Camera Trapping Update

It's been almost a year since I last informed you about my camera traps. 2015 wasn't the best year for me and camera trapping. I set a couple traps over the last few months as tests, testing my equipment, testing my skills and trying to get my technique down. Using trail cameras for hunting, when I was young, is one of the many things that got me interested in photography. So now to be able to create high quality photographs with dslr camera is really exciting. I first got the idea from world famous & national geographic photographer Steve Winter. He used camera traps to capture beautiful images of tigers, lions & snow leopards! After doing a lot of research and finding a lot of other photographers using this technique, I thought I'd give it a try. Here is a couple from my first year of testing.

The image above is of a black vulture at a whitetail deer carcass. I discovered the deer after it had been hit by a car, drug it off the road into the woods and setup my trap. I got lots of images of opossums, turkey vultures and black vultures. This was my favorite image of this set.

Equipment Used & Technical Settings:

Canon 70D, Canon 17-40mm, ISO 400,  f/5.6, 1/100 of second. 2 Nikon SB-28 flash off camera fired by a wireless trigger.

 Opossum

Opossum

 Raccoon

Raccoon

 Gray Fox

Gray Fox

The above images are of an opossum, raccoon & gray fox crossing a natural bridge. I left this set out for about 10 days. I came in on the 4th day and changed the camera angle then returned after another week to pull it out. I was testing to see if any animals were using this log and I will return this winter when the water rises.

Equipment Used & Technical Settings:

Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 17-40mm, ISO 800,  f/8, 1/125 of second. 2 Nikon SB-28 flash off camera fired by a wireless trigger.

 Great Blue Heron with a small whitetail buck in the background

Great Blue Heron with a small whitetail buck in the background

The image above was from my second time ever using the camera trap. I left this set out for 7 days and got mostly squirrels, crows and robins. I was surprised to see the heron walk down the edge of stream with the deer in the background. I did have an otter show up but had a technical malfunction and didn't get any good shots of it.

Equipment Used & Technical Settings:

Canon 70D, Canon 10-18mm, ISO 800,  f/8, 1/40 of second. 2 Nikon SB-28 flash off camera fired by a wireless trigger.

I have big plans for 2016. I will have multiple traps going throughout the year and some going after specific species. I'm still hunting after the elusive bobcat. I promise I will keep you updated very regularly. I'm really excited to add this new photography style to my arsenal. It's allowing me to keep photographing while I'm at work and asleep!

Cheers!   -Neil