We made it a point
that on all our
vacations we would
spend a few days in
In the last five
years or so I took
up my photography
(more seriously)… I
realized I had more
clarity of mind. It
was big stress
I am a very busy
practitioner… I sometimes work for 21 or 24 days
without taking a break and then pool all my days
off, my weekends off and travel. I try to maximize
For instance, the last trip to Ranthambore
(Rajasthan), I landed in Delhi at 3.30 in the morn-
ing. Five in the morning I was on the Nizamuddin
Express, heading to Sawai Madhopur (the nearest
railway station). I reached there by 12.30. And by
2 pm I was in the forest.
Tell us about setting up the winning photograph
and how it happened.
This was on one of my trips to Bangalore. We
(with his elder brother Mohan Thomas and
younger brother Thomas Vijayan and their families; they often travel together) had planned to go to
two forests. We went to BR Hills. We stayed right
in the jungle, saw a lot of tigers, but nothing to
make a picture out of.
From there we went to Nagarhole, Kabini. Even
there we had some good sightings, but nothing to make
a picture out of.
On the last day, as we were leaving, we saw this leopardess sitting on a tree. It was beautiful. And I thought
if she walks down, it will be a good shot.
It was getting really late… They said there was no
point waiting; you cannot get a picture here. I felt I
had to do something, go out of my conventional (zone
of comfort). I just changed my camera settings to the
best possibility I could and sat there. We had almost
given up hope and were ready to start the jeep.
Suddenly she gets up and runs down.
I started clicking. As she was running down, with my
bean bag, I adjusted the camera along with the leopardess. That’s why I have that picture — with slow
shutter speed and some fanning effect. 4M12
Indian wild dogs (dhole) in sport at Kabini.
Eagle with a deer carcass.