Now, as a Wildlife Photographer based in Greater Himalayan National Park in Kullu, he has been to nature photography for last eight years. He is passionate about birds and is specializing in wildlife photography. “I don’t consider myself as a professional photographer” says Nirlep. “Keep in mind that you don’t have to be a professional to capture great wildlife images!” he adds.
Since I discovered his Facebook page, full of GHNP Wildlife photos, I was looking to having a chat with him. One fine day I asked him about his profile to just know more about him and he told me that he is a retired officer from Himachal Pradesh Forest Department and now he enjoy capturing everything around him.
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1. How and why did you get into photography after your retirement?
Answer: Photography is my passion from a young age. Taking it up as a hobby after retirement is a planned decision. I decided how I want to spend my time and take the steps towards finding retirement happiness. Over the last eight years, I’ve shot more than 10,000 pictures as a self-taught wildlife photographer.
2. Who or what inspires you to do what you do and why?
Answer: There are three things that inspire me, and those are nature walk, meeting the new people that I encounter, and photographing all I see along the way; I merge all three hobbies regularly in my photo nature walks and, no matter what the outcome is, I have a great time.
3. Who are some of your favourite photographers? What makes them special?
Answer: I have always been impressed with the talent of Inder Paul and his great photography skills. He was working with me in Forest Department as a Professional Photographer, in many ways I looked up to him as one of my mentors.
I Also like Gitesh Gupta. I have always been inspired by his portrait photography. As a photographer myself, I managed to use some of his interesting techniques to get me out of photographical jams. I respect his photography wisdom and practicality.
4. What kind of equipment you use now?
Answer: I have a Nikon D7000 with Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens kit.