Nature and wildlife photography is all about being at the right place at the right time — govind
Govind Vijayakumar hails his origin from Palakkad, the western district of Kerala. He developed a keen interest in photograph
He bought his first camera in 2009, which was Canon’s 500D. The initial interest was in Architecture photography. He had visited many places in Karnataka that include Belur, Halebidu, Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal that are well known for their ancient magnificent architectures and carvings. Sigma 10-20 mm lens and Canon 18-55mm lenses were used for architectural photography.
After 2 years, he started developing interest in wildlife photography, especially birds and started traveling to various forest and lakes in South India for shooting birds and wildlife. His favorite destination near to Bangalore was Nandi Hills. Initial days he used to take different telephoto lens for rent on trips, which later helped him to choose Canon’s 500mm f4 lens for shooting birds and wildlife and he upgraded his camera body to Canon 7D. Studying the bird and animal behavior helped him to get a better shot of the species. Before a visit to a place, he used to make a checklist of birds and animals in that place.
His Camera bag contains :
- Canon EOS 7D
- Canon EOS 7D Mark2
- Canon EF 500mm f/4 L IS2 USM Lens
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens
- Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8, Lens
- Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens
Thattekkad in Kerala is one place in South India, which he loved the most for birding. Ceylon frogmouth, which is found in Western Ghats of India and Sri Lanka, is the star species in this area. It is so well camouflaged with the dried leaves that even if you are in front of the bird, it will be tough to spot it.
Himalayan birds are his other favorites. Few of his favorite birds from these places include Red-billed Blue magpie, Himalayan woodpecker, Maroon oriole, Great Barbet and Crested Kingfisher. Chopta and Pangot in Uttarakhand are his favorite destination for Himalayan beauties. His shot of Red-billed Blue magpie perched on a tree branch on a rainy day is one of his best shot of the Himalayan beauty.
Raptors are another areas of interest in birds. Little Rann of Kutch in Gujarat is his favorite place for Raptors. Peregrine falcon well known for his fastest hunting speed of over 320kmph, which makes it the fastest member of animal kingdom, is his favorite raptor.
Let us have a look at the stunning photos
“Expect the unexpected” is what Govind believes in when he goes for wildlife photography.
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