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Mahmood & Khaled rest after trekking amongst El-Khiyam "The Tent

Mahmood & Khaled rest after trekking amongst The Tents, White Desert, Egypt

This post is written for British Exploring Society’s expedition to Namibia summer 2014 but will be of interest for anyone taking a camera into a desert for a prolonged period of time. For some examples of my desert photography see these posts from Western Desert, Egypt & Wadi Rum, Jordan

CAMERA SUGGESTIONS 

Most cameras and most lenses are
better than most photographers

If you have a camera you are happy with just bring it. You don’t need a fancy camera to take great pictures. Much more important are visual thinking and composition. Film, Lomo & disposable are all fine: just bring what you enjoy using.

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If you want a Point & Shoot (type of camera shown above) you can’t go wrong with the offerings from Sony, Canon, Nikon or Panasonic. Look for manual control options if you want to get creative. £70-200.

If you want to freeze action and or have good low light performance you need a SLR or Micro Four Thirds Camera. A telephoto (long) lens helps you get closer to wildlife and the landscape. Suggested budget interchangeable lens cameras:

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Canon EOS 1100D with 18-55 mm lens £249.98  amazon link
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III Lens £105.59 amazon link

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Panasonic G5, 14-42 lens £288.99 amazon link
45-150 Lens £177.99  amazon link

Recommended 2nd hand retailer (with six warranty) mpbphotographic.co.uk

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A camera is no use unless its accessible when the light suddenly changes, or wildlife suddenly appears. Keeping the camera accessible is more important than the type of camera you carry. Think about how you get to the camera when wearing a backpack. For most of you a Point and Shoot camera with a pouch on your backpack shoulder strap is the best option.

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If you place a camera on the ground in the desert, sand and dust will enter the lens mechanism and break it. Most desert expeditions have a number of breakages in the first few days when people ignore this advice. Always put the camera back in its case when you finish actively shooting with in.

Clean the camera regularly helps prevent dust working its way into the camera. Wrap the camera in zip-lock or sandwich bag, then place in its case during dust storms.

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Some means of keeping the camera steady is useful for night photography, astro photography, video, special effects and when using long lenses – and of course being in your own photos.

KEEPING IT RUNNING

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Bring enough memory cards for a few hundred shots/ week more if you want to take video.

There are no charging facilities. Bring enough batteries. Get to know you camera but one or two per week should do.

A handful of 3rd party batteries are cheaper, easier and lighter than a solar charger.

If you want to try Solar look at Powermonkey Extreme amazon link but check eth voltage of your camera and if it can charge from usb or this won’t help you.

ANY QUESTIONS?

Any photography questions regarding desert photography/BES Namibia 2014 ask them below in the comments and I’ll answer them here so everybody can benefit.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Wadi Rum, Jordan

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A photographic journey through Wadi Rum, Jordan. More images here

If you enjoyed this have a look at Western Desert Journey, Egypt which was chosen as one of WordPress.com Editors’ Picks of the Year 2013

Thanks to Sam McConnell, James Dyer, Haitham Dahlan & Eid Sabah El. Zalabeya

Footprints on a sand dune above camp near Bahariya Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt

Dune above camp near Bahariya Oasis, Western Desert, Egypt

Bedouin Tea, served extra sweet. Western Desert, Egypt

Bedouin Tea, served extra sweet

Early morning sunlight illuminates a sand dune Western Desert, Egypt

Early morning sunlight illuminates a sand dune, Western Desert

Landcruisers descend into a wadi in the Sahara Suda (Black Desert), Egypt

Landcruisers descend into a wadi in the Sahara Suda (Black Desert), Egypt

Sahara Suda (Black Desert) the moment after sunset, Egypt

Sahara Suda (Black Desert) the moment after sunset

A beduin guide, Mahmood contemplating the White Desert, Egypt

Our bedouin guide, Mahmood contemplating the White Desert

Trekking above a large sand dune in the White Desert), Egypt

Trekking above a sand dune in the White Desert, Egypt

Mahmood, a Bedouin guide, collecting fire wood in the White Dese

Mahmood collecting fire wood in the White Desert

Mahmood, A Bedouin guide, guides us across the White Desert

Mahmood guides us across the White Desert

Sam McConnell prepares for a night under the stars, White Desert

Sam McConnell prepares for a night under the stars, White Desert

Sand ripples at the edge of the Sahara Beida (White Desert), Egypt

Sand ripples at the edge of the Sahara Beida (White Desert)

