Yashas Narayan, one of the most reputed wildlife photographers of India. It would be prudent to say that he is one of the best big cat trackers that India has seen. Proudly known for his astonishing and mesmerising portfolio of India's tigers, leopards, and black panthers, he is now the first Indian wildlife photographer to get a feature film made by the Discovery networks.
Born and brought up in the city of Mysore, Yashas has spent a big part of his childhood in the forests around Mysore province. During his initial grooming years, he had developed a keen sense of animal behaviour and developed his instincts around the same. He soon cultivated a keen passion for wildlife photography.
Well, one might wonder how his passion for wildlife photography landed him on the Discovery feature film. Then the answer is his exemplary photography skills coupled with the astounding tracking skills of big cats. Discovery is one of the biggest and most popular channels that has made feature films on very few people worldwide, who they feel deserves a wider audience. Now, an Indian wildlife photographer has joined the list.
Titled "Eye to Eye With a Tiger", Yashas got an opportunity to lead a team of highly dedicated professionals to capture the serenity amidst the short lives in the modern world. Partnering with the World Wildlife Fund to support Project CAT, Discovery's collaboration aims to double the number of tigers in the wild by 2022 by spreading awareness about deforestation, poaching, and overhunting of the tigers' prey. Similarly, Samsung has sponsored this film to raise awareness about Project CAT.
This is the first time an attempt is being made to make a wildlife documentary on the phone, and this phone is none other than Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Ranthambore tiger reserve, Rajasthan, served as the most beautiful and eye-capturing scene for the documentary to be shot to highlight Yashas tracking and photographing tigers in the wild on a Samsung phone.
Wildlife photography is a risky and challenging task, and its combination with shooting over the phone made it even tougher. When asked about the challenges that the team faced while taking pictures and making a whole film on the phone, they exclaimed how they knew for a fact that there's a story behind everything they see in the jungle, and there would be lots of opportunities to bring such stories on a screen. Also, the phone held very well with all the tough situations, and it had an incredible zoom feature which is key to wildlife photography. They have had some amazing wildlife sightings during filming. Along with this, Yashas added by saying, "It is great to see Discovery channel and WWF bring the whole world together by this initiative to conserve our tigers. I am glad to have played a small part in this and given a voice for this initiative."
Yashas Narayan is one of the youngest wildlife photographers to grab the attention of international channels like Discovery by his fine talent. The hard work put in by Yashas have manifested in the form of global media coming and shooting in India to express the hidden beauty this country beholds. Undoubtedly, Yashas has made India proud through this film and is now willing to work more to bring India to a much higher level in wildlife photography.
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