bidkev wrote in post #18412315
Blinds/hides are ridiculously expensive here at around $400 but I can buy one of these for $50. The thought is to cut a small window in each side covered with a bit of camo or scrim netting which will allow me to observe and through which a can poke my lens. IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/VSuWW7 s-l500
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I have used these same types of super-inexpensive blinds (a.k.a. "hides") for many years, with a lot of success. . I use the ones that aren't so upright (tall) as the one you show, but that are shorter and have a lager footprint. . They are almost always right around $50, and do not typically have any kind of a floor.
The first thing I do is to cut numerous holes in them, so that I can stick my lenses out just about anywhere. . They are so cheap that you really have nothing to lose by punching a bunch of holes in the material. . I just carry a package of safety pins with me so that I can pin shut the holes that I am not using at any given time. . The safety pins also work great for attaching bits of camo material, that will drape over the lens when you put it through a hole, and keep you concealed. . Just buy a yard or two of cheap camo material at WalMart and cut it into bandana-sized pieces for such usage. . There's always some sort of suitable camo material for 3 or 4 dollars a yard - often times even cheaper.
I would not expect this type of blind to have a floor, unless the advertisement clearly said that a floor is included. . Floors are actually a huge pain in the butt, and I would not want such a blind if it had a floor. . Why? . Because I normally set these up on ground that is very uneven and has small shrubby vegetation growing on it. This works fine if there is no floor, but if there is a floor, then it becomes almost impossible to set the blind over top of an area with small, stiff, brushy vegetation on it. . And you really can't afford to always put it on a nice clear patch of ground, because that nice clear area may not be in the best position for quality photographs. . After all, photo quality should always come first, and physical comfort should always be a very distant second.
In all honesty, the type of blind you use really doesn't mater very much at all. . However, the precise location at which you set the blind up at matters enormously. . A foot or two one way or the other will mean a world of difference in your results. . It really pays to spend a lot of time figuring out precisely where to position your blind, paying great attention to factors such as direction of the light source, aesthetic qualities of the background, ratio between subject-to-camera and subject-to-background distances, and how you want to incorporate supporting elements, such as foliage, into your compositions.
bidkev wrote in post #18412315
It's very light with no frame as such being a "pop up" and folds flat.
nardes wrote in post #18412331
A comical sight at the end of these camps is watching the users trying to collapse, fold and fit the darned thing back into its zipped bag.
Dennis brings up a good point. It is often difficult to get these spring-steel-framed structures rolled up the way they need to be rolled up in order to get them back into the case. . I have had two of mine get to the point where, after much use over several years, they become misshapen enough that they simply won't go back into the position they need to in order to fold up properly. . At that point, there isn't much you can do other than give up on them and purchase a new unit.
Leaving them in one place, on a semi-permanent basis, doesn't work so sell, because they fade in super-strong sunlight, and they are so lightly built that they don't hold up to the harsh elements very well. . They're just not made to last through strong winds, snow, and day after day of 100 degree heat with super clear skies and scorching sunlight. . These super-inexpensive, lightly built hides really need to be packed up and stored out of the elements in order to get any kind of reasonable longevity out of them (unless you live in an area with a mild climate).
Choderboy wrote in post #18413086
I have considered something similar but I have doubts. The main problem I believe is positioning. I find it's very common to have a subject at a reasonable distance but obscured by trees / foliage.
The challenge is moving quietly and or slowly, depending on the subject, into a position with a clear view without spooking the subject. A hide like this would make that much more difficult.
I think that the normal way a hide is used is to set up in a spot where that critters are known to frequent, and wait in a fixed position for them to come in............NOT to try to move around whilst within the hide. . Just the thought of someone trying to move around while in a hide is quite humorous!
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