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Are Trail Cams useful to you as a wildlife photographer?

 
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Jul 25, 2017 20:02 |  #16

I think raccoons like having their picture taken by trail cameras.


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Jul 25, 2017 20:59 as a reply to  @ Fishbreath's post |  #17

ok lol ...I know you'll get a kick out of this one... bird feeder on the right. metal feeder on the left. lol just off the deck


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Jul 26, 2017 08:24 |  #18

just changed out the SD card this morning. Here is another reason that I'm going to sit tight in the woods. Plus trail cams have the time and date on so I know what time they are around. left of the coyote are two more.


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Aug 23, 2017 19:50 |  #19

4 points on one side 6 on the other. deer bear and coyote all at this location. I'll be hiding near by


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Aug 27, 2017 21:30 |  #20

Amazing the quality of pics they will take! :)


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Aug 28, 2017 10:19 |  #21

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Aug 28, 2017 10:20 |  #22

Few more


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Aug 28, 2017 11:37 |  #23

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Looks like a very nice play ground.


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Aug 28, 2017 13:04 |  #24

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Looks like a very nice play ground.

It certainly is. The springs keep the water open in the winter so it's a hotspot for the waterfowl.




  
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Nov 19, 2017 09:03 |  #25

After 6 or 8 months experience, I can say that the trail cams have proven to be a lot of fun in their own right. The results have met the objectives I laid out when first acquiring them, especially documenting who has been using an area and getting a sense of their activity patterns. The info from the trail cams was very helpful in determining where and when it would be worth staking out a location and resulted in a series of fox pup photos that would have been difficult otherwise. One den had adult foxes bringing food items to the den and later I saw lots of pup activity for about a month and a half before they disappeared. On one visit to retrieve the SD card, I heard a bawling noise and found that a very young pup was outside the den. I ran back to the truck and grabbed my 7dii and got a photo before it disappeared down another entrance. Another den several miles away had occasional adult visits, but no pups were seen nor adults bringing any food to the den until about 2 months after the pups were born in the first den. Then all of a sudden, 3 older pups were seen at this second den for weeks on end. This info encouraged me to stake out the 2nd den area one morning (I live nearly 3 hours away, so it takes some effort and time to devote to it) and was rewarded by having the pups show themselves. Without the trail cam info, I could have spent many unproductive hours at the wrong den site!

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Nov 19, 2017 16:31 |  #26

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Nov 21, 2017 14:48 |  #27

I would definitely say that trail cams can improve your wildlife photography by allowing you to get to know your subject in their natural environment. As in any genre of photography, the more you know about the subject, the easier it will be for you to get successful shots. Visiting a zoo for example won't show the animals behaviour the same as it would if you viewed the same creature in it's natural habitat.

The trail camera should be used as a tool to help improve your photography, just as lenses, cameras, lighting, filters & Photoshop etc improve your finished product.




  
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Dec 31, 2017 14:29 |  #28

So far a trail cam has done nothing for my photography... It has only been fun in its own right as a camera in the bush when I'm home asleep. Honestly I dont even use hides. I do own two and have only used them on my deck 10 feet from the front door of the house. I hunt game on foot and mostly in drab brown cloths not camo. Not that I dont have and wear camo but birds on my deck seem confused by camo and are more skittish than plain drabby cloths / jacket.

I always walk up on game and shoot from an eye level perspective. Just something I have done from a kid no matter what I'm carrying gun or camera.


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Dec 31, 2017 15:35 |  #29

Pondrader wrote in post #18530295 (external link)
Honestly I dont even use hides. I do own two and have only used them on my deck 10 feet from the front door of the house. I hunt game on foot . . .

Are there some wary critters in your area that you haven't been able to shoot well? . I mean, for things that are real skittish, like wolves, do you think a blind may help you where footstalking falls short?

Here in my area we have lots of Bobcats, and lots of Mountain Lions. . But I have never been able to get real good photos of either of these species, and I don't think I'd ever be able to unless I hid in a blind all day. . Just wondering if there are things like that where you live.

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I always walk up on game and shoot from an eye level perspective.

When you say "eye level perspective", do you mean that you get down on the ground to shoot at the level the critter's eyes are at, or that you stand upright and shoot from the level that your eyes are at when standing up?

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Are there some wary critters in your area that you haven't been able to shoot well? . I mean, for things that are real skittish, like wolves, do you think a blind may help you where footstalking falls short?

Here in my area we have lots of Bobcats, and lots of Mountain Lions. . But I have never been able to get real good photos of either of these species, and I don't think I'd ever be able to unless I hid in a blind all day. . Just wondering if there are things like that where you live.

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When you say "eye level perspective", do you mean that you get down on the ground to shoot at the level the critter's eyes are at, or that you stand upright and shoot from the level that your eyes are at when standing up?

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Hey Tom,.. I get down to their eye level.. doesnt matter who or what they are I try and put myself at their height. it just feels better in the image. of course it only really matters if you do get close. distence can do wonders adjusting your perspective I think.

Your right about some of the bigger game, you have to be more stealthy. I have a cougar here around the places I hangout and Ive never put eyes on him/her. but then again I've never gone out of my way to try. the wolves are again very stealthy but great shots of them are always going to be by chance I think. a shot in the bad light is just that for me. I find I'm starting to get more picky.


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