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Wasil Khan (WK) Interview

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)


Keywords: gator, snakes, spiders, birds, wildlife, photography, wk

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Savannah, Georgia sounds like a photographer’s dream steeped in history, scenery and culture as well as weather that according to Wasil Khan, “has provided a wonderful opportunity to pursue my hobby of photographing nature subjects in all seasons of the year.”  Wasil also states that he is close to, “many types of natural habitats” which is obvious from the fascinating images he has posted on Nikonians.

Wasil’s choices of subjects and type of photography reveal the close-up and tiny world that sometimes goes unnoticed.

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American Alligator
Nikon D800, 200-500mm @ f/5.6, 1/800s, ISO 800
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“I especially enjoy macro/close-up photography, but have been shooting more general wildlife also since acquiring a Nikkor 200-500mm zoom and the convenience that comes along with it. My favorite subjects are animals that don’t enjoy widespread popularity like reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates like insects, spiders, etc.   I like to capture images of these animals that show their often-overlooked beauty.”

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Twin-flagged Jumping Spider
Nikon D800, 105mm @ f/16, 1/250s, ISO 200
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His involvement with Nikonians began as with many other Nikonians, searching.  “I joined Nikonians in the spring of 2004 around the time I bought my first digital SLR, a Nikon D70. I found the group by searching for information about my new camera online.  After observing for a few weeks, I was impressed with the congenial and supportive atmosphere of Nikonians, prompting me to purchase a membership.  The excellent images produced by my fellow Nikonians and their willingness to share their knowledge and techniques have provided both inspiration and the means for me to improve my own photography skills.”

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Golden Hour Great Blue Heron
Nikon D800, 200-500mm @ f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 500
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“Nikonians is a great place to share with others who hold similar interests”, Wasil observes and adds, “It’s a place where one may learn about all aspects of photography while, at the same time, gain satisfaction from providing guidance to others when possible. This is one of the main reasons I think I will always be a Nikonian.”

 

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Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
180mm @ f/10, 1/160s, ISO 500
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He adds insightful comments on increasing the breadth of enjoyment in life with the following statements.  “If you enjoy photography, make time for it. We all have busy lives but you have to take time out on a regular basis to look at the world through a camera lens. You often see wondrous things that can keep you amazed and wanting to learn.”

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Last Great Egret of Summer
200-500mm @ f/5.6, 1/400s, ISO 500
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With some apparent regret Wasil relates an experience to which any photographer can relate.  “I will always remember the day my first D70 died. After many years of going with me wherever and whenever to capture images in all types of situations, it fell off my tripod into a pond while I was trying to photograph a Florida Softshell turtle. I retrieved it but even after storing it for weeks in dry rice, it never revived.  Even after owning several more capable cameras since then, I still fondly remember that old camera.”

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Eastern Garter Snake
Nikon D800, 180mm @ f/16, 1/10s, ISO 400
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Thanks to you, Wasil for sharing some thoughts and great images with us and helping us to get to know you a little better.  We will all be looking forward to see what mysterious and beautiful creatures you have to show us in the future.

 

Originally written on February 20, 2018

Last updated on March 6, 2018

Marsha Edmunds Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2)

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5 comments

harish unnikrishnan (harishu) on March 2, 2018

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hi nice article and some wonderful shots. is the shutter speed correct? if it is, wouldn't the tongue appear blurred? Eastern Garter Snake Nikon D800, 180mm @ f/16, 1/10s, ISO 400 harish

Srinivasamurthy Prakash (niknac37) on February 22, 2018

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Kudos to Wasil Khan for having done a commendable job of recording nature and the lives there over a decade now. Every hobby photographer has a story to tell about his experience with his gear, sad about that D70. Marsha well written article. Pakku

Russell Whittemore (rosewood_ltd) on February 21, 2018

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A deserving subject for Marsha's series. I really like your vision and creativity, Wasil. The images have a real unique feel to them that make them stand out. I like your creative decision to explore visual interest and beauty in subjects that most others would pass by.

David Summers (dm1dave) on February 21, 2018

Awarded for high level knowledge and skills in various areas, most notably in Wildlife and Landscape Writer Ribbon awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Nikonians community Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015

Nice article and as always your photography is outstanding. Thank you for sharing and for many years of contributions to our community.

Marsha Edmunds (meadowlark2) on February 21, 2018

Donor Ribbon awarded for her support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Fellow Ribbon awarded for her continuous encouragement and meaningful comments in the spirit of Nikonians. Donor Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2015 Ribbon awarded for her generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2017

Hey Wasil, Your article is getting some interest on Facebook. It was great working with you on this article. Looking forward to seeing more from you in the future.

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