Interview with Wildlife Photographer Govind Vijayakumar


Govind Vijayakumar, a wildlife photographer from India, has captured many stunning images all around the world. He has got more than 1.4 million fan followers on Facebook. We will get to know more about his works through this interview.

Do you do any other type of photography other than wildlife?

During my initial days of photography, I used to do architectural photography. The main subjects were historical monuments and ruins from India. I also capture nature and landscape images, along with wildlife and birds.

What camera gear do you use to photograph animals and birds?

I use Canon 1DX Mark II and Canon 7D Mark II for wildlife photography. The lenses that I use include the Canon 500mm f4 L IS II lens, Canon 70-200 f4 L IS USM lens, and Sigma 10-20mm lens.

My preferred lens and camera body combination is 1DX Mark ii with 500mm. I also attach the 1.4x teleconverter while photographing birds. I use the wide-angle lens to capture forest images, and even when animals and birds come close.

Which are your favorite destinations for Wildlife Photography?

There are many favorite wildlife destinations for me. The animal and bird species will diff vary with destination.

Papua New Guinea, Kabini in Karnataka, India, Spiti in Himachal Pradesh, India are a few of my favorite wildlife destinations. I have visited Papua New Guinea to photograph the Birds of Paradise with the various kinds of digital cameras. It is one of my best experiences photographing some fantastic birds.

Kabini is an excellent place to photograph the wild leopards and the tiger. This place is also known for the black panther (melanistic leopard). I have been to Spiti in the winter season to photograph the elusive snow leopard.

Can you share some of your favorite wildlife images?

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I have many favorite wildlife and bird images. So, it won’t be easy to share all here. I will share a few here.

What advice do you want to share with upcoming photographers?

Wildlife photography demands lots of patience. Sometimes, you will have to wait for a long time to get the perfect shot. So, if you don’t have the patience, then it is not for you.

The more time you spend in the field, the better you will be your shots. One needs to understand the camera and shoot accordingly. Constant camera upgrades will not help to capture beautiful images. One must learn how to compose images using the basic composition rules like thirds, leading lines, golden ratio, etc. It is the image composition that makes an ordinary image into extraordinary.

Learning bird and animal behavior will help you to predict what is going to happen next. It will help you anticipate and click accordingly.

It is a good idea to get the pictures reviewed by the experts in this area. The comments shared by the experts will definitely help to capture better images next time. Photography is a continuous learning process. So, try to learn something new every day and apply it while shooting.

You can learn more photography tips, tutorials, and image editing through his website,

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