Christmas holidays trip to The Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales

This year (2013-14) I wanted to make the most of every day I have off college so when the Christmas holidays came along I wanted to take the opportunity to continue working on a project I have been working on for a few months now… For the past few years I have been really keen to get into Time-lapse, so when I finally learned how to capture them with my DSLR a few months ago, I was hooked! I have been practicing with time-lapsing sunsets and clouds moving across the sky and have really enjoyed it but after a while I wanted something a little different to time-lapse. I decided I wanted to capture some star time-lapses after being inspired by what I had seen on the web so I started looking for locations. Initially I wanted to go to the Lake District but I was told by a friend on twitter that the Brecon Beacons National Park in South Wales was one of the best places in the UK for stargazing and therefore a good location for time-lapsing stars! I did some research and ended up booking a cottage for 4 days and when the 27th of December came me and my dad packed all my gear into the car and headed for Wales! I ended time-lapsing the whole journey!

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When we arrived in Wales at the cottage we unpacked all the gear and I transferred the car journey time-lapse onto the hard drives to be compiled when I returned to London on New Years Eve.

 

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The next morning me and my dad walked up a smaller mountain close by and got some amazing views of the surrounding landscape and the nearby reservoir!

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Unfortunately with only 4 days I couldn’t revisit this location with my DSLR so these images taken with my Iphone will have to do!

As well as photographing Star time-lapses I also wanted to photograph daytime time-lapses, do a little bit of landscape photography and also photograph waterfalls.

I managed to visit some pretty amazing locations whilst I was in Wales and I got some nice images…

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I also edited a short montage with clips from the trip along with some recently photographed timelapse sequences. This will be available to watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/4Adms1_pjMc

I have got some really nice timelapses which I am going to hold back for while as I am using them in a film which will be uploaded later on in the year.

Anyway, thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed looking at the images!

Yusuf

Grey Wagtails, Herons, Rats and more!

Hi everyone!

I know its been months since I’ve uploaded anything… I’ve been really busy this year and haven’t had much time for photography unfortunately, however now that the year is coming to an end and I have more free time, I am starting to get out and about more!

This blog post is mainly about a shoot last Friday with fellow young Wildlife Photographer Gideon Knight.

Gideon kindly invited me to his local patch to photograph Grey Wagtails, he has been following a pair at his local patch for some time now and has got to know their behavior well… He has got some brilliant images of them too! On the way to the area in which Gideon photographs the Grey Wagtails, he showed me a couple of other spots that he photographs other wildlife at, including a lake in where he has photographed Grey Heron before.

It was at this point I got my first Images of a Grey Heron perched on the other side of the lake…

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Next we headed to a bird feeding station which had more rats and squirrels than birds! As much as people are somewhat disgusted by rats, they were hard to resist photographing… They are incredibly adventurous creatures and I managed to shoot a couple of images which I was happy with!

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I also managed to get some nice shots of a squirrel…

 

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Then we went down to the canal where Gideon photographs the Wagtails! We immediately saw one, but it flew away as soon as it saw us! We settled down and waited for the Wagtail to return and after a few minutes we spotted the other one but it was too far away to photograph. We spend a few hours trying to photograph them and in the end I came out with a few photographs I was happy with!

 

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Lastly before I left I managed to get a couple more shots which I thought were nice…

 

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It was a brilliant morning, so a big thanks to Gideon for inviting me over!

 

So… whats next for me?

Over the Christmas holidays I will be photographing the local Urban Foxes, and I will be filming them for a video I am currently shooting. Towards the end of the holidays I will be visiting the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, in the hope of photographing some time-lapse sequences! I am also going to be writing a few reviews so be sure to look out for those after Christmas!

 

To keep up to date with my work, please follow me on twitter @wildyusuf

Thanks for reading!

Yusuf

 

Richmond Rut

Last year I photographed the Red Deer Rut at Richmond Park for the very first time and I thoroughly enjoyed it! This year I went back for some more, however with a different focus, this time I was after some footage of the deer instead of Images!

I first visited last Saturday and found that the Rut hadn’t fully kicked off yet, all I saw was a few stags bellowing and a group of young stags practicing fighting with each other. Also the beautiful light and mist wasn’t there.

