Hinyiklʼeix̱i, dancer in the water November 18, 2022 I love dippers but have had little luck filming them in their…2022 | Richard Carstensen | 3 minute video
Ultrazooms and digiscoping
2021, Goatlandia: I’m no expert on long-range photography, (or any other kind for that matter) but it seems as though this should be given equal weight in JuneauNature > Tools > Photography to drone-, stereo-, repeat- and motioncam categories. As I improve my stills and video of mountain goats, this seems like a good place to describe new tricks and toys.
As for high zoom-range cameras, this technology is evolving so fast that serious photographers tend to upgrade every few years. It’s rare to stick with a particular model and not feel the need for something better.
For me, one exception may be the little Lumix zs40, (30x) which I’ve owned for 6 years. Certainly there are more powerful zooms, with larger sensors and richer video. But they’re bulkier, and I tend not to have them along on casual bushwacks, which of course is when the deer steps out of the woods, or a warbler teases you, 15 feet away. This one fits in my smallest belt pouch, and offers more control over settings than other point&shoots.
August 2021: For over a year, I’ve been eyeing what reviewers generally concede to be the most powerful zoom available in a ‘point-&-shoot’ camera (ie, short of multi-thousand-dollar DSLRs with gigantic lenses). It finally arrived in midsummer, and my first few weeks of testing have been really fun. First post with ‘tele-samples’ was from a climb of Shaa Tlaax, moldy top (Mt J-word). Second included some handheld movies, of a grouse family on Granite Basin trail.
I’ll sweep through existing posts with good examples of telephotography and connect em to the Telephotography category so that they appear as links below In this section. As noted in the ‘parent’ Photography section, Bob Armstrong (thumbnail with his Lumix, upper right) has a wonderful guide to photography called Enjoying nature in Alaska through video, written with his friend Doug Jones. Much of that pdf, with web-linked videos, shares tricks of the trade in long (&close!) range telephotography.
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Outdoors with teachers Yadaa.at Kalé means beautifully adorned face, of slopes rising northeast from the highschool named for them (JDH).…
April-28th toading with Discovery staff Last spring, 2021, Discovery Southeast naturalists attended an evening symphony of calling toads on May…2022 | Richard Carstensen | video 2 minutes
Snowslides and critters Last year around this time I posted video and thoughts about the relationship of critters to avalanches—both…
Avalanche and wildlife It’s hard to think long about mountain goats—especially here on the precipitous coast—without wondering how they deal…2022 | Richard Carstensen | 3 minute slideshow
Wrapping up the 2021 Jánwu journal January 1st, 2022: Most radio commentators appear quite ready to bid good riddance to…
Rainforest rut Last fall I described elements of rutting season in mountain goats, but did not attempt a comprehensive review.…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 9 minute slideshow
Insights from tele-views of Jánwu What an amazing place we live in! From afar, scoping in valley bottom, or up…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 7 minute slideshow
Hooters & janwú at 80 degrees On an afternoon hike to Granite Basin, got another chance to test the new…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 90 second slideshow
First tests of Nikon P1000 On July 18th, 2021 Steve Merli, Cathy Pohl and I climbed Shaa Tlaax, moldy top…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 7 minute slideshow
Goatwatcher’s quest for the perfect camera JuneauNature is not a product-review website, but I’ll make an exception, of sorts, for…
Zonotrichia passage through the Highlands May 3rd, 2022. Golden-&-white-crowned sparrows are flooding through our neighborhood’s garden rows and brush borders.…2021&22 | Richard Carstensen | short captioned videos
Avalanches in Goatlandia Yesterday (20210304), avalanches were triggered above the Thane Road runout on Snowslide Creek. Several folks posted impressive…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 80-second slideshow
Cliff-base foraging February 7th When fresh, chest-high snow lies deep on Nettleslide, Jánwu mostly forages under conifer forest, unobservable. But…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 1-minute video
Yardbirds Over the 44 years I’ve lived in Southeast Alaska, behavior of two once-wary species has changed remarkably—probably due to…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 60 second video
More the merrier Our coastal goats—since October anyway—have been hanging out in pretty small, compatible groups, dispersed all over Goatlandia…2021 | Richard Carstensen | 4 minute slideshow
More general description of the mountain goat can be found on the category page: nature>critters>mammals>hooved>mountain-goat Few people have observed the…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 30-second video
Northbound swans, Áak’w Táak, inland from little lake (M-word Valley) April 4th, 2020. For the past week or more, birders…2020 | Richard Carstensen | 3-minute video
Experiments filming moonrise on a cold, windy February day in Juneau, Alaska. Includes segment with great blue heron, trying to…2017 | Richard Carstensen | 2 minutes
Coming home from Hoonah in late April, 2015, Cathy and I swung out to the Industrial Boulevard wetland access to…2015 | Richard Carstensen & Catherine Pohl | 10 seconds