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Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge
Lens: smc-m 50mm f/2.0 (reversed) Camera: k20d Photo Location: Portland, OR 
Posted By: jmbradd, 06-03-2010, 08:33 PM

Here are a few "poor mans macro" shots from my last trip to Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge on the east bank of the Willamette River here in Portland. Yes it was crazy and yes I was walking around with a reversed lens and big flash on body.

PS believe it or not, rain like this in june isn't that common in western oregon. We're beginning to call it Juneuary.

Plenty more on my flickr page, didn't feel like making a massive thread!
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06-04-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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First off, you have some dust on your sensor- it's visible in the last shot, near the bottom of the left edge. Three specs, it seems.

Now, about this series- I really like the first shot! The fact that there are three nearly identical leaves is great within itself, and then comes the great bokeh (the hexagons here make the shot even better, IMO!) and sharpness. I do have two suggestions, however:

1. Clone out the spiderwebs!
2. Crop out most of the leaf in the upper-left, so that the just the stem emerges from the edge. That'll make for a truly stunning effect!

Surprised not to see any replies yet Great series overall!

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Good use of a rainy day! I got out into the Columbia Gorge earlier in the week, but the light has been dirt poor. I really like #3. Excellent sharpness and use of limited DOF.


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thanks for the replies. I think its a great idea to do some additional PP work like cloning out the spider webs. I always find some kind of strange web or fuzz thats distracting in the pictures.

And yes, it seems there was a hair on the sensor, I noticed this once i got home. Its bound to happen with how reckless I am =) Its gone now.

As for the portland/vanc pentaxian meetup I think that sounds like a great idea. Maybe a march on pro photo supply to show how much support there is for the brand here!

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Nice series - I'm really taken with the last one.

06-05-2010, 11:46 PM   #6
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A nice series the raindrops are behaving TFS


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