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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:04 pm 
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I was after flash pics only and I knew that this would be an ideal spot. Only the grass and tree would be illuminated and the middle area would be a black void. That black void would make my target really stand out I figured. Providing I could find the right balance of lighting and not overblow it with too much flash. My way of accomplishing this is by way of flash distance and angle plus adjusting the cam's ISO value. I set up my gear, then come back the next day to check the card. I go home, look at the images on my computer and on my next trip back I make any necessary adjustments. I repeat the process until I find what I'm looking for in my pics.

The gear is a Sony W300 with one of Ralph's Vivitar 2800 remote slave flashes. In both test areas, I placed the cam 3 ft. off the ground and the flash 16" above the camera lens and off-set slightly. In the first six pics, I had the cam set about 22 ft. from the tree. In pics #003 - #006, I raised the cam upwards a bit. The cam was set to ISO 100, PROGRAM MODE, NATURAL COLOR, AUTO everything else.

In pic #007 I wanted to incorporate more of the tree so I brought the cam n flash to the next fence post. That increased the distance from the tree to my cam to about 30 ft. I once again placed the cam 3 ft. off the ground and the flash 16" above the camera lens. This time I angled the flash and cam to about parallel to the ground. I also moved the flash over to position the flash and cam lens above one another. Now to make up for the extra distance, I adjusted the ISO in the cam to 200 to brighten up the scene. It's taken me 4 attempts to find the right cam and flash position but I am very content with the results now.

I'll stick with this set until the apples have all fallen. If I could get a Bear or two at this set, that would be a bonus.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 9:23 pm 
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Now we're talking Gary .. what a beautiful backdrop. Results are perfect


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 10:30 pm 
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Well crafted.


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Nicely done Gary. I would think a bear has to show sooner or later.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 19, 2017 9:51 am 
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Thanks guys,

Honestly, if I could set up a cam in under an hour, I would be amazed at myself. Then to never have to make further adjustments to it. Well, that's never happened that I can remember. I would think that most of us can relate to that. Yet after saying that, I think that's what many of us enjoy about camtrapping.

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Very nice.

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Very nice setting (nice bucks too). Apple trees sure are a real draw for wildlife -- you've certainly got a good set there.

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Great set and lessons for external flash greenhorns like me.


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some great flash coverage Gary...!

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Beautiful images and the biggest apple tree I have ever seen.


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