Hi..!! I am Yashpal Singh Rathore, based in Bangalore, India. Though I am an Electrical engineer by qualification, I am a naturalist and an avid nature photographer by choice
My interest in nature and wildlife dates from childhood. Having grown up in southern-Rajasthan, my playgrounds were the green fields. From these, I progressively expanded my horizons, to the more diverse and fascinating world of nature, watching birds and observing small animals go about their daily lives. My father was in the Air Force and I had the opportunity to travel around the country and experience the rich biodiversity of the varied ecosystems in India.
A lifelong passion for nature thus aroused progressed to photography after I bought my first SLR camera in the year 2005. Since then, I have visited the far-flung corners of India to be amidst Nature. These visits have given me an intimate insight into the dynamics and diversity of nature. I have been privileged to witness several amazing, dramatic and emotional moments that unfold everyday in the wild. To become better nature photographer, one needs to be better naturalist. So, I did Naturalist training for Jungle Lodges & Resort, Karnataka and Volunteer training from Karnataka Eco tourism board.
'NatureGlimpses' has been a Labour of love for me and has been in the making for quite some time. Through this website, I would like to attempt to showcase the natural beauty which I see and capture in my camera. This showcase, I believe, shall raise awareness on the importance of conservation of the forest and its dwellers. There is such a vast variety of natural beauty spread in the wild places of India; I feel that in my lifetime, I will be able to see only tiny Glimpses of this. But what I do see and experience, I would like to share with others
'NatureGlimpses' is also a attempt to encourage community-based travel. I will conduct nature tours, based on my experience of various locations . I'd like to encourage people to experience the wilderness, and understand the importance of its conservation.
My photographs are available for sale through UK based Nature stock agency "Nature Picture Library"
Canon EOS 5DM3
Canon EOS 7D
Canon 24-70mm, F/2.8
Canon 70-200mm F/2.8 IS II
Canon 100-400mm, F/4.5-5.6
Canon 500mm F/4
Canon 100mm Macro
Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8
Canon 1.4x III Extenders
Canon Speedlite 580EX II & 430EX
Kenko Extension rings
flash extender “better beam”
Gitzo 3541L Systematic Tripod, Manfrotto Monopod
Benro Gimbal Head , Manfrotto 498RC2
Its RF controlled vehicle with 4 No's geared motors, to generate enough torque to counter tough forest terrain.
Important features of GroundCam:
It is a floating structure made of PVC pipe and wood, to carry Telephoto lens at water level for water birds photography. You wear Wadersuit and sit chest deep inside water at lake shore for hours without bending your back.
DSLR Camera Trap:
For nocturnal or shy animals, we have developed PIR motion sensor based DSLR camera trap system. We use 2-3 external flash light.
Awards & Recognition
Published Stories & Photographs:
1. Natures Best Photography Magazine, USA – Fall/Winter 2013 Edition
2. Tiger Photo has been published in the Sanctuary Asia “Tadoba Inheritance” book
3. “Endemic birds of Western Ghats” photo essay at www.jlrexplore.com
4. “Rush hour at Khichan”, Photo feature in Sanctuary Asia Magazine Aug 2015 Edition.
5. “Avain Wonder of Sandur Valley “, photo story in www.jlrexplore.com