Snow leopards are endangered and elusive. Only a negligible number is found in the wild, at present. However, spotting one or taking its photo is notoriously difficult. Especially, the beginners face a certain set of hiccups while searching for the leopards in the rough terrains of Tibet. However, don’t let the harsh weather or unknown areas dampen your spirit. If you manage to follow the guide, success will not be a distant memory.
As we are living and trying to thrive in the world of ‘alternative facts’, we must get a real taste of nature till it lasts. Poaching, evolution, weather change, lack of habitat – the snow leopards are threatened to live. The first-timers who have finally gathered courage to take their camera out and opt for a wild expedition, there are certain things to remember. Moreover, the wildlife photography flows with powerless or powerful nature. Hence, there is a unique way to capture the rawness of nature. Before you take off for snow leopard photography expedition, go through the following aspects.
Prepare Yourself with Basic Information
Of course, the professional guides will be with you to explore the less-discovered areas of Tibet. However, it is your duty to gather some information beforehand. The extremely low temperature may be a problem along with high altitude (of 5,000 m). The service providers make sure that you do not freeze out in the wild. Meanwhile, keep in mind that a leopards’ camouflage is one of the reasons to locate them. In many cases, people have lost golden opportunities to photograph ghost cats even after staying in close proximity. At such events, the snow leopards detected the human presence or spotted shadows.
Binoculars or Monocular can Save the Trip
Wildlife photography is all about having patience and waiting for hours. In addition to it, the act of scanning through the targeted area is equally important. At this time, the camera lens is never enough. You can get a monocular because it is small, light, and can fit into your backpack without struggling too much. However, for many, a pair of classic binoculars seals the deal. And, in the context of magnification, 10x is very powerful but bulky. This type goes farther than a telephoto lens and it is very important in the field.
Knowing the Photography Tricks
In your first attempts, you must have seen the leopard looking down. However, you can only succeed when the animal gets to the eye level of the cat. In a simplified manner, remember that the cat’s whiskers should be out and it should be looking out straight to the photographer. At this moment, you could try keeping the depth of field greater and involve the rest of the body. Then you can get the ghost cat looking at you majestically after photographing. Again, you should pay heed to the wide-angle lens. 50mm lens has a similar wideness as the human eye; hence, you may try it as well.
If you want to witness a broad range of animals (including wild yak, argali sheep, or Przewalski’s gazelle) except snow leopards, book your tickets for China wildlife safari.
Author bio: Emma Johnson, a regular blogger with many travel & lifestyle write-ups, has written on what you can see during China wildlife safari. Here, she mentions top things to keep in mind before going out on snow leopard photographytour.