On Ariel Safari

Posted by ashish  |  18. October 2008

Meet Varun HB, an IT professional by occupation and a photographer by passion. He tells Ashish Saraf how he intends to bring environmental awareness through his photography.

Varun took up the camera just a year back. But his pictures are good enough make you believe that he has been a professional photographer for several years. His body of work comprises an assortment of different bird species, including some which are very rarely found and most of these are shot in and around Bangalore city.

Your work suggests that you are passionate about birds.
I love to shoot wildlife in general. Birds are something I find very attractive and challenging to shoot. I consider it to be the toughest genre in photography. India has 1300 plus species, many of which are endemic to our country. So, there are endless opportunities to shoot birds here.

Does being in Bangalore help you even further?
Bangalore is a great city to shoot, specially if you are into wildlife photography. We have some of the best sanctuaries and forest reserves around the city. Moreover, the city is very well connected with all these places, hence, quite easy to travel.

Which are your preferred shooting places in Bangalore?

When it comes to birds, they are every where; all we need to do is look out for them. In places like Madiwala Lake, Hebbal Lake, Lal Bagh, TG halli, Mavathur Lake, Hessarghatta, Manchinbele Dam, Bannerghatta National park, I have shot extensively. Outside Bangalore, I go to Ranganathittu, Bandipur, Nagarahole, Kabini, BR Hills, Dandeli and various other sanctuaries. I call these places ‘bird photographer’s paradise’.

Your favourites among the birds you have shot so far.
Three different types of Kingfishers (White throated, Small Blue and the Pied), Baya        Weaver, Parakeets, Indian Peafowl, Indian Robin, Indian roller and sunbirds.
How do you intend to bring awareness about wildlife conservation through your photography?
I want to use my photographs for educational purposes, and let people see nature’s most beautiful creations. My intention is to make people realise how important it is to save wildlife and the need to co-exist with them. It is important to be aware of factors which might cause extinction of some species and how we could stop it from happening.

What equipments do you use?

I use a Canon 40D along with Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM lens + Canon 1.4x II Extender.

Have you ever encountered an accident while on photography expedition?
Not yet and I hope I never will.


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