“Tracking Concepts” (as used here): Any aspect of reading the tracks and trail of any being or object through time and across any surface that will hold a track. This includes; methods, definitions, track structures, body movements, how to find and read both tracks and trails, and illustrations of the tracks of specific animal species, and all the layers involved.
(as used here) … Any aspect of reading the tracks and trail of any being or object, across any surface, and through time; including methods, definitions, track structures, sign, and movements.
Foot Movements – How the foot moves when approaching, contacting, leaving the ground
How to Find Tracks – Some tracks hard to see? … There are ways to reveal them
How to Read Tracks (and trails) – The problem isn’t lack of information
Substrate Movement – The earth: soil, sand and a whole lot more, respond to the energy of, and forces exerted by the foot
Species – Tracks of distinct species and track features unique to them
Track Features – The story is left in the details
Trails – Putting the all the layers together
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Initial Idea: The Translucent Foot
The Goal: Create and animate a semi-visible foot making a track, and create a video clip.
This early example uses animation to control the foot, with Rigid Body physics controlling the formation of the track (the interactions between sand objects and the foot surface).
(Human foot mesh from MakeHuman.org)
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Links to other pages …
Page: Foot Movements …
Canine Claw Tip Leaves Track in Fine Sand
Page: How To Find and See Tracks …
Controlling Lighting to Increase Visibility of Tracks
Finding the Next Track
Dust Compressions (Dull on Shiny by Canine Toe Pad)
Track on ‘Bare’ Rock (Red Fox Front Foot)
Using Stone Rolls to Find Tracks
The Tracking Stick
Page: Trails …
The Human Trail