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I’ve always loved nature and wildlife. When I retired from a career in information technology in 2008, being home during the day allowed me to observe birds and wildlife going about their daily and seasonal routines in our backyard cypress swamp in north Florida. There were so many times that I would say to Jim “We need someone to take photos of this!” I was not a photographer, but I had seen a digiscoping system that someone brought to our house to record our Rusty Blackbirds in 2007. I decided that digiscoping might be an economical way to accomplish my goal of capturing and sharing the beauty I was seeing every day. I bought an inexpensive digiscoping system, but upgrades were almost immediate.
Over the last five years I’ve worked hard to improve my skills and equipment, and am currently using a Panasonic GH3 + 20mm/f1.7 mounted on a Swarovski STX 95 scope that I won in the 2012 Digiscoper of the Year Contest. One of the most meaningful compliments I’ve ever received about my photography came very early on when a woman said “You really capture the bird’s personality in your photos.” Through digiscoping I am able to see and capture not just physical details, but facial expressions and glances that allow us to better relate to individual birds.
Hopefully by feeling a closer connection to a single bird, we’ll work harder to protect all of them.
I’ve been shooting video now and then for the last few years, but have gotten more serious about it lately. Like my photos, all of my video is shot with the camera set on manual focus, by maintaining focus with just the focusing wheel on the spotting scope.
Tara has recently started working with Think Tank as an affiliate. She has configured a system to carry her equipment that is comfortable, yet make her scope and camera available for use quickly. It has the additional advantage of fitting under an airplane seat when she travels. The belt system offered by Think Tank also works with the backpack to distribute the load to your hips to ease the load. Of course the belt is well known for the modular system of bags and other components needed when in the field. For all types of cameras and lenses, Think Tank has the answer for storing and transporting your equipment.
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