My name is Larry. I'm an artist living in Marfa, TX and I'm new to all of this! I initially came across this goldmine of a site two nights ago while researching camera housings for a fast-approaching public sculpture commission that I'm working on. Today, I figured I would sign up and try to "lay it all out" in hopes of gaining some input and expertise from everyone on what I have going.
In short, I'm building a camera trap in order to capture images of birds on a perch (wings tucked, not flying) in the middle of downtown NYC. The final contraption necessary to make this goal happen will essentially be the sculpture.
For the camera equipment, I have a Canon 5DS with a Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens, two (three if necessary) Canon 600EXII-RT Speedlites and a Cognisys Sabre triggering device. All will be powered from one 20 amp GFI outlet using AC adapters for each component. Ideally I'm looking for a plug and play solution using TTL mode to get the best images that I can. I'm hoping to make all of this work without custom modifications to the equipment. At this point those type of mods are out of my league! This all seem possible? Any foreseeable problems?
As for the housings, I'm anticipating lots of modifications here, and after browsing the site, it seems y'all have worked-out some kinks! I was thinking each component will be individually housed using modified Pelican-type cases. Just to complicate things even further (!), each of the housed components will be mounted onto horizontal brackets and set atop a steel 30' tilt-over pole normally used for large street lights. The camera and the speedlites will be mounted no more than 4' from the perch which will be baited with seed and suet. The entire apparatus will be exhibited outdoors for the duration of one year and will be on a 1-2 week maintenance schedule. The payload for the entire photo setup ( camera, lights, brackets, housings etc.) cannot exceed 200lbs. Everything except for the functional setup of the photo equiptment has to be approved by what seems like a small army of engineers ( electrical , structural and tower,) ugh.
My initial impulse is to go with an aluminum "elephant proof" solution, primarily for the strength of the connection of the housing to the brackets. If weight restrictions prohibit this solution, has anyone had trouble with the polypropylene of the cases or the gasketing showing UV damage with prolonged exposure? Is there a rule of thumb for the size, material and color of the snorkel relative to the size of the lens. Do most folks thread the end of the snorkel to receive a larger factory made UV filter? Is there a snorkel-to-case connection method that most folks prefer? I could keep going with questions!
I apologize in advance if any of this is already covered in existing threads.
I look forward to hearing from folks. I appreciate your time.