Archive for June 1st, 2010



Yellow Warbler

Parson’s Beach, Kennebunk ME. The Rugosa Rose (or Beach Rose) on the dunes behind Parson’s Beach is breeding ground for Yellow Warblers every spring. They are so active that it is hard to determine how many pairs, but at least 3, maybe 4 (and maybe more) pairs of Yellow Warblers compete with the Song Sparrows and Catbirds for sonic dominance of the dunes…at least until the resident Mockingbirds arrive.

This shot is digiscoped using a small pocket camera behind the eyepiece of a spotting scope. I was about 30 feet from the bird. As presented here, the bird is about 7/8 life size…but you can see it much larger by following the link and playing with the sizes across the top of the window on WideEyedInWonder. The light was subdued by cloud cover, so the ISO was pretty high for feather detail. Still.

Canon SD1400IS behind the eyepiece of a Zeiss Diascope 65FL. Equivalent focal length, more than 4000mm. Exif data: f5.9 @ 1/200th @ ISO 320. Programmed auto. Actual f-stop, based on real focal length and scope aperture, was more likely in the range of f10.

Processed in Lightroom 3 Beta. A touch of Fill Light, Blackpoint right, added Clarity and not much Vibrance at all. Sharpen landscape preset. I used the Beta because of the superior sharpening and noise reduction in version 3. Combined with subtle changes in the other processing routines, version 3 maintains more detail and finer color variations much better than version 2. On most shots it does not matter all that much, but on a shot like this were both detail and color are essential, it certainly makes a difference. I am eagerly anticipating the final version.

From Digiscoped Around Home.