After years of observing and photographing wildlife, I have learned that there’s an untold story everywhere around. It takes time, the right moment and the understanding of interpretation, to know the story and then comes the ability to narrate it out. It takes a lot of patience to see the wildlife in its own colors, and I give my best to capture those natural colors and bring it on table. I happened to visit a nearby marshland last winter, where I came across a water snake. This grown up fella was somewhere 25-30 feet away from me, and here’s his story of what he did in next one hour.
I have photographed different species of snakes over many different occasions, in wild. In most of those events, what I found common is, the time taken to photograph them in a way I wanted. Snakes in actual, do fear humans more than humans fear them. This is the reason, that being a Wildlife photographer, I have more responsibility to not let the animal fall in stress or make it aggressive just in order to make a great shot. Said that, considering all of it, its very tough to gather a sequence to tell a story about the animal. Fortunately, this time I made it.
This was indeed a wonderful experience for me, and I hope I could successfully delivered the story. I wish if I could have invested more time, possibly I could have discovered something more interesting. However, I didn’t had enough energy by then to fight the croaching sun over my head, so had to prioritize myself over the interesting wildlife drama. Such instances be always like a sweet needle in heart..
~ Kalyan Choudhury