|Fig 1. 6210MC - Daylight reference image at ford|
I chose this site to illustrate image contrast because of the temperature range it represents from very cold water (black) to the badger's body heat.
The tree to the right of the waterfall has retained a fair amount of heat whereas the rock face to the left is much cooler.
Figures 2 to 2b show the difference an equal change less (2a) and more (2b) in contrast makes. Less contrast equals more information within the limits of the technology.
|Fig 2. Badger drinking at ford. Normal contrast straight from camera.|
The badger is 14 feet ( 4.3 metres ) from the camera and the tree bole is about 20 feet ( 6 metres )
|Fig 2a. Less contrast equals more visible information, digital noise accepted.|
|Fig 2b. More contrast looks prettier but loses information.|
|Fig 3. 6210MM - Daylight reference image at badger sett|
The badger's nose is pointing down into one of the sett entrance holes which is about 11 feet
( 3.4 metres ) from the camera. The trees behind the badger are about 20 feet ( 6 metres ) from the camera.
|Fig 4. 6210MM - Night image at badger sett. This image may be soft and noisy but it also contains a lot of information.|
|Fig 5. 5210A - Daylight reference image at badger latrine.|
|Fig 6. 5210A - Badger using latrine.|
The tree far left is about 19 feet ( 5.8 metres)
Fence posts fading away into the distance are faintly visible up to about 50 feet ( 15.2 metres )
I always try for a camera to subject distance of around 10 to 15 feet with small to medium sized animals although it's good to get closer when I can make it work. Much further away makes identification progressively more difficult, not entirely because of lack of illumination; but also because of the short focal length of the lens.