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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 1:18 pm 
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 4:55 pm 
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No people casualties in Nebraska that I've heard about. Lots of tornado, hail, winds and rain. But this camera is on a post about 6 ft off the ground. The typical water level is about 15-10 feet below the camera level.

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PostPosted: Sat May 09, 2015 9:20 am 
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One lightly used Nikon D300 and lens. In great condition but will not turn on. May just be a bad battery. My loss is your gain. As is. Cash only. :laughing

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PostPosted: Thu May 28, 2015 5:42 pm 
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Another fun few days in the field. Nebraska has received above average moisture this year. So the western hills are green and there are many pothole lakes.

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These images are from the Wildcat Hills area of Nebraska. Just a few miles from the Wyoming border.

On the way out west I stopped along the Platte River and assisted a photographer in installing a couple of his camera traps.

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The setup is a Sony a6000 and a Panasonic GH4. The Sony will handle daytime video duties and the Panasonic will provide daytime still images. Both are fired with wireless by one active IR across the front of the beaver dam and one passive IR in front of the cameras. Can't wait to see the results.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 2:21 pm 
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A few weeks ago David and I had the pleasure of traveling to Colorado to install a camera to watch a remote eagles nest. Sounds simple. The customer wanted live "good" streaming video, a DSLR still picture camera that could be controlled remotely, a HD video camera that could be controlled remotely and a live feed from the streaming video camera to be embedded in their web site. Plus, there is no cell service in the bottom of the canyon at the eagle nest site.

So, here is what we designed and installed. If you look closely you can see the nest in the dead tree.

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The streaming video camera is a 3mp IP camera with remote zoom and focus control. This was connected to a POE adapter and then to a four port switch. Also connected to the switch is a wifi access point. To get the video to a place with cellular coverage we used a couple 5ghz link radios. That is the small rectangular box you see fastened to the rock. It sends the video to a hub site out of the canyon where we have cellular coverage. To do the still pictures and HD video we used a Sony a5000 camera. To control the camera remotely we used a Electric Imp IOT controller. David wrote a script that allows the photographer to turn on the camera, take a still image, take a burst of four still images, take a 15, 30, or 45 second video all by clicking on buttons on the screen. All while watching the live video. To get the images and HD video into DropBox we use a EyeFi card in the camera connected to the local access point.

Here is a picture of the electronics before everything was covered with rocks to hide it.

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At the hub site on the hill we have the other end of the 5ghz link, a 3g/4g router with external antenna and a 2.4ghz link radio pointed back to the visitor center. It is all powered by a solar panel and batteries. By using wireless to get the live streaming video to the visitor center the quality is HD and looks amazing. The streaming video going to the internet is limited by the quality of the cellular connection.

Here is a sample image and video from the Sony a5000 that I captured remotely yesterday.

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Now if the eagle uses the same tree to nest again next year the customer should have some really nice footage and still pics.

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Wow and double wow. that is one cool set up.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 3:53 pm 
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David and I had the pleasure of building a camera trap around a Sony a7S and Atomos Shogun this last week. Here is what we came up with.

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The Sony a7S outputs uncompressed video through its HDMI port. This video is recorded by the Shogun 4K monitor/recorder. A 15 second clip at 4K ends up being a 1.8gb video file. The Shogun has a large SSD to capture the large file.

I tapped into the Shogun and a7S to be able to control the timing and functions of the pieces of the system. Everything is controlled by our custom controller using a TI MSP430 micro controller. The options are set by the dipswitch on the control board. The customer can control the length of the video, day only, night only, 24/7, internal PIR on-off, video or still pictures and how long the shutter button is held down in the still picture mode. There are also remote ports for power and remote motion detector or a TRLcam long range remote.

The Sony a7S is king of low light right now. Although I see they just came out with a a7S II last week.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 08, 2015 4:26 pm 
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The live feed of The Nature Conservancy eagle cam is available on Ustream for anybody interested. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/kcF8zA8Nc7Q

There have been eagles sitting in the tree most evenings and some mornings.

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Yesterday afternoon I spent a few hours along the Platte River in central Nebraska installing some IR camera traps. While waiting for the sun to go down to test the IR light level I snapped this image of the sunset. There were thousands of black birds roosting for the evening.

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