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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

My 20 favourite photographs from 2013 –  happy travels for 2014!

1/ Western Desert Journey, Egypt more>>

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

2/ Landscape Magazine Cover Feature more>>

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3/ Copper Staircase, Villa Mallorca by Arup & Studio Mishin more>>

4/ Sahara Sands more>>

Sahara Sands I (Western Desert, Egypt)

5/ Manolo Blahnik, Harrods by Data Nature Associates more>>

Manolo Blahnik, Harrods by Data Nature Associates

6/ Apartment T by Krause Architects and Upton-Hansen Architects more>>

Barrett Street Residence, London. Krause Architects

7/ AnalogFolk photoshoot cover feature in Conde Magazine more>>

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8/ Pyramids more>>
Great Pyramid of Giza in front of modern skyline of Cairo

9/ Infinite Forest more>>

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10/ RAF Bicester Unlocked more>>

Operations Block. Building 146

11/ Cancer Centre Naestved by Effekt & Søren Jensen more>>

Cancer Centre (Livsrum) Naestved, Denmark. Architect: Effekt.  E

12/ Invisible Gods more>>

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13/ Bundeswehr Military History Museum, Dresden more>>

Bundeswehr Military History Museum, Dresden

14/ Ridgeway: Momently Clinging more>>

Ridgeway II, Wiltshire

15/ Saxo Bank HQ by 3XN, Copenhagen more>>

Saxo Bank Headquarters by 3XN

16/ Norfolk Horizon (Homage to Gursky) more>>

17/ Walk On catalogue cover more>>

 

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18/ Canterbury Cathedral more>>

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

19/ Wadi Rum Journey more>>

Wadi Rum, Jordan

20/ From Greenland to the Sahara: Interview  more>>

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Read the 15 page interview by Tim Parkin in On Landscape magazine here  (PDF 3.7MB) where I talk about the practicalities and artistic considerations when photographing in the arctic and desert environments.

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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 >>

Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects Studio, Oxford by James Wyman Architects

An assignment for James Wyman Architects to document their Studio in Oxford. More Images

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

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.

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