Wildlife and Conservation Photographer T.N.A. Perumal’s World
T.N.A. Perumal, wildlife photographer extraordinaire and a true legend, treats every image as an art form. He believes the play of light produces effects that make the image. Aesthetics of an image need to be respected. He takes the photographer’s ‘oath’ seriously and insists that photographers desist from causing any kind of distress to wildlife and it is important that they be ethical in their approach.
T.N.A. Perumal’s iconic image of the Nilgiri tahr Nilgiritragus hylocrius, with the soft morning light falling on the Eravikulam National Park, is a tribute to the immense conservation efforts that have been invested in protecting this amazing landscape. The image graces the cover of Perumal’s book Reminiscences of a Wildlife Photographer, published by Amicorp Community Foundation.
Camera: Nikon F801S, Focal length: 35 mm., Aperture: f/5.6, Aperture priority mode, Fuji Chrome 100D film.
Perumal found this pair of Indian hare leverets huddled under a bush in the Bannerghatta forest, Bangalore, Karnataka.
Camera: Rolleicord V, Shutter speed: 1/100 sec., Aperture: f/5.6, Kodak Verechrome pan film
This striking image of frogs in amplexus was possible when the photographer found them floating across a stream at the Bandipur National Park, Karnataka.
Camera: Asahi Pentax SL, Takumar lens, Focal length: 100 mm., Shutter speed: 1/125 sec., Aperture: f/5.6, IIford FP3 film.
The antlion Indoclystus singularis makes for a stunning subject, beautifully framed and artificially illuminated by Perumal, when he spotted it in Talaghattapura, Karnataka.
Perumal got this exciting shot of a Mottled Wood Owl Strix ocellata holding a lizard in its beak with much difficulty. He used the light beam triggering technique, to get the focus, frame, and positioning absolutely right at 6.5 m. above the ground in the Kalkere Forest, Bannerghatta, Karnataka.
Camera: Hasselblad 500 EL, Standard lens, Focal length: 80 mm., Shutter speed: 1/500 sec., Aperture: f/8, two Rollei E27 flash units.
The black and white perspective reveals the dispersal of Calotropis seeds by the wind near Talaghattapura, Karnataka.
This tusker in the Bandipur National Park, Karnataka, had just rubbed himself against a tree and proceeded to offer a stunning pose which Perumal missed because his camera needing rewinding. He said he had to ‘settle’ for this image, which turned out to be one of his all-time master pieces.
Camera: Asahipentax SL, Takumar lens (f/2.8, 100 mm.), Focal length: 100 mm., Shutter speed: 1/60 sec., Aperture: f/5.6, Ilford FP3 f.
Read More: Meet Thanjavur Nateshacharya Ayyam Perumal – Conservation Photographer Par Excellence.
First appeared in: Sanctuary Asia, Vol. XXXIV No. 4, August 2014.