BeetleCams: DSLRs get up close with lions

We've always been of the opinion that no matter how good your photo of a lion is, it's no use if you had your head bitten of three seconds after taking it.

That's why we're impressed by the ingenuity of nature photographers William and Matthew and Burrard-Lucas who came up which a canny way of not going home from Kenya minus their noggins.

The brothers very wisely decided that the best way of getting near to the lions would actually be to keep their distance and just send their DSLRs to capture shots including a male feasting on wildebeest on the plains of the Masai Mara.

So they set about creating a device known as BeetleCam -- a DIY contraption which is remote controlled and houses their DSLRs -- and could be operated from the safety of an open-top Land Cruiser.
Writing on YouTube the pair -- first trialled the BeetleCam back in 2009 -- said: "BeetleCam is a remote control buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top.
"I created the first BeetleCam in 2009 in order to take close-up, wide-angle photographs of dangerous African animals.
"As you can see, it was an eventful trip! We managed to get some incredible photographs and video footage."

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