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Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C. area. Drawing inspiration from nature, Nikhil adopts novel approaches and seeks meaningful interpretations: to create photographs that transcend the commonplace, reflect deeper insights, and convey an enchantment of the subject's beauty.

An offshoot of Nikhil's fine art photography and love of nature is his documentation of wildlife behaviors and habitats. As a volunteer with the National Park Service and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, his goal is to portray environmental stories with an artistic appeal, so his photographs educate and motivate about the imperative of conservation.

Each year Nikhil leads several photography tours and instructional workshops in the United States and abroad. His teaching encourages participants to advance beyond ordinary photos and develop their own style and vision. Nikhil is a regular speaker at photography clubs, expos and industry events. He authored the acclaimed eBook, Creative Interpretations and writes articles on the creative and technical aspects of photography.

Nikhil's work has been published in a number of print and electronic media and his fine art prints have been widely exhibited in the Washington metropolitan area, and are part of many private collections.

Current photo gear includes the Nikon D5 and D850 camera bodies and a variety of lenses (see below). To view Nikhil's work, please visit the portfolios section. You can also follow his facebook page.


Current Camera Gear

Camera Bodies
Nikon D5
Nikon D850
Nikon Z7
Nikon D40x (converted to Infrared)

AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR
PC-E Micro Nikkor 85mm f/2.8D Manual Focus
Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Autofocus Lens
Nikon TC-14E III 1.4x Teleconverter for D-AF-S & AF-I Lenses

Support System
Gitzo Mountaineer GT-2531 tripod
Gitzo Systematic GT-3532LS tripod
Kirk BH-1 Ball Head
UniqBall UBH 45XC Ball Head
Wimberley WH-200 Gimbal Tripod Head II with Quick Release Base
Induro CM34 Carbon Fiber Monopod
Really Right Stuff MH-01 Pro head with standard screw-knob clamp
Wimberley arca swiss lens plates

Nikon MC-30 Remote Trigger Release
Nikon SB-910 Speedlight Shoe Mount Flash
Kenko Extension Tubes 12, 20, 36mm
Sandisk CompactFlash Memory Cards
Sony XQD Memory Cards
Promaster SystemPRO ReflectaDisc 5 in 1 Plus - 22'
Wimberley Plamp - Articulating Arm & Clamp

Singh-Ray Lighter, Brighter Polarizer
Singh-Ray Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter
Singh-Ray Mor-Slo 5 stop Neutral Density Filter
Singh-Ray Mor-Slo 10 stop Neutral Density Filter
Canon 500D Close-up Lens

Camera Bags
Lowepro Vertex 200 AW Backpack
Lowepro Mini Trekker AW Backpack
Think Tank Photo Airport Security V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag
Think Tank Photo Airport International V 2.0 Rolling Camera Bag
Think Tank Photo Airport 4-Sight Rolling Camera Bag

Software/Digital Darkroom
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography plan (Lightroom and Photoshop)
Topaz Labs plug-in bundle