A fun trip on the Chambal River

Thursday, 3 December 2009 00:09 by RanjanBanerji

On a recent trip to India I went to the National Chambal River Sanctuary not too far from Agra and close to Bah.  We stayed at the Chambal Safari Lodge which in itself was an excellent experience.  Talk about a great place to stay, excellent food, and great hospitality.

On our stay there we went for a river safari.  Basically a quiet boat ride on the Chambal river early in the morning.  You get to see Gharials, Crocodiles, Gangetic or River Dolphins (impossible to photographs), and lots of different types of birds.

All the pictures I took during this trip were using a Nikon D80 and a Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor lens.  I wish I had a faster lens with better glass.  The 70-300 is great for its price but is not very sharp when you open it up wife ( less than f8) and is also soft at 300mm.  Of course its really cheap.  So I can’t really argue on that front.

Some of the pictures that I liked are:

A painted stork in flight.  A few people felt that a faster shutter speed would have removed all the blur in the picture.  I tend to disagree.  I like the blur at the wing tips.  To me it gives a sense of motion.  The picture below to me shows the force applied as the bird takes flight from the water.

 

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