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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 9:38 pm 
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This YouTube production lasts 17 minutes, and it is not about camera trapping. But it is food for thought if you are interested in the general topic, which most of us are!


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 10, 2020 11:17 pm 
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Watched the whole thing, interesting opinions on the subject. The fella has a passion for his craft that's for sure. I could relate to getting consumed into what you are doing and the extent of what you must do to get the images you hope for.

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It’s 17 minutes but very informative. It’s exactly what my photography friends have been pointing out. Great post.


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That was interesting. His point about content vs photography is so true. I'm sure we all see it every day.

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We all, I'm sure, produce some of both content and photography. It may not be intentional, but it's what we do -- hopefully we know the difference. The vast majority of images produced by any device are rather pedestrian, only the rare few are truly great. Besides which, there's a great difference between images taken to tell a story and those taken for display as a print, in a book, or as a magazine cover.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:44 am 
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I agree. What's nice about camera trapping is that there are many rewards. If you think like a bird watcher who keeps a life list, content is good enough. If the photo is good enough to identify the animal, it's good enough to add to your list. If it's a rare species or a critter found in special habitats, you can take satisfaction in having found it. Two species I wanted to camera trap upon retirement were completely unknown to me -- the red-tree mouse which lives in tall Douglas firs, and the mountain beaver, a guinea pig size rodent and a living fossil. Finding their nests and burrows wasn't easy, but I finally got the hang of it and got photos of each. What I learned was as rewarding as the photos and videos. I found circumstantial evidence that red squirrels may prey upon the tree mice, and discovered that mink, water shrews, and two species of weasels used the mountain beaver's burrows. I also found that red squirrels "mine" truffles in the burrows. Cameras are tools of discovery and tools of the artist.


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