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Old Apr 17, 2013, 10:53 AM   #1
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...and others that may be curious. Ramcewan asked if I would show my " 'coon set-up". It got it's name from a night I wanted to catch a raccoon that was raiding my feeders. Another daring raid! It worked so well, I just kept it in place and "tweaked it" a bit. It's nothing more than a cheap flash with even cheaper wireless trigger, pressed up against the window to reduce reflected flash. Here's the original set-up duct-taped to the window.



Here's the tweaked version -- even easier. Just a Vivitar 2800-D on a flash stand with the area between the flash and the window covered with a piece of black cloth held in place by masking tape.



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thanks GJtoth,

That is cool and I can see the difference it makes in your shots when light is not so good.

I recently tried a similar idea where I put my camera outside in the tree with the feeder and fired it via wireless from inside.



camera in a tree by ramcewan, on Flickr

First couple of attempts didn't yield anything exceptionally good but I am still trying. I may have to look at adding a flash too.
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thanks GJtoth,

First couple of attempts didn't yield anything exceptionally good but I am still trying. I may have to look at adding a flash too.
I've tried that with varying degrees of success. If you use flash, use it OFF camera. Many of the folks I know that photograph birds have to deal with what they call, "steel eyes". Similar to Red Eye. Moving the flash off-camera eliminates that problem.
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Gary, you have gotten it down to the Science. Nice setup!
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Gary, you have gotten it down to the Science. Nice setup!
Thanks very much. It's just simple stuff and easy to do... and CHEAP
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