Sunday, August 8, 2010

Digiscoping Doubters/Jamaica Bay beautys

One of my yearly ventures I look forward to is observing and digiscoping the amazing shorebird migration at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.  I usually don’t bother going there on a Saturday and prefer weekdays, but I couldn’t refuse the opportunity with the high tide and incredible diversity of shorebird species that were present.  Right off the bat, a conventional DSLR/telephoto user began criticizing my equipment and technique saying he gets way more keepers and better resolution over digiscoping.  Apparently, he tried it once, but it didn’t work for him.  I was a little miffed, but I kept my composure and just chuckled to myself.

I think some of these “big lens” guys feel intimidated by photographers who employ the digiscoping technique because the gear costs a fraction of the $20K they spent on their super-telephoto rigs.  As for the quality, just judge for yourself!  They may have a point for flight shots, but just wait until I get the Kowa DSLR adapter for the Canon 7D. 

Anyway, I had some wonderful captures of Short-billed Dowitchers, Stilt Sandpipers, and Semipalmated Plovers from the East.  Thanks to everyone for your support over the years – I really appreciate it! 



Jerry Jourdan said...

Stunning captures, Kevin! Just think how much better your images would've looked had you had a long lens. :)

Kevin said...

Jerry your kidding me correct?

Jerry Jourdan said...

Of course I'm kidding! How close were you?

Dale Forbes said...

you are a genious behind a telescope

Kevin said...

Thanks Dale that is very kind!