<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN"> <html> <head> <title>Kinsman Physics Productions :: Setting and using a camera trap to photograph animals</title> <style> TD.thin_border_cell {background:#FFFFFF; border: 1px #000000 solid; padding: 10 text-align: left;} </style> </head> <body style="color: rgb(102, 102, 102); background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <center><font face="Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" size="1"><a href="/"><img src="/img/2nd_header_raccoon.jpg" border="0" height="105" width="773"></a> <table bgcolor="#ffffff" border="0" cellpadding="10" cellspacing="10" width="793"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="thin_border_cell" valign="top"> <font face="Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" size="2"> <img src="/img/raccoon_title.gif" height="23" width="300"> <br clear="all"> <br> <b>Remote Photography of Animals Using an Infrared trigger</b> <br> <br> Ted Kinsman&nbsp; Spring 2006<br> Rochester, New York <br> <br> <a href="racoon-small.jpg"><img src="raccoon_th_1.jpg" alt="racoon eating an egg" align="right" border="0" hspace="10" vspace="4"></a>For some time I have been interested to know what was moving around in my back yard, this gave me the perfect excuse to test out some of the infrared triggers for the <a href="http://www.bmumford.com/photo/camctlr.html">Mumford camera controller</a>.&nbsp; In the past I have used lasers, and trip wires.&nbsp; In several of the the shots you can see the yellow reflector that bounces an IR beam from an infrared diode back to the detector.&nbsp; It is always a good idea to test this equipment out before it is used in the field or a remote location.&nbsp; Here I am testing the equipment for experiments to take place later in the summer.&nbsp; It turned out these experiments were good practice for the bats in flight project of august, 2006.<br> &nbsp; <br> &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp; The camera is a Canon 30D and it is triggered by a Mumford camera controller (time-machine trigger).&nbsp; The camera is set to fully manual mode and triggered by the camera controller, which in turn is triggered by an object breaking the infrared (IR) beam.&nbsp; The camera triggered the flash units.&nbsp; In this set-up there are three 200 joule studio strobes set up - these are protected by dew or rain by a large clear plastic bag.&nbsp; <br> <br> The first few times the raccoon (Procyon lotor) broke the light beam it ran off, only to return a few minutes later.&nbsp; After about 6 flashes, the raccoon settled down to eat.&nbsp; I bated the camera trap with eggs and apples, since I did not know if dear or some other animal would show up.&nbsp; In several of the images the local cat is licking up the broken eggs.&nbsp; In one of the images you can see me breaking the IR beam to test the set-up and confirm the correct exposure.&nbsp; If you look close at several of the images you can see a bit of light flair from the left flash which is placed behind the raccoon.&nbsp; This flash needs to be shielded better from the camera.<br> <br> In the future I would like to continue this work for much longer times and get a good set of images of the local wildlife.<br> <br> <br> </font> <center><font face="Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" size="2"><img alt="raccoon" src="Racoon-A.jpg" style="width: 432px; height: 337px;"> <br> <br> <br> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td align="center" valign="bottom"><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, Sans-Serif" size="-2"> <a href="cat06-024.jpg" target="ImageWindow" style="text-decoration: none;"><img src="cat06-024_t.jpg" alt="cat06-024.jpg" border="0" height="150" width="150"> <div style="text-align: center;"><br> </div> </a></font></td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, Sans-Serif" size="-2"> <a href="cat06-025.jpg" target="ImageWindow" style="text-decoration: none;"><img src="cat06-025_t.jpg" alt="cat06-025.jpg" border="0" height="150" width="150"> <div style="text-align: center;"><br> </div> </a></font></td> <td align="center" valign="bottom"><font face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, Sans-Serif" size="-2"> <a href="racoon-large.jpg" target="ImageWindow" style="text-decoration: none;"><img src="racoon-large_t.jpg" alt="racoon-large.jpg" border="0" height="150" width="150"> <div style="text-align: center;"><br> </div> </a></font></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </font></center> <font face="Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif" size="2"><br> <br> More info on the <a href="http://www.bmumford.com/photo/camctlr.html">Mumford Camera Controller Time-Machine </a><br> <br> <br> For more information on <a href="http://www.sciencephotography.com">www.sciencephotography.com</a> please visit our <a href="http://www.sciencephotography.com">main site</a><br> </font></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br> Kinsman Physics Productions " <a href="http://www.sciencephotography.com">www.sciencephotography.com</a> " <img src="/img/email_graphic.gif" align="middle"> <br> </font></center> </body> </html>