National Geographic : 1913 Jul
Photo by George Shiras, 3rd NIGHT PICTURE OF WHITE-TAIL BUCK AND DOE Beyond the ridge was a large, white pine log, where the camera and flashlight were set, the string running to a pine opposite. Flash probably fired by the doe Usually I encamped near enough to hear the report of the flash, but some times it may be set many miles away, or perhaps I am in town or on a side trip, in which case it has not been unusual for the camera to remain unvisited for a week or ten days. But this is of little consequence; for, with the shutter open ing and closing automatically, the ex posed plate is safe until called for. On pages 767 and 768 are a couple of pic tures of deer taken when I was many miles away. PHOTOGRAPHING THE WHITE-TAIL DEER The alphabet for the beginner in wild life photography usually comprises nest ing birds of the neighborhood, chip- munks, the lazy and sun-loving wood chuck, or the stolid porcupine, and even then many difficulties confront the nov ice, the overcoming of which opens the door for picturing rarer or more active subjects. Some who take up camera hunting become discouraged by early failures and are unable to see how such an in strument can ever be a satisfactory sub stitute for the sportsman's gun. Others, with their interest only intensified by defeat, continue on until won over by the attractiveness of a contest where success costs no life or an awkwardly handled camera leaves no wounded ani mal to die a lingering death.