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Author:  Zack [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:37 am ]
Post subject:  Skunk under the stars (& a whitetail)

A striped skunk under the stars in western Montana. D7000, Sigma 10-20mm, TRLcam PIR, 2 SB-28s (key light only, sidelight failed to fire)

The second shot is a Whitetail that passed by an earlier set at close range. I was hoping for fox here but never got one. Again, only one light triggered, which made for a very distracting shadow from the stump. I think the cold nights, combined with the cheapo wireless triggers is what is making them so unreliable.

Author:  Predator 1 [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Skunk under the stars (& a whitetail)

Zack wrote:
A striped skunk under the stars in western Montana. D7000, Sigma 10-20mm, TRLcam PIR, 2 SB-28s (key light only, sidelight failed to fire)

The second shot is a Whitetail that passed by an earlier set at close range. I was hoping for fox here but never got one. Again, only one light triggered, which made for a very distracting shadow from the stump. I think the cold nights, combined with the cheapo wireless triggers is what is making them so unreliable.


Awesome shots! Curious what your settings were. I’m trying a few long exposure sets this year. So far no success but I’m thinking it’s because the animals haven’t showed up at the right time.


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Author:  Gartooth [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Skunk under the stars (& a whitetail)

Nice shots Zack! Are you using rechargeable batteries in your flash radio poppers?

Author:  Zack [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:17 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Skunk under the stars (& a whitetail)

Predator 1 wrote:
Awesome shots! Curious what your settings were. I’m trying a few long exposure sets this year. So far no success but I’m thinking it’s because the animals haven’t showed up at the right time.


Thanks! The skunk was 30 Sec. @ f/6.3, ISO 1600. Of course with settings like this, only nighttime exposures will be correct. Everything else will be a wash.

Gartooth wrote:
Nice shots Zack! Are you using rechargeable batteries in your flash radio poppers?


Thanks Casey, I have tried using rechargeables in the poppers, but the ones I used (Amazon basics hi-capacity) were very inconsistent so I went back to alkalines. Temps have been in the mid to upper 20s and low 30s at night. I also have to place the flashes close to the camera (within a few feet) otherwise they will not fire at all.

Author:  ArthurV [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:35 pm ]
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The skunk image is very appealing and I don't think the shadow across the stump is overly disconcerting. Good job.

Author:  Gartooth [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Skunk under the stars (& a whitetail)

I’ve had intermittent fails when using rechargeables in the CS radio poppers. Pretty reliable though with energizer alkalines. You should be getting way more than a few feet. Maybe check the battery contacts on the receiver’s slide door for residue or poor contact. Battery in the transmitter probably not the problem.

Author:  pastorjim08 [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Skunk under the stars (& a whitetail)

Beautiful shots!

Blessings........Pastorjim

Author:  Gartooth [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Skunk under the stars (& a whitetail)

Something else I thought about- were these the second exposures? Are you sure your flashes are not going back to sleep during those long exposures?

Author:  Zack [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Skunk under the stars (& a whitetail)

Gartooth wrote:
Something else I thought about- were these the second exposures? Are you sure your flashes are not going back to sleep during those long exposures?


Per your previous suggestion, I made sure everything was tightened down securely. I also checked the contacts on the CS poppers. The positive contacts were coated in black plastic (melted?). After cleaning them the flashes seemed to work a bit better, but still only fairly consistent when placed a few feet away from the camera (I would say about 4-5ft max). And yes, the long exposure skunk image was a second exposure, but the same thing is happening even when shooting multiple frames at 1/200 Sec. Usually at least 1 of the flashes will fire, but I would really like to get both of them to work. One thing I noticed on my SB-28s - if you press against the battery compartment the flash will power off and then power back on randomly. Not sure if this is normal, or if I have a defective one. I guess I'll have to do some more testing..

Author:  buckhuntertrailcam [ Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:26 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Skunk under the stars (& a whitetail)

That's an awesome picture of that skunk.

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