WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY and WILD CAMPING | Shelter, bonfire, bushcraft and a bit of self reliance
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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY and WILD CAMPING | Shelter, bonfire, bushcraft and a bit of self reliance


I am in the forest very close to where I live and today I’m going to build myself a little shelter here and I’m going to prepare for fire have brought meats and water I get everything I need and I’m going to sleep here for the night but I haven’t been home here in the neighborhood for some weeks now because I’ve been in Scotland because I’ve been in Crete because I’ve been faffing around everywhere so now I thought I’m not just going out to listen to this red deer I have to like reconnect with with the nature around me what better way to do that and actually to camp here for the night so yeah let’s get the little mini camp up and then after that let’s go and listen to some red deers hopefully [Music] my plan is not to photograph in this area but to set the shelter up now where we have the light prepare everything and then leave here and go to the forest which is a few kilometers from here we know that the red tears are so at least they were there last year [Music] so that was more or less the shelter it’s very fast mate see ya see see to see here the wind is like coming around in the forest from all direction and no matter where I put the fire there will be a lot of smoke and I predict there will be a lot of smoke because everything in here is just very damp it has been raining a lot in the last weeks so by leaving this little gap in the bottom instead we’ll instead of when the wind comes from behind the shelter from that direction the wind can actually come through down there and this way out instead of making a purple and here’s of the smoke will be in this area where I’m sitting yeah I just need to unplug a little bit from like the computer and the work and all the kind of stuff sending books preparing my next exhibition all that kind of stuff just be out here surrounded by nature and the sound of nature and the smell and the temperatures and the wind hitting my face it’s absolutely awesome here will be the fire and we’re going to build that right now so we’re yeah these branches here even though they are hanging down and it’s been raining they are completely dry and they are dead they are at the bottom of the pine trees so these are the one we’re looking for give me a second to collect some firewood and branches some stuff and then yeah let’s build that fire before it’s getting too dark [Applause] oh no here plenty for her for tonight and for tomorrow I don’t want to get out of the sleeping bag tomorrow just to collect these so for now and for tomorrow and these small little ones are for actually starting the fire so yeah you’re going to put them in here because you’re not starting the fire yet and small ones here we put not on the ground but on some sticks otherwise they will suck the moisture and this one we put on top [Applause] what I’m doing is instead of making small lies pieces of wood like you would put in your fireplace I’m making longer sticks and that’s kind of the some of the fires of the Native American used because you take they are just bigger than this one and you just put like three or four sticks together pointing in to the center and then instead instead of having to put more more firewood on you can just put them in I’ll show you later but that’s enough for like cooking making water I’m guys going to instead of roasting a whole lake from a deer I’m just cutting off small pieces of meat and then roasting them on sticks just to keep it small and and it’s more efficient I would say it’s more it’s safe more woods and yeah so let’s get the last thing done pack the photo back and go and see if we can clear some red deer backpack is on and we already so I better stop vlogging and see you if I find him read this otherwise see you in the camp so here we are in the area where the Red Deer might be and of course I don’t know if they are here but I feel they are here let’s get ready before it’s too late because it’s the Sun is about to set look at these beautiful colors we don’t need the face mask for this this is going to be very good I think I see some Deacs me out of the field hold on two things can destroy it for me now the first one is because the wind is circling around if I put some power some smoker with me in the air you will see it will go around like that so the scent from me on make these animals disappear immediately second thing is from stepping a lot of these branches that will maybe not scare the enemies away immediately but that’ll make them extremely aware so these two things are not going to happen one of them I have no control about that’s a smell because no matter where I go here will come around second one I should be able to control that that’s given there and might be eyes in here looking at me right now so what I want to do is move slow no quick movements like not turning my head like this but more turn it slowly so no fast moments second thing is every time I have walked maybe 10 or 15 meter I’m going to kneel down and sit for a while just to listen did you know you did not hear that that was the sound of a stack with a warp that sound like that three sounds in nature that I absolutely love wanna stack the deep war second one is the Raven the sound of the Raven is like bringing it back in time and the third one it’s my absolute favorite it’s the wolf howling see if we can get a glimpse get it here after wait yes [Music] see is that just awesome now I want to see if I can get even further out to the edge of this forest if we can just get to that spot [Music] they give they can definitely smell me or see me or something they’re not in a hurry they’re just silently walking away from here but there quite sure that they can come if it’s my scent or they definitely know that there’s something it’s not as it should be and they’re totally right I’m here and it’s hunting season shower okay it’s also getting really dark now and one very high ISO I think I was a little too late out but still we gotta times got a one picture of with you’re far far away but that was not what it’s all about let’s just get back yeah let’s get back to the camp get that fire let’s make some dinner and yeah you can watch the little movie clip when we’re having the the fire so yeah I’ll go back see you back then [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] so sorry turn this way so you see anything now everything is just as when we left it nice and ready so yeah No let’s turn off to that a little bit yeah see we have enough you have enough dry wood yes you can see I found some stumps over there and I put them because the wind is picking up and it’s quite a lot now [Applause] [Music] yeah yeah [Music] [Applause] [Applause] [Music] [Applause] [Music] [Music] what an awesome afternoon I can just see the last embers from the fire and everything is ready for tomorrow X is here all the the tweaks we collected I’m just ready to fight and to light up the fire tomorrow I got a few pictures of the stacks nothing special just nice to be there no sound recordings like it was too windy but you know it’s how the trips are most I think just a good experience without any special pictures or anything else then just experience and now I’m just really tired it was nice with a little meet some tea and yeah time to save my good night and then see you tomorrow [Applause] good morning it has been such a wind night I’ve had a really good sleep I might just get up quickly make a small fire make some tea and then get out because here is the shadow and out there is the Sun soil yeah let’s say make the morning let’s make the morning tea and [Music] a lot of smoke so much smokier Oh [Music] is the just fantastic sitting here in the forest with a little fire and the shelter and I mean the beauty of it is that it takes like if you have want to make a symbol so don’t make your own shelters out there it takes a top take the old sleeping bag water bottle an axe knife some skills to make a fire and then it’s just awesome like imagine how nice it is but you when you go to sleep the last thing you hear before you close your eyes are all these sounds birds of nature of the wind in the trees the small like quirky sound of the trees like and I mean yeah like what more can you wish for them being in the forest with a little fire having a camera in the year and I mean we didn’t get any good pictures this time we didn’t get any sound recordings but a good good night out in nature and [Music] see you out there [Music] you [Music]

