My Best Shot: Anish Andheria
This story was originally published in May 2014.
Why It Is My Best Shot
Each year, the forest department traps several tigers from villages along the fringes of the Sunderban delta and releases them deep inside the core of the tiger reserve. Once the tiger is captured, they examine it for injuries and release it into the wild. This is one of my favourite images because it has captured the exuberance on the face of the tiger on being released. The leap itself epitomises the freedom awarded to this tiger after being tormented by villagers and being kept in a 7 x 4 feet cage for five long days. Many tigers are not so fortunate!
Where and When I Shot This Image
This picture was made in January 2010 at the Sunderban Tiger Reserve, West Bengal.
How I Achieved It
By switching to the Burst mode and anticipating the trajectory of the leap, I managed to capture six images, from the time the tiger’s head first appeared till it plunged into the estuary. This particular frame is the fourth in that series.
The Gear I Used to Get This Shot
I used a Nikon D200 with a Nikkor 28–105mm lens to make this photograph.
About Anish Andheria
Anish Andheria is the Director of theWildlife Conservation Trust and a recipient ofthe prestigious Carl Zeiss Conservation Award(2008). His love affair with the camera began in 1994 and his collection of over 1,30,000 images serves as an archival record of the wildlife and wilderness of India.