Storms - and an occasional lull between them
The storms seem to have been constant during January. With a SE wind this has resulted in some big waves hitting the coast. Every photographer in the area seems to have been out at one time or another to take pictures. Here are a couple of mine but you will find more on the Fraserburgh Photographic Society Facebook page. From 13th February these will be in a slide show at the Lighthouse Museum in Fraserburgh. Well worth a visit I'm sure
The rain that has accompanied the wind has lead to some flooding but nowhere near the extent being experienced in England. This is Longside Golf Course, about ten miles from Fraserburgh
And here is a lull
Digiscoping the next instalment
In my last post I said that I had sent away for a piece of kit that would attached my camera to the new telescope. Well It arrived and I was getting al set to use it but...in taking the eye cup of the telescope the top section of the eye piece came off as well. When I eventually got the eye cup and the bit of lens separated I put on the new bit of kit and, guess what, I could not get that off the eye piece. The telescope went back and I ordered a different one. It has arrived and the whole digiscoping set up fits together. So here are the first images that it produced
You are right. There are not very good. They are washed out, not very sharp and rather grainy. One reason is that they were taken in the late afternoon and it was overcast so there was not a lot of light. A setting of ISO 6400 could only get me a shutter speed of 1/80. The other thing that I found was that at a low magnification the setup could not do close focus. These birds were about 5 meters away. Up the magnification and focus could be achieved but only at the expense of light. And at high magnification the sharpness of the image is on the wane. Camera shake is also a problem. Although its all mounted on a tripod the slightest thing will shake it.
My next try was on a trip to Rosehearty to find a White-billed Diver. I found the bird, too far away even to try to get an image of it. But there were boats anchored in New Aberdour Bay. Here are two image of the same boat. One through the 'scope the other with my zoom at 70mm. So for stationary shipping at least the system does what it is supposed to do.
So I went back to the garden birds. The light was better and I was able to increase the shutter speed to 1/160. It still needed a further two stops of exposure Adobe Camera Raw Editor. But the results are a significant improvement.
The other thing I have learnt is that post processing is just as important for these 'record' images as it is for competition entries. Here is what I mean. For quickness, I pressed 'Auto Smart Fix' in Elements 10 for the first digiscoped picture above. I went back to one and did a full edit. Below are a straight from the camera image, a 'Auto Smart Fix' image and a full edit image No prizes for guessing which is which.
Still not sharp though.
A couple of other points to make. First is that the telescope and tripod are heavy and require a heavy tripod. I had problems getting it to stay fixed on one point. I would fix on a point tighten up the tripod and the scope would drift away. Second is focusing. There is no auto focus. Focus is achieved using the telescope focus wheel. I found that it had to be done using live view. So keeping the set up on a fixed point, focusing and working the cable shutter release needed three hands!
More about digiscoping in future blogs
One of my other activities over the last weeks was to go with my youngest daughter looking at pre history sites in Aberdeenshire. She was staying for a couple of days. We managed to find several carved stones, a stone circle and a vitrified fort
And some more images from the past few weeks
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society