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marsonite
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11/30/2019 02:13PM
Given that a lot of us are more or less stuck inside this weekend, I thought you might enjoy seeing my new video .

A few years ago, I put together a compilation of camera trap photos I had collected over the course of about three years. I did it on the spur of the moment, and it always bugged me that I didn't spend more time selecting and arranging the photos. So recently, I went through my photos again and came up with this collection, arranged by time of year. I hope you enjoy!
 
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missmolly
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11/30/2019 04:35PM
That was fantastic. Thanks soooo much!
 
11/30/2019 05:19PM
That was the perfect way to end a long week, thank you for sharing.
 
CoachBigD
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11/30/2019 07:19PM
Very cool. Thank you for sharing.
 
Mocha
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12/01/2019 09:35AM
OMG! That is so crazy. Are all these on your property? Great photos. My trail cameras do not take great photos like these.
 
12/01/2019 09:59AM
Very cool
 
marsonite
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12/01/2019 10:09AM
Mocha: "OMG! That is so crazy. Are all these on your property? Great photos. My trail cameras do not take great photos like these."

Thanks for the kind comments! Mocha, 3/4 of these photos were taken just north of Duluth, off of the Foxfarm road on public land. A few were even from the woods near my house in the city limits of Duluth. The ones that are obviously in a spruce forest are taken near my cabin in Isabella, which is near Sand Lake on Lake County 2.

The cameras are homemade. Basically you buy an old point and shoot and hook it up to a device that turns the camera on and shutters a picture when motion is detected. You can buy such a device ready made (camera has to be hacked).

Big improvement in photos comes with improved lighting. I use a slave flash offset from the camera. This is key, as any photographer knows. There's commercial trail cameras out there that take pretty nice day pictures but the night photos always suck because of the flash they use.
 
arm2008
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12/01/2019 12:25PM
Very enjoyable! Were you using bait?

I get a lot of joy out of looking at the pictures from my trail cams.
 
riverrunner
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12/01/2019 01:14PM
It is very interesting what one comes up with.
When one has game/trail cameras set out and about.

nice pictures
 
marsonite
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12/01/2019 09:29PM
arm2008: "Very enjoyable! Were you using bait?


I get a lot of joy out of looking at the pictures from my trail cams. "


I used bait on some, usually roadkilled deer. A good trick in the summer is to fill a metal paint can with meat and drill tiny holes in the lid (too small for blow flies). Throw a skull under the tree and critters will come looking for the source of the smell all summer. But a lot of pictures were just taken at good spots. Beaver dams seem to be a big attraction in themselves.
 
MHS67
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12/02/2019 12:07AM
That is really interesting on how you set up the camera! It sure takes nice pictures. Thanks.
 
Chuckles
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12/02/2019 07:28AM
Thanks for sharing; so many good ones. My favorite was the bear 'crotch' shot around 3:10.

I love that you included some tails and other ones that got away.
 
OldTripper
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12/02/2019 08:21AM
Excellent video!
And thank you for sharing how you got them.
 
missmolly
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12/02/2019 09:17AM
I do hope you share more photos in coming years.
 
arm2008
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12/02/2019 10:11AM
I'll keep that info about bait in mind for some future sites I might want to check out. Currently I have my cameras setup on bridges on our property outback and they act as natural funnels. Sometimes I toss out scraps, but after I saw how it changes the behavior of the animals I don't do that much anymore. They hang around too long eating and looking for more scraps. Bait they can't eat might not have the same effect.

The trail cam pics aren't anywhere as nice as yours. I may decide to delve into using that type of setup in the future.
 
jrcrrr
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12/02/2019 06:17PM

That is Superb. Love seeing wildlife. I don't see 75% of those animals,in my yard.
Thank you so much.
 
12/03/2019 07:14PM
This is amazing. and so enjoyable.

Usually I turn off the music that goes along with the slide-show videos, but I found this relaxing, not distracting.

Loved it!
 
marsonite
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12/04/2019 09:02PM
Spartan2: "This is amazing. and so enjoyable.


Usually I turn off the music that goes along with the slide-show videos, but I found this relaxing, not distracting.


Loved it!"


Thanks! That's actually my daughter's senior violin recital. I was looking for something low key and that I didn't have to worry about owning the rights to.
 
andym
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12/06/2019 12:12AM
Fantastic. I just watched it twice. Once by myself and then another time to show my wife. We both enjoyed both the pictures and your daughter's playing.
 
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