Hints and Tips for New researchers.

 Go to a forest or wood, walk down a footpath. Whether a new or old place for you, choose a place you are comfortable, listen to the noises around you, and become used to this area, visit at different times of the year, as areas change over time and seasons.

1. Look for an opening in the bush, the smaller the better (But not so you have to crawl in there)




2. Follow that trail, especially if there are any sticks leaning against a tree near the opening, broken branches (especially over 6 foot high), or X's near the base of the tree.


3. After entering the thicket via that opening, you should start to see other sign (especially if there were markers at the beginning); more X's or A symbols (aka triangles) and/or arches which are pinned down on the thin end. Follow the signs. Sometimes arches will be natural, cause of trees falling on them etc. You need to learn to tell the difference.





4. Also look out for random sticks pushed in the ground. This is a sign of activity, anything that stands out and is unusual is worth photofraphing. They may be markers or signs of some kind.



 

5. Take lots of pics. When taking pics of structures or signs (X's etc)




a. Get the whole structure in the frame. (fill the frame, edge to edge)

b. Get close ups of any specific details, like notches in the wood, or anything that you think may be significant.

c. Back up and take a shot of the whole scene and surrounding area, with the structure still in shot.

6. When filming, DO NOT JERK the camera. Slowly pan when possible. If you move the camera too fast, it's difficult to view afterwards because it will be blurry.

7. If you hear a grunt, growl, whoop, shotgun sound (tree knock), don't panic, you've made contact. Calmly say "hello, I don't mean to intrude, I'm just curious" (no joke) DO NOT RUN. OK it's not THAT bad, but you get what I mean?

8. Have fun 

Jason Parsons 8/7/16


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