Photographing Tiger at India jungles has it’s own sets of limitations – Really? What are they?
First of all, you can’t move an inch on the safari vehicle. It is not allowed to get down from the vehicle or move the vehicle away from the defined trail (path). That’s where the zoom lenses are of some relief. Then the jungle is too thick that most times we see the tiger resting on bushes or not a great scene to photograph. Most Indian Tiger safaris are loaded with number of vehicles and when a tiger sighting happens at a location, only first 2 or 3 vehicles who have arrived first can only get the best view of the sighting. It is hard luck for the other vehicles.
But these are the constraints which would test your skill and make you grow as a wildlife photographer; also an opt way to show the habitat and behavior of a tiger.
On that day, this male tiger was sleeping far off from the trail. He was resting and he was fully covered by jungle gutters. All I could feel is there is a tiger. After a long wait, he gave us some smiles by looking straight at us. Now I had to bury the gutters to photograph him. All I had was a small gap thru which I was able to see his face. I used relative distance focusing and focus lock to get him onto a good focus and exposure.