Description

Matheran is probably one of the most frequently visited weekend getaways for the Mumbaikars. Situated at an altitude of 2625 feet above the sea level, it is one of the most approachable hill stations being just 90 km away from the maddening crowd. With the onset of the monsoon, Matheran becomes a mesmerizing biodiversity hotspot for the wildlife photographer. DCP Expeditions team is organizing a thrilling one night two days Herpetofauna Photography workshop at Matheran.

Matheran was declared an ecosensitive region by the union environment ministry and is called a health sanatorium. The only form of automobile allowed in Matheran is an ambulance operated by the municipality. It is clean, green and vast. Landscapes spreading till the horizon and the vastness of the valleys is just mesmerizing.

Possible biodiversity

Common Vine snake
Common wolf snake
Checkered Keelback
Bamboo pit viper
Fungoid frog
Wrinkled frog
Deccan banded gecko
Brook’s gecko
Tarantulas

Dates: 1st and 2nd August 2015

Day 1

This camp is planned within the core internal hotspots of Matheran. The shuttle mini train from Aman Lodge station (near Dasturi naka) takes you to Matheran station. Walk backwards after getting down at Matheran station to reach Springwoods Heritage, our resort (about 5 - 10 minutes walk). The camp starts at 10 am on Day 1, i.e. Saturday. Participants are requested to reach Matheran on their own. After an initial formal introduction of the team, our expert will explain about the camp plan and also on the biodiversity of Matheran. Lunch will be arranged at the resort. After lunch, we will go out for exploring the flora and fauna of the region till it is evening, when we come back to the resort for a tea break and an informal discussion on the photographs clicked.

The most thrilling experience in the itinerary are the evening and the night trails. We recommend to wear protective footwear (Gumboot or similar) and carry fully charged torches or head lamps. The trail starts at 6 pm and we shall come back to the resort by 8.30 pm for dinner. Post dinner, we shall have another 2 hours of night trail looking for various species. We will mainly look for Common Vine snake, Common wolf snake, Checkered Keelback, Bamboo Pit Viper, Deccan banded gecko, Brook’s gecko and Tarantulas. We make our best efforts to create an environment suitable for wildlife photography in the wild. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of the species in the wild at any given time.

Day 2

After having breakfast, we will checkout from the resort and keep the baggage in one room so that we dont need to carry them along. We will have a 3 - 4 hour session of macro photography in the forest near the resort. This will involve hand holding on macro photography and tips and tricks of macro photography in the field. We will come back for lunch and spend another few hours in the nearby water collections in search of some amphibian species. We shall leave Matheran by 4 pm so that we can reach Mumbai well before 7 pm.

We will be staying in Springwood Heritage, a property spread over 3 acres, has spacious rooms, well maintained gardens and centrally located in Matheran. The stay experience in the colonial styled rooms offers a leisurely retreat. The antique furniture, porcelain light shades, ceramic pots and pure cotton and silk drapes add to contemporary ambience. Food is simply delicious.

THINGS TO CARRY

Carrying your macro lens is a primary need.
Also carry wide angle lenses for landscape photography.
Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries
Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop
Fill your camera bag with silica gel to protect your gadgets from moisture. They are available in chemist shops.
You must carry headlights / torches for the night search. Headlights make your both hands free to operate your camera.
We also advise you to carry protective footwear - gumboots are best. These boots give enormous confidence while walking through the forest floor or marshy areas. In case you are reluctant to use Gum Boots, do carry tough shoes (preferably covering upto ankle).
Carry Leech socks and way to use them will be demonstrated during workshops
Do carry protective rain gears for yourself and for your equipment. We find Ponchos very good
Carry basic first aid along with you. Carry regular medicines if you are on medication. Carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites. Carry Permite cream to keep you protected from tick bites.

TRAINING

On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our Wildlife Photography Expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following

How to approach Wildlife in the field
Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
Use of external lights and creative wildlife photography
Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
Framing and composition in the field
Ethics in Wildlife

DCP EXPERT

Yuwaraj Gurjar - a nationally acclaimed Wildlife photographer, writer, trainer and a conservation activist carrying with him an extensive field experience of more than 25 years in the Indian forests. He has travelled across the vast Indian geography and has thorough knowledge of most of the Indian forests. He has many publications contributing enormously to Indian Wildlife conservation. He has a very good knowledge of the Western Ghats microfauna and he specializes in butterflies and all other forms of macro photography. He is an award winner of hundreds of national and international acclaim. He is truly a national phenomenon, a Biodiversity expert and Chief Macro Photography advisor associated with DCP group.

COST

Rs. 4000 per head plus service taxes

Cost includes:

Matheran forest entry fee
One night two days stay at Springwood Heritage resort
One dinner, one breakfast, two lunches and three tea breaks
One session of night trail at Matheran and onsite macro photography.
All Taxes and service charges.
Cost does not include:
Mumbai – Matheran – Mumbai travel expense
Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary
Cancellation policy
All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible

REGISTRATION

Please click on the 'Register for Workshop' tab on the top / bottom right corner of this page to register yourself. Once you fill in your details and click submit, you will be redirected to the online payment page. Your registration is completed and confirmed only after a successful payment process. Once you complete the online payment, you will receive an auto generated email from CC Avenue, our online payment portal. Consider the same as a confirmation of the transaction. Our team will soon revert with further details of the tour. In case of any difficulty, please connect with us through any of the following route - Land line: 022-61818464, Fax: 022-61214950 Mail: info@dcpexpeditions.com

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