Like you, we at Eagle Nova Films enjoy bald eagle photography that inspires.
Throw in some cool gear and you’re likely to really get our creative juices flowin’.
That’s why we thought it would be fun to share this clip posted on YouTube earlier today.
Bird photographer Bill Schmoker of Longmont, Colorado says he shot this video using his iPhone 5s and a spotting scope (a telescope optimized for viewing wildlife) today.
This type of shooting is called digiscoping.
And, as you can see in Schmoker’s video, Digiscoped Bald Eagle Portrait, the result here is impressive.
We contacted Schmoker by e-mail this evening and asked if we could share his video. He’s graciously allowed us to do so, and he provided some insights.
For starters, he shot this video at Union Reservoir Park in Weld County, Colorado.
“Great bounce light from bright sun on fresh snow,” Schmoker wrote.
He also also provided the specs regarding the gear that he used:
- Leica APO-Televid angled 65mm, full zoom (50x)
- iPhone 5s
- Phone Skope digiscoping adapter.
Schmoker also agreed to answer some follow-up questions. You can read our simple Q&A below:
Eagle Nova Films: Cool to read about the bounce light. Was this video shot this morning or afternoon?
Schmoker: This was early afternoon, about 1:30 pm. Normally that would be pretty harsh light but with the blue sky and bounce off of the snow it lit the bird nicely.
Eagle Nova Films: Roughly how far away were you from the bald eagle?
Eagle Nova Films: Was this the lone bald eagle in the area at that moment? Had it been there long?
Schmoker: The bird was in a cottonwood tree next to a back road. While not busy, there are several vehicles per hour there so the bird is used to seeing cars & trucks. I first shot standard DSLR pics out of my truck window and then got out on the side away from the bird, set up my scope behind my truck just peeking out the side enough to film it. It wasn’t like it didn’t know I was there but it wasn’t overly concerned about me, either. You can see a little bit of blood on the bill- I’ve found that sated raptors are a lot more likely to sit tight than hungry ones.
Schmoker: I just used the standard video setting on the built-in camera app.
Eagle Nova Films: Speaking of websites, it seems you might have more than one. Concerning sharing a link to the home page of your primary website, what would that URL be?
Eagle Nova Films: How long have you been a photographer?