Terlingua Dreams

Terlingua Dreams
San Felipe Creek - Del Rio, Texas.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Game Cam and other Experiments

I may regret this but I am going to do my post without using Word and then cutting and pasting it to Blogger. Shadowmoss http://shadowmoss.blogspot.com had suggested I use LibreOffice which is a free download Office Suite type of program on my Netbook that has no word processor but for some reason my computer is blocking it and being "computer challenged" I have no idea how to bypass this and make it work.

As I have mentioned in prior post I have been having problems with someone breaking into my backyard storage shed.  Thankfully nothing was stolen this time.  If you read Suerte's blog http://7thgenerationtexian.blogspot.com you will see that he uses a Game Camera to post a lot of pictures of the wildlife in his ranch.  So a bell went off and I thought that I might buy one and be able to catch the culprit.



Should of heeded his advice and bought the camera he suggested and not the "on sale" Academy one.  I read and re-read the instructions and set it up in my guest bedroom that has a better view of my shed but in the three weeks I was gone it took a total of 14 pictures!!!  I know there was activity because the neighbors in the back cut down a large tree and it should of captured something....GRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!

When I was doing yard work I came right up to the window and it did not capture a thing except for some random pictures and I was out there for hours!  Wish I had brought the receipt with me so I could take it back and buy me good one.  Set it up on top of the refrigerator facing the hallway and this time it did work.  Took about 180 pictures yesterday and today, mostly of me in my undies as I have not turned on the A/C yet and do not plan to either.

Do these cameras not work if there is a glass pane between them and the subject?  Have a lot to learn I guess.

Good night.  May you all have Terlingua Dreams.

14 comments:

  1. I have a similar camera and it works great OUTSIDE. I betcha the window reflection is what's screwing it up.

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  2. I don't think it is going to work from inside the house. If you could find a discrete place to mount it, close to the shed (maybe the trunk of a tree) then you would have better luck. You obviously don't want it to be so noticeable that the culprits see it and steal it, but if they are just interested in the shed, the probably won't be looking at a tree.

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    1. That's the problem Dave I cut down all of my trees after Hurricane Ike so I have no place to mount it where it would not be visible to the thieves.

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  3. I'm wondering how much that cam would bring in the hock shop. If I was in the steal'n business and I was on the job, soon them flash bulbs go off, that camera is mine.

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    1. Actually it is an infrared camera and unless you are looking at it you wont see it go off. All the flash bulbs on the top do not go off that is why I was testing it inside the house.

      I think the stealing takes place during the day which would make it harder to be detected by the culprits.

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  4. I'd also say it needs to be outside to work. Like BB said if it has a flash then the camera won't be around long. You might be better off getting one of the cheap Harbor Freight's security camera setups.

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    1. I looked at the HF cheap cameras but in order to record I would have to set it inside the house as well and connect it to a VCR or a DVR.

      I bought a fake camera and set up from my bedroom window looking at the shed and the thieves actually peeled off the ADT window sticker and covered the lense.

      The second time they brought one of those christmas stickers for gifts and also covered the lense believing it was a real camera.

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  5. Set up a sniper's nest on the roof of the house, sleep there at night and shoot them if you catch them. ;) Sorry... no better advise. Other maybe than a killer dog.

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  6. Firstly glad to see your camera. I think it is no going to work inside your house. And second think that it is too harder to be detected by the culprits.

    Garden Shed

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    1. Thank you for stopping by mccoystac.

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  7. I have a game cam at my place as I am in Houston working....just in case!

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    1. Frann, do you have your game cam set inside or outside?

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