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    Default Swampfrog's Oregon Photography Tour

    This trip needs its own thread. Took thousands of pictures, some of which will end up here.

    If you love the Northwest and want great ecology lessons along with touring some great natural sites and seeing a bunch of wildlife (primarily birds) of all sizes and shapes, this tour is for you.

    http://marksmithnaturetours.com/

    http://marksmithnaturetours.com/dest...gon3_itin.html

    Can't say enough good things about Mark, walking human encyclopedia of a naturalist. Small birds zip across in front of the van, correctly identifies it, stops the car, plays recording out the window, sure enough, out comes the bird, we all shoot a few pics, and on we go. Same with sounds, walking through on a forest road, hears a bird song, immediately identifies it, plays recording, out comes the bird, we all shoot a few pics. Rinse and repeat.

    Point at almost any plant, animal (including insects), rock, etc. He'll give you essential information, scientific names, history, relationships with other species, etc. Seriously unreal.

    Having the Canon 600mm f/4L IS USM Mark III with 1.4X extender was a photographic life changing event. Never bothered with the small song birds much before. For a week we were chasing them all over the place, trying to get them to hold still long enough to get a good shot. Amazing detail.

    On with the pictures.

    Puffins on Haystack rock, overcast drizzly day...not a problem.






    Tried chasing flying swallows, ridiculously hard, best I got.














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    Whoa I want to do this tour. Mrs. NWC loves her birds, this might be a great idea for both of us.

    Looking forward to more pics of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    That is ominous.
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    Beautiful - I'm guessing Neskowin? Honeymoon Rock?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelado View Post
    That is ominous.
    I was thinking menacing, but yeah.

    When I was at OSU in the beloved geography department, as intro to us new grad students, we had a 1 week whirlwind tour of the varied geography of Oregon. Some very interesting and diverse places. Steens Mtn was very cool.

    I look forward to this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clackamascoug View Post
    Beautiful - I'm guessing Neskowin? Honeymoon Rock?
    Yes, first stop. Proposal Rock.

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    1/3200 sec. exposure on the swallow and still can't quite get it to stand still and smile for a picture.... Fast little buggers. And then 1/4 sec. on the cafe. Awesome job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    1/3200 sec. exposure on the swallow and still can't quite get it to stand still and smile for a picture.... Fast little buggers. And then 1/4 sec. on the cafe. Awesome job.
    Almost to the point where the correct shutter speed for any situation feels instinctual. Having a really big lens threw me off for a couple days. Needed to adjust to faster speeds. The pictures get better day by day as I get accustomed to working with such a long focal length.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwestcoug View Post
    Whoa I want to do this tour. Mrs. NWC loves her birds, this might be a great idea for both of us.

    Looking forward to more pics of this.
    He's suffered some unfortunate medical setbacks so he is going to concentrate more locally instead of globally. He will arrange pretty much anything from a long weekend to several weeks. Not just his scheduled trips are available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    He's suffered some unfortunate medical setbacks so he is going to concentrate more locally instead of globally. He will arrange pretty much anything from a long weekend to several weeks. Not just his scheduled trips are available.
    Just looked at his website. I want to do all of them!

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    Ha ha, swampfrog the stalker sneaking a little hanky panky onto the board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    Ha ha, swampfrog the stalker sneaking a little hanky panky onto the board.
    Yes, ominous and menacing weren't exactly the words to describe what was coming next...but close

    They were facing away, and I had too much lens (as I was doing portraits) for the interaction unfortunately

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    nice work.

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    And thus concludes the second day.

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    I noticed that there are BUY options on your photos. Do you ever sell any? Just wondering...

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    Quote Originally Posted by clackamascoug View Post
    I noticed that there are BUY options on your photos. Do you ever sell any? Just wondering...
    The "Buy" option lets you use SmugMug's default printing service to get prints. The feature tier of their pricing structure that I'm on doesn't allow me to see if anyone has printed or not. Nor do I make anything from them. I could hide that option, but I'm not in this hobby currently to make money. I've debated going to the next level to get the capability of making a dollar to two from a print, but it's likely the cost of the tier upgrade will be more than I would make. The supply way outstrips the demand for prints. I did disable the download option and the right-click save-as.

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    Getting up early on the coast is always a good idea

















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    Misty in the morning can be fun







    We went back to these guys later, this was experimentation at 1200mm



    Bring on the cormorants (starting to get too bright however)












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    WOW, just Wow!

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    How did you get the Cormorant to wear turquoise contact lenses? Those eyes shots are fantastic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    Misty in the morning can be fun

    Just guessing you're not relying on autofocus for shots like this.

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    Great pics! I love me some puffins.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    Just guessing you're not relying on autofocus for shots like this.
    That's autofocus. Why would I not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    That's autofocus. Why would I not?
    It's a compliment - whether or not he meant it is another thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LiveCoug View Post
    Great pics! I love me some puffins.
    Have you eaten any?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    That's autofocus. Why would I not?
    Just that any autofocus I've seen hunts around and can't seem to lock onto such objects that take such a small slice of the frame.

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