh Vinod Goel, Wildlife photographer . Meet the real people from world of Photography


Vinod Goel  I  Wildlife Photographer I  Retired Excise and Income Tax Commissioner

1. How you started your photography?

I had interest in photographs as i use to take out cutting of flowers and scenries from the News papers during my college days. But had no money to purchase even a  basic camera Click III . It was only after joining as a probationer in the Indian Customs and Central Excise Service , I purchased my first camera in 1983 .At that time photography was limited to travel to different places for enjoyment with family. With my posting to different cities the interest kept on changing. My posting to Raipur took a turn as started visiting the  Archaelogical  monuments as well as Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks of  State namely Chhatisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. From  the year 2004 it zeroed down to nature and wildlife.


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

With the digital camera in my hands in 2004/05 the expenditure on the film role was over  and once the memory card was with you could take as many photographs depending upon the memory capacity of the card. Secondly you could review your images at the touch of the button. The life from uncertainity to certainity was over and one could relax as the result was with you in no time . At the same we also became habitual in capturing  undesirable data which was of no use till date.


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

In wildlife, every photographer”s mind set is to capture  tiger at the top most priority. I don’t deny but please do not follow others. There are  so many  areas which has not been touched upon. Depending upon what you like to do and different from others  , choose your subject and work hard to realize your goal.I can only say that nature will not send you back empty.


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

The greatest motivation for me has been to be, just  with nature.The nature is the greatest stress buster. I do not need anybody when I am with nature as nature is the greatest teacher. Secondly  there is strong desire to be  different from others in the field and would like to make my own foot steps .


About Sh Vinod Goel

Profile as Writer and a Wildlife Photographer

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 12 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 48 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.

He held his first solo exhibition “Tiger’s Realm; at The India International Centre New Delhi in Dec 2011.The second exhibition namely “Jewels of the Wild  was  held at India Habitat Centre  New Delhi along with his son ‘Bharat Goel’, now Director of  Wildnest Travel and photography Private Limited. In May 2012, Ministry of Environment and Forest invited duo of father and son to hold an exhibition during the world level conference on Global tiger recovery Program at New Delhi. In April 2016 Ministry of Forest, Environment and Climate change invited to hold a Photo Exhibition for the delegates of the 3rd Asian Ministerial Conference for tiger conservation at India Habitat Center, New Delhi

From 2013 he started writing. His articles on Wildlife have appeared in reputed magazines such as ‘Airports India’, ‘Rail Bandhu’ (monthly magazine in India’s premier trains namely Rajdhani Express, Shatabadi Express and Doronto Express), ‘Shubh Yatra’ (an inflight magazine of Air India airline), ‘Exotica’ (Magazine  in five star hotels), and ‘Terrascape’ etc.


His photographs have appeared in the books namely, ‘Wild Fire’, ‘Winged Fire’ and ‘Saving Wild India – A Blue Print for Change’ by the well-known conservationist and writer ‘Valmik Thapar’.  Another photograph appeared in the book named ‘Tadoba Inheritance’ by Sanctuary Asia magazine.

After superannuation, he is completely into wildlife. Through his articles and photographs he is trying to make people aware of the rich wildlife heritage of the country and exhorting them to protect the same for the benefit of future generations. He regularly loves to capture the most uncommon behavior of the common things and that too in our common life. Normally we intend to ignore the flora and fauna around us and it is his goal to spread the awareness in the neighborhood to make it a global movement supported by the people.

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DPC Heritage Photowalk : Beyond Chandni Chowk 05th March 2017


13886427_1434508229897772_9024989993740354539_n A paradise for people with an inclination towards street, people and candid photography – Chandni Chowk is one of the oldest and the busiest markets in Old Delhi built in the 17th century by the great Muslim emperor ShahJahan and designed by his daughter Jahan Ara.

Chandni Chowk boasts of a historical character; another world in itself.

Vibrant, colorful, always on-the-move, crowded, chaotic and reflecting the culture of the bygone Mughal era – a walk in the streets of Chandni Chowk gives a photographer opportunities aplenty to get desired pictures worth saving for a long, long time.

So, join in and have a walk to remember!

Nearest Metro Station: Chawri Bazar

Please Note : if you register and confirm that you will be attending and do not turn up, you have denied someone as enthusiastic as you, a chance of the walk. Therefore, please register and confirm only if you are reasonably certain to make it on the day :)

Wear comfortable shoes, carry your water bottle and keep your camera batteries charged ! :)


DPC announces Holi trip to Barsana Nandgoan and Vrindavan


DPC announces most awaited DPC photobus trip of the year for covering Holi at Barsana-Nandgaon-Vrindavan. A place full of color, people, faces, festivity, mornings and evenings shot providing photo-opportunity in abundance!  

 The trip will be for 3 day 2 night. We will be going by road.

 Day 1 – 06th March, Monday

Leave from IIT Delhi, main gate at5.00 am (pls be there 20 mins prior to departure)
Reach Barsana by 9.00 am and cover Holi festivities. After lunch, capture Holi festivities in the narrow lanes of Barsana.
Stay is in Vrindavan at Ananda Krishna Van Hotel.

