Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Digiscoping Today: Great Tit Update 1a.

The weather has reverted to grey and damp so I am posting images taken on the weekend but this time by digiscoping. My shooting position was nearly too close for the minimum focus range for the Swaro 80HD scope and unlike using the DSLR there is a longer time delay when pressing the shutter so you need to keep the whole rig absolutely still, hence the use of a tripod.
The compact camera was set on 'auto' and all three shots were taken at f3.5; ISO80 and exposure 1/125. The overall clarity is much better than the images in the "Great Tit Update 1" post. If you click the link you can also compare the results.
I clearly need to practise more with the settings with the DSLR!
This is a cropped image of the full photo above.
This is a another cropped image which has been slightly sharpened.
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23 comments:

  1. Not easy this digi scoping lark, I wouldn't know where to start.
    Looks to me that you are getting to grips with it pretty well already Frank.

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  2. Jeepers! I think I can see the worms' faces!

    Really though, I'm impressed. I tried digiscoping and found myself WAY too frustrated and never kept at it.

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  3. ...beautiful images. They are crisper than yesterday's! One of these days, I'll get it in gear and get a scope so I can start learning. He is a sweet looking bird, so like our chickadees...

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  4. I alway enjoy seeing our Great Tit photos.

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  5. These are excellent Frank. Never tried digiscoping before, but I do know it is not easy and takes a lot of practice to get the results you've got here.
    Do you use a tripod with your DSLR?

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  6. Hi Frank

    Been meaning to leave a comment for ages, but these provide a real excuse - superb images with loads of character!

    All the best

    Mark

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  7. Impressive!


    (PS couldn't get the link to work; might be my PC though...)

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  8. Roy. It takes longer to set up that DSLR but the scope works better in low light conditions.

    Lynne & Kelly. Having paid out good money for the scope it seemed a shame not to try this method. The equivalent DSLR lens will cost a fortune.

    Steve B. Thank you.

    Keith. Thanks. Have only used a tripod with DSLR to capture the moon so far!. I got better pics with the digi set up.

    Hi Mark. Thanks & good to hear from. I've been dropping by your blog regularly to see what you are up to inc. the WWTern (Just wish I had the time to 'twitch'.

    Tricia. Very sorry, my mistake & hopefully now corrected. As they say "Please try later". Cheers.

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  9. Those are really great scoped images Frank! I've never really tried it, but may just have to give it a whirl.

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  10. What wonderful results Frank! I definitely see what you mean with the difference in the digiscoped photos, the clarity is amazing! Although I did think the DSLR ones were great too.

    I have the 450D but struggle with much more than auto, although I know a tripod will help me. I really must stop talking about it and actually get one!
    I think I have enough trouble getting to grips with my DSLR without entering the mysterious world of digiscoping, well not any time soon anyway!

    Well done, fascinating stuff.

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  11. Hi Jayne. Thanks. I suppose it depends how much gear you want or can lug around while birding, but it's worth trying.
    Have a great weekend in Nashville.

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  12. Thanks Jan. The trouble is I'm too impatient for better images but don't have a big prime lens for the DSLR (too much money) so occassionally, with patience, digi-scoping produces better results.

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  13. Frank from one Digiscoper to another I think that you are spot on. Fantastic Great-Tit shots.
    I,m very impressed.
    John.

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  14. What great shots!!! Even the worm in it's beak is so clear.

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  15. John. Thanks for the appreciation.

    Ginny. Fresh & ready for breakfast!

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  16. Wow, these photos are wonderful.. I have never tried digiscoping but would love to someday. I loved your cropped images esp that last one..such nice detail and what a look with those worms hanging out of his mouth.
    Very Nice post.

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  17. Tina. Thanks for the kind comments. I'll be posting another image taken today with the DSLR which is nearly as good.

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  18. These images are absolutely breathtaking. I love the way digiscoped pictures really capture the very smallest detail. These are stunning birds. I hope their little ones are getting on well now that they've fledged.

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  19. Hi Heather. It's very windy here today (Sat) & still no sighting of the fledglings so we can only hope they have found a safe place somewhere!

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  20. Great close-up shots of the Great Tit.

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  21. I'm checking out the digiscoping thing. I'm just not sure what I need besides a scope and a camera adapter. Once they are hooked together..how do you adjust the scope? I love the closeups. Gotta try it.

    www.wildlifearoundus.blogspot.com

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  22. Hi Carol. Sorry for the delay in responding. If you would care to contact me by e-mail direct I will happily offer some help.
    fabearlybirder@googlemail.com

    What type of camera are you wishing to use with the scope?

    Regards, Frank

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