Resting but alert to what is going on around. This tigress was about six metres away and presented me with an unexpected difficulty. The lens fitted to my camera had a minimum focal length of 100mm and I couldn't get the whole animal. I had to change to a less powerful lens as quickly as possible, while holding on to a swaying elephant and trying not to drop anything. Getting down to retrieve equipment was not an option.
Location: Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve, Madhya Pradesh
Photographer: John Whittles