In 2009 I embarked on a project to get unique, close-up, ground level photographs of African wildlife. To achieve this I built BeetleCam; a remote controlled buggy with a DSLR camera mounted on top. I travelled to Tanzania and used the buggy to get groundbreaking photographs of elephants and buffalo. However, I lost a camera and BeetleCam was almost destroyed in the first encounter with a lion.
I returned home and published “The Adventures of BeetleCam”. The story quickly was very popular but I wasn’t entirely satisfied… just imagine what I could get with a lion-proof BeetleCam!
Well, in 2011 I set about creating two new BeetleCams; one with more advanced capabilities and one with an armoured shell. I returned to Africa to photograph the lions of the Masai Mara. BeetleCam received a battering but it survived and I came back with a portfolio of lion photographs that exceeded all my expectations! To view the results from the trip to Kenya, continue to “BeetleCam Project 2011“.
In 2012 I moved to Zambia for a year. I took a new version of the BeetleCam and used it to photograph new creatures such as leopards and African wild dogs. To view the results from the year, go to “BeetleCam Project 2012-2013“.
The new BeetleCam, now available from Camtraptions!
On returning to the UK in 2013, I developed a new version of BeetleCam with a stronger, lighter protective shell and more advanced capabilities. I have also founded Camtraptions to develop new remote and camera trap products for photographers.