India | Bengal Tiger Safari | Part 4


As a city boy, I go to the zoo if I want to see animals and experience wildlife.  Never did I imagine the thrilling experience of seeing a wild Bengal tiger roaming in a forest.  Traveling in open-air jeeps and on elephants, we would track the Bengal tigers into the jungle to observe and photograph them.  We visited 2 tiger camps in India, Bandhavgarh National Park and Kanha National Park located in central India.  Both of these tiger camps are world renowned for the preservation of the Bengal tiger.
On this trip I had the pleasure of meeting and traveling with Allan Gold whom I am pictured with here.  As you can see, it was a blend of old school film cameras using my Holgas and Allen’s professional digital camera with long range telephoto lenses.

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Since the jeeps are not allowed to travel off the roads in these protected jungles, we transfer to elephants when a Bengal tiger is spotted.  Here we are tracking a Bengal tiger back into the forest.  The hunt is on and the adrenaline rush has kicked in.

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Amazingly, this photo of this lounging Bengal tiger was captured with my Canon G12 point & shoot from atop the elephant.  We were only about 15 feet away when this Bengal tiger glared up at me as I was taking his picture.  As those eyes peered back at me thru my lens, I prayed to God this was not going to be the last photo that I ever take in my lifetime.  I suddenly realize my vulnerability of being in this jungle atop of an elephant with a ranger / guide that doesn’t carry any weapons.  Needless to say, this was an experience I will never forget.

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This is a photo I captured of Allan as he was photographing a young Bengal tiger strolling down the road heading straight towards us.  As you can see, we are sitting ducks in these open-air jeeps.  The following 2 images are what Allan captured.  Thank you for sharing those wonderful photos with us Allan.

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The next five images were taken with my Holga camera.  I concentrated more on taking landscape photos while Allan was capturing the amazing close-up wildlife shots.

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This last series of photos are of the luxury accommodations that we stayed at for both the Bandhavgarh Jungle Lodge and Kanha Tented Camp.  As you can see, we were not roughing it.

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My entire India trip was captured using Canon G12 point & shoot and  2 Holga cameras.  One Holga was loaded with Kodak Tri-X film and the other with Kodak Portra 400 NC film.
See India, part 2 here.
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