"Great minds think alike"."The right angled military style torches that were popular a while back are ideal for this. Mine is taped to the end of my walking pole, (which used to double as a tracking stick".
For tracking at night it might help to tape a torch on to the end of a tracking stick at a right angle, and keeping the light low,and just to one side just above ground level.
I spent many years looking for fingerprints and the torches we used for that were great for sidelighting, because they were diffuse - there was no central hotspot to overexpose parts of an image.
Hey Firelite​. How's things Bro?21st century Pict...This has to be the longest (slowest) response to a question ever. never mind... The question about fingerprints on your gate is that, almost universally now, fingerprint searchers would use a flake milled aluminium powder for searching for latents (non-visible marks). However, I was brought up a bit more old-school, and a dear friend who is no longer with us would definitely have suggested a black powder (not the bang-stuff) for that gate top. The softest make up brush you can get might still be too harsh. Try to get the right kit from a scene examiner's supplier. The surface or 'substrate' that the fingerprint is on is key. The smoother the better, unless its things like paper. On your gate, unless it was going in a lab I would suggest magnetic powder and/or aluminium flake. I appreciate its a bit academic, and bow to your having got there first re the right angled torch!
Hi TeeDee.Once again , what a great thread.
I'll replace sand with something a bit more to hand...perhaps talc? If I can get a clear print, then I may be able to determine what animals are using woodlands near me.
I know of foxes, squirrels and rabbits, but I'm sure there are badgers, muntjac deer and various bird species. Ive seen sparrowhawks and kites, along with buzzards and various common birds like magpies and a few varieties of pigeon.
Hi GuysTry talc, but I'm wondering if it might be a bit too fine and disperse in breeze etc. I've not used the sand trick, but I will give it a go.