Wild female hunters capture wildlife images

09 November 2018, 08:26 source: China Youth Online

Gu Ying and her field shooting equipment. Respondents for map

The male Tibetan antelope in fighting. Gu Ying / photo

The Tibetan wild ass in Hoh Xil. Gu Ying / photo

Brown bears on the Tibetan Plateau. Gu Ying / photo

A wolf holds the male antelope's head. Gu Ying / photo

Pictures of trains and Tibetan antelopes crossing at the same time. Gu Ying / photo

Wang Jingshuo, China Youth Daily, China Youth Online reporter

Editor: Jiang Weiwei

Gu Ying focused the camera on the head of the brown bear, and when it came close to it, it was pressing the shutter. She suddenly saw the brown bear staring at herself in the camera, becoming more and more angry, and then rushed towards her.

Gu Ying took up three legs and heavy cameras and struggled to run in the opposite direction. She was looking back at the panic moment of danger, and she fell down. Behind the brown bear began to sprint, and in a twinkling, it was only about 8 meters away from her.

At the very end of the crisis, the brown bear was blocked by several iron wires on the ground, and Gu Yingfei fled in general when he was so distracted.

3 years ago, wildlife photographer Gu Ying first went to Hoh Xil filming the Tibetan antelope and accidentally entered the brown bear's foraging place. The small looking woman has long been used to walking with danger, because she has always been so fond of killing her life that she has been dubbed "wild female hunters".

She had been driving alone for two months in a cross-country vehicle in Tibet for a few weeks in the mountains, just to photograph the unique "Red Chamber thorax pheasant" of the plateau. She broke into a robbery in Bolivia, where she often did not speak English, nor did she speak Spanish.

She was crawling through and crawling through leeches and mosquitoes. The "bird eating Eagle" of the Philippines national bird was predicted by scientists to be extinct within 50 years. In order to capture their tracks, Gu Ying went deep into the rainforest. The rainstorm did not come to greet him, but also heard the gunfire of troops fighting outside the forest.

She also ran to the polar bear breeding area for 1 months, and finally photographed the polar bear's hibernation with the picture of the cub coming out of the hole. Under the temperature of minus 30 degrees Celsius, snow and snow were still present. When she was in the south pole, she accidentally caught up with the El Nino phenomenon, and persisted for 18 days in the snowstorm. He spent more than 10 hours a day shooting the emperor penguin, and the independent photographer recorded the longest time in the Antarctic emperor penguin breeding place.

However, all these difficulties in Gu Ying's eyes are far less than those in the Hoh Xil autonomous region. In 2016, after the shooting of the Antarctic and Arctic, Gu Ying completed his first trip to Hoh Xil to record the survival status of Tibetan antelope on the Qinghai Tibet Plateau.

Hoh Xil is located in the west of Yushu Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Qinghai province. It is praised as a paradise for wildlife by photographers. There are wild animals, such as wild yaks, Tibetan antelope, white lipped deer, and so on. But at the same time, the altitude of 5000 meters means that the photographer must endure the cold and fight against the plateau reaction.

Compared with other areas at the same altitude, there is less vegetation and lower oxygen content in the area of the Hoh Xil autonomous region, especially in winter. At more than 2700 meters above sea level in Golmud, Gu Ying was sleepy during the day and had a headache in the evening. When she stepped into the area of 5000 meters above sea level, she spit 3 days in a row.

Filming wild animals is more uncertain than filming the scenery. Animals can not communicate, it is difficult to predict their whereabouts. Shooting requires patience and luck. Compared with Antarctic penguins near Antarctica, the wild animals in Hoh Xil are mysterious. They are very sensitive. They will run away when they are in a bit of trouble, or they will rush to "hunt". Sometimes the closer they are, the farther away they will be.

Before using the lens to freeze, Gu Ying often has to go through long searching, waiting and observing. When the Tibetan antelope was born, she got up earlier than animals, slept later than animals, and drilled into tents at 5:30 every morning to keep quiet for more than a dozen hours.

In order to ensure her own safety and not disturb the life of animals, she often concealed herself and hid in hidden tents, waiting to hold the camera quietly.

Dynamic scenes are the most exciting and difficult to capture. In order not to miss all kinds of good shots, she must "stare" at animals. Gu Ying carries all kinds of "long guns and short guns", hundreds of kilograms of heavy equipment, twenty or thirty cameras, and switches in different directions. In order to detect aerial scenes and ensure spare time, she carries 3 UAVs.

Roughly calculated, every scene that appears in her lens is dozens of times of repeated waiting and snapping. Food should be carried on its own and difficulties should be solved by itself. In summer, after several days of torrential rain, the off-road vehicle was stuck in the mud. It was cold in winter and more than a dozen days.

Animals that often appear in people's lenses are also studied. Rare species rarely appear to be rare. If we want to photograph them, we must work hard to understand their habits. In addition to filming, Gu Ying is collecting all kinds of literature, enriching animal knowledge and understanding their habits.

