The Daily Beast - Up Close With Wild Lions - The BeetleCam Project - March 13, 2012
U.K. based photographers and brothers, Will Burrard-Lucas and Matt Burrard-Lucas embarked on a project to get unique close-up, ground level photographs of African wildlife in 2009. They built the BeetleCam - a remote controlled buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top. Matt and Will travelled to Tanzania and used the buggy to get groundbreaking photographs of elephants and buffalo. However, they lost a camera and the BeetleCam was almost destroyed in the only encounter with a lion.
In 2011, two new BeetleCams were created, one with more advanced capabilities and one with an armoured shell. They returned to Africa to photograph the lions of the Masai Mara. BeetleCam received a battering but it survived, providing a spectacular portfolio of lion photographs, some of which are highlighted here.
Portrait of a male lion covered in flies.
Four boisterous lion cubs close in on BeetleCam. They later managed to abduct BeetleCam by carrying it off into the bushes!
A lioness investigating BeetleCam.
A male lion yawns while guarding his kill. This lion fastidiously chased away all vultures but didn't seemed to mind BeetleCam.
This lioness poked her nose into the frame as we were trying to photograph the young male lion, a sort of lion photobomb.
A grumpy male lion chewing on BeetleCam. This lion had it in for BeetleCam, invariable mauling the buggy whenever it was in sight.
This may look like a roaring lioness, but she was actually just yawning.
BeetleCam Armoured Edition photographing a male lion with it's kill (a wildebeest). This photograph was taken by BeetleCam Mark II.
An adorable young lion cub checks out BeetleCam.
The photographers behind the BeetleCam project, Will Burrard-Lucas (left) and Matt Burrard-Lucas (right) with two BeetleCams in Masai Mara, Kenya.
BeettleCam Mark II, equipped with a Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III, 16-35mm f/2.8 lens, dual Speedlite flashes and a GoPro Hero.
BeettleCam Armoured Edition, equipped with a Canon EOS 550D and 16-35mm f/2.8 lens.
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For more photos and video footage from the BeetleCam project, please visit www.burrard-lucas.com/beetlecam
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