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    My updated setup for nocturnal (owl) photography. With the great help of my father we added the spotlight and Canon flash battery pack to the Mongoose Integrated Flash Arm. Bit of weight but now the spotlight points where the camera is and is over the middle of the tripod.One shot is a closeup showing the 1/4 threaded screw hole we tapped into the Mongoose Integrated Flash Arm so that the Canon CP-E4 battery pack screws straight in without affecting tripod operation. Probably a better way to fix the Spotlight but we have basically gone with a clamp type arrangement rather than potentially weakening the flash arm by drilling another hole in. Especially as the Spotlight is a bigger thread.Makes it all alot neater and more portable.
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    Is that steel ring used for attaching the rig to the crane

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris M View Post
    Is that steel ring used for attaching the rig to the crane
    Just the only convenient bolt the right size we had in the shed. Actually works well as it means i don't need a spanner etc to tighten
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    Wow unreal, but it looks terrifying. Won't you scare the owls? I am impressed.

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    That's some setup Dave, good to know you are using the red filter which is much less intrusive.
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    Nice job Dave. That'll beef up the biceps in no time. You can sell your gym membership now...
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    What a weapon .
    Kind regards Trevor.

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    Nice bit of engineering, Dave. Thanks for sharing the design. I was going to suggest cancelling your gym membership but I see that Geoff beat me to it. To the uninitiated, the setup could appear to be designed for frying the subject not photographing it.
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    I'm flattered Geoff and George that you think i go to the gym! ..you have seen me in person though???I like the frying idea too George! Might have to add another filament to the spottie
    Cheers, Dave

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    Golly, what an amazing set up!! Thanks for sharing, Dave
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Stowe View Post
    I'm flattered Geoff and George that you think i go to the gym! ..you have seen me in person though???
    Well I was tempted to tell you to ditch the gym membership as it wasn't doing you any good.
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    I think Luke Shywalker uses something like that to vapourise aliens . Jokes aside, I've seen the results and they are brilliant. Thanks for sharing Dave
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    How cool is that, thanks for sharing your setup.
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    everyone's a comedian!
    Actually i worked out a major design flaw on Sunday night. Alot of our owling is done from the car and in haste so there isn't time to get the tripod out and put it together etc. I found myself shooting simply with the flash on camera and having someone else hold a light while photographing the Masked and Barn on Sunday. It is perfect for more static situations like the Powerfuls of course. I'll have to work out a compromise that can sit on the backseat more easily. Maybe mounting the head etc on a monopod might do the trick to a certain degree. I'll keep you posted
    Cheers, Dave

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    For those of you interested, the setup I use for owls in flight, consists of a very bright light 2000 lumen dual light attached to the camera tripod socket. After several years of fiddling my current design consists of a 1000 lumen wide beam light to enable finding the bird in the viewfinder and a 1000 lumen spot to enable the autofocus to lock-on . You can use something like this if you get out by yourself like I do, or you can call a friend to hold individual lights for you. More importantly you need to get out at night! Happy owling. Cheers
    Last edited by Richard Jackson; 30-10-2012 at 08:27 PM.
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