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HYDERABAD: Age is just a range and this few proved it right as they found no limitations to pursuing their passion for images. For Dr Seetha Khambhampati who is about 71 yrs previous and Dr Srinivasa Rao Somanchi who is 81, these quantities are just figures that continue to keep rising year right after 12 months, but their zeal to journey and capture the finest of images is what helps make this pair distinctive. Seetha and Srinivasa Rao, who hail from Warangal, have now settled in Hyderabad. The two retired lecturers have remaining no stone unturned to make the not possible, probable. A passion to journey and images produced them authors of a wonderful coffee table e book which showcases birds from the size and breadth of India that had been captured through their lens.

Their affiliation with pictures started off off as a enthusiasm and progressed into a little something much further. Srinivasa claims, “We appreciate birds and basically we are travellers, we travel a large amount. I can say that this is not just our enthusiasm but our obsession. As we were travelling, we started out 1st with recording the total journey and because of our baggage we had taken more compact cameras. Then we started off with SLR cameras. Shortly, we begun to use a zoom lens which is close to 7 to 8 kg.

1st, it was journey, then nature photography, wildlife photography. Given that the past 4 decades, we are completely into bird pictures. This guide is just images that were picked, we have captured photographs which are extra than a lakh and deciding on pics from a lot is tricky. Then we came up with Stunning Birds as the title for our ebook. We travelled from down South from Kerala,  up north we went up to the Himalayas. In the approach, we frequented a number of attractive places which we retained likely again to get photographs of various birds in unique seasons. All this was achievable mainly because of the digitalisation of photography.”

The regular frame of mind of folks assuming that only gentlemen could do better in images than a female has by no means stopped Dr Seetha from pursuing her passion. Even though there were being lots of problems, she managed to prevail over them. “When we photograph a single bird, we are under no circumstances satisfied. We want far more angles of the exact same chicken in distinct forms. At times I may possibly get a couple good pictures, though my husband does not take care of to do so.”

Dr Seetha and Dr Srinivasa say they get into arguments more than their perform. Acquiring the best shot and framing a good picture is all that matters to them. “While enhancing our pics we examine our photos. We have distinctive laptops and desktops to operate on. Only after the enhancing is completed, we discuss to each individual other with regards to the images. When we are on the field  and if I am obstructing her watch, she pushes me apart and can take the shot. I don’t do so and her posture is the priority. We also have our preset positions on the field,” suggests Dr Srinivasa.

Recollecting their reminiscences of capturing these birds is quite pleasurable, the pair states. These have piled up about a interval. “There is a bird which is usually witnessed at a place named Tunganath (in the vicinity of Kedarnath). When the temple opens, people today go by truck, ways or go by horse and appear back again. We went when the temple was not open. Whoever desired to go to the temple had to stroll. The journey was extremely tough, but we managed it.

We forgot our age at that time as we just required to do our function very first. We took a shot of the hen that we were being looking for. Below, the major issue was that our knees started off to harm. Last summer, we needed to photograph a fowl named Western Trogopon and we had to go to Sarhan Himachal for it. We were being fortunate, or somewhat the fowl obliged us to capture it. Our lens did not function but we swiftly altered our lens and then clicked it. Western Trogopon is a Point out chicken of Himachal. It is pretty a uncommon bird,” mention the few.  

Going about the thick forest location is no easy undertaking and getting a safari is costly. But the pair even now managed to get excellent shots of all birds. “We have been travelling for the last 40 years and our expertise allows us a good deal. “Once, we received into a car that experienced two females with cell telephones. We had a large amount of digicam products. A neighborhood tribal was driving the vehicle and they only realized a person term Chelo (Go). These two girls would click a photo with their cellphone and question them to transfer. By the time it was our change we would miss the shot. These hurdles are widespread,” Dr Seetha adds.

Dr Srinivasa is also a wooden sculpture artiste, various of them which he showcases in his living space. Supplying tips to budding photographers, Dr Seetha suggests, “This career requirements a large amount of endurance and perseverance.” For travelling photographers, she states they will have to take enough preacuations such as carrying medication kits and utilizing community guides.