Digiscoping 23rd Oct, 2011

February 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Digiscoping with my Swaro on the Oregon Coast in October...lots of sea birds obviously.

Anything far away...well...no use digiscoping but I managed to do some excellent digiscoping of Harlequin Ducks in Newport Harbor as well as of gulls chomping on star fishes. Both of those were hampered a bit by the constant rain.

I had to cover the scope with a waterproof jacket, not so much for the scope but for the camera as well as the eyepiece....I felt like one of those old time photographers with the cape over their head as they snapped off a shot.

Got a excellent shot of a Perigrine Falcon on the beach in Oceanside...it was just on top of the cliffs looking out. I took quite a bit of shots and kept getting washed out images as the falcon is gray and white. Since if was on a dark soil ledge....I played with exposure and took it down to -2.... that really worked out pretty well as I ended up with great shots I will post here later on.

Vignetting is always an issue with the Canon S90 and my swaro. Not sure why...it shouldn't be that bad but I look at it realistically and just cut it out. If I get a good shot with vignetting, as long as it doesn't take away from the photo, I am good with that...

I also kept my ISO at 80....way down.... My shutter was only 1/100 but the quality improved by sticking to low ISO. In older days I am not sure I would have played with it as low...I always used to stay with ISO of 400 or even 800 but that makes for a lot of noise. So tried it this week...not bad, I am happy, Now I need to do a better job of exposure. It is far better dark than light as far as image goes. So I am going to work on that as a goal.

I have one more day of my coastal digiscoping ....hopefully some sun will show. I have a few places I want to go before making the 7 hour drive back....


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