Archive for December 11th, 2009



Kiss Kiskadee Close

Another PhotoScoped image from Ester Llano Grande State Park and future World Birding Center…simply a world class place for watching and photographing birds, in the Rio Grande River Valley, near Weslaco, Texas. At about the equivalent of a 1600mm lens on a full frame DSLR, this is about as close to a Kiskadee as you will get unless you are manning a banding station where you have the birds in your hands.

The problem with photographing Kiskadees is the eye. That black mask too often totally obscures the eye. Catching it like this, with some definition, is rare…I’d like to take credit, but between the excellent auto exposure on the PhotoScope and taking a lot of images of any given bird…well…you do get a few with a visible  eye.

Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL at 40x (1600mm equivalent field of view). 1/460th @ ISO 100. Metered at about f5.2.

Very little beyond basic increases in Clarity and Vibrance in Lightroom. Sharpen Landscape preset.

From Zeiss PhotoScope 85FL.