Close-up Captures of Animals Using Trail Cameras

Out of some of the hundreds of thousands of photos Al Muir has taken with his trail cameras, he still believes the buck and doe picture is one of his best.

The perfect nature photo is waiting to happen, but it might take days or months to capture it, says hobby photographer Al Muir.

The Plymouth resident, who has many cameras in wooded areas, said when an unbelievable image is captured it is worth the many treks in the woods to adjust the lens, study the wildlife and exchange camera cards.

In particular, he remembers one photo in the winter of 2011 that captured a doe nuzzling up to a buck which he says to this day is one of his favourites.

“I worked really hard for that picture,” he said. “I had a trail packed down in a spot and there was food there because that was the only way to get them to come that location. I would go in for a period over months and each time it snowed, it would cover the trail into the woods so I could only follow an outline. I would walk in with a 75-pound back pack on my back and if I fell off the trail, I would be in deep snow. It was a long process but it was worth it to me.”

It is hard to believe that out of the 500,000 photos he now collects each year from his trail cameras that one still holds top prize, but he said this is probably a photo not one would ever see otherwise.

His love for nature photography started 40 years and his own skills and technology have advanced over this time. Plymouth photographer captures animal close-ups using trail cameras


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