On my recent North Shore trip, I tried for the first time the photography technique called digiscoping, which combines a normal digital camera with a spotting scope to achieve a remarkable degree of zoom. New hubby Dave, an avid birdwatcher, brought his spotting scope along on the trip and while we were exploring a nature trail along the St. Louis River estuary in Duluth, I decided to give it a try.
First, below is an uncropped photo I took with the camera alone, zooming in as close as I could on a log on which stood a painted turtle and two Canada geese, situated perhaps 30-40 yards away. Normally for blogging purposes I take the photo at a high-resolution setting and then crop the photo closely to achieve the best close-up.
I have a whole new respect for what goes into the stunning digiscope results seen on blogs such as Ecobirder and Birdchick!