Digiscoping Oct 24th, 2011

February 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

I spent the early portion of today in Newport Oregon, digiscoping harbor birds.....A few common loons, scoters etc..

Sunny day....I had my settings at 80 ISO and my exposure -1 .... The one image that came out perfect was of a pelagic cormorant sitting on the bridge. Nice shot..

Now....the other shots were poor and here is the reason why. One word..."current'.... I would focus the scope on the bird, swing my DCB down with the camera attached....with a one second delay, four shot. But the current would take the bird 'someplace'...out of the picture and out of focus.

If I followed the bird in the current, I lose the benefit of having the camera on a timed delay, thus a sharp image. When I move the scope following the current and bird, it ends up blurred...

I am glad I practiced this for this is the type of thing a digiscoper has to know. Sometimes digiscoping just doesn't cut it, whether it is a bird in flight, or a bird in current. If I had my 7D and 400mm...it would have been an easy shot. But not digiscoping, but I sure had fun in the process.

By the way...the scope worked perfectly as I could pick out birds in the open sea as well as harbor... I wasn't digiscoping at that distance, but I can tell you that even at 60x, the Swaro came thru, light wise and clarity....there were several feeding frenzies in the ocean that could be scoped from the cliffs....my scope picked em up, I am happy....


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