Day 2 – 07th March, Tuesday
At 5.00 am, start for Nandgoan early morning photography when there’s no crowd and traffic.
Post breakfast visit Nandgoan.
At 5.00 pm start back for Hotel at Vrindavan 

Day 3 – 08th March, Wednesday
8.00 am: Start with a visit to narrow lanes of Vrindavan and early morning photography when there’s no crowd.
Visit the Banke Bihariji Temple
Have breakfast and hang around for the complete day
By 5.00 pm: Start back for Delhi

Other Important Details:
Stay: will be on sharing basis in Vrindavan at  Ananda Krishna Van Hotel.
Mode of travel: We will be travelling in an AC TEMPO traveller together.
Gear: Barsana-Nandgaon-Vrindavan offers some breathtaking morning and evening shots. Hence wide angle and zoom lens are advised with camera covers because of HoliCelebrations.
Please wear comfortable clothes according to the weather, comfortable shoes as there will be a lot of walking, take your hats/caps, shades and sunscreen.
Meal: Simple vegetarian meals will be provided by the club.
The group will follow the itinerary mentioned above, however if one wants to visit places at one owns will, can visit accordingly on their own.
Fee: Rs. 8000 per person, DPC members: Rs. 7500 per person.

The cost includes stay, travel and food. Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any.
Please carry the balance amount in cash.
Anything taken in room service at guest house will be paid individuals.

Please Note:
1.Please carry your identity proof (any govt document)

2.Rain cover for cameras will be arranged n cost you b/w rs 300/- to 350/-

3.Registration fee is non-refundable, non transferable

4. Please let us know advance in case you are unable to come for this trip so that other photography enthusiasts may get the opportunity to go on this trip

DPC Photowalk beating retreat


DPC announces next photowalk to capture the beautifully lit Rastrapati Bhawan.

The Beating the Retreat Ceremony is held in the capital city of Delhi in India. The Republic Day celebrations in Delhi initiate with a multihued parade on the 26th of January along the Rajpath. The parade comes to a close with the ‘Beating the Retreat Ceremony’, which happens on the 29th of January. The location of the Beating the Retreat Ceremony in Delhi is at Vijay Chowk or the victory square, with the stately Rashtrapati Bhawan at the background.

Closest Metro Station : Central Secretariat

Please Note : if you register and confirm that you will be attending and do not turn up, you have denied someone as enthusiastic as you, a chance of the walk. Therefore, please register and confirm only if you are reasonably certain to make it on the day :)

This walk is free for all

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Winter Photography Trip to Ladakh

Lets go to Ladakh

DPC announces one of the most awaited Photo trips of the year : Winter Photo Trip to Ladakh

In the month of Febuary we are once again going to Leh, this time to capture the Most beautiful monstries , landscapes and people and if conditions will help we will go for Snow Leopard as well.

During this season, as you know very well that Februarury is one of the coldest month of the year, the temp. dips up to -15 to -20 degree celcius at night , day is OK, so you should come with well equipped along with warm clothes like jacket, inner thermal, sweater, caps, woolen socks, good shoe , gloves etc.

You have to also understand and cooperate with the situation during stay at the hotel, as we will not get lavish treatment as compared to summer .

Details: 8 days trip (4th Feb to 12th Feb)
We will be covering Pangong Too, Changla Pass, Khardungla Pass , Nubra Valley and we will be staying at Let only.

Other Important Details

Stay: will be on twin or triple sharing basis in Siala Guest House, a cozy and comfortable home stay environment.

Mode of travel: We will be travelling in an TEMPO traveller or Xylo or innova in and around LEH 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): 28000 (including registration fee)

For Members: 25000

Fee includes Local travel & group transfers, stay and meals
Cost does not include cost of Flight from Delhi to Leh and Back.

Additional Cost : Snow Leopard tracking (depends upon season and availability)

Please note : If there is any speacial 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.

DPC Announces Photobus to Keoladeo National park 14-15th Jan 2017

Outstanding Universal Value

Keoladeo National Park, located in the State of Rajasthan, is an important wintering ground of Palaearctic migratory waterfowl and is renowned for its large congregation of non-migratory resident breeding birds. A green wildlife oasis situated within a populated human-dominated landscape, some 375 bird species and a diverse array of other life forms have been recorded in this mosaic of grasslands, woodlands, woodland swamps and wetlands of just 2,873 ha. This ‘Bird Paradise’ was developed in a natural depression wetland that was managed as a duck shooting reserve at the end of the 19th century. While hunting has ceased and the area declared a national park in 1982, its continued existence is dependent on a regulated water supply from a reservoir outside the park boundary. The park’s well-designed system of dykes and sluices provides areas of varying water depths which are used by various avifaunal species.

Due to its strategic location in the middle of Central Asian migratory flyway and presence of water, large congregations of ducks, geese, coots, pelicans and waders arrive in the winter. The park was the only known wintering site of the central population of the critically endangered Siberian Crane, and also serves as a wintering area for other globally threatened species such as the Greater Spotted Eagle and Imperial Eagle. During the breeding season the most spectacular heronry in the region is formed by 15 species of herons, ibis, cormorants, spoonbills and storks, where in a well-flooded year over 20,000 birds nest.

