Shaaz Jung @shaazjung

Naturalist, photographer, cinematographer & big cat specialist. I run wildlife lodges in India & Africa. Currently filming for National Geographic.

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6 days ago

The jungle, full of murk, full of mystery. Hidden between these trees lie many untold truths and at dawn I unlocked a secret of the monsoon; the infamous Indian Sloth Bear. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #nikonz7 #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #earthpix #kabini

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2 weeks ago

This was shot on the new Nikon Z7. The light was low, the leopardess was treed up by Wild Dogs and we knew her descent was going to be fast. We positioned at a distance, far enough to give her ample space but I chose to use a 600mm prime that would be tight enough to get a full frame vertical. I didn’t want to push my ISO past 1000 and to gain a faster shutter on Aperture priority I underexposed by -1. I was still not fast enough but this was a potential print worthy sighting and my aim was to get a picture with the Z7 at 45 megapixels rather than using my D4s that would have given me a higher FPS. At a shutter of 1/500 I knew the only way to possibly get this right was with a slight pan. The dogs vanished into the distance and within seconds she started to descend. Fortunately she gave us a quick look before the final descent and that allowed me to lock my focus. As she descended in quintessential leopard like fashion, I gently panned in the same direction of her movement. As you can see, the bark of the tree and foreground is slightly out of focus due to the motion blur created by the pan, but the leopard is tact sharp. The results of the camera and pan were astonishing. There was no noise, beautiful colours, and a full frame leopardess leaping in full frame dimensions of 8000x5000 pixels. . . Note: Firstly, I couldn’t have done this without understanding the tree first. Always take a minute to study the tree the leopard is on. Understand the angle of its branches and predict how she may descend. This allows you to position yourself better. Secondly, understanding and respecting your subject is equally important. Give them space whilst knowing what comes next, makes it easier for you pre-visualise and compose your frame. We’ve followed this leopardess we call Mist for 8 years now. This is the 5th time we’ve seen her get treed up by Dogs. Older leopards like Mist prefer to descend face up but when troubled by Dogs they always descend facedown to see if the path ahead is safe to sprint into. Facedown means a much faster leopard which requires and a whole different array of settings. . . #nikonasia #nikonindiaofficial #nikonz7 #shaazjung #wildlifephotography

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3 weeks ago

In a valley of silence, I drifted into its cosmos, carried away by the first winds, like last leaves from trees of the ancient. There I sat, beneath the night and waited for the coming of dawn. Silhouettes of branches, like out stretched arms, crept through dying starlight. Silver dew-laden grass shimmered as the forming of poltergeist-white mist buried the forest in obscurity. There’s something inexplicably beautiful about misty mornings; it’s opacity doesn’t allow you to see far. The uncertainty keeps you anticipating but you’re never quite ready for what’s to come. There was no greater thrill than discovering the unknown, no greater feeling than loosing yourself in this jungles esoteric wisdom. The cuckoo sang to the effortless artistry of how the first light painted the night away with its infinite palette of colours. Dawn had arrived and I couldn’t think of a better place to be alive. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #nature #tiger #love #wildlifephotography #wildlife #kabini #earthpix

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4 weeks ago

In the winds of dawn, no wolves shall howl, no owls shall fly, yet the night still walks. . . Shot on the new mirrorless Nikon Z7. . . #shaazjung #natgeowild #nikonasia #nikonindiaofficial #nikonz7 #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #earthpix #blackpanther #kabini

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4 weeks ago

“Respect the darkness, you don’t want it to come alive”. . . I’ll never forget those words from the Masai on my first visit to Africa. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #wildlife #nature #africa #lion #wildlifephotography #earthpix

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5 weeks ago

To whisper the meaning of life in your ear, just before they make your life disappear. . . A Screengrab from the RED Camera as we filmed a Hawk Eagle and Palm Squirrel dancing with death. . . #shaazjung #natgeowild #nature #wildlife #earthpix #wildlifephotography

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5 weeks ago

Shadows of the undergrowth, full of murk, full of mystery. Witch-light creeps deep to reveal its tapestry. My pen like a wand that yields infinite imagery, of silver-lit corridors and moonlit trickery. Giants walk hidden with the powers of this wizardry, I hold the torch of time so stand next to me and feel the weight of a thousand tusks buried in history. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #nikonindiaofficial #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #earthpix

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last month

Damn it feels good to be back. Here’s a teaser from this morning. The rains have turned this forest into a vibrant green and it suits no one better than the master of the monsoon. I can’t wait to see what this new season has to offer. Stay tuned for updates! . . #shaazjung #nature #kabini #earthpix #earthcapture #wildlifephotography #wildlife #blackpanther #natgeowild

