The Importance of Wildlife and its Conservation – A Talk with Debopriyo Shome

The natural wonders of our world which maintain our ecological balance and helps the world to thrive is on a crisis. Humanity and its elements have destroyed nature and wildlife in such a heinous way that a 16-Year-old girl, who should be enjoying her teens is instead in a global fight against world leaders to save the future generation. Alarming data and reports are pouring in every day and the numbers look seriously bad for the planet Earth.

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The number of wild animals living on Earth is set to fall by two-thirds by 2020, according to a new report, part of a mass extinction that is destroying the natural world upon which humanity depends.

The analysis, the most comprehensive to date, indicates that animal populations plummeted by 58% between 1970 and 2012, with losses on track to reach 67% by 2020. Researchers from WWF and the Zoological Society of London compiled the report from scientific data and found that the destruction of wild habitats, hunting and pollution were to blame.

The collapse of wildlife is, with climate change, the most striking sign of the Anthropocene, a proposed new geological era in which humans dominate the planet. “We are no longer a small world on a big planet. We are now a big world on a small planet, where we have reached a saturation point,” said Prof Johan Rockström, executive director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre, in a foreword for the report.

Source : The Guardian

On this note, we are trying to do a series of talking more about Wildlife Conservation by interviewing Wildlife Photographers who are making a difference with their work. Starting the series with young Debopriyo Shome from Kolkata. To know more about him and his views on wildlife.

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Q: Would you kindly introduce yourself to our reader? On which project are you working currently?

Ans: Hey, this is Debopriyo and I am 18 years Old and I am a Kolkata based photographer.

Debopriyo Shome

Q: What attracts you to your genre? Whose work has influenced you most in your early days? What inspired you to choose wildlife photography in particular?

Ans:- The most attractive thing in wildlife photography is challenges you don’t know what will
happen or how the animal will react you just know that it’s a challenge for me that how will I able to
get a better output.
Varun Aditya, Sudhir Shivaram
First of all my brother inspired me for wildlife photography and challenges inspired me for choosing
wildlife photography.

Q: What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Ans: To be true I have got some prizes and certificates but these can’t be called as my greatest
achievements. I am just focusing on clicking and rest will be decided afterward.
But, yes I can proudly tell that my greatest achievement was to convince my parents for buying me a DSLR camera after showing my work to them. I have to wait for 1 year to get a camera so this can be
called as one of my greatest achievements.

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Q: Is it important to have any professional training to be a photographer? Did you have any at the
time you set of your journey?

Ans- No, not at all just focus on framing and clicking and you will get your results soon.
No I didn’t did any professional training. I trained myself to become a photographer and after all
these if you are facing problems then Internet is their for you.

Q: Which is your preferred lens and why?

Ans:- My personal favorites lenses are 200-500mm for professionals and if u are a beginner then 70-300 is there for you.

Q: What are the main challenges that you face as a wildlife photographer? How do you plan a shoot?

Ans:- Each and everything in wildlife photography is a challenge whether it’s framing or composition
or tracking so they can’t be specified.
Firstly I decide the place then I do some research on the place then I make a plan that at what time it
will be the best for getting all types of species then I rest my case on nature.

Q: What are your views on ethical methods for photography, when it comes to photographing animals in their natural habitats?

Ans: 1-Be respectful of your subjects.
2-Minimize disturbances
3-Do your research
4-Remember that you’re a visitor 5-Approach only with caution
6-Blend In

Q. Kindly enlighten our readers on the importance and your views on the conservation of Wildlife. Why is it important, how does it impact climate change?

2-For recreation
3-For aesthetical value

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Q. Can you say about the current trends/status of conservation of any particular animal that you love photographing or have photographed extensively?

Ans :- The current trends for animals are black panther or black leopard and tigers. My personal favourites are tigers they are so gorgeous and elegant that you never get bored after watching them
so many times.

Q: What is your favorite picture that you have clicked and why? Could you explain the background story behind it?

Ans: My favourite picture is a picture of butterfly clicked by me. It’s my favourite because for the first time I clicked a picture on my DSLR and it was a butterfly and touchwood after posting the unedited picture I got so much responses I felt very happy so this picture is one of my favourite of

Q: How important is editing in wildlife photography? Which post-processing software you use for your pictures?

Ans: To be true I don’t think editing is always important but at some point of time it plays a vital role for your picture so somehow it is important. Till now I don’t have a pc or laptop so I have to
complete my editing on the phone. I use mostly Snapseed.

Q: What advice would you give to young photographers who are just starting out and considering pursuing a career in wildlife photography?

Ans: Just take your camera and go out of your home and click whatever you like just try to make the picture beautiful and you will be able to achieve your aims. Don’t take wildlife photography as a career, take it as a passion that u love to do.

Q: Lastly, any message for our blog? Thank you for your time!

Ans: Thanks to the team of weekend trivia for this lovely collaboration looking forward to more collaboration all the best.

Thank you, Debopriyo, for taking out time to talk to us, and having such a wonderful and important conversation. We look forward to your continuously bringing more beauty to our feed!

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