In Hoh Xil, she stayed for 3 years. Nearly half of these 3 years, Gu Ying was filming in no man's land. Half the time, she kept on doing her homework.

Because of this persistence, her "life in the corner - the interest in the earth three pole" photography exhibition, won the award of the 2016 China Pingyao International Photography Exhibition Award. She also became the only photographer in Hoh Xil, and was strongly supported by the National Bureau of nature reserve of Hoh Xil.

In fact, there are many people who have filmed animals, and many of them have been praised. But senior photographers can always see the "cat and goat" behind the photos. Some animals are very smart, because they live in the state of feeding. They can take photos whenever they want to eat, and it is not difficult to make them vivid.

Gu Ying pursues pure nature. "I want to meet wild animals in the wild and see their real life." She does not like to make too many definitions of her photos. "There are many uncertainties in filming wild animals. If subjective selection is taken, it is likely to be limited and one-sided, only to freeze to specific moments. My method is to record every time I encounter. "

She could not remember how many times she had been to Hoh Xil. Every time, less than half a month, two months more, and into the no man's land, Gu Ying is so engrossed. Only when the animal's action is completely over, will she reluctantly move away.

So she saw many scenes that no one had ever seen. She found that wild animals were also changing slowly, such as migratory Tibetan antelope. Many years ago, the Qinghai Tibet railway was just built. They were afraid of the huge monster of the train. The cameramen could not take the train and the Tibetan antelope at the same time. In 2016, Gu Ying took the first picture to Hoh Xil, and they took the picture of the same frame. In 2018, she filmed a group of sheep passing through the bridge while the train was running on the bridge.

"Wildlife has been trying to adapt to changes in the surrounding environment, but we need to give them enough time and space to live. This also reflects the relationship between animal survival and human development. Gu Ying realized that as a wildlife photographer, he must build up the consciousness of animal protection and environmental protection in his heart. Her work is no longer a "sugar water slice" to please the public, but a major proposition related to the natural ecology of the whole Hoh Xil.

"If we just give viewers the beautiful moments of wildlife, they will often cause people to misunderstand their living conditions." Gu Ying said, in fact, wild animals are not only flying in the blue sky, running in the grasslands, enjoying the beautiful sunshine, but also in their lives. There are also some unusual cruelties in their lives. There are many moments left in her camera: raising the wings before dying, making the last struggle of the Emperor Penguin Chicks, migrating to the road, being hit by a car, dying Tibetan antelope, and having eyes with cataract.

"How animals thrive, how to cope with natural enemies, whether the habitat is affected by human activities, and how far this influence is concerned is something we must pay attention to." She said solemnly.

Whenever in the wild, Gu Ying is like a clockwork, riveting his strength. She filmed wild animals and compared with the harsh environment. This woman, who lives unequivocally, is actually "halfway through" when she is in touch with photography. Before that, she once worked in another similarly cool profession, paragliding.

As a member of the former China paraglider national team, Gu Ying has won the national paraglider women's champion 4 times, and has also created the first Chinese women's paraglider record of spot crossing. But fate seemed to have made a big joke with her. In 2009, on the last day of preparing for the world cup, Gu Ying crashed at the paraglider base, almost paralyzed. According to the doctor's advice, she must suspend paragliding for one or two years.

During recuperation, a chance to travel with friends, Gu Ying accidentally took the endangered black faced egret to take off. At that instant, her desire to fly freely was lit, and then began to shoot with the theme of birds. Gu Ying's footsteps have been recorded in four oceans of seven continents around the world. He has recorded thousands of birds, and has held exhibitions such as "flying bird's horizons" many times. His works are included in the world's authoritative bird book "World Bird Handbook".

From the height of the air to the steadfast land, Gu Ying thought his efforts today were more social. When the distance from wild animals draws closer and closer, she always forgets everything. Subconsciously, Gu Ying has always regarded photography as another "limit" that requires challenge. This is a big proposition involving nature, ecology and survival.

In the 7 years since he entered the photography industry, Gu Ying has traveled many times and has many opportunities to communicate with his foreign counterparts. These foreign photographers are always popular with people who mention wild animals. When she went abroad to participate in the natural film festival, she did not expect that her works were also praised by some amazing voices. Many people feel that the wild animals in China are so colorful.

Gu Ying felt that it was his duty to record all these wild animals in all directions. The total area of China's natural reserves is as high as 1 million 470 thousand square kilometers, which is close to the 1/6 of the total land area. The resources of the wild animal resources in Hoh Xil and Sanjiang are very rich. There are still many things that are not known to the public. "I will always take roots in the Sanjiang plateau of Hoh Xil and the Qinghai Tibet Plateau. I believe China's wildlife is still the best known to the Chinese people themselves."

In Gu Ying's view, the story of wild animals in Hoh Xil may never be finished. Just a few days ago, she picked up the familiar equipment and set off for Hoh Xil again.

Source: China Youth Daily

(editor in chief: Chu Zi Rui, He Yingchun)

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