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Old 4th April 2013, 10:21   #16
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Just one word Amazing shots.

I just love to see birds up close but I am a novice when it comes to bird photography so I learnt a really good tip of framing the shot first. This makes me truly admire your patience of waiting for a bird to land in your frame rather than you hunting for the birds and then framing your shot.
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Every click oozes awesomeness!! That gear is mighty impressive just like pictures.

Keep clicking and do share more often..
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Breathtaking shots. All are true professional class. Amazing.

I have heard about borong but never knew it's so beautiful. Would you please elaborate more on accommodation, rates, best time to visit, etc.

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Wow. what amazing pictures! Just simply love them. Pls keep them coming.
This is a 5* thread - rating it.


Thanks for sharing with us.
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What Splendid Photographs!!!
You Sir, -- a True Artist!!!
An inspiration for people like us who wish to be in your shoes and your dedication towards Photography.
Rating a easily deserved 5 *.
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Enchanting snaps in the enchanted garden of paradise. With the dedication, passion and patience that you have, we are very grateful to see such exquisite snaps of birds which I could not even imagine ever.
Thank you so much for the visual treat, how I wish to come to accompany you in your next outing to this paradise.
I feel I don't even know what a camera is after seeing the pictures that you have taken.

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Absolutely gorgeous mate....after a long time have seen such good snaps
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Your Duster brought me here ( and hence came to know about your birding part)!

Great pix and thank for sharing this with us.
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What you have here is a beautiful list of birds with great framing, you have given an inside look as to how excellent photos are captured. Waiting for more to come. Fantastic place for one to visit and I wish someday i can travel to this destination.
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Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing them with us. The birds are very beautiful too. Waiting for some more pictures to come from your side! I always feel that, in India; even if you visit the same place twice in a day, you will get different birds/animal sightings. Such is the diversity of flora/fauna in India. And the north/north east side is a paradise; just waiting to be discovered. I had never heard of this place (Borong), but now after seeing your photos, I feel I must visit it at-least once!
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Most of my shots are pre-fixed.
The perch or a flower is pre decided.
Focus on the flower or perch, even before the subject arrives, to save time.
Many a times I have waited all day but the subject has not arrived.

This shot for instance and a similar one above took me 3 days of waiting as this was the only branch
which gave me the perfect background.
You are an artist, Himadri. Your description of your process just proves it!! Do you do calendars by any chance?? Would love to get a desk calendar of your birds, if possible!!
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Wow, those are some fantabulous bird shots! The shot of the blue/grey bird watching the insect is outstanding. No wonder it's not been replicated. Wonderful pieces of art these.
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Beautiful captures! Well, all of them.
Percipience here pays a lot I suppose. How many captures like these do you have by now?
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New bag - Lowepro Pro Trekker 600 AW. Cost: Rs22,000/-
For what reason this price gone up so high? I have the same (may be few features less) bought in 2006. Remember paying 17K then. But yes, this one can take a some serious beating.
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Thanks Mallumowgli, Dieseltuned, Shomshree, Motomaverick, Anand_hc, Sach.sri, InControl, Trojan, Adalvi, Jkdas, Specialedition, Lordofgondor for the comments and time. I am deeply touched.

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I have to buy telephoto lens for similar type of photography, what do you suggest best buy. I want to add 70-300 mm telephoto lens for birds, nature phography. Nikkor lenses of above specs. were very expensive. Tomron or Sigma were cost about SR. 600/= approx. What do you suggest Tomron or Sigma is will give this type result
as you have taken.
Vintagepoint5, under normal proper light Sigma can compete with Nikon or Canon but will loose its way in critical lighting.
Low light or harsh, both the third party lenses would give varied results compared to Nikon or Canon.
Pick up the Nikon 70-300 to start with and see how you perform. I too started with the 70-300 F5.6-6.3

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Is there a place where I can see these photos in bigger resolutions?
Thanks for the comments, glad you liked them. Regret to say, none of the photos are uploaded in high resolution.
I send high resolution only in competitions or for prints. There is so much of piracy happening even at this resolution.

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I have heard about borong but never knew it's so beautiful. Would you please elaborate more on accommodation, rates, best time to visit, etc.
Best time: October - June. You can see Mt. Narsing and its snow capped range from the bedroom of every cottage.
Summers are cool, winters are sub-zero but its great fun.

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I always feel that, in India; even if you visit the same place twice in a day, you will get different birds/animal sightings. Such is the diversity of flora/fauna in India.
Very true. Mrs Gould's Sunbird would come to a particular tree, sit on a particular branch to feed on nectar at 7.35- 7.40am
for a minute or so every year in the month of March. This is why I do not go to all the bird parks because one has so much to offer.
Going to one place repeatedly made me understand this.

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Do you do calendars by any chance?? Would love to get a desk calendar of your birds, if possible!!
Will surely send you one if I ever do it.

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How many captures like these do you have by now?
For what reason this price gone up so high? I have the same (may be few features less) bought in 2006. Remember paying 17K then. But yes, this one can take a some serious beating.
Thanks Sir for liking. Photographs, not many. On many trips, could not take the kit out due to rains.
Sometimes not a single subject arrived on desired perches.
If you had paid 17k in 2006, 22k in 2012 ! maybe, may not be fair. Don't know.

Borong gets very cold in the winters, so is the rest of Sikkim.
Fingers pain in morning while pressing the shutter. But I tend to forget the chill when these lovely birds come.

Now a days I drive from Kolkata to Borong directly.
The Kolkata to Siliguri NH34 (600km) highway is a disaster of some unknown kind.
You have it all on the single road highway, trucks, buses, cars, vans, rickshaws, cycles, people, markets and kilometers of traffic jams.

Just to avoid the chaos, we start at twelve midnight but the tiredness of day gets the better of us after a couple of hours.
Halting at a petrol pump, we take a nap inside the car. At day break we start again and reach Siliguri around 3-4pm.
It takes exactly 6 hours (150kms) from Siliguri, the earliest we reach Borong is 9pm in the night. Ideally it should be just 12 plus 6 hours.
A beautiful meal of hot chapatis, dal and chicken curry awaits us in our room named Pine Cottage.

Next day early morning I wake up and my shooting begins.

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Spot winged Grosbeak, I call it the tiger bird, shot within 10 ft during rain and mist.
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Borong gets very cold in the winters, so is the rest of Sikkim.
Fingers pain in morning while pressing the shutter. But I tend to forget the chill when these lovely birds come.
Sometimes it can get even worse. I faced the same many times in Ladakh.

You must get one of these.
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