4X4 tracks in the sand and camp in the Western Desert, Egypt

4X4 tracks at camp in the Western Desert

Khaled ties camping equipment to the top of the Landcruiser. Western Desert, Egypt

Khaled ties camping equipment to the top of the Landcruiser

Monoliths (inselbergs) of the White Desert at sunset, Egypt

Monoliths (inselbergs) of the White Desert at sunset

4x4 Landcruiser stuck in the sand in the Western Desert, Egypt

Landcruiser stuck in the sand in the Western Desert

Sam McConnell walks amongst the chalk rock formations of the Sahara Beida (White Desert), Egypt

Sam McConnell walks amongst the chalk rock formations of the White Desert

Moments before sunset at El-Khiyam "The Tents",  Sahara Beida (White Desert), Egypt

Moments before sunset at El-Khiyam “The Tents”, White Desert

4X4 Camp amongst El-Khiyam "The Tents",  Sahara Beida (White Des

4X4 Camp amongst El-Khiyam “The Tents”, White Desert

Mahmood & Khaled rest after trekking amongst El-Khiyam "The Tent

Mahmood & Khaled rest after trekking amongst The Tents, White Desert

Sunset abovet El-Khiyam "The Tents",  Sahara Beida (White Desert), Egypt

Sunset abovet El-Khiyam “The Tents”, Sahara Beida (White Desert)

Khaled, deep in thought with a glass of sweet tea. Western Deser

Khaled, deep in thought with a glass of sweet tea. Western Desert

Wind sculpted chalk waves and sand in the Sahara Beida (White De

Wind sculpted chalk waves and sand in the White Desert

Moonlit Camp in the White Desert, Egypt

Moonlit Camp in the White Desert

Chalk sculptures catch the setting sunlight in the White Desert, Egypt

Chalk sculptures catch the setting sunlight in the White Desert

Sunset above the the chalk rock formations of the Sahara Beida (White Desert) near Farafra, Egypt

Sunset above the the chalk rock formations of the White Desert near Farafra

Aish el-Ghorab "The Mushrooms", chalk sculptures, Sahara Beida (White Desert), Egypt

Aish el-Ghorab “The Mushrooms”, chalk sculptures, White Desert, Egypt

Aish el-Ghorab "The Mushrooms", chalk sculptures, Sahara Beida (White Desert), Egypt

The Mushrooms, chalk sculptures, White Desert

Orange sunset in the White Desert, Egypt

Sunset in the White Desert, Egypt

These photographs document a trekking and 4×4 journey through the Western Desert of Egypt. Starting at Bahariya Oasis we travelled through the Sahara Suda (Black Desert) and Sahara Beida (White Desert) ending up near Farafra. As a compliment to these images I produced a second, more abstract series of photographs entitled “Sahara Sands” from the same trip.

The journey was undertaken with desert explorer Sam McConnell who runs highly recommended adventure travel expeditions to the region in collaboration with Abou Anis of Sub Sinai, off-road driver Khaled, and the bedouin of Bahariya Oasis

Signed limited edition prints of this series are available at £195 each (60x40cm). To purchase please contact me. Larger sizes also available

Edit: I’m delighted that this post is featured in Freshly Pressed. Check out “Glimpses Of Iran” which was Freshly Pressed last year. Thanks for all your likes and comments and follow my Facebook Page to see my latest work

Edit 2! I’m even more chuffed this post has been featured in Editors’ Picks of the Year: The Best of WordPress.com in 2013 thanks guys!