100 Comments

  • UFGator1972

    Morten, do animals see your over-the-belt camouflage only? If I were a deer, I would be very skeptic when I see a "bush" with olive legs and shoes coming towards me.

  • Landscape Photo Survival

    Great video Morten! I like your style and how you make your videos. The idea of camping, bushcrafting and taking wildlife photos is really close for me as well. This is it! This is the best theraphy in the world.

    Also i have a question because i noticed that you don't use silent mode for your shutter in D5. Is it exist? I am Canon user so i turn it on wherever I can. All the best!

  • james doherty

    Your films are a meditation on our old way of living when we were more connected to nature and doing only one thing at a time. When I watch them, and when I go out myself, it is so nice to slow everything down, to simplify life, to remember what is important.

  • Poppy's Pix

    Also prefer the short exposure. Looks real which I think speaks to the viewer more than smooth clouds or super smooth running water.

  • Cornelius Titiu

    A few days ago,I discovered your videos.They brought me much joy in my soul.
    Watching this video, I cried,because of joy.
    Thank you Morten.You're a good man.
    God bless you!

  • Mike Dempsey

    Found my new favorite video on YouTube. Iโ€™ve been taking tons of landscape photos/ travel photos. This really makes me want to try some wildlife photography. Really love your videos because it always inspires me to get out and take pictures. Thank you and take care.

    P.S. going to Denmark this weekend. Canโ€™t wait!

  • Marco Francisco

    Good afternoon, your videos are fantastic, I'm always waiting for the next one, they are simply fantastic, for me of the best photography channel without doubt, and sorry I do not know English well, I'm always waiting for the next one, until 2 times the same video :), many congratulations you deserve, (some mistake went google translator :))

  • edmendoza photography

    As I said, Nature is my best healer, and so many thanks to you Morten for sharing these lovely moments of your life, Iโ€™ve just been transported to a beautiful place of solace. Now I need to go for it myself!

  • Michael

    Nice video. But isnโ€™t it dangerous to make an open fire in the forrest with all the dead wood and so on around on the ground?

  • Matteo Rocca

    I went in the woods here in northern Italy yesterday, hoping to hear some stags roaring: no deers and no pictures, but a lot of tasty chestnuts ๐Ÿ™‚ The Tamron looks fine after the Scottish moisture, isn't it?
    Wish you all the best!

