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Photography and assorted thoughts

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Hawkquest Kestel

I still enjoy shooting digital. Earlier that day I took this picture of an American Kestel.

In her case, I was enjoying the delicate coloration.
With the D810, I can print much larger than I can with my 35mm film cameras.
To paraphrase Thom Hogan, there are no magic camera settings. In the case of the high resolution Nikons, they reward you by giving great results when you pay attention to good technique.

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Barn Owls

I went out this morning to practice using a long lens with the Mike’s Camera and HawkQuest folks. Since I don’t usually take pictures of birds, having their experts was interesting.

Yes, this is probably the same bird I took pictures of last year. Here I was experimenting with a gimbal head, so it was easier to get a stable picture.  

Here’s a picture of a spectacled owl.

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Waterfalls of the Columbia Gorge

Last week I went to the Columbia Gorge to shoot waterfalls.  It was a class with Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and taught by Doug Johnson.  Doug had many excellent suggestions.  One of those was just how much rain gear you should wear while shooting the waterfalls.  My thought was it didn’t matter just how much it was raining, the spray off some of the waterfalls was intense.

Horsetail Falls

Doug was commenting that most people kept asking him how much photoshop he was using, since no one believed it was that green. And it really was that green, Oregon and the West Coast have had an incredible amount of precipitation this year.