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    Did she adopt? How common could it be for an antelope to have quadruplets?

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    I dont like this last batch so much, too much bokeh smearing in the background. I get that you want to emphasize your subject, but I would try to do that naturally, with a short focal plane at the subject, or lighting, rather than introducing fake bokeh in post production. And your bird shots never need this kind of post editing because your afinity with bird subjects is remarkable, and you naturally are able to emphasize your bird subjects.

    Also, the previous set of photos, of quaint French Glen (i think), you found some great subjects. Instead of taking the photos head on, maybe you can practice picking an object in the foreground, with the subjects of your pictures in the background. This can sometimes feel more evocative of a mood. Here are some examples:

    The Hotel with the aged wooden picket fence in the foreground
    The street with the old fashioned phone booth in the foreground
    The old commercial space with the rusty gas pumps in the foreground
    The outhouse with the ceramic toilet in the foreground
    And I dont know if I would be so gutsy, but drag out that old horse carriage from the garage and take a shot of any place on the horizon with the carriage in the foreground

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    I dont like this last batch so much, too much bokeh smearing in the background. I get that you want to emphasize your subject, but I would try to do that naturally, with a short focal plane at the subject, or lighting, rather than introducing fake bokeh in post production. And your bird shots never need this kind of post editing because your afinity with bird subjects is remarkable, and you naturally are able to emphasize your bird subjects.

    Also, the previous set of photos, of quaint French Glen (i think), you found some great subjects. Instead of taking the photos head on, maybe you can practice picking an object in the foreground, with the subjects of your pictures in the background. This can sometimes feel more evocative of a mood. Here are some examples:

    The Hotel with the aged wooden picket fence in the foreground
    The street with the old fashioned phone booth in the foreground
    The old commercial space with the rusty gas pumps in the foreground
    The outhouse with the ceramic toilet in the foreground
    And I dont know if I would be so gutsy, but drag out that old horse carriage from the garage and take a shot of any place on the horizon with the carriage in the foreground
    There is no manipulation of the bokeh specifically in post processing. It's an artifact of the fact I was shooting 840mm at f/13 to keep as much depth of field as possible. They all turned out soft (heat was also involved again), so I added a larger radius to the sharpening. This had the odd effect in the background that you are seeing. End result is they are lousy images so I didn't take the time to put the distant background on it's own layer and not sharpen it. I also should have been shooting at f/7.1 or f/8 given the distance they were from me. The f/13 was for depth of field from the previous opportunity of shooting the 3 males at a distance, I didn't dial the aperture back to more open when I quickly switched subjects to the female and youngsters when they emerged. Heat of the moment kind of thing.

    I normally sharpen with a radius of .7 to 1.3, I think I was close to 4.0 for these images. Whenever sharpening that heavily, it usually benefits when only applied it to specific subjects. I'll post the results in the before and after thread. It's a look into saving a soft image to at least presentable in a smaller web format.

    This is the only image I bothered to smooth out the background again and it still looks like crap. I'll try processing it correctly using layers, sharpening the back layer and then using a layer mask to paint the sharpening in on just the foreground elements. I tried to fix it post-sharpening using Gaussian blur, and you can tell.



    I was shooting the town as quickly as I could before taking off for the morning, I don't think the owners would have been keen with me moving stuff around, but I should definitely be more patient in composition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    Did she adopt? How common could it be for an antelope to have quadruplets?
    I suspect this is part of the behavior for the herd. A single female escapes with the young while the rest of the herd acts as a decoy. I don't know enough about their behavior. Not likely the young are all from the same mother.

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    Heading back home across Oregon on day 8. Stopped by several places of interest.





    Found an eagle on the way.





    The painted hills--stopped and took way too many shots.












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    Beautiful shots. Chance favored you with an overcast day at the Painted Hills. We were there with similar conditions and the colors were great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Northwestcoug View Post
    Beautiful shots. Chance favored you with an overcast day at the Painted Hills. We were there with similar conditions and the colors were great.
    Yes, we couldn't stay quite as late as would have been ideal (other party members needed to get home), but it was a beautiful late afternoon with scattered cloud cover. Lovely yellow flower ground cover in many locations (which is unusual I believe?) Lots of HDR pics to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    Yes, we couldn't stay quite as late as would have been ideal (other party members needed to get home), but it was a beautiful late afternoon with scattered cloud cover. Lovely yellow flower ground cover in many locations (which is unusual I believe?) Lots of HDR pics to come.
    I don't recall lots of flowers there, but I've only been there once.

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    More varied Painted Hills




















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    Quite a few more from around The Painted Hills. Actually pulled that saturation down on a few of these.




















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    And more...




















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    Wow. Beautiful.
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    Last images that conclude the original 8 day tour. Have one day by myself with the 600mm at Ridgefield NWR + 1 extra day with the naturalist on a return trip to the Oregon Coast. Then a 4 day return to Eastern Oregon with a rented 100-400mm (couldn't spring for the big lens again).
















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    And for those that are gluttons for punishment, and had not already realized that you can click on any image and get to the entire collection, here's the link to all 1109 images (so far--and not all of which are shared here).

    https://www.jpugmirephotography.com/...xbdG/i-ZVFf4J8

    I will continue to grow it and post selective images directly.

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    First series from the next day, using the big lens at my local haunt, Ridgefield NWR.




















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    All very cool pictures. There's a guy at work who always wears bright neon sneakers. Now I know the look he's going for.


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    This nest was too far away for good images, but here's an inbound peregrine.












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    Just don't stand below that cliff face.

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    Wow, amazing shots to catch the birds on the wing. What kind of settings did you use for those? And the seagull with the starfish... I've never heard of seagulls flying off with starfish, let alone eating them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker View Post
    Wow, amazing shots to catch the birds on the wing. What kind of settings did you use for those? And the seagull with the starfish... I've never heard of seagulls flying off with starfish, let alone eating them.
    Likely 1/1600 or 1/2000 for the flying birds (you can click on any image and then click on the photo details icon). The naturalist said it was fairly common for gulls (they will eat about anything), but I was very happy with that shot when I captured it and it was sharp. I had the 2x converter on the 70-200 and it's not the most reliable combination for flying birds. Had decent contrasty light so I was willing to try it. Normally, I'll only shoot flight with the 1.4x attached, but it doesn't have enough reach in most cases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swampfrog View Post
    Likely 1/1600 or 1/2000 for the flying birds (you can click on any image and then click on the photo details icon). The naturalist said it was fairly common for gulls (they will eat about anything), but I was very happy with that shot when I captured it and it was sharp. I had the 2x converter on the 70-200 and it's not the most reliable combination for flying birds. Had decent contrasty light so I was willing to try it. Normally, I'll only shoot flight with the 1.4x attached, but it doesn't have enough reach in most cases.
    Thanks. I forgot that you have them linked to your website.

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    Painted Hills shots were organic and beautiful. As I get older and older, I look at those pictures and think, "Am I the only one who thinks this is truly beautiful? Do others see this as background landscape?" We just barely learn how to appreciate the beauty of the earth and then we die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katy Lied View Post
    Painted Hills shots were organic and beautiful. As I get older and older, I look at those pictures and think, "Am I the only one who thinks this is truly beautiful? Do others see this as background landscape?" We just barely learn how to appreciate the beauty of the earth and then we die.
    A combination of age and some artistic exposure is my guess. I can even make the drive from Portland, OR to Rexburg, ID and no longer be just passing time in the areas I previously considered a wasteland. (Pretty much everything east of the Cascades.)

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