Recently, we featured Ben Torode, a hobby photographer who shot some very amazing images of his kitten, Daisy. Of course, it helps that Daisy is perhaps the most adorable kitten in the world. Going on a different tangent in the genre of feline photography, this time we feature Will Burrard-Lucas, his ingenious custom-built BeetleCams, and his dramatic photos of lions and other wildlife in Africa.
The BeetleCam is an all-terrain remote-controlled vehicle equipped with a Canon DSLRs and a wide-angle lens. The purpose of these BeetleCams is simple: Roll up as close as possible to the lions and other wild animals and shoot them up close and personal. The original BeetleCam that Burrard-Lucas created in 2009 had a Canon 400D (Canon Rebel XTi) and a pair of speedlights mounted on top of it. Unfortunately, that camera was mauled by a lion during their first outing in 2009.
Since then, Burrard-Lucas created two more BeetleCams for their expedition last summer. One was an armored version of the original with a Canon 550D (Rebel T2i) mounted on it. The other BeetleCam was equipped with Canon 1Ds MK III and a video camera for HD video recording.
The images that these BeetleCam captured are simply incredible. The proximity and use of wild-angle lenses provided a new visceral experience to wildlife photography unlike anything before.
Check out the video and several sample images below to see the BeetleCams in action versus the lions of the Masai Mara.
Finally, you can see even more of Burrard-Lucas’s beautiful wildlife images on 500px.com.
Will Burrard-Lucas is a professional wildlife photographer from the UK who is currently spending a year in Zambia.