Lessons learned: eagles, superzoom, lighting, and Luminar

Jock Elliott

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Troy, NY
The better half (aka spotter-in-chief) and I decided to check on the nesting eagles on Peebles Island yesterday evening. Immediately we discovered that the nest was backlit . . . definitely not as good as the other day Superzoom strikes again . . . eagles . . . and some crazy duck (goose?) photos . . .

Here's one of the initial shots


Here's the same shot, romanced a bit with Luminar


For comparison, here's a shot from the other day, when the lighting was better


All of the shots above were taken at maximum optical zoom with Sony's iZoom engaged.

In desperation, I try full digital zoom, which can take the magnification to 200X


And here is the same shot, with some help from Luminar


Lessons learned: with the HX400V, don't go beyond iZoom, definitely watch the lighting, and Luminar can help sometimes.

Cheers, Jock

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