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Astonishing video by Tyler Fairbank takes you on safari in Botswana



  • Tyler Fairbank, 27, visited a game reserve in Botswana and shot more than 38,000 still images of the wildlife 
  • Among the animals he spotted were lions, elephants, hippos, monkeys, impala, birds and meerkats 
  • Mr Fairbank compressed the images into 300 time-lapse clips before editing them into a three-minute video 

By Jennifer Newton for MailOnline

Published: 05:05 EDT, 13 June 2018 | Updated: 07:51 EDT, 13 June 2018

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This is the mesmerising video made from 38,000 still images that transports viewers to a game reserve in Botswana that's teeming with lions, elephants, hippos and meerkats. 

Photographer Tyler Fairbank, 27, compressed stunning pictures he took into a three-minute flow-motion film after a recent trip to the African country.

He spent eight days taking pictures and captured a huge amount of wildlife.

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A lion prowls around in the grass in a game reserve in Botswana. The stunning image forms part of a mesmerising video that transport you on safari 
A lion prowls around in the grass in a game reserve in Botswana. The stunning image forms part of a mesmerising video that transport you on safari 

A lion prowls around in the grass in a game reserve in Botswana. The stunning image forms part of a mesmerising video that transport you on safari 

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
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

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

A hippo relaxes in the water at a game reserve in Botswana. This is one of images included in the mesmerising video 
A hippo relaxes in the water at a game reserve in Botswana. This is one of images included in the mesmerising video 

A hippo relaxes in the water at a game reserve in Botswana. This is one of images included in the mesmerising video 

A bird swoops down to the grass as the sun sets over a game reserve in Botswana in a shot captured by Mr Fairbank on safari
A bird swoops down to the grass as the sun sets over a game reserve in Botswana in a shot captured by Mr Fairbank on safari

A bird swoops down to the grass as the sun sets over a game reserve in Botswana in a shot captured by Mr Fairbank on safari

It took around a month of work for Mr Fairbank to create the final video, fitting it in around his work as a film-maker
It took around a month of work for Mr Fairbank to create the final video, fitting it in around his work as a film-maker

It took around a month of work for Mr Fairbank to create the final video, fitting it in around his work as a film-maker

Mr Fairbank, from New York, 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.

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

Mr Fairbank took 38,000 images, including this one of some elephants drinking water, to create his video 
Mr Fairbank took 38,000 images, including this one of some elephants drinking water, to create his video 

Mr Fairbank took 38,000 images, including this one of some elephants drinking water, to create his video 

The photographer 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'
The photographer 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'

The photographer 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'

The safari allowed Mr Fairbank to a capture a huge range of wildlife ¿ without disturbing them in their natural habitat. Pictured is a monkey
The safari allowed Mr Fairbank to a capture a huge range of wildlife ¿ without disturbing them in their natural habitat. Pictured is a monkey

The safari allowed Mr Fairbank to a capture a huge range of wildlife – without disturbing them in their natural habitat. Pictured is a monkey

Mr Fairbank said: 'Botswana is one of the best places in the world to observe animals in their natural habitat'
Mr Fairbank said: 'Botswana is one of the best places in the world to observe animals in their natural habitat'

Mr Fairbank said: 'Botswana is one of the best places in the world to observe animals in their natural habitat'

Mr Fairbank captured approximately his images over eight days before rendering them into 300 time-lapse clips
Mr Fairbank captured approximately his images over eight days before rendering them into 300 time-lapse clips

Mr Fairbank captured approximately his images over eight days before rendering them into 300 time-lapse clips

A monkey sits behind a rock in  another of Mr Fairbank's stunning images
A monkey sits behind a rock in  another of Mr Fairbank's stunning images

A monkey sits behind a rock in another of Mr Fairbank's stunning images

'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?'

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.

Mr Fairbank added: 'The trip began in the Okavango Delta at Moremi Game Reserve where the dense vegetation can sometimes make spotting wildlife difficult.

A whole range of wildlife can be seen here walking and grazing, ncluding a family of giraffes and a small herd of elephants
A whole range of wildlife can be seen here walking and grazing, ncluding a family of giraffes and a small herd of elephants

A whole range of wildlife can be seen here walking and grazing, ncluding a family of giraffes and a small herd of elephants

A group of three lionesses make their way through the long grass in search of prey to take back to their families 
A group of three lionesses make their way through the long grass in search of prey to take back to their families 

A group of three lionesses make their way through the long grass in search of prey to take back to their families 

Much of Mr Fairbank's safari took place near or on the water. At this stop off, he was able to snap images of water buffalo 
Much of Mr Fairbank's safari took place near or on the water. At this stop off, he was able to snap images of water buffalo 

Much of Mr Fairbank's safari took place near or on the water. At this stop off, he was able to snap images of water buffalo 

'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.'

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

A herd of elephants make their way to the water for a quick dip. Botswana is home to huge numbers of these animals
A herd of elephants make their way to the water for a quick dip. Botswana is home to huge numbers of these animals

A herd of elephants make their way to the water for a quick dip. Botswana is home to huge numbers of these animals

He explained: 'The process was very intensive.

'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.

'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.

Mr Fairbank said of his clip: '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' 
Mr Fairbank said of his clip: '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' 

Mr Fairbank said of his clip: '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 Mr Fairbank to create the final video, fitting it in around his work as a film-maker.

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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