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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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48 hours in Valletta, Malta

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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

Saint Catherine's Monastery below Mount Sinai

Saint Catherine’s Monastery below Mount Sinai

Mighty granite walls protect the monastery

Mighty granite walls protect the monastery

Much of the walls have stood for 14 centuries

Much of the walls have stood for fourteen centuries

Cross carved in the granite walls

Cross carved in the granite walls

At one point in history all of the doors were sealed up, and entrance was made through a lift, which was also used to haul up supplies.

At one point in history all of the doors were sealed up, and entrance was made through a lift, which was also used to haul up supplies.

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

The building sits in the wildest imaginable location

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

Detail of window in the corner buttress

Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai, Egypt

The route to Mount Sinai starts at the left of the monastery

Lift structure and modern entrance.

Lift structure and modern entrance.

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right) inside courtyard

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right) inside courtyard

Bell tower, Built in 1871

Bell tower, Built in 1871

Cross carved in the granite walls

Cross carved in the granite walls

The monastery contains the Katholikon, various chapels, a amosque , library and cells for the monks.

The monastery contains the Katholikon, various chapels, a amosque , library and cells for the monks.

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right)

Bell tower (left) & Mosque Minaret (right)

Saint Catherine's Monastery below Mount Sinai

Saint Catherine’s Monastery below Mount Sinai

The monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, is the oldest active Christian monastery in the world. It is the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the burning bush.

The monastery’s library holds a unique collection of Byzantine manuscripts second only to the vatican in scale. The site is sacred to both Christianity and Islam. A mosque was built within the walls of the monastery, but it has never been used since it is not correctly oriented towards Mecca.

Built between 548 and 565 the massive granite walls have stood for over fourteen centuries. The walls were repaired in 1801 during Napoleon’s Egyptian expedition. The bell tower was built in 1871 and contains nine bells of different sizes that were a gift of the Czars of Russia.

See more photos here >>

Canterbury Cathedral. The western crossing, with a view of the fan vaulting in the “Angel Steeple.”

Canterbury Cathedral. The western crossing, with a view of the fan vaulting in the “Angel Steeple.”

Steps worn by the passing centuries of pilgrims feet…and knees

Steps worn by the passing centuries of pilgrims feet…and knees

The Nave, Canterbury Cathedral built in the late gothic Perpendicular style, 1480's

The Nave, Canterbury Cathedral built in the late gothic Perpendicular style, 1480′s

Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170

Thomas Becket was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1162 until his murder in 1170

Canterbury Cathedral is one of the oldest Christian buildings in England and one of the great pilgrimage sites of Europe in the medieval times.

Photolive

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Interior of  Octagonal Pavilion Tomb of the Sheikh Abdolsamad, Natanz, Iran.

Tomb of the Sheikh Abdolsamad, Natanz, Iran.

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

Midnight Mountains, Greenland

A silver birch tree grows through the floor on the terrace of Hotel Polissia. The hammer and sickle is visable atop the distant appartments.

Hotel Polissia, Pripyat, Chernobyl, Ukraine

Orange sunset in the White Desert, Egypt

Sunset in the White Desert, Egypt

Operations Block. Building 146

Operations Block. RAF Bicester Unlocked

Copper staircase, Villa Mallorca. Arup

Copper staircase, Villa Mallorca, Spain

Thames Waters IV 5 Miles downstream (near Ashton Keynes)

Thames Waters IV. 5 Miles downstream (near Ashton Keynes)

Photo gear for a 10 day architectural photography assignment in Denmark

Photo gear for a 10 day architectural photography assignment in Denmark

Ridgeway I, Uffington White Horse

Ridgeway I, Uffington White Horse

Ridgeway II, Wiltshire

Ridgeway II, Wiltshire

Ridgeway III, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway III, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway IV, The Manger, Vale of White Horse

Ridgeway IV, The Manger, Vale of White Horse

Ridgeway V, Buckinghamshire

Ridgeway V, Buckinghamshire

Ridgeway VI. Chilterns

Ridgeway VI. Chilterns

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Ridgeway X, Wiltshire

Ridgeway X, Wiltshire

Ridgeway XI, Wiltshire

Ridgeway XI, Wiltshire

Ridgeway XII, Chilterns

Ridgeway XII, Chilterns

Ridgeway XIII, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XIII, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XIV, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XIV, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XV, Oxfordshire

Ridgeway XV, Oxfordshire

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Ridgeway XVI, Wiltshire

Ridgeway XVII, Buckinghamshire

Ridgeway XVII, Buckinghamshire

Ridgeway XVIII, Chilterns

Ridgeway XVIII, Chilterns

Ridgeway XIX, Chilterns

Ridgeway XIX, Chilterns

Ridgeway XX, Chilterns

Ridgeway XX, Chilterns

“Momently clinging to the things we knew — Friends , footpaths, hedges, house and animals. Till bourne along like twigs and bits of straw we sink below the sliding stream of time.”
John Betjeman, On leaving Wantage, 1972

A photo series made along the Ridgeway, England’s oldest road, during a 6 day walk in September 2013 backpacking and wild camping where possible along the 87 miles from Avebury to Ivinghoe Beacon. Most of the photos were taken with a 400mm telephoto lens more commonly used for sports and wildlife photography in order to isolate graphic elements in the distant landscape.

For at least 5000 years travellers have used the Ridgeway. Originally connected to the Dorset coast, the Ridgeway provided a reliable trading route to The Wash in Norfolk. The high dry ground made travel easy and provided a measure of protection by giving traders a commanding view, warning against potential attacks.

This photo series was conceived of as a follow-on project from my walk along the Thames last year Sweet Thames, run softly till I end my song.

Signed limited edition prints available at £195 each (40x40cm). To purchase please contact me. Larger sizes also available

VM Houses by BIG + JDS

VM Houses by BIG + JDS

VM Houses by BIG + JDS

VM Houses by BIG + JDS

VM Houses by BIG + JDS
VM Houses, Copenhagen, Denmark. Architect: PLOT = BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) + JDS. Built: 2005

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All images available for publication / licensing & prints contact me for pricing or to commission your own shoot. 

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