Happy New Year everyone!
First of all, sorry for the lack of updates to this blog. Since returning from Zambia in August, a couple of projects have been keeping me rather busy: BeetleCopter and Camtraptions.
BeetleCopter is the next instalment of the BeetleCam Project. I have built a remote-control multirotor copter for my camera (actually, I have built several to accommodate different sized cameras ranging from a GoPro up to Canon 5D Mark III). The camera is attached to a stabilised gimbal suspended under the body of copter.
Last month I took my new BeetleCopters to the Serengeti in Tanzania for testing. The following footage is a result of two weeks of experimentation. It was shot on a GoPro Hero 3+ (I could have used a larger camera but the lighter GoPro gave me longer flight times). To get this footage I was sometimes a kilometre away from the copter, operating it via a live video feed. These devices have incredible potential in wildlife filmmaking and photography; they are quieter and more manoeuvrable than a normal helicopter so they can get closer to animals with minimal disturbance. I will soon be returning to Africa with my BeetleCopters so make sure you follow me on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to be the first to see the results!
Now, without further ado, I present BeetleCopter in the Serengeti:
My second announcement of the year is the launch of Camtraptions.
Camtraptions is a company that I have set up to develop products for remote and camera trap photography. The initial product line consists of BeetleCams and Remote-control Copters. We will soon also be launching new products for camera trap wildlife photography. For news and announcements about the latest product developments, please subscribe to the Camtraptions newsletter.
I wish you all the very best for 2014!