Tuesday, December 21, 2010
An acclaimed wildlife photographer goes to India in search of its national treasure
Dust is one of the biggest problems with using cameras in the jungle. It’s bound to get into every nook and cranny just from bumping around on the tracks and picking it up from the tires. Olympus has great dust-reduction technology, but just to be sure, I wipe off my cameras after each run.
When I’m in the jungle, I can’t be bothered with a huge tripod or monopod. I like to handhold and shoot as this gives me incredible flexibility. You always have to be ready at the spur of a moment in case a tiger happens to come into view. That’s why the Olympus stabilization feature works great for me and is one I definitely need.
I’m back in New York now, but already I’m restless and planning another trip in May. It will be extremely hot—something like 95 degrees in the shade—but it’s the best time for spotting tigers since the vegetation is dry and the grass is low. There really is no time to waste. Some conservationists believe that at the present rate of decline, the tiger will cease to exist in the wild in as little as five years.
To see more of John Isaac’s photography, visit www.johnisaac.com.
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