I spent 3 days at Bandipur over the past weekend. With weather oscillating between sunny and rainy, it was an interesting trip. Having seen Sloth Bears, a Bengal Tiger and a few Indian Elephants over the first 2 days, I was looking forward to the last safari. With heavy rains in the night and a very cloudy (and chilly) morning, imminent rain threatened our safari plans. Didn’t realize that the raindrops would start very soon into the safari. As the light drizzle went on and on (almost till the safari ended), it also gifted us some lovely photography opportunities.
Presenting some of my favorite photographs from the morning (Click on the images for a bigger version in Lightbox. You can scroll through the photos using the buttons or by pressing the left/right keys.)
Some tips to photograph on a rainy safari:
- Don’t be disappointed if it starts raining. Look around and you’ll witness an amazing transformation. Even common subjects (as pictured in this post) can provide fresh perspectives in the rain. Go ahead and play around with the settings to capture a variety of photographs.
- A steady drizzle helps you capture the animal with the raindrops in the background the best. Use faster shutter speeds to show drops of water and slower shutter speeds to show streaks of water. For example, my Peafowl photographs were shot at 1/250 s (to show light streaking in raindrops) while my Red-wattled Lapwing photograph was shot at 1/400 s (to freeze the rain drops). Of course, the exact shutter speeds depend on how heavy the rainfall is.
- Keep your photography gear dry. If the rain is heavy, keep it inside your bag and enjoy the view for a change 🙂 Luckily for us, the drizzle was relatively light throughout.
- Don’t change lenses on your camera. One stray droplet of water could shut your whole camera system down and set you back by a few thousand bucks.
Would like to hear your experiences on a rain-filled safari and more tips on photography in the rains.