Getting THE Tiger Shot

One of the reasons of me visiting Sher Bagh was to try producing a short promotional video for the lodge. The challenge was condensing this magical space and place into a short, hard-hitting, fun, energetic and accurate three-minute video. Now, I can tell you that to tell the story of Sher Bagh, in three minutes, is quite honestly impossible, but I was sure I could paint a good picture on the experience one would have, and the energy one would experience on a visit.

One of the arches that forms a gateway into Ranthambhore National Park
One of the arches that forms a gateway into Ranthambhore National Park

I had a limited time to get the footage and feverishly worked throughout the days to capture and edit. Spoilt for choice, it was not a problem of what to film, but rather what not to include, which made it tough. The one, more complicated, sequence that I wanted to get was of a tiger in the same frame as Sher Bagh game-viewing vehicle. Now, as we all very well know, animals are wild and cannot simply be directed and moved around. It takes hard work, patience, timing, luck and a lot of skill to get THE shot!

A typical jungle track in Ranthambhore. It was along a track like this that we picked up the first tracks of two sub-adult tigers
A typical jungle track in Ranthambhore. It was along a track like this that we picked up the first tracks of two sub-adult tigers

Thanks to some sublime tracking by the Sher Bagh drivers and guides we managed to find two young tigers resting in the dry thickets. Shyamji, Satendre and Yusaf had used a combination of tracks (pug marks), alarm calls and knowledge of the tiger and it’s environment, to pinpoint the sibling’s exact hideout. I sat in disbelief, entranced by the beauty of this cat. Even at the tender age of two years old, these cats were larger and more thickly set than an adult male lion.

Even when deep in the bush it is easy to sit spellbound by the size, beauty and power that these animals throw out
Even when deep in the bush it is easy to sit spellbound by the size, beauty and power that these animals throw out

As if they had read the script, the two tigers yawned and stood up. Could this be it? My own personal excitement levels quickly plummeted as I realised they were intent on walking away from us- deeper into the thickets. Excruciating close I thought and my head dropped. Shyamji quickly started the engine and shot off in the opposite direction. What was he doing? Ten minutes later he stopped the car and told me to look behind the vehicle and ready my camera. Anxiously I sat. It seemed like eternity, but all of a sudden one of the tigers stepped directly out onto the dirt track. At this exact point the other Sher Bagh game-viewing vehicle rounded the corner. My camera was rolling, I fought the shakes and I got a shot that had far exceeded my wildest dreams.

The guides and drivers at Sher Bagh do their level best to ensure that not only do you see tigers, but that you see them well. I managed to get one picture here. The rest of the time I was filming...
The guides and drivers at Sher Bagh do their level best to ensure that not only do you see tigers, but that you see them well. I managed to get one picture here. The rest of the time I was filming…

If you have not seen the short video of which I speak then have a look below. I trust you will enjoy the video and will find that it provides a taster as to what one could expect at Sher Bagh. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. For best results change the settings of the YouTube video to 720p HD (bottom right toolbar) and then make sure you subscribe to the SUJANLuxury YouTube channel to be kept up to date with future footage and films.

Written, filmed and photographed by Adam Bannister

8 thoughts on “Getting THE Tiger Shot

  1. Well done Adam, according to filmdirectors it is very hard “to cut your darlings” but I find you made a very interesting film to promote Sher Bagh, India and TIGERS.

    1. Thank you Elisabeth. Adam in currently in Brazil and unavailable to reply. I was with him during the filming and editing process and it was indeed tough to put this together. We are glad you enjoyed it. Follow our YouTube channel to see more updates from Ranthambhore from time to time.

    1. Hi MB Wheeler, thanks for your feedback. This short film was made with the idea of showing you everything about Sher Bagh hence we decided to curtail the wildlife shots, believe me it was tough! We are also in the process of making films which will be purely about the wildlife. I hope you will enjoy that. Meanwhile, periodically we post videos on our newly launched YouTube channel so watch that space. :) Thanks!!

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