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Shadows of the past, like whispers in the wind, legends that have passed, may the birds of life sing. . . Here’s a shot of Bella, one of my favourite tigresses. She was old and it’s been many months since we’ve seen her. Something tells me I won’t see her again, but the memories of her shall forever be etched in this forest and my mind. . . #shaazjung #natgeo #nikonasia #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography

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Drift down the mystic river and find its soul. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeo #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #tiger #kabini #earthpix

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Leopardess of Light . . Shot on the Nikon Mirrorless Z7 . . #shaazjung #natgeowild #nikonasia #nikonZ7 #nikonindiaofficial

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Bambi & Bhageera . . Welcome to the real world. . . #shaazjung #natgeowild #nikonaska #earthpix #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #kabini #love

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The forest is an endless abyss where we are often reminded that our existence is a little ray of light between two eternal darknesses. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #nature #tiger #wildlife #wildlifephotography #earthpix #kabini

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April 2019

Shape shift like the clouds on a storm born sky, move like a silhouetted murder of crows that fly, drift like summer leaves as their trees bid goodbye, like souls in the wind when the ghostbirds cry, deep in the day when the light starts to die, the first of the black swans will learn how to fly. . . #shaazjung #natgeowild #nikonasia #earthpix #earthcapture #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #love #blackpanther #kabini

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March 2019

As the storm dies, let the wind sing lullabies, watch leopards rise with the rain kissed summer skies. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #wildlife #nature #leopard #africa #tanzania #wildlifephotography #earthpix #love

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March 2019

We’ve shared the last five years together and there are days where he loves to pose and days where he loves giving me the paw🖕🏼 #shaazjung #blackpanther #nikonasia #natgeowild #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #earthpix #earthcapture #love #kabini

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March 2019

I’ve always been fascinated By the leopardesses oracular fashion. Her mysterious ways will forever perplex me but what baffles me most are her whiskers and how she uses these sensory appendages to interpret and navigate the world around her. Each whisker has over a hundred nerve receptors that can pass information to other parts of her body. She uses them to sense even the smallest vibrations, like the changing of air currents, to help her decipher the environment in a way no human can. The diameter of her whiskers is wider than the width of her body, allowing her to accurately judge the distance between objects. This is most useful when hunting at night as she can map the nearby vegetation and approach prey with incredible agility and silence. . . We call this leopardess ‘Mist’ and in the early hours of a misty morning, her white whiskers stood strong against shadows of the fading night; a night where she experienced a world we will forever be blind to. What a magnificent creature. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #nature #leopard #wildlife #wildlifephotography #earthpix #earthcapture #love

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March 2019

The ‘Last of the Giants’ was a mini series where I portrayed mighty tuskers in monochrome. I added the element of fading mist and clouds to signify how they’re quickly vanishing. . . This image was a bestseller during my recent exhibition titled ‘Light & Shadows’. Standing 6ft tall, this print doesn’t do justice to his actual might but it gets pretty close. . . You can now download the catalogue and order prints from Light & Shadows. Visit www.shaazjung.com (link in bio ). . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #earthpix #elephant #kabini #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography #earthcapture #love

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March 2019

The arrival of the birds, the rising of the sun, the gathering of herds, the forest now as one, the dragonflies are here, summer light in their wings, the spiders weave their webs with magic in their strings, the turtle doves call, the last leaves fall, birdsong in the wind, welcome to the Butterfly Ball. . . Here’s a photograph of Kismet, the resident tigress, and her son. The love he has for her is unquestionable. They are absolutely inseparable but what I loved most about this sighting was to just sit there and imbibe how alive the jungle was on that summer evening. We sat on a little hillock with four tigers around us as flocks of parakeets glided by. The babblers babbled, the hawk cuckoo sang, distant cries of deer and the unmistakable hooting of a Fish Owl occasionally filled the air. Dragonflies, bees, butterflies were plentiful and the forest looked in absolute harmony as the cubs called out to their mother. It was truly ethereal and the this coming together of wildlife is something I like to call the Butterfly Ball. If you’re quiet and patient enough, you might just be invited to one. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #earthpix #earthcapture #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #love #tiger #kabini

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March 2019

Look closely. Here lurk two of Kabini’s undefeated and most iconic. To your right stands the past and the present. His eternal scars as deep as the woods, his story forever etched in time. To your left stands the future. He who summons the night and holds the moon in his eyes. This is the endless journey of Scarface and the rise of the Panther. Two kings, both masters of one forest. Respect . . An artistic edit of Scarface and the Black Panther. My past, present and future. . . #shaazjung #natgeowild #scarface #panther #nikonasia #earthcapture #earthpix #wildlife #nature #love #wildlifephotography #kingsofkabini

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March 2019

Sundown, listen. Death of the songbirds rhythm, birth of the ghost-birds wisdom, flight of the nights first owl silhouetted as the skies turn crimson. Moonrise kingdom. In the silver-lit jungle where the grass blades glisten, some stay hidden. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #earthpix #earthcapture #wildlifephotography #wildlife #nature #blackpanther #love