  • sebastien Hebert

    Morten, great video. I live in Canada, so it's easy for us to just go out and camp.. I love to spend my weekend just walking in the nature and camping. Usually I spend most of my time trying to find wildlife to shoot with my Nikon D850 and my 500mm f4 or my 200-500mm 5.6 for longer hikes. I have a camper with a full shower etc, but sometimes I like just to pop a tent and camp outside, even in winter. Great video as always.! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‘

  • Johan van der merwe

    Morten, I really enjoy your inspiring videos. I'm about to purchase canon photography equipment for wildlife, landscape and nature photography. I live in South Africa, so what would be the best equipment you would advise for Africa?

  • S Fergus

    You did a great job of building up the suspense as you tracked down those deer! Another brilliant video. Sometimes we just need to get away and unplug, it's been too long for me. Time to dig out my tent!

  • Canadian Sasquatch

    Awesome stuff as always Morten. I miss just heading out into the wild and unwinding like that! No real place around here (Texas) that that would be allowed at. So, I live vicariously through you with it. Thank you for sharing (= Cheers!

  • Soumadeep Das

    Recently I relocated near a forest.. And I certainly don't want to camp here.. Because this place is infamous for elephants and leopards..๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‰.. It's an awesome video Mr. Hilmer..

  • Andrew Henning

    Hi Morten. You have inspired me in many ways. So much so that I have today bought the same sweater as you have – the Svalbard from Devold. It just looked so warm and lovely on you that when I saw one in the Norsk Tourist Feregning shop here in Drammen, Norway – I just had to buy it. Cheers.

  • Mark Harris

    Another superb video Morten, I could watch your videos all day. I know itโ€™s a lot harder for you to respond to comments now you have 66K subscribers, but please may I ask if you were so sufficient on your wild camps and moving in the semi dark without being heard before your stint in the special forces?

  • Michael Lyons

    I agree with Liesl, quite the blessing. I like nothing better than minimal shelter and sleeping bag on the ground as the owls sing me to sleep. They have been outside my window nearly every night lately. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Martin Lรฉvesque

    Wait… wait… wait!! Tea?? You're suppose to drink coffee, your favorite beverage. Lol. A simple and good video Morten. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • TimberGeek

    Speaking of shipping books, our copy of "Silence of the North" has arrived safely. TYVM!
    Nice Grรคnsfors Bruks, I opted for the flay polled hunters ax… Knowing me I'd wind up pushing the bit through timbers by the back of the head so figured I might as well have the smooth transition.

  • Sean Lapthorne

    Hey Morten, I'm just getting into wildlife photography and I was wanting you to do a video on researching animals like foxes or something and choosing photo blind spots etc
    cheers
    Sean from Australia

  • Gustavo Amaranto

    Morten eres mi favorito!! Gracias por subir tus vรญdeos de fotografia t naturaleza, espero puedas venir algรบn dรญa a mi paรญs y disfrutar de la Patagonia Argentina, saludos.

  • Dim Vou

    Great video!!! I am new to wildlife photography and I am trying to get informed as much as I can; reading about animals, birds and how to photograph them, but nobody talks about finding locations and animals to photograph. While doing a research on internet I understood that photographers are trying to protect animals and they don't share locations, that's completely normal as the animals shouldn't get annoyed by human presence on their natural habitats, but how am I going to find spots to photograph animals and birds as a beginner ? Any help is appreciated.

  • Madhav Anand

    Dang! How do you even sleep at such nights, I'd be too excited and probably keep myself awake till the morning. Lovely video; simple, elegant and encouraging as always.
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    P.S – I got the 200-500mm ๐Ÿ˜(if you remember)

  • Stefano Ianiro Wildlife

    I'm in the Belizean jungle and my internet isn't too great. Such a shame I need to watch your videos in 144p ๐Ÿ˜ข Fantastic video, as always! So much inspiration.

  • Robert Maxted

    Hi Morten what was the out come with the tamron 150-600 autofocus did it start working after all that rain in scotland

  • Thom Williams

    Hello Martin! I love your work. Here in the U.S. you would never go out in the forest photographing during hunting season in a ghillie suit. A hunter would probably mistake you for a squirrel and shoot you. Thank you for sharing your adventures!

  • John Formstone

    I watched this from my hospital bed, after an accident a couple of weeks ago left me with some pretty serious leg injuries. Thank you Morten for transporting me to a much nicer place for half an hour. it was a wonderful escape. Keep up the great work!

