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WiLDiMAGES - Andy Young Photography

I am an evolutionary biologist seeking to capture something of the world.

My research frequently takes me to Africa's wild places, but much of my photography involves hunting for peculiar mammals on other continents. I have a particular interest in camera trapping and noctural photography. My two primary subjects are Humans and The Wild.

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Hand Luggage TARDIS

Want to fit all of this kit in to your hand luggage and then lug it around the bush in comfort at the other end? Then take a look at the F-Stop Loka. Tagging some photography on to a research trip invariably leaves me squeezing as much gear as possible in to as small a space as possible and a recent trip to the Kalahari was no exception. My experience with a new bag left me sufficiently stunned to put a note on here - this bag is a TARDIS. I managed to fit all of the above, plus a spotlight, in to my hand luggage for international and internal flights, no questions asked. Designed to fit neatly in to an overhead locker while providing the space, padding and environmental protection needed when lugging your kit in the wild, this bag does an exceptional job. It should cope equally well with the lugging of nappies, squeezy-food, soft toys and optics, all in a vomit-proof container - ideal for supporting the free-ranging antics of the grubs in the wild!

Otter family

Within the first couple of weeks, the Bushnell units have turned up footage of badgers, fox, roe deer, wood mouse, squirrel, and rabbits, but the highlight came when I gathered the SD cards in yesterday from the river; an otter family - presumably mother and two cubs. I forgot to set the date on the camera, but the times are right. Now I just need to finish building the full SLR camera trap rig, industrially waterproof it against water level changes, buy some waders, deploy and hope for the best!

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Kennall camera trap project

I've recently started a new photography project close to home in Cornwall. With a view to capturing some environmental portraits of elusive local mammals, I'm building a dSLR camera trap, using a great guide by Emmanuel Rondeau here. While I amass the necessary bits and bobs and break out the soldering iron and sealant gun, I've been deploying all-in-one Bushnell camera traps across some promising wild sites nearby to find the best areas for deploying the real deal once its finished. Fingers crossed...


Other camera trap blog posts...

Somerset House

Had a great fortnight in London over the summer. The highlight was an evening in front of Kurosawa's Throne of Blood at Somerset House - if you get a chance to hit the Film 4 Summer Screen festival, do it. You'll love it.

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