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 Post subject: Raccoons and a skunk
PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 4:48 pm 
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Here are some photos from my first camera trap set in the Catskills, NY. Same location as my 'Meet & Greet' post here, but I changed the composition to get a better view of the critters on top of the stone wall. Lots of raccoons and a visit from a skunk. The long-haired weasel from my previous post showed up a few times but I didn't get a good shot yet.

All photos are taken with a Canon EOS 550D, EF-S 18-55mm; Camtraptions PIR v3; 2 Nikon SB-28 speedlights.

The first two images are taken with direct lighting from 2 speedlights. I've covered the speedlights with a strip of 1/2 CTO to warm up the light a little.

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I then started to experiment with light modifiers. I placed a 40x40cm softbox on a cheap light stand on the left of the camera. My key light was a speedlight with a cheap gridded 'beauty dish' attached to give directional light that wasn't too harsh. Both speedlights were gelled with 1/2 CTO to give it some warmth. I really like this soft look. However, a lot of light is lost through the tupperware housing for my speedlights combined with the gridded beauty dish so quite a bit of post-processing is required to get the desired result. Next up is trying to only use a small grid directly on the flash housing. Alternatively, I'll cut out a clear 'window' in the tupperware to improve light transmission.

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Finally, I also got a scruffy looking skunk. This shot was severely underexposed because a bear had nudged the flash housing out of alignment. The photo was still salvageable though.

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Here a few 'behind the scenes' shots (I've since moved the light stand closer to the wall):

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2019 5:55 pm 
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Oh, here's a short GIF of the bear messing with my flash! Luckily no damage.

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 Post subject: Re: Raccoons and a skunk
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Wow those are sweet ... good job!


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Beautiful photos. If your bears are like ours those flash units won't last long.

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I love those and think the lighting is nice. Lots of equipment and money there that pesky bear must be a worry?

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buckhuntertrailcam wrote:
I love those and think the lighting is nice. Lots of equipment and money there that pesky bear must be a worry?


Thanks! Although multiple bears have messed with my equipment, they haven't caused any real damage (yet... :luck). So far the light stand and softbox have been completely ignored by the bears, their attention is more focussed on things that are more often handled by human hands and probably have more scent to it (camera housing, flash housing, sensor). Those items are the most expensive parts of my set, the rest is cheap stuff I got off Aliexpress or Amazon, so I'm not really worried.

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Great lighting.

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The multi-raccoon pics -- excellent.


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Those are some sweet sh. Love the location.


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PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2019 12:09 pm 
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Fantastic shots and really like the soft light from the box!


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