Archive for November 8th, 2010


11/8/2010: okay wigeons

You can burn a lot of digital storage space trying to digiscope feeding ducks. Even with a good burst mode…especially with a good burst mode. These American Wigeon in Cape May Point State Park in NJ are typical. Never still. Never with their heads out of the water for more than a second at a time. If you pixel peep this shot you will see that eye-light is a line, not a dot…which means that the bird’s head moved while the image was captured.

To complicate matters I was shooting off a wooden platform out over the water, which vibrated whenever anyone moved for about 50 yards either side on the boardwalk. Not ideal. Still, they are wigeons…okay wigeons.

Canon SD4000IS behind the eyepiece of the ZEISS DiaScope 65 FL for the field of view of about a 2500mm lens on a full frame DSLR. Scope limited to f7 @ 1/320th @ ISO 125.

Added Clarity and Vibrance, and Sharpen narrow edges preset in Lightroom.

And, of course, when the birds will not sit still, you can always switch to video.

American Wigeon, Cape May NJ