A computer engineer and an MBA, Rathika Ramasamy started her photography career as a hobby and soon became the most successful wildlife photographers of the country. Her interest in birds and their movements lead her to explore the wildlife and take up photography as a profession. She is also named as the first woman wildlife photographer of India.
Capturing the unpredictable wildlife is not an easy job. To capture every blink-and-you-miss moment, Rathika spends a lot of time understanding and observing the wildlife. She is a regular visitor of the well-known national parks across the country.
The precise study of their behaviours helps her create breathtaking photographs. Rathika emphasizes on having a subject in her pictures. Her documents of birds clearly indicate her love for them. Apart from this, she loves capturing action shots.
Rathika recalls “Snow White”, a photo of a white erget as one of her first favourie clicks.
“I sighted this white Egret near a water body. I was trying to frame vertically to include the branches of a tree. Fortunately, I got a green background. I could then capture this shot Snow White.” she said in an interview.
Amidst the terror, rare cute moments too can be observed in the wildlife. Rathika gracefully captured two nocturnal birds in Sambalpur national park.
The silence in the woods is deceptive and survival is no less than a challenge. A blink of an eye and an animal finds its prey. Capturing such action shots are very difficult but Rathika does it effortlessly.
The authenticity of Rathika’s pictures is what sets her apart from others. Rathika doesn’t believe in heavy post processing. Rather she spends time in the wild, observing and studying behaviours and patterns of the animals.
Rathika’s love for birds can be seen through her photos. She beautifully documents their variation in colours, sizes and patterns.
Finally, it is the warm candid moments depicting the beauty of life that can make anyone fall in love with nature. Rathika brilliantly captures that emotions though her lenses.