This morning I went back, I got there at around 5am and waited for a while. I finally went in through the pedestrian gate at around 5:45am and was overwhelmed by the amount of mist! I could barely see four meters in front of me, however I could tell already that It was going to be a great morning!

Me and another cameraman who I am working with at the moment quickly got to the location that we filmed at last week before first light and set up our gear. One of the photography techniques I have been having a go at recently as you may know is Timelapse. I really wanted to capture the sun rising over the park so I set up my gear and waited for the sun to emerge from the mist. The other cameraman I was with headed off into the forest in search of the Deer.

At first I was after a wide shot and as the sun started to rise I got a timelapse going, then after a little while the mist started to rise and the visibility was again quite poor so I stopped the timelapse and prepared for another closer up shot of the sun rising. Luckily after a few minutes the mist cleared a bit revealing the sun rising behind it! I quickly pressed the start button and the cameras started shooting. Bellow are two shots, one from each timelapse I shot.

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Unfortunately the timelapses wont be uploaded any time soon as I am working on different timelapses as part of a project I am currently working on, so as soon as I finish the project they will all be uploaded as a montage or a short timelapse film.

Towards the end of shooting the second timelapse some young Male Red Deer walked out right in front of me, so I couldn’t help getting some Images of them.

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I hope to go back a few more times before the Rut comes to an end get some more footage, hopefully of some stags fighting!

Anyway I hope you liked the images, I will be sure to post more Images on twitter in the coming weeks so follow me on twitter if you haven’t already @wildyusuf

Thanks for reading!

Yusuf

A trip to Dubai!

Hi everyone!

I know I haven’t blogged or uploaded any pictures for quite some time, unfortunately I haven’t had much time to get out photographing wildlife however I have been photographing and filming other things! Last month I was contacted and commissioned to photograph and film a luxury villa in Dubai! Being me of course I took the offer up and next thing I knew I was on a plane to Dubai!
Whilst I was in Dubai I spent most of my time working, filming and photographing for the client, however in what breaks from filming I had I tried to get out to do some photography of my own. I also went quad biking and jet skiing which was quite fun!

On one of the days I had free I went to a place known as “Ras Al Khor” which was where Wildlife Cameraman John Aitchison filmed flamingos for the BBC series “Wild Arabia”. On the day I went It was incredibly hot and as it was the middle of summer the tide had gone way out, and so had the flamingos. Luckily the day before I managed to buy a teleconverter for my lens so I had a little extra reach… I will probably upload bits of footage at some point but below are some Images for now.. Not great, but decent record shots nonetheless…

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Towards the end of my trip I got an opportunity to go to the viewing point on the 124th floor of the “Burj Khalifa” which if you didn’t know, is the tallest building in the world! It was quite busy but I managed to get take some Images. Here are a couple of images from that day:

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So… What’s next for me?

Well, In the coming weeks I will be working for another client (again not wildlife related unfortunately) filming supercars! I will post more on that later and I will post BTS shots to twitter.

Also this year I want to get back to Richmond park for the annual Red Deer rut! I really enjoyed photographing there last year so hopefully I will do more of that this year!

Thanks for reading,

Yusuf.

Bluebells

Last weekend I went In search of Bluebells! I have seen bluebells in my garden and in the local park but just a few bluebells in a flowerbed isn’t what I was after, I was after a spectacle which we in the UK are lucky enough to have in the spring every year. I wanted so see a beautiful British woodland carpeted with bluebells for as far as the eye can see! After doing some research online and after being tipped off that there was an amazing bluebell woodland by a friend I was off to film and photograph the amazing flowers! I Also found some Rapeseed fields on my way there so I got some images of them as well!

I hope you like them!

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New camera… Finally!

Finally, after what felt like ages without a camera, I now have one! I’m back!

I recently purchased a Canon 5DmkIII (Yes… I left Nikon :( ) I also bought two lenses… A 70-200 f2.8 and a 17-40 f4. Although these lenses wont allow me to photograph wildlife at a distance but what they will do is force me to improve my field craft so I can get closer to the wildlife I am photographing, they will also force me to be more creative, trying out different techniques of photography, for example, Remote photography. Another technique I hope to learn and use over the coming months is Timelapse photography. Timelapse is something I’ve been wanting to get into for some time… and now that I finally have the opportunity, I wont let it slip!

I look forward to testing it very soon!

Yusuf.