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We can not control the conditions we shoot under.

But I have been trying to get some shots of some male, Greater Sage Grouse strutting and showing off for the ladies.


The birds have only been strutting in the early morning, or the late evening. There has been clouds keeping what little light there is away.

This morning there was crazy wind, plus overcast skies, and the birds stopped very early thins morning.

I am having to shoot on very high ISO settings. ISO 6400. 

Combine that ISO noise with 1/25 shutter speeds, and moving birds, all I am getting is garbage!

But, I will be back at it tomorrow.

Digiscoping is tough enough when the birds just move all over the place. Add in adverse conditions, it gets maddening very quickly.

Anyways, I have been able to digiscope, (videoscope) a few short videos of the birds strutting.

Again, very high ISO and the minumum shooting speed is 30. So, I just let the camera shot 30 FPS and adjust the ISO and get what I can get.





You may have to set the quality settings up to 1080p on the player to get the full quality.

I have not had a single day with the sun up yet. Maybee tomorrow.

Now, to some other stuff.

Its been a year since I started digiscoping.

I went out the other day to "re-take" one of the first images I digiscoped last year.

Just to measure my performance improvement.

So, I found some burrowing owls that were nesting in the exact same spot as the year before.

I digiscoped them and now we get to see the difference.

So, this is the photo from last year. One of my early digiscoping images.

So, one year later, and a ton of shutter clicks.............

Not an incredible difference, but the pics are more pleasant to look at.

Mostly I have gained more control over exposure.

I shot this next pic, the same day as the above pic, but on 70X magnification.

So, I have also gained more control at higher magnifications.

I know that I still have a lot to learn and can improve all over the place.

Its been an interesting journey. 

March 15, 2014 at 1:21 PM Flag Quote & Reply

Dannys Digiscoping
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I think it's clear to see your improvement. I can't wait til 12 months from now to see how you will have progressed!! Well done! :)
March 16, 2014 at 8:48 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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So, as promised, I went back out after some sage grouse.

I took my wife and daughter with me.

This time, the conditions were PERFECT!

The sun just coming up, a very slight breeze keeping the air calm, and cooperative birds.


They are NOT my pictures.I would have taken them myself, but my daughter only have a 400mm lens on her camera and it was not enough range.

The birds were too far out.

So, like any dad, I wanted my daughter to have success before myself. I had her put my TLS APO on her Canon 60D and then instructed her in the art of digiscoping.

These are a few of the images she captured.

I still have not been able to get my own digiscoped images of these birds, but this weekend should be fantastic. If I can keep my digiscoping equipment away from my daughter! Just kidding.

For those of you who are interested, my daughter shot these images with the scope on 45X magnification, with an ISO of 200 and a shutter speed of 1/250, white balance set to daylight.

Direct full sunlight, low in the morning sky.

Not bad for a 15 year old.

March 20, 2014 at 11:36 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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A little digiscoped video of sage grouse strutting.

March 20, 2014 at 11:39 AM Flag Quote & Reply

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I do keep trying.

It seems my daughter has better luck than I do.

A few of my images from this morning.

I tried to use a high ISO and fast shutter speed to capture the action shots.

I tried ISO 1600 and a 1/1000 shutter, but once the sun came up I found that ISO 400 and a 1/800 shutter was enough.

March 22, 2014 at 3:20 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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