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My First Time-Lapse

I got to try out my new, nifty, camera timer for the first time a few weeks ago while out hunting.  Among other things, it allows me to program how many pictures to take and how often to take them, in order to be able to make them in to a time-lapse video.

I really didn’t plan this out; I only came up with the idea of shooting this location about 30 minutes before I did it.  I didn’t have a lot of time to pick the best angle or check the sensor for dirt as I needed to get out in the woods for the last 90 minutes of hunting.

In the first few seconds, you’ll see me walking out to my hunting stand.  About 25 seconds in to it, you can see deer run across the field, and if you watch close in the last few seconds, you can see the blur of me and another hunter walking out.  We’re blurred because of the long shutter speeds needed to expose a photo at dusk.

This is 704 photos taken over 2 hours and 5 minutes.  Camera: Canon 30D

Deer at Sunset Time-Lapse

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Photo of the day 3/31/11 – “Luckier Shot”

‘Luckier Shot’
A lot of things have to come together for a shot as this. Me in the right place, deer in the right place, snow, soft sunlight, sunlight shining fairly unobstructed on deer, fairly unobstructed camera view, tree lines leading toward the deer… But one of the most crazy things, as deer hunters will tell you, is that deer have a knack for standing behind a tree…even when they don’t even yet know you are there. And if you so much as exhale or blink when they are looking right at you, it’s over–and ‘der he was…gone.

So to have all of the above work out, and then for me to be able to overcome that ‘buck fever’ shaking and be able get a clear shot at 200mm, I’m happy I got any usable picture at all!

My new secret spot, Wisconsin
March 31, 2011

Photo info:
1/400, f/2.8, ISO320, 200mm, no crop
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Photo of the day 3/30/11 – “Lucky Shot”

‘Lucky Shot’
I’ve put on a lot of miles this year snowshoeing…most times with the goal of hunting deer. I wanted to get a nice, close shot of a deer in the snow with a nice background…you know, wallpaper material. But after going out many times without any luck, I started going without my camera.

Today I decided to take the camera again, but I only took the middle zoom because if nothing else, I could still photo something along the trail. Being overdressed with the sun going down, I soon wished I had left the camera in the car. It’s big, and gets in the way when snowshoeing.

With about 1.5 miles in, I was just daydreaming and trudging along when I saw a little deer. Then I saw three more. I watched them run up the hill only to have the last one give me the pose I had been looking for all season. But when I reviewed the photos I took of the other ten or so deer that I shot shortly afterward, this one jumped out. Yes, pun intended.

Check back tomorrow for the shot I had been waiting for.

My new secret spot, Wisconsin
March 30, 2011

Photo info:
1/400, f/2.8, ISO200, 200mm, cropped about 50%
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