A place called Agumbe.

Agumbe

Golden rays

We were a bunch of 22 people from CTC, thought of going to a research centre, even though it is a bit of contradicting to usual treks and trips. Where a man does research about King cobras (Ophiophagus hannah). You know Gowrisankar just loves kings.

Agumbe

The research centre is located in mid of forest with basic facilities (Mobile phone, Electricity and Internet are not yet basic facilities) with a decently sized hut with a desk and timber bench on both the sides. On one adjacent side there are two timber almirah with books inside which are related to snakes and wildlife. Behind the almirah there is a small sink cum wash basin for obvious reasons. Now you may conclude that the desk cum bench arrangement is for reading, dining and sleeping at times.  🙂

Agumbe

Do not disturb. !

At the morning you woke up from the tent by hearing the melodious sound of Malabar whistling thrush. During the day time you roam around inside the jungle under the thick tree canopy, trying to understand the bio-diversity prevailing there. Insects, Reptiles, Amphibians, Mammals, Birds and Ferns, Flora all in one place.

Fern

Fern

 

Once you woke up in the morning either you go for a small hike cum trek to the near by mountain or explore the bio-diversity. Before I forget to mention the restrooms are really neat and clean. Important one, isn’t it. 😉

Agumbe

Life everywhere.

If you go there with an agenda it will be good for you and the agenda too, you study / learn / research or what you are intended to do to. I have a plan to go there again probably with my best buddy to chat, read books and to star-gazing also.

Agumbe

Food will be prepared by the local cook and you will be getting a yummy and tasty Malanad dishes, you don’t need multi cuisine food to learn or study the nature. Isn’t it?

There is a stream in the premises where you can have a dip and enjoy the natural water. Since we visited the place in the initial time of summer the water was slow moving. During monsoon it must be wild and non-swimmers must stay away.

Colours of the Spring.

Colours of the Spring.

During the nights you can have a night walk with the volunteer from the centre. You will have an opportunity to sight the nocturnal life inside the jungle snakes, frogs, insects etc.,

You will be asked to switch off the small light in the hut at 10:00 PM which is been powered by a small UPS, to not to disturb the wildlife. After that you may go to your tent or you may watch the stars for sometime in between the areca nut trees. It’s a wonderful sight.

Agumbe trip-004-2

If Gowri is around, you can extract as many information from him about the Kings. I suggest not to ask many questions to him, he will share everything he knows in the workshops. 🙂 Simply putting, those three days were beautiful days.

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Aside

What is photography?

 

I think this is high time that the above question needs to be answered.

Answering straight to the question

  1. If you are able to tell a story /make the viewer to stare at the image for a while / frame an idea, show something really beautiful (Street,Travel)
  2. If you are documenting something (Wildlife, Poverty, Illegal acts, War)
  3. If you are making a concept  (Conceptual , Creative Ads)
  4. If you are showing off something which is not possible to see by the general naked eyes (Macro, Aerial, Underwater)
  5. If you are making something really beautiful (Landscapes, Events, Portfolios,Fashion, Products, etc.,)

1. And why street is on the top

Nothing is in your control; you and your camera only, yet you put an idea, piece of intelligence there between the four lines. Not lighting, not the subjects, nothing is in your control.

2. Here is why Wildlife, War, Poverty – Humanity

You have less control, much more risk in shooting wildlife, sometimes fatal, compromising on your comfort level staying in some remote places where there are no humans, no food, no water yet you loved your camera and went for it, recording the wildlife’s unseen actions and unseen lives.

Likewise you have risked your life for documenting Poverty, Illegal acts, War to bring attention of the common people and governments, activists.

*It is really difficult to classify these two titles in to first & second position, yet I have taken a stand and given importance to photographical point of view.  Do not be very sympathetic, ideas have made us evolved from the invention of stone wheel till cryogenic engines.

3. Conceptual Ads, Creative awareness ad Photography

Everything is under your control, but you have put your intelligence there.

4. Macro, Under water, Aerial Photography

You use so many equipments to capture that outstanding shot, much more planning, taking risk etc.,

5. Landscapes, Events, portfolios

Photographing landscapes is nothing than to take a very beautiful photograph, purely personal satisfaction. Events, portfolios, products all are commercial. Hence last.

Just because you bought an inexpensive or expensive camera, it does not mean that you have to take snapshots. Start respect the master piece of engineering, it will start giving you photographs. Believe me. Start learning, Photography is fun, it is happiness.

Here are few links where either you will learn something or you would be astonished by the masters.

Few iconic images been analyzed by experts here (Check out all the four parts)

Check this master’s images here (Outstanding photographs can be in colour as well)

The above two links are just sample, there are so many masters, start searching.

By writing this article I am not trying to establishing myself as a great photographer or master but I am trying to be one by each time I press the shutter button and most importantly I am learning by day by day. I have taken for granted to write this article assuming that, I am a photographer because one of my photographs went to 2 stories height of printing and one other image is being displayed in an international creative online gallery. Even when these two images are not selected for any display, I would be writing this because I understand what photography is. I am doing wedding photography as my profession.