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Taken on a recent David Plummer workshop at a badger sett in Sussex.

Early in the afternoon we got together to access the sett (which is on private land owned by David) and decided the best spot for a photograph, it was extremely important we took into consideration the wind, as our scent needed to be carried away from the sett & our baited area.

Away from the sett in order not to disturb the badgers, David showed me how best to light the area and what settings I should use, we took a few test shots, making sure all the equipment worked and the settings gave us the correct exposure.

Later we took the gear back to the sett , 3 flashes, 2 to the front, either side & 1 behind, baited the area with peanuts, and tried some more test shots. We got into position at 7.30pm and sat in wait for until approx 9pm, very quietly and trying not to move, eventually a young cub came out first, nervous running around the sett. About 10mins later a different badger, probably a yearling came into view eating the peanuts we had laid out down the path and eventually came into our chosen position.

I managed to get 10 controlled shots off before the wind changed and it made a quick exit. We stayed for approx another 45mins, but the wind had changed and was carrying our scent over the sett. We knew there wasn't going to be much chance of seeing anymore badgers for sometime, so we made a very quiet exit from the area in order not to disturb them any further, but what an experience being so close to wild badgers.

I hope this has given you an insight of how difficult it is to get photo's of wild badgers and my workshop.Grin

Brand:Canon
Lens:Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Night Stalker
Username:Philip_P Philip_P
Uploaded:13 Aug 2011 - 6:59 PM
Tags:Badger, Flash / lighting, General, Wildlife / nature, Woodland
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Maiwand
Maiwand e2 Member 7Maiwand vcard England69 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2011 - 7:44 PM

I appreciate your narrative and shot Phil. I have tried some of these just recently and its not as easy as it may appear.
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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
13 Aug 2011 - 9:27 PM

Fantastic lighting setup Philip and interesting to know your setup. We are lucky at ours as they do not mind if we are upwind and can move in closer when they have their heads down and feeding.
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