Vivek R Sinha
Wildlife Photographer, Conservationist and Author

In the last 100 years or so, from an estimated population of about 100,000, India currently has only about 1300 wild tigers left, down from 3,642 last estimated in 2001-2002. Prerna Bindra, the well known wildlife journalist, has pointed out that this data was collected early 2007, and the numbers are likely to have fallen further, given the pressure of poaching.

In this sad scenario, the future of tiger looks bleak indeed unless the conscious of the world is stirred by its sad plight and urgent steps are taken to save them. Otherwise, a day may not be far off when the wild tiger - the most majestic and beautiful of all the animals – could perhaps be seen in its habitat only through photographic images.

Over the last three decades my wife, Arati and I have tried to capture the beauty and life style of this magnificent animal through the lens. Here in brief I shall try to share our experience with aspiring photographers.

A tiger is an extremely shy, secretive and private animal and of nocturnal habits in most of the forests The biggest problem for the aspiring photographer, therefore, is to locate a tiger and then approach it. We have been regularly visiting Bandipur Tiger Reserve in the State of Karnataka, for about four decades but have not seen a single tiger. There were said to be 75 tigers in Bandipur in 1997. A few of the recent visitors have had glimpses, but a wildlife photographer needs more than a fleeting glimpse. We go there to photograph wild elephants, gaur and wild dogs.

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