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Thursday, May 24, 2007


-- Amen --


Bill Pulliam once more on digital video here.


I completely disagree.

Video is useless for documenting the Ivory-bill because it can't produce definitive proof? Well how about still cameras? How about humans? How about any other method?

The reason for the frustration with the Luneau video is that the camera wasn't being aimed at and focused on the bird. It was also too far away. (The same is true with the Collins video.) A very similar effect happens with still photos. If you blow up a tiny part of a still photo, especially one out of focus, the resolution goes all to pieces.

If Luneau had been using a film movie camera the event wouldn't have been captured at all because it would be far too expensive to keep the camera rolling.

Good high-quality definitive video of birds is routinely captured. You just need to have your quarry focused and filling up a reasonable amount of the frame. Good quality video of Ivory-bills would convince everyone who's opinion is worthy of consideration.
I just bet that Tyler Hicks wishes he had a video camera running. He could have slowly snuck his hand around the side of the tree using the view finder as a periscope if you will, keeping his body hidden. In Tylers case and the case of SLR's in general you are going to have to expose yourself to get a picture, and flushed birds don't photo well.
Plus, we have already seen good stills and they were rejected as fake.
Plus, we have already seen good stills and they were rejected as fake.

What good stills are you referring to here?
I assume he is referring to the Fielding Lewis stills from 1971 (La.)
(possibly he is throwing TMGuy's Fla. still or even some others into the mix as well).
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