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Nov 25, 2016 23:01 |  #31

mkkaczy wrote in post #18193249 (external link)
1. Can't remember exactly, but around 90cmx130cm. If you thinking about building your own one, the width should be around from elbow to elbow. The length should should give you free movement, that you will not touch/push the camouflage mesh when you walk. But enough room to somehow stretch you bones. Also not too long, that you will easily turn around without making a big wave.
2. The floating hide is designed to carry the camera equipment only, but it could hold my body. However it is used for shallow water only, between my waist and chest.

Awesome thank you for the tips, I went to the hardware store the other day to price out the materials and will probably start building it in a couple weeks. What kind of fabric do you use to cover the top frame? I have some camo material but it is quite expensive and needs several layers to hide the person inside.




  
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Nov 26, 2016 11:56 as a reply to  @ bmackinnonphotography's post |  #32

1 the black one I think it is a garden fleece. You can get it in garden shops. It is very light and soft. This is a rain protection and also makes the hide dark inside.
2. Real Tree camo mesh. It is very light and fine mesh. Got this from the USA.
3. The best camo mesh ever - I think it is algs mesh used by Czech army.
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The same meshes you can see it the movie from 12:00min
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Dec 18, 2016 01:50 |  #33

How did I miss this thread fro so long? Awesome set up! Wow.


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Dec 21, 2016 16:25 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #34

Perhaps a dumb question but if this is floating it is not going to give the solid base of a land based tripod. Is movement an issue and if so is there any guidance on what minimum shutter speed would be?
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Dec 21, 2016 18:22 as a reply to  @ nc_killie's post |  #35

It really depends on the conditions but if the wind kicks up causing waves on the surface it's not ideal. I try to not be below 1/1000 when shooting any kind of wildlife anyway though so I don't expect it to be much of a problem. I shoot my 600mm handheld from my kayak all the time and I can't imagine it will be any more demanding than that. Once I can get it out more in the spring I'll be able to say better, this year we seem to be having a real winter and everything is pretty well frozen already.




  
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Mar 19, 2017 21:48 |  #36

Almost time to get this thing in the water. A lot of the ponds and marshes around here were starting to open up but they have refrozen after the big storm, won't be long now though. My mother in-law finished up the cover a few weeks ago and we were out there this weekend so I was able to pick it up and bring the blind home. Can't wait to get out and chase some ducks this spring!

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The flap over the middle section secures into place with four strong magnets (1/2" rare-earth disc magnets).

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If I want to get to the far side of a pond and need to cross water too deep to wade through I can open the flap, pop out the forward support rib of the rear section, and hop up on the deck and paddle it like a canoe.

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Mar 21, 2017 23:00 as a reply to  @ ShadowHillsPhoto's post |  #37

You ought to name it "The Monitor" since it resembles the Civil war gun boat.




  
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Mar 22, 2017 09:58 |  #38

Lycomech96 wrote in post #18307594 (external link)
You ought to name it "The Monitor" since it resembles the Civil war gun boat.

You know, as I was looking at the image I thought it was really familiar, that is EXACTLY what I was thinking, but not knowing what it was that I was thinking... heheh
It does look like it, it's been so long since I have thought of that boat it was just a dusty ol' memory... :)

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Mar 22, 2017 10:02 |  #39

Next project: Build a scale model of USS Monitor, and mount you camera in place of the main cannon, then photograph people's reactions to it?


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Mar 22, 2017 15:35 |  #40

Thanks for update..., it looks very fine and inspirering.




  
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Mar 23, 2017 21:37 as a reply to  @ Bjarne Hemmingsen's post |  #41

Awesome, can we see some pics from it?




  
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Apr 03, 2017 06:41 as a reply to  @ ShadowHillsPhoto's post |  #42

Brilliant ߑͰߏؘۢ️


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Apr 09, 2017 21:58 |  #43

I got out for a couple hours this evening and put the blind to the test for the first time. The water that I was in was really too shallow but the blind worked as it should and I did manage a few decent shots of some geese. A couple other things to mention:

I finally weighed the blind, it's just under 60lbs (not counting the fabric cover and support ribs).

I recently bought a kayak cart because I added a new tandem kayak to my lineup this year, but it also works great for the blind and was a huge asset getting it to the water. I need to add a handle to the bow to make pulling the blind easier while it's on the cart.

I tried paddling the blind using a canoe paddle for the first time and it was nearly a total failure. Because the blind has a completely flat bottom it wants to just spin away from the side you are paddling on, no amount of J-stroking helps. I had to switch paddling sides pretty much every two strokes to maintain even a barely straight line. Next time out I will try a kayak paddle which should help, it's definitely not something you would want to paddle for any great distance though (not that I ever planned to).

Now that the blind is finished I started a new thread for sharing photos here: http://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1479101 The results tonight were promising, and I hope to have many more photos to add in the future.

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Apr 10, 2017 11:32 as a reply to  @ ShadowHillsPhoto's post |  #44

Very nice! I'm glad that you finally got a chance to try it out.

As far as the paddling goes, can't you possibly put on a flip-up rudder on the back? It should be an easy fix, I have seen them on other home-made boats. The main thing would be access to it and it not getting in your way.
I don't think that a keel would be a good idea though (on the bottom) due to you will probably drag this sometimes, or not. :)

Good job on this though, that is a nice shot too, I really love the angle that you achieved.

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Jun 17, 2017 03:02 |  #45

I'm thinking put one of these on board:

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