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Really Wild Video Shows A Day On Safari

This really wild video shows a day on safari – spanning hundreds of miles in just one continuous camera shot.

Photographer Tyler Fairbank, 27, compressed a staggering 38,000 raw still images into the three-minute flow-motion film of a game reserve in Botswana.

The intricate process, shot over eight days, allowed him time to capture the huge range of wildlife – without disturbing them in their natural habitat.

Tyler Fairbank who made a flowmotion video that spans Botswana showing what a day on safari might hold. (Tyler Fairbank)

Tyler said: “I created this piece because I wanted to share the overall experience of being on safari, from start to finish, in a way that hadn’t been done before.

“I concentrated on seamlessly connecting the little details of a Safari – the small plane arriving, the first-person-view from inside the safari vehicles, and of course the abundant wildlife and beautifully diverse landscapes.

“One of the most important things I considered while editing this piece was to touch on the contrast between each area.

Grab from flowmotion video that spans Botswana showing what a day on safari might hold. (Tyler Fairbank)

“Botswana is one of the best places in the world to observe animals in their natural habitat and in their natural patterns.

“By visiting some of these locations, you are bound to see a ton of wildlife without too much difficulty.

“It also has the largest population of elephants in the world, and who doesn’t love elephants?”

Grab from flowmotion video that spans Botswana showing what a day on safari might hold. (Tyler Fairbank)

Grab from flowmotion video that spans Botswana showing what a day on safari might hold. (Tyler Fairbank)

Areas captured in the film are the Moremi Game Reserve in the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, and the Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert.

Tyler said: “The trip began in the Okavango Delta at Moremi Game Reserve where the dense vegetation can sometimes make spotting wildlife difficult.

“However, after two lion sightings in the first day, we realized this would not be a problem. After Moremi, we made our way to Chobe National Park on the Chobe River.

“Unlike South Africa, where water exploration is rare, many game drives in Botswana are done from the river.

“It is remarkable to see how relaxed the animals are when approached by boat as opposed to by safari car.

“Lastly, we continued down to the Makgadikgadi Pans in the Kalahari Desert.”

Grab from flowmotion video that spans Botswana showing what a day on safari might hold. (Tyler Fairbank)

Grab from flowmotion video that spans Botswana showing what a day on safari might hold. (Tyler Fairbank)

Tyler captured approximately 38,000 images over eight days before rendering them into 300 time-lapse clips.

“The process was very intensive,” he said.

“I utilised three software applications to take these raw still image sequences and render them into ultra-high resolution video files

“In most of the individual sequences I went frame-by-frame to stabilise the motion of the clip.

“After this, I assembled all of the video files onto a timeline and edited the order they would appear, taking note of other effects that needed to be added.

Grab from flowmotion video that spans Botswana showing what a day on safari might hold. (Tyler Fairbank)

Tyler Fairbank who made a flowmotion video that spans Botswana showing what a day on safari might hold. (Tyler Fairbank)

“Most people watch it and want to go to Botswana! It’s only a short look at what you may see and nothing beats the experience of going there.

“I very much appreciate when people understand the effort that went into it, but I also love when people have no idea how it was created.”

It took around a month of work for Tyler to create the final video, fitting it in around his work as a film-maker in New York.

He added: “With the amount of total images, there are a lot that couldn’t make their way into the final piece. I have some great shots of a honey badger, the elusive aardwolf, and vultures fighting with a hyena, but there was unfortunately no way to fit them in.”

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