Hedgehog Conservation Project

Here is a blog post I wrote for The Royal Parks Foundation recently, along with a short video I made about the Hedgehog conservation project they were working on. Its not perfect but a good piece for my portfolio nonetheless. Let me know what you think! http://www.supporttheroyalparks.org/news_and_updates/blogs/1246_late_night_volunteering_to_capture_hedgehogs_on_film

I have also uploaded some Images to Flickr that I took whilst documenting the project: https://www.flickr.com/photos/yusufakh/sets/72157649263458145

Heading North

Since the summer holidays were coming to an end and I had just got hold of a new piece of kit we decided we would have one last trip… We decided to go up north and stay at my uncle’s house in Preston and have day trips to several locations an hour or two away from there.

When we got there on Monday it was early afternoon so we sat and caught up with my cousins who I hadn’t seen for many years! After a few hours talking and flying the quadcopter above their house we decided to visit a location close by called the forest of Bowland. Unfortunately when we arrived it was quite windy so I made the decision not to fly the quadcopter but to focus on taking landscape and panoramic images instead.

The next day we woke up around 7ish, had breakfast and headed to our next location: the Lake District! I’ve wanted to visit the lakes for many years but never got the chance so it was good to finally be going. When we got there we enjoyed beautiful views of mountains over the vast lakes. We were also surprised to see RAF fighter jets passing by on their low flying exercises – it was quite something!

We parked up and walked for a bit until we found a field which was pretty empty other than a small herd of cows so we took the quadcopter into the air to get some nice footage.

After getting back to the car we drove a short distance to a woodland and we went for another walk along a beautiful woodland river until we got to the bottom of one of the mountains.

On our way home we found somewhere to stop alongside a quiet road which happened to be right next to a lake with mountains in the background, this was a perfect opportunity to take the quadcopter up to get some aerial shots…

On our third and final day we decided to first visit the city of York and then drive to the nearby Yorkshire Dales.

After lunch in York we made our way to the Dales. When we finally got there we looked for a place to stop and ended up finding a small castle up in the hills. I knew would be a great place to take the quadcopter up and get some nice aerial views. We decided to go for a quick walk in the hills and then fly the quad copter over the castle on our way back. When we took up the quadcopter a bit later we were amazed at the views we were getting, I practiced getting a few shots following my dad as he walked in the hills and then we took the quadcopter up next to the castle and were rewarded with some cool footage!

Here are some Images from the trip:

Sheep in the Dales

Grazing Cows

River Long Exposure

Lakeside Hotel

Mountain Waterfall

Driving in the Lake District

Yorkshire Dales Sunset

I also practiced shooting panoramic images whilst up north, here are a few examples:

Farmland Panorama

Sunset Panorama

I have lots planned for the coming months so hopefully I should be uploading things fairly regularly, to keep up to date follow me on twitter @wildyusuf

I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and looking at the images!

Yusuf

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