Edit 3! If you enjoyed this have a look at Wadi Rum Journey which was the follow up to this project

Thabang and family outside their home in Ha Motenalapi in the Senqunyane valley, Lesotho, 2000

Thabang and family outside their home in Ha Motenalapi in the Senqunyane valley, Lesotho. We were camped in tents nearby on an archaeological expedition and they invited us to sleep in this hut for three nights even though this meant the whole family slept in a smaller hut out of frame. They are wearing their Basotho tribal blankets. The door and window mouldings demonstrate Litema, the mural art of the Basotho. The hut floor and window mouldings are made from Daga, a mix of earth and dung. The high ammonia content of the dung acts as an antiseptic. The patterns engraved around the doorways may represent the surrounding furrowed fields.

Signed gallery prints available here >>

Book cover: The Last of the Borneo Rainforest by Quintin Lake

Deforestation in Sabah for Palm Oil plantations

Virgin rainforest in Ulu Temburong, Brunei

Rainforest canopy in Sabah, Borneo

A photostory of deforestation and Palm Oil plantations contrasted with the wildlife of Sabah and Brunei. Featuring Sepilok, Kinabalu National Park, Danum Valley, Kinabatangan River, Peradayan and Ulu Temburong.

Binding: Hardback, 146 pages
Format: 20 × 25 cm, Full page photographs in colour throughout

Preview and order the book here > >

Travel Photographer of the Year Feature in Italy's newspaper , La Repubblica. Photo: Quintin Lake

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Metro Newspaper Cover 12th Dec 2010

"Britons shine in Travel Photographer Of The Year competition" Metro Centrefold

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Lux Gallery Italy. Photo: Quintin Lake

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BBC Brazil. Photo: Quintin Lake

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Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 on MSN Travel

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New View # 28 Photo: Quintin Lake

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Estado De Minas

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UOL Brazil

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Travel Photographer of the Year

Arctic Horizon. Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 –  Portfolio Winner. Photo: © Quintin Lake

Midnight Mountains. Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 –  Portfolio Winner. Photo: © Quintin Lake

Light & Ice. Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 –  Portfolio Winner. Photo: © Quintin Lake

Silent Light. Light & Ice.Travel Photographer of the Year 2010 –  Portfolio Winner. Photo: © Quintin Lake

I’m delighted to announce that I have won the Amazing Places Portfolio Category of the Travel Photographer of the Year 2010. This prestigious international competition, which attracts thousands of applicants, involves submitting images online then if shortlisted sending fine art prints for final judging. The Portfolio category is based on a series of four images.

STORY BEHIND THE PORTFOLIO

These images were taken during Anglo-Scottish East Greenland expedition in 2006 which was a month long ski journey involving pulling sleds, undertaken with three friends with the aim of climbing new peaks in an unexplored area of East Greenland. The expedition succeeded in 16 first ascents but the real discovery for me was the otherworldly light of the Arctic cased by the midnight sun and the interplay of the palette of pastel colours with the almost-not-there landscape.

Much of the month was either bright blue skies or white clouds – of little photographic interest – but the images in the portfolio were of the sudden moments of drama that punctuated these conditions. For example, the primarily grey photograph, depicting the horizon of light  was taken when we were tent bound for three days on the icecap and the light appeared momentarily just before the storm closed in again.

ANGLO-SCOTTISH EAST GREENLAND EXPEDITION INFO

  • A technical account of the Expedition in the 2009 American Alpine Journal
  • The Expedition Report. Which is also available to view at: The Royal Geographical Society, The British Mountaineering council, Tangent Expeditions, The Mountaineering Council of Scotland, The Alpine Club, The Mount Everest Foundation, Arctic Club, Scottish Arctic Club, and the Danish Polar Centre

BUY FINE ART PRINTS

Prints are available in two sizes:

  • Signed A2 giclee print on cotton fine art paper £295.00 (edition of 25)
  • Signed 90x60cm Lightjet on Aluminium float frame £1200.00 (edition of 7) see example

To order prints either contact me direct of order online here

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