How they got the shot with big, scary animals

Wanna get up close and personal with wild animals? See how the photographers got these crazy pics.
By Lukas Pilz & Josh Sampiero

Adventure photography may sound like a dream job – and in many cases, it is. But it's also hard work that takes daring, skill, and some unorthodox techniques. If you enjoyed our first 'How they got the shot' or this article on 'animal selfies', then you'll surely enjoy the shots we've gathered below – and don't miss the GoPro owl dance-off – or the shark.

Up close with lions

How the got the shot, animal-style
Oh, hello over there... © Chris McLennan

Photographer Chris McLennan didn't get himself this close to these lions in Botswana – he sent in Car-L, a remote-controlled off-road vehicle you can see below.

How the got the shot, animal-style
Curious cats... © Chris McLennan

That's a good thing, too, because the pride of eight lions (you can see more in the background, if you look close) stalked and carried off the camera buggy like it was their prey. But once they realised it wasn't food, they quickly lost interest.

Look at this lemur

How the got the shot, animal-style
What's in there? Can I get a closer look? © Simone Sbaraglia

Lemurs in Madagascar have no natural predators, and lots of human admirers – making them confident and friendly. Particularly famous are the ringtail lemurs of Vakona, which will get extremely close to humans.

How the got the shot, animal-style
Don't press that button! © Simone Sbaraglia

How close? Obviously, selfie-close – this brave fellow actually grabbed the lens of photographer Simone Sbaraglia, presumably to look at his reflection in the lens.

Watch an owl work it

© Megan Lorenz

You may have already seen this video on the internet – after all it has 6,000,000 views since its release. How'd wildlife photographer Megan Lorenz make it happen? Easy enough – position the GoPro like a sprinkler, and, well, wait.

Despite the fact that it didn't involve mega-sized waves or tons of powder, GoPro liked the video enough to make it their video of the day – practically guaranteeing viral success.

Share a meal with a lion

How the got the shot, animal-style
That's a tasty meal © William Burrard-Lucas

Photographer William Burrard-Lucas is no stranger to getting up close and personal with animals – that's why we put together this collection of his awesome shots.

How the got the shot, animal-style
Feast your eyes... © William Burrard-Lucas

Much like the photographer above, he uses remote-controlled buggies to get his camera to the places he doesn't want to go – like near this lion when it's hungry. Although we can't help but think, maybe it's safer when he's already eating.

Go swimming with a shark

Great white shark close encounter
The man in grey © Amos Nachoum

Yes, that's a Great White. No, photographer Amos Nachoum is not in a shark cage. His mission? "Dispel the myth that Great Whites are dangerous to humans," according to him.

Photographer Amos Nachoum a few meters from the nose of a great white shark
No shark cage © Jeb Corliss

Was he successful? He survived, so, at least a little bit. The shot – taken from his waterhousing, as you can see above – used a standard 50mm lens instead of the wide-angle one might expect. Funny fact? This shot of Amos at work was taken by wingsuit flyer Jeb Corliss – see his amazing 'Flying Dagger' flight here.

Take a pic of a polar bear

How the got the shot, animal-style
This guy looks like he's hungry... © Amos Nachoum

Photographer Amos Nachoun took quite a few precautions when nabbing this shot of a polar bear. "I had two Inuit guides and a snowmobile in 'ready' mode. But what we were paying the most attention to was the wind direction – after all, the sense of smell is the strongest attraction for a polar bear. As long as the wind was blowing from the bear toward me, I was fine."

How the got the shot, animal-style
There's the grey suit... and the white suit

Want to experience this kind of thrill for yourself? Amos can help you do that – he runs wildlife photography expeditions which you can sign up for at his website.

Check out the original 'How they got the shot'

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