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#151 Oct 17th, 2012, 13:26
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Good news for Ranthambhor visitors

Ranthambhor Opens for Tourists

This article also clears doubts regarding the affect of 20% ruling.

It seems only 12% of the park was open to tourists even prior to the new guidelines. So, tourists can potentially visit all zones as they were doing last season.
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Originally Posted by Photofreak View Post Good news for Ranthambhor visitors

Ranthambhor Opens for Tourists

This article also clears doubts regarding the affect of 20% ruling.

It seems only 12% of the park was open to tourists even prior to the new guidelines. So, tourists can potentially visit all zones as they were doing last season.
Excellent, thanks alot for finding that.
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Centre throws open 20 pc tiger reserve to tourism
New Delhi, October 15, 2012, DHNS:

The central government on Monday opened up 20 per cent of core areas in tiger reserves to tourists and proposed a new conservation fee for the tourism industry, which will be used in improving ecology and quality of life of local community living nearby.
full text here: http://www.deccanherald.com/content/...pen-20-pc.html

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As promised i'm reporting back now i'm back in Blighty. Ranthambore was brilliant, or at least it was for my half of the tour group as we were the only ones to see cats! In the space of one drive we got clear sight of a tiger plus cub (about 7 months old) and a leopard, although that was deep in the morning shadows so the pics were bad at best. Also saw a 2nd leopard on the late afternoon drive which I did manage to get a clear shot of it as a rather eager jeep full of tourists came barrelling into the ford we were observing from and the noise of it flying into the water spooked it off.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yod/8138114638/lightbox/

Hotel (the Regency) was certainly busy enough with tour groups. Canters were full but not 100%, think we had about 6 spare seats in mine on the 2nd morning and only two of those were due to no-shows from my party.

And a tragedy to read in the papers when I got to Jaipur that a labourer working on the trails was attacked and killed by a tiger during the afternoon after I left (I did a full day and a morning drive before leaving). I probably saw the guy in the morning when we went into the park as we passed some workers then.
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Wow! Awesome photos. Thanks for sharing. Love the cub pics and the leopard. Very good sightings, especialy in just one day!
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Excellent pics...I guess Leopard sighting was a big bonus...lucky you
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Originally Posted by Photofreak View Post Excellent pics...I guess Leopard sighting was a big bonus...lucky you
Very much so. I think the guide said he'd not seen one in months and then we get 2 in as many drives.

This was the tiger pair we saw by the way, forgot to stick a link up before. Got quite alot of shots of them and this was probably the best one of them together.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yod/813...ream/lightbox/
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Thanks for the pics ! Good news from Ranthambore.

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Originally Posted by bigfatron View Post Very much so. I think the guide said he'd not seen one in months and then we get 2 in as many drives.

This was the tiger pair we saw by the way, forgot to stick a link up before. Got quite alot of shots of them and this was probably the best one of them together.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/yod/813...ream/lightbox/
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The Ranthambore photostream was lovely. I am glad to see the results using the Sigma 100-300 lens.
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Excellent pic...I guess a bit of haze was due to some leaves in the foreground...and as nycank has pointed out, results of Sigma are really good...excellent
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post The Ranthambore photostream was lovely. I am glad to see the results using the Sigma 100-300 lens.
Its a very hard place to shoot given the light is so hugely variable with it being relatively steep valleys and alot of folliage. For most of the cat shots then, even with an f4 lens, the ISO setting was way up. Plus I had to contend with getting a good position in the canter with all the other people onboard, so ended up hand shooting when ideally i'd have used a seat or the edge of the vehicle to steady it. Given the conditions i'm really pleased how some of the shots came out. I would've dearly loved to do that again but with something exotic/hideously expensive like a 400-500mm f4 or faster lens.
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Originally Posted by Photofreak View Post Excellent pic...I guess a bit of haze was due to some leaves in the foreground...and as nycank has pointed out, results of Sigma are really good...excellent
Yes, it was in quite heavy foliage so I was lucky to get just a bit of out-of-focus haze to be honest. I may try and clean them up some more one day but i'm a bit battle-weary after going through all the shots the first time for now!
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Originally Posted by bigfatron View Post I would've dearly loved to do that again but with something exotic/hideously expensive like a 400-500 mm f4 or faster lens.
I sometimes think about the ideal focal length to shoot in the Indian forests (non-avian photography), in order to carry minimum gear.

In my view, a faster (2.8) 70-200 mm is sufficient. I personally do not prefer tight compositions.

Other's views are welcome!
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Originally Posted by bigfatron View Post I would've dearly loved to do that again but with something exotic/hideously expensive like a 400-500mm f4 or faster lens.
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In my view, a faster (2.8) 70-200 mm is sufficient. I personally do not prefer tight compositions.
It depends on how close one can get. I know of many instances when some of my old friends have had big cats jump on the hood of their closed jeep in Africa. However, my only experience of Ranthambore, the cat was about 1000' and it was obvious from the 300 mm lens that a 500mm would have been ideal.

A faster lens cannot compensate for distance.
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Originally Posted by nycank View Post It depends on how close one can get. I know of many instances when some of my old friends have had big cats jump on the hood of their closed jeep in Africa. However, my only experience of Ranthambore, the cat was about 1000' and it was obvious from the 300 mm lens that a 500mm would have been ideal.

A faster lens cannot compensate for distance.
I'm with you on this. Any lens topping at 200mm would've been about as much use as a chocolate teapot for the shooting opportunities I was presented with. Event the shots of the adult marking the tree were zoomed to about 275mm. Most the shots I took would've been a whole lot of foliage if taken at 200mm. For the 2nd leopard I saw at the waters edge then about 400mm would've been perfect.
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