Elephant @ Muthanga
Category: Birds 'n Animals
Every species on the face of earth is facing extinction ... so is the Elephants @ Bandipur, Mudumalai and Muthanga. Elephants in these adjoint wild life sanctuaries located at the trijunction of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are facing all sorts of problems - forest fire, lack of food, lack of water, vehicular noise, suffocation from plastic ... you name it and they have it. Infact, anybody driving along the NH212, which cuts across Bandipur and Muthanga can see plastic and other litter all along the road side. Heavy in-disciplined crowd gathered to see wild life, sneering, howling and growling at the wild animals, not allowing them to go across the highway. This time I even saw a person posing less than 10m from a giant mammal ... that too turning away from it!
I was about 100m from her and stepped out of the car for a better shot. After all, she had a lot of easier targets between us ... if she chose to have a go at the people! Her gang was waiting to cross the road and was discouraged by the large number of vehicles and people all along the road. As soon as the crowd cleared a little bit and she was making a move, a police patrol jeep came in, stopped right in front of the herd and started honking for practically nothing! If anybod thought that they were trying to clear the crowd ... no way ... they soon became part of the crowd.
Well ... this shot is using the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L telephoto lens. One thing I've learned from my previous attempts at shooting the giant mammal was that the exposure reported by the camera is almost always a shade brighter than what I liked, irrespective of the metering mode. So, I opted for a -1 EV exposure compensation, Av mode, f/5.6 and ISO-200 for a 1/400s hand-held shot.
I hope good sense will prevail upon the authorities and some sort of control will be imposed on traffic and the in-disciplined crowd within sanctuary limits. If it doesnt happen soon, we'll have to tell the coming generations that 'a forest existed here when I was young'!
Posted by usandeep
at 12:01 AM
Updated: Saturday, 18 April 2009 2:41 PM