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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Goldeneye takeoff digiscoped with TLS800 and Canon 5DII

While at the Bodensee (Lake Constance) a couple of weeks ago, I had a few opportunities to digiscope some Goldeneyes. These are one of the most incredibly beautiful ducks, and I love them.



All digiscoped with a Canon EOS 5D mark II, a TLS800 telescope photography adapter, and a Swarovski Optik STM80HD telescope. These are just tiny versions of the 5616 wide images.

Happy digiscoping,
Dale Forbes

12 comments:

Shady Character said...

They really are beatuful, aren't they. Love the images, especially that last one.

Dale Forbes said...

thanks Shady. I enjoyed making them. Believe it or not, it had been a lifer the day before and I was still in that "oh-my-word its a xxx" phase, so taking these photos was made even more special.

mick said...

Beautiful birds and photos - and of course! - a great digiscoping setup!

Bob and Cynthia Kaufman said...

Prefect shot of a Goldeneye taking off!

Larry said...

Beautiful shots of the Goldeneyes Dale. I have just purchased a new scope and am going to try digiscoping. It seems difficult to get simple shots of stationary birds at my first attempt but I will do some research and keep trying. I look forward to getting great action shots like these someday.

eileeninmd said...

They are beautiful and you got some great shots. I love the last photo.

Chris said...

Hi Dale,
Well i guess that's not that easy to do this with disgiscope!! Is it?
The results is quite convincing I have to say but I would like to know how hard it is!!!
Nice pictures indeed!

Carol said...

Love those take off shots.

Dale Forbes said...

Thanks all for the comments. I really should have used larger versions of the files as I see now that even when you click on them, the images are so small that it looks like the quality is really not that good, but I am rather happy with the originals. Maybe I'll have some time tomorrow evening...

Chris, these types or shots are easiest with a full format camera (i.e. using a higher ISO and still getting only limited noise) and the TLS800 on a straight scope. But even with a normal digiscoping setup, it is really very little different from manual focus photography with a super-telephoto lens. If you are able to focus well, then your shots will most probably turn out well.

Happy birding!
D

Tom said...

Dale, these pictures and the others you have taken with this setup are very good indeed.

I have recently purchased a similiar setup and I am having great difficulty getting sharp shots with it. The same seems to apply to both stationary and moving objects e.g. birds in flight.

My setup consists of a Swarovski ATS80HD, a TLS800, a Manfretto 501 head and tripod, and a Nikon D200.

In a lot of cases my subjects fill 1/4 to 1/2 of the frame, so I am not relying on cropping a tiny portion out of the end image.

For stationary objects I am using manual mode with ISO 200 to 400, and a shutter speed of 80 to 200. I use spot metering and a single point of focus. The white balance is usually set for a cloudy day here in Ireland. I arrived at this range of settings after some trial and error.

For moving objects I use ISO 400 to 1600 and much faster shutter speeds depending on the light.

Most of my images appear soft and lack any detail. I am beginning to wonder if I should trade in my scope and go for a good Nikon telephoto lense instead.

Given the quality that you are getting from a similiar setup, I must be doing something wrong. I would appreciate if you have any advice for me please.

Many thanks,
Tom
Ireland.

Dale Forbes said...

Hi Tom, I cannot write a complete answer now, but if you post your email address in one of my older posts (more than 14 days old) then I can email you in the next couple of days (and I wont publish your comment with your email address). or, you could send me a message on facebook. find me as "dale forbes".

the other thing you could try is some of the tips in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YKYyYE3Jp0
and on our digiscoping website:
www.swarovskioptik.com/en/digiscoping

Tom said...

Dale,

Thanks for that. I have left my email address as requested.

The videos on the Swarovski Optic site are very useful, however I can't find anything that deals specifically with the TLS800.

Kind regards,
Tom
Ireland.