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February 2019

Leopards of the first light. . . I’m sorry for the lack of activity on my page recently. We are in the final stages of wrapping up our current session of filming for @natgeowild and it’s been an intense, yet very rewarding, last few weeks. . . Here’s an image shot yesterday morning of the Sunkadakatte leopardess and her new cub. This family have stolen our hearts this year and have gifted us some wonderful opportunities. . . #shaazjung #natgeowild #nikonasia #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #earthcapture #earthpix

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February 2019

Embers that glow in the shadows that grow. . . #shaazjung #natgeowild #nikonasia #panther #earthpix #earthcapture #nature #wildlife #wildlifephotography

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February 2019

Timeless, days don’t count in the forest of truth, where leopards stay submerged in the fountain of youth. . . It’s been a decade since we christened him Scarface, a decade since I had my first encounter with Boor. Between these trees, I’ve witnessed the making of two iconic leopards, an eternal pair. Their timeless journey signifies how insignificant change is in a forest that remains resolute. Ten years have passed and here they were, still creating life on ancient trees, still as deft as the summer breeze. . . Photographed with the Nikon Z7 @nikonasia @nikonindiaofficial #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #nikonz7 #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #leopard #earthpix #earthcapture #love

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January 2019

The crooked branches of the Butea Monosperma sparked a flame with her fiery flowers. Her tri-foliate leaves represented the three powerful gods of Hinduism; Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu. Every evening, as the setting sun sparks the tree to life, the trio summons its three most powerful elements; light, the rising moon and a golden leopardess. . . There’s a beautiful world out there full of history and unending mystery. Find the moon that rises over the Flame of the Forest tree and you will find her most prized possession. . . Shot on Nikon Z7 @nikonasia #shaazjung #nikonasia #nikonz7 #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #earthcapture #earthpix #love #leopard #natgeo #natgeowild

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January 2019

Who knew that the winds of Kymara would someday bring home a creature that would slowly become the soul of this forest. He rules the tallest trees, commands the flight of ravens, directs the clouds and brings new order to a timeless jungle that now radiates around his enigmatic aura. He is the perfect paradox and without a doubt the hardest cat I have ever tracked. He is my biggest challenge and my greatest reward. This is not a Marvel movie or a Kipling story for he is as real as the monsoon rain and he is here. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #earthpix #earthcapture #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #love

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January 2019

It is he who holds the two crescent moons, he who summons the light, he who treads the silver-lit corridors, he who controls the night. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #natgeowild #earthpix #earthcapture #natgeo #love

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January 2019

Find your way by the moonlight and walk with those who shine bright. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #wildlife #wildlifephotography #earthpix #earthcapture #natgeowild #tiger #love

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January 2019

In the depths of winter, this leopardess signified the inevitable summer that was soon to come. January is here and the winds of change carry fallen leaves from the ever-changing deciduous trees. This is when the leopard shines its brightest and art is naturally created through light as a brush. . . This image was shot on the new #nikonz7 mirrorless camera and a #nikon 600mm FL lens. The picture quality is absolutely spectacular and the 45 megapixels allow you to comfortably crop in without loosing any detail. Details: Aperture priority, spot metering, Exposure -1.7, ISO 320, F4. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #nikonindiaofficial #nikonmirrorless #natgeowild #wildlife #wildlifephotography #nature #love #earthpix #earthcapture

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January 2019

There’s infinite hope, keep searching, for it’s deep in the darkness where life starts emerging. . . Earth has lost half its wildlife in the past forty years but there’s still hope. The aim of my portrait series at my recent exhibition was to signify light at the end of the tunnel. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #wildlife #lion #nature #earthpix #earthcapture #love

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January 2019

Dawn of a new year, full of moments that have never been. A windstorm of change beckons and may the leopard find you this year as a better man. . . Happy New Year to all of you. Thank you for making 2018 everything it was. This Instagram family has taken me to the most beautiful places and introduced me to the most wonderful people. I hope all of you find what you’re looking for this year. Lots of love from the unending bush and see you in the wilderness. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #wildlife #wildlifephotography #earthpix #earthcapture #leopard #newyear #2019 #love

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December 2018

Will you still be there, When the mist fades away, And giants of the last march, Gently fade to grey, A summer breeze of dead leaves, Shall slowly pave the way, As giants of the last march, Are summoned to their grave. . . The elephant population can be awfully deceptive. Don’t be fooled by their numbers just because they move in large herds. They may have a large presence geographically but we’ve lost over 60 percent of elephants in the last decade, averaging a hundred deaths a day. . . Like the fading mist, you are witnessing a massive vanishing. . . #shaazjung #nikonasia #wildlife #wildlifephotography #earthpix #love #earthcapture

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