On May 13, 2006, Team Double Exposure competed in the World Series of Birding
(in photo below, from left: Jeff Bouton,
David La Puma, and Bill
Schmoker) Entered in the newly-formed digiscoping category, our goal was
to photograph at least 100 species through our spotting scopes on the big
day. By the 10pm deadline to turn in our review CD of photos we had surpassed
our goal, tallying 102 photo-identifiable species.
Because different birds in different settings present unique photography
challenges, we had three modes of digiscoping (defined in the WSB rules as
photographing birds through a spotting scope.) The first was the traditional
method of using a digital point-and-shoot camera held to the scope's eyepiece
(both by hand and using adapters.) The second was using a DSLR with a 50mm
f/1.8 lens to photograph birds through the scope's eyepiece. The final method
was to hand-hold a 62mm scope connected to a DSLR using a photo adapter (but
no eyepiece.) This method worked well for situations like flight shots or
for small, nervous birds in nearby foliage. The challenge of this method was
the loss of autofocus and metering capabilities.
Below is our bird list, with each species name linked to the image that
was submitted for ID approval. On our big day, we submitted the unedited originals
(there wasn't time to do any processing other than selecting which images
to submit.) These have been edited for size, composition, and levels. While
many are of just "record shot" quality, others are kind of nice.
I've highlighted these "best-of" our big day shots.