I’ve been showing my advanced classes how to use remote camera controls with camrangers, smartphones, ipads, laptops, etc. It’s a great way to control your gear without touching the camera. Well…that’s great, but if you’re trying to photograph wild animals, you gotta add some way to get the camera there without getting mauled. Like a remote control car. Check out what happens in this article I found on Viral Wire:
A pride of lions were lounging around in the shade of a tree in the wilds of Botswana, Africa, minding their own business when a mysterious object rolled their way and stopped. Curiosity aroused, all eight lions got up and approached the odd-looking contraption with four wheels.
As the felines moved in, New Zealand photographer Chris McLennan captured amazing, hard-to-get, close-up photos via his remote control camera buggy, the object of the lions’ attention. Using another camera, he also got photos of the curious lions checking out his 4×4 buggy.
The humorous reaction from the lions is what you might expect playing cat and mouse with the family cat. Perhaps just as amusing is the “whoa” reaction by McLennan and his friends as they viewed the amazing photos the remote control camera buggy captured. McLennan caught it all on video. The action starts soon after he explains how he set up the camera:
I didn’t think I’d ever think a lion chewing on a camera a bit would be this hilarious.