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Lake Baikal, Olkhon Island, Birds
Lens: DA 55-300 Camera: K2000 Photo Location: Russia 
Posted By: sealonsf, 07-15-2010, 10:32 AM

Lake Bakail is so stunningly beautiful. I need Jimbo to show me how to capture the beauty! But I did what I could. I liked this shot, even though it was pretty much high noon.


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07-15-2010, 11:59 AM   #2
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Nice shot. I understand Lake Baikal's size has been greatly reduced.

There looks to be a large blob on the right side of the water.
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This is a great image. Its all about the time of day, Here is a similar shot I took. Mid day too. Well done. JIM


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>>There looks to be a large blob on the right side of the water.

You are correct. I had a terrible problem with dust on one of my lenses on the trip, and didn't notice it until I got home.

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On my picture its just a bird on the right side and not dust
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On my picture its just a bird on the right side and not dust
Duly noted. I have yet to find out how to keep dirt out when I'm changing lenses. I *think* I'm being careful, but it gets in. Not my favorite thing to deal with.
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I have yet to find out how to keep dirt out when I'm changing lenses. I *think* I'm being careful, but it gets in. Not my favorite thing to deal with.
Make sure the camera is turned off when you change the lens. I found that made a big difference.

That "blob" should be an easy clone, though. I love Adobe Elements for the healing brush (not available with Pentax v3.5 software) and the horizon-leveling feature.
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I have yet to find out how to keep dirt out when I'm changing lenses
Try to make sure you are changing the len with the front of the body facing down. It does help. Also, very easy when twisting the lens. Slow is good. You can check the sensor before ending out too. Cleaning in the field is not recommended. cheers and still a great shot. I think I will clone out the bird! Cheers JIM

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Thanks for the tips on keeping dust out, some I knew and some I didn't. I will definitely try them all from now on. (I don't have good software to fix the problem just yet - someday. I normally just crop the problem out - but, as you found, not always.)
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