Camel Spotting

A spotting scope

A spotting scope

Sorry, for the title of this post, I couldn‘t resist the Monty Python reference!

The clothes are not much different from those in the sketch, the paraphernalia are.

The clothes are not much different from those in the sketch, the paraphernalia are.

Leica APO-Televid spotting scope

Leica APO-Televid spotting scope

Add the ubiquitous smartphone and you can „digiscope“! I do not yet have the adapter, but when I got the scope, I tried fudging it:

Office building at night, about 5 km away.

Office building at night, about 5 km away.

Looking through the scope, it is much sharper, I could see the cleaning ladies going through the offices.

Birding backpack

Birding backpack

But it‘s not for spying on people, it‘s for the birds!

Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopus major)

Great spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopus major)

This morning, before the lectures at the AAD meet, I set up my observation post in the Nordpark in Düsseldorf. Going over a copse of trees, hedges and underbrush, i found this great spotted woodpecker. I wouldn‘t have seen it with the binoculars. He was just sitting on a tree trunk, seemed to feel cold and just looked around. There were marks on the trunk, but he wasn‘t hammering now. A very touching view, somehow …

What has all that to do with photography, I hear you ask. Well, in my perception, it is the continuation of slow, film photography by other means. You still use superb optics (Leica, of course) but no longer take a picture. You let what you hunt and see merge with your soul.

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