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DIGISCOPING with Jeff Bouton and Clay Taylor


Nov 11, 2020 12:44 PM

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Clay Taylor
@Swarovski Optik North America
Clay Taylor started birding in Connecticut in 1975, using ONLY a 35mm film camera and a 500mm mirror lens. A Bushnell SpaceMaster spotting scope came next, and he eventually broke down and bought a binocular in 1978. While a binocular is pretty much a necessity for birding, to this day he still brings a camera while in the field. No more 500mm lens, though, as his spotting scope reaches from 1300mm to 3000mm – the magic of Digiscoping!!! Through the 1980s, Clay was banding migrating hawks and leading birding tours, and in 1999 he started working for Swarovski Optik N.A., when he first attended the Rio Grande Valley Bird Festival. Fed up with CT winters, he moved to Corpus Christi, TX in 2008, where he can see birds and butterflies in his yard year round. Cameras: Olympus E-M1 MkII, Pentax K3, Sony a7III, iPhone 11Pro Max
Jeff Bouton
@Kowa Sporting Optics
Jeff began birding at the age of 16 in upstate NY along the south shore of Lake Ontario. A reluctant photographer and always a birder first, Jeff carried his spotting scope everywhere, so digiscpoing was of great interest from the VERY beginning. He still recalls his first view through a spotting scope, thinking, "Man I wish I could get a picture of that!" Many years later he can and does regularly. He likes to keep it sleek and simple shooting from the hip with his mobile phone. At first my digiscoping was borne out of desperation, needing to document some rare species but after literally dozens of images published he realizes digiscoping can beget amazing results. His favorite comment is, "there's no way you took that image with your phone through a spotting scope!" Yes it's a judgmental shot to the credibility, BUT it's also an opportunity to educate. Jeff loves teaching people how to be more effective at digiscoping through their spotting scopes!