  • Herman Auer

    Just having looked at your wonderful video, I was wondering if you don't experience ticks in your forest up there? Down here in The Netherlands (forested Veluwe Region) it's a major drawback having these tiny ticks all over the place. I'd love to be out in the open but with those little blood-suckers around… no way!

  • Dream Doe

    Your videos are such a joy to watch for me and my wife, thank you for the wonderfull experiences you share. It gives us inspiration to create photos as well.

  • easy56wedge

    Iโ€™m curious what kind of temperatures youโ€™re dealing with during an excursion like this? Also, when camping around here (Central California), seeing other campers and hunters (during seasons) is typical. We always hope to see wildlife such as bears (from a distance!) coyotes, raccoons, deer, eagles, etc. Does your forest include any of the aforementioned? I love your videos. You convey such an excitement and wonder of the outdoors and your profession. I wonder if you could provide a little more information on your settings though? Thank you for sharing your experiences.

  • Trembich Moving Moments

    Hi Morten,
    Really love your videos ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have you decided to switch from Nikon yet? And would you consider the Panasonic G9 as your main camera? I personally think it would be a fantastic choice (fast, instantaneous autofocus, fantastic video features, in body stabilisation for moments where you have to react quickly and can't use your tripod, dual card slots, weather sealing and more). There are also some fantastic tele lenses for the MFT system and you could use your GH5 as back up. Just a thought though ๐Ÿ™‚

    Another question is whether you would recommend a zoom or a prime for a beginner wildlife photographer?

    Cheers from Germany ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Chrys F.

    I tuoi video sono meravigliosi! Li guardo sempre con piacere, saluti dall'italia. Your videos are wonderful! I always look at them with pleasure, greetings from Italy.

  • Roland Rick

    Beautiful video. Calming me down. Which Tamron (or Sigma) is it you use in this video? A matter of weight? I have the 200-500, itโ€™s superb, but heavy beast ๐Ÿ˜Š

  • Greatti Christian

    Hello.I am French and I watch your videos for some time and I love your travels and your photos: but what I appreciate most is the respect you have for nature and the animals you photograph. have been doing animal photography for some time, and I take note of all your advice: with great pleasure.I do not speak English well enough to talk to you and I use a translator: please excuse me.Continue to make me dream with your videos.Thank you.And now, I'm going to have a coffee.

  • dilip suthar

    Love the way of your wildlife photography … You are doing well without disturbing animal … Soo peaceful and beautiful ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  • Steven Powell

    U need to come to the land of no rain…. No water mate. Wildlife photography in Oz. Come on you know you want to ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

  • ANANDA ANIKET

    Hey sir…. your videos are just awsome ๐Ÿ˜…i have like no words ๐Ÿค—.and the background music is as soothing as your explanations๐Ÿ˜Ž … it feels like you are drinking the nectar of love from mother nature…๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
    i have one question….Don't u have fear in the wild..?? ..

  • Donna C

    Hi Morten . . . lovely video, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚
    One of my very favorite nature calls is that of the Maine Loon; very eerie and lonely sound, but usually they're only calling for their mate. Have you ever heard them?
    Hope you are well and your little dog, too.
    Take care,
    Donna
    (type in 'Loon Calls At Night' on search bar; it'll give you the best calls)

  • robert demint

    Morten, I love watching your videos, they are so peaceful. Your love of nature is so apparent, but the fact that you bring us with well that's just awsome. Your videos are very similar to another artist I very much enjoy, he goes by the name Trollsky. I am a knife maker in the USA and have always loved watching his videos of his knife making because of the wonderful feeling ease. I get the same relaxing feeling from your videos. Thanks for bringing us along. Me being a knife maker I have been very curious about the knife you carry on your hip. I'd love to here about it in one of your videos sometime. Maybe show it off a little. Maybe you would accept a knife from me as a thankyou for your passion and your effort in bringing us along.

  • Nemophoto Vie sauvage

    And then you did bushcraft… we love the same things my friend. I did bushcraft and then discovered wild life photography, while you did wild life photography and discovered bushcraft๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป both are god excuses to be in nature…! ๐Ÿ˜‰ isnโ€™t it?!

  • Trustin Timber

    That bread looked absolutely awesome. I use the 5 seconds of heat rule as well and you can learn to trust it. All the best, TT

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