Archive for July 16th, 2010



Waz Up? (Barn Swallow Fledgling)

So, I took a lot of pics of this group of Barn Swallow fledglings, testing my new Canon SD4000IS camera behind the eyepiece of the new ZEISS DiaScope 65FL. Swallows are not easy to photograph. Those super-fine feathers that help them with speed and maneuverability are, well, super fineā€¦and do not reproduce well in an image. In this case the birds were sitting on rocks about 15 to 20 feet below me, in good light, and the digiscoping rig caught a good amount of detail. This image is cropped from the full 10mp frame for composition (and humor). Here is a full frame shot for comparison. You can view it at larger sizes on my Wide Eyed In Wonder site by clicking the image.

I am pretty pleased with the Canon SD4000IS and will be doing a full review as time allows on my Point and Shoot Landscape site.

1) 2000mm equivalent field of view, f5.3 @ 1/200th @ ISO 125. Programmed auto. (Scope limited f-ratio, f5.7)

2) about 1600mm equivalent field of view, f5 @ 1/500th @ ISO 125. Programmed auto. (Camera limited f-stop is accurate).

In Lightroom, Recovery (mostly for the rock), some Fill Light and Blackpoint barely right. Added Clarity and just a bit of Vibrance. Auto White Balance. Sharpen narrow edges preset.

From New DiaScope 65FL.