The Keoladeo National Park is a wetland of international importance for migratory waterfowl, where birds migrating down the Central Asian flyway congregate before dispersing to other regions. At time of inscription it was the wintering ground for the Critically Endangered Siberian Crane, and is habitat for large numbers of resident nesting birds. Some 375 bird species have been recorded from the property including five Critically Endangered, two Endangered and six vulnerable species. Around 115 species of birds breed in the park which includes 15 water bird species forming one of the most spectacular heronries of the region. The habitat mosaic of the property supports a large number of species in a small area, with 42 species of raptors recorded.


This is the only park in India that is completely enclosed by a 2 m high boundary wall that minimises the possibilities of any encroachment and biotic disturbances, but there is no possibility of a buffer zone. As the wetlands of Keoladeo are not natural, they are dependent on the monsoon and on water pumped in from outside, traditionally provided from the “Ajan Bandh” reservoir. The water shortage caused by the erratic rainfall in the region is being addressed by initiating two large water resources projects that will bring water from permanent water sources in the region. There has been some concern expressed over possible air and water pollution effects from the adjacent city of Bharatpur, but these effects are unknown at present.

Through eco-development activities in the surrounding villages, the grazing of cattle within the park has been minimised and the local communities are also engaged in participatory resource conservation, which includes removal of invasive alien species. Keoladeo attracts many visitors who are taken for bird watching in bicycle rickshaws by trained local guides from surrounding villages, which provides additional livelihoods as well as reduces noise pollution.

A recently started conservation programme for the 27 satellite wetlands surrounding this park has further enhanced the protection of the migratory waterfowl arriving in the Central Asian flyway to winter in Western India.


Here are the trip details

DPC’s is announcing next Photo bus trip to Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary / Keoladeo National Park a paradise for the avian world and a pilgrimage for the bird lovers. This is going to be a 2 day/ 1 night stay in Bharatpur photo capture 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 traveling by road.

14th January (Saturay):

Travel Details: Leave Delhi for Bharatpur
Meeting Place: IIT Delhi, main gate
Timings: 5.00 am (pls be there 15mins prior to departure)
Breakfast on the way to Bharatpur

Reach Bharatpur checking in at Guest House and after Lunch rushing to National Park and clicking till the sunset dinner.

15th January (Sunday):

Early morning getting ready for the Photographing through the day at National Park
Coming out of the park for lunch
Start back at 6.00 after the sunset .
Dinner on the way

Other Important Details:
Stay: will be on twin sharing basis in a home stay environment.
Mode of Travel: We will be travelling by 12 seater tempo Traveller.
Meal: Simple vegetarian meals will be provided by the club.

Fee (per person): Rs 5000/- and rs.4600/- for members (including registration fee). Fee includes travel & group transfers, stay & meals, ticket to part and rickshaw ride in the sanctuary are not included in this, Because we are planning to walk.

Please note: Ticket for camera is not included.

Please note:
1.If for any reason you are not able to come, the registered amount is non-refundable and Non transferable.

For clarifications and/or communication, please contact Virendra Singh 8826712162


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World Photo Day : Bang bang Club movie screening at DPC 19th August


DPC celebrates World Photo Day with full of zeal and enthuisam keeping the spirit alive we are screen this beautiful movie at DPC.

You are invited.

The Bang Bang Club

The Bang Bang Club was a group of photographers and photojournalists active within the townships of South Africa between 1990 and 1994, during the transition from the apartheid system to government based on universal suffrage. This period saw much black on black factional violence, particularly fighting between ANC and IFP supporters, after the lifting of the bans on both political parties.
Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek, and João Silva were the four associated with the name, although a number of photographers and photojournalists worked alongside them (such as James Nachtwey and Gary Bernard). A movie about the group, directed by Steven Silver and starring Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Phillippe and Malin Åkerman, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2010.

The name “The Bang Bang Club” was born out of an article published in the South African magazine Living. Originally named The Bang Bang Paparazzi, it was changed to “Club” because the members felt the word paparazzi misrepresented their work. The name comes from the culture itself; township residents spoke to the photographers about the “bang-bang” in reference to violence occurring within their communities, but more literally, “bang-bang” refers to the sound of gunfire and is a colloquialism used by conflict photographers.
On 18 April 1994, during a firefight between the National Peacekeeping Force and African National Congress supporters in the Thokoza township, friendly fire killed Oosterbroek and seriously injured Marinovich. An inquest into Oosterbroek’s death began in 1995. The magistrate ruled that no party should be blamed for the death. In 1999, peacekeeper Brian Mkhize told Marinovich and Silva that he believed that the bullet that killed Oosterbroek had come from the National Peacekeeping Force.
In July 1994, Carter committed suicide.
On 23 October 2010, Silva stepped on a landmine while on patrol with US soldiers in Kandahar, Afghanistan and lost both legs below the knee.