MKinHK, thank you. I appreciate your input.
I am pretty sure you hit the nail on the head. Shooting in challenging conditions, especially when digiscoping with a phone, is always going to result in subpar results. But, if there is a way to mitigate the "junk" in all conditions, I am open to that.
Today, I was home from work, and took advantage of the morning. I went to one of our local public wetlands for exercise and photos. The weather took a downward turn. After the clouds rolled in, but before I gave up, I caught a little kestrel.
Long story short, the winds were around 20-30mph, and the temp dropped from nearly 60* F to around 40*. Conditions were worse than before.
Here are a couple of the better shots. One is at 60x in the scope, and one is at 60x with the digital zoom engaged too. I used the Firstlight camera app.
On my stock camera, there is a Pro Mode that allows control of pretty much everything. Would I have been better to adjust certain things; for example, the ISO, prior to shooting?
Neither of the uploads have been edited at all, so if there is anything that can be done in Photo Shop Lite, or any other editing program, I am open to suggestions.
I again am more birder than photographer although sometimes I realise I tend to do more than I should!
Agree on conditions, I delete far more photos than I keep. Distance, light, wind or the bird moving make it difficult. Any zoom exacerbates things too.
For settings like ISO, EV and shutter speed I use pro mode on the mobile and adjust depending on conditions. I've just started using a timer function, 2 seconds, to see if that helps against the vibration by pressing to take the photo. When I used a Canon S95 for digiscoping I had a setting of taking 3 images in a go, again to counteract pressing the button and it's vibration. Unfortunately don't this option on the phone or the ability to save settings (I need to zoom slightly to get rid of vignetting) on the installed app.