How do I take trayback and landscape photos of monitoring sites?

Photos should be taken every time you do a land condition record. The best photos are taken on a clear day with the sun behind you, between 9am and 3pm. Two photos are taken at each photo point; a trayback photo and a landscape photo. For points of reference, you should install two steel pickets aligned north-south and 10 metres apart.

The trayback photo

Photos taken from the trayback of a ute, looking down into the pasture, visually capture soil, pasture and forage condition.

  1. Park your vehicle beside the photo site post and stand on the back with the camera so you are looking south (see figure below).
  2. Position the base of the post (numbered 1 in the figure below) in the middle of the viewfinder, focus on the pasture, make sure the picture is level and take the photo.
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An alternative is to stand on a small stepladder, drum or quad bike to take the photo.

The landscape photo

Landscape orientated photos pick up the general condition of the site, showing major changes in shrub and tree populations.

  1. Stand on the ground close to the photo site post (don’t get it in the photo) and line it up with post 1 (see figure below).
  2. Position the top of post 1 in the middle of the viewfinder, make sure the picture is level and take the photo.
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