The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species and is endemic to Antarctica. The male and female are similar in plumage and size. These flightless birds breed in the winter. After a courtship of several weeks, a female emperor penguin lays one single egg then leaves! Each penguin egg’s father balances it on his feet and covers it with his brood pouch, a very warm layer of feathered skin designed to keep the egg cozy. There the males stand, for about 65 days, through icy temperatures, cruel winds, and blinding storms. Finally, after about two months, the females return from the sea, bringing food they regurgitate, or bring up, to feed the now hatched chicks. The males eagerly leave for their own fishing session at sea, and the mothers take over care of the chicks for a while. As the young penguins grow, adults leave them in groups of chicks called crèches while they leave to fish. Five years later, if they survive in their ocean, the young penguins will return to become parents themselves. There is a reason for the timing of emperor penguins’ hatching. By December, when the Antarctic weather has warmed somewhat, the ice the penguins occupy begins to break up, bringing open waters closer to the nesting sites.
I was literally lying flat on the floor while I was shooting this image. Why I did this is because when we go lower than their height they feel less scared of being around us. Hence they opted to spend a good amount of time beside me and I was lucky enough to capture some beautiful shots. On this particular trip, I had walked an average of 8 hours per day in search of a perfect frame.
It was my dream to get such a click in this background. I had literally visited the same spot for 5 consecutive days to get this frame. My brother had accompanied me for this trip and we were out in the location looking for the Humpback whale breach. I was very particular if it occurs it has to be in a place with good background so we were mainly focusing on this area as it had a very good scenic beauty. Our room and rented car was available only for 4 days, at the end of 4 th day I told my brother I am staying back until I get the desired frame. My main challenge was there was no rooms available and we had to return the car as well on that day, so my only option was sit in front of the information centre which had a public toilet which they don’t close it. I went ahead and checked with them if it was okay to sit there, they said it`s okay. My brother who is also a doctor by profession couldn’t extend his leave and had to return the same day. So I was all alone in the location but towards late evening somehow I managed to book a room in a nearby hotel which I got due to a last minute cancellation. The next day I got out to the
bay and I saw this beauty breaching couple of times exactly way I wanted and I got this frame. Patience and hard work is definitely needed to achieve your desired frame.
During the rainy season the beautiful flamingos adorn the Rift Valley with their long-legs, long-neck, black beak, and pink feathery coats. It is indeed feasting to our eyes we will feel like we are at a beauty pageant. Unfortunately, recent climate changes aren’t favorable for these delicate beauties, and their numbers are gradually decreasing.
Something different about these birds is their feeding style, they feed with their head upside down. The lower beak is fixed, and the top one is able to move which is the opposite of most birds, but perfectly adapted for upside-down eating the way that flamingos do. The beak has a filtration system that allows them to strain the food from the sand, under the water.
I was fortunate enough to spend a good time clicking as many pictures as I could because everything out there was a unique frame for me as you can see in the picture.
Portrait of “Guala”, transsexual and protagonist of the documentary photobook “Paracetamol and Ibuprofen” in the town where she lives.
“Guala” not only has to fight against discrimination because of her sexual condition, but also because of her own companions, since she is known for being the “ugly” of the place. Women and even families also live in the place, but being a place which has practically no electricity, drinking water and where drug use occurs at any time, it makes community life very difficult to cope with, especially because of The diseases.
In the image, a portrait of Guala, after smoking crack, in one of the common spaces of the city …
The name orangutan means “man of the forest” in the Malay language. The Bornean Orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) can weigh up to 200 pounds. Flanged males have prominent cheek pads called flanges and a throat sac used to make loud verbalizations called long calls. They mainly feast on wild fruits like lychees, mangosteens, and figs, and slurp water from holes in trees. The loss of their habitat is a big threat to their existence. They spend nearly their entire lives in trees—swinging in tree tops and building nests for sleep. Rapid deforestation and devastation of their habitat is a major threat to their existence. The Bornean orangutan is listed as Endangered and numbers approximately 41,000.
Borneo is a photographers paradise I really enjoyed shooting them in untouched part of the world. But it was equally challenging as reaching few spots in Borneo as it is a difficult and complicated too.
Shooting the most common is the most challenging thing. Langurs are very common but waiting for a right movement is very challenging and needs lots of patience. It was an afternoon and a group of black-footed grey langurs were sitting on a tree. But this playful infant was enjoying the family time and was playing with his parents by swinging on their tails and falling down and then immediately climbing back and starting all over again. His mother was taking little notice of the activity and other adolescents were tolerating the attention- seeking acrobatics.
Langurs are very social and youngsters play as often as they can. Acrobatic play is probably a way of practising tree-living and eventually helps them to develop strong bones and muscles. Playing also helps them to develop social bond and communication skills.
I could only get this frame in that trip but I am more than happy with this picture – A playful monkey with its family is a special frame for me. Moreover photography to me is not about quantity it is more of a quality and a story telling frame which can put a smile on someone’s heart.
Kamchatka is stunningly rich in unexploited natural resources and natural beauty. To me animals always look more graceful in their natural habitat than a close up image, I also believe background is very important for any frames along with a proper level to get a real feel of the scenic beauty. As you can see in this frame the whole habitat compliments each other and hence I call it “In The Paradise”.
An early morning seascape in Australia
It is always nice to see the Grizzly bears fishing. It is a common site to watch in Alaska, USA but getting a uncommon frame from a common subject is different and challenging.
Etosha, meaning ‘Great White Place’ is made of a large mineral pan. The pan is believed to have developed through tectonic plate activity over about ten million years and around 16,000 years ago, when ice sheets were melting across the landmasses of the Northern Hemisphere, a wet climate phase in southern Africa filled Etosha Lake. Today however the Etosha Pan is mostly dry clay mud split into hexagonal shapes, but still, we can see a thin sheet of water is covering it. In this image, you can see the reflection of Giraffe`s standing on the opposite side of this water collection and in this frame, you can also witness the beautiful magical evening light that added additional scenic beauty.