I remember seeing this video when it first came out and it stuck with me. Then, while planning a shoot with some lion cubs this coming weekend (you may launch jealousy fuelled insults my way for that), I looked it up again. When photographer Chris McLennan attached a DSLR to a remote control 4x4 car and then drove it across the plains of Botswanna in to prides of lions, it yielded — rather expectedly — unique and beautiful results.
This technique isn't and wasn't overly new; people have been attaching GoPros to anything from pets to planes for some time. However, attaching a DSLR becomes a little more difficult due to its weight and fragility. The Nikon D800E is housed in an Aquatech Sound Blimp to withstand any mauling from curious lions. The controller for the buggy is using a Spektrum DX6 transmitter which allows McLennan to both drive his DSLR around and to fire the camera.
The shots appear at the end and they are truly astounding, with the group shot featuring a seemingly half blind lion being the pick of the bunch for me. However, the most enjoyable moment of the video has to be when the three photographers first see the shots on the back of the camera and how they react. If you've ever tried to pull off a difficult shot where you aren't entirely in control of the shots, you'll know that feeling and it is a driving force behind any photographer's pursuit of interesting imagery.