National Geographic : 1913 Jul
Pnoto by George Shiras, 3 rd A DOE MOTTLED BY INTERCEPTED SUNLIGHT "The need of sunlight and the fact that a passing cloud or the shifting light may throw the deer in heavy or broken shadows is one reason why a camera set out at night with the flashlight is often preferable" (see text, page 772). titude and action. An example of this was shown by an article in this magazine several years ago, illustrating the nightly visits of the same coon to bait placed at the edge of a little lake.* In taking a picture from a canoe by flashlight one must be able to judge short distances accurately in order to have the animal in proper focus. In a different way, but for the same reason, it is equally important that automatically taken pictures should come within the focus for which the camera was set in advance. With the bait placed at a given distance, little trouble arises, but when the animal sought is a deer or a moose coming to the water or feeding grounds, the problem becomes more difficult, be cause the intercepting string must be touched at the point where the animal will be in sharp focus. * See "A Flashlight Story of an Albino Porcupine and of a Cunning but Unfortunate Coon," NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE, June, 1911. Whenever animals are traveling on a well-defined runway, a string running to a stake on the opposite side will insure a good picture, because the camera can be previously focused on the runway; but if such animals are to be photographed when wandering along the shores of a pond or traveling in a creek bottom, it is important that natural conditions be taken advantage of, so that the animal will be forced to pass at a fixed distance from the camera, as will be the case where the shore is narrowed by drift wood, rocks, or mud-holes. Quite often temporarily erected ob structions will accomplish the same pur pose, provided no scent is left and the material used is in harmony with the surroundings. Otherwise, in order to avoid having the camera sprung at a point where it is not in focus, the string can be run along the ground and then raised a foot or two high by forked sticks at the spot where the animal is most likely to pass.