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David Yarrow's Images Of Camels In The Empty Quarter

David Yarrow shares his thoughts in these powerful images of camels.

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David Yarrow is a famed wildlife photographer for his enigmatic and captivating images of all sorts of wild and dangerous animals. For this project though, he looks at a more gentle creature that has been somewhat overlooked when it comes to its importance for transport - the camel. 

People often think of the plight of horses and donkeys when it comes to trade, but the camel has been at the forefront of arab trade for hundreds, if not thousands of years. For this project, 'The Camels of the Empty Quarter', David travelled to the Liwa Desert, located on the Saudi border in the empty quarter of the gulf. Here there are a lot of working camels on the dunes. 

The Liwa desert provides fantastic scenery for images - in fact it's been used as the set for the recent Star Wars films. David says there are only really 2 key moments in the day for capturing textured images. "Only about 2 hours 30 minutes are ideal for photography - the hour between 7.15am and 8.15 am and the 90 minutes before dusk. Dunes lose their unrivaled ability to play with light frustratingly quickly and in my mind, photography in the desert is firstly about playing with light.", says David.

David's goal for the project was to capture elegance in the camel - something that it's not often known for. "Camels can have majesty when caught in the right pose", says David. David opted to use a wide depth of field on the images to marry the camels to the environment, making the images not just about the animal, but painting a full picture for the audience. 

Find out more in the Nikon In Frame article. 

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