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Forecourt Fountain & the New Camera

Published October 11th, 2011

Finally got my Canon 5D Mark II, 24-100 f4L ISM lens, and a better tripod. :)

Took some macro shots with the lens and borrowed extension tubes. I'm not sure the extension tubes are the way to go since my exposure times were longer than I'd like, even at the higher ISOs I can get off the 5D. The 100mm macro I'm looking at is f2.8, and would be good for wedding portraits next summer. . . but maybe extension tubes could let me wait a while to pick up that lens. . . food for thought.

More successful was the foray to the Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain in downtown Portland. This is my all-time favorite fountain (yes, it even beats out the Trevi Fountain in Rome, in my book).

I played around at the fountain with long exposures using my vari-ND filter again. This time I tried to combine it with a polarizing filter. . . tricky stuff since both of them work by rotating them and this meant screwing one rotating filter onto the other rotating filter then trying to rotate each independently to get the affect I was after. Clearly, this isn't the way it was meant to be, and at this point the "real" photographers either don't use the vari-ND and go with a 3-stop or 10-stop ND filter, or use a filter holder. I also had vignetting with these two deep filters when I had the lens at wide angles. I overcame that by either zooming in a bit or, in at least one shot, by letting it vignette and using the clone tool in photoshop to get rid of it in post processing.

There are so many possible compositions with this fountain. I feel like a barely scratched the surface, and honestly didn't even get very creative with these. I was enjoying the effects I was getting too much to worry about going for a unique perspective or trying something unique and creative in terms of composition. To see more shots visit my flickr page at:


Ira Keller Forecourt Fountain

The money shot. A good overview of the fountain from the Keller Auditorium side. I did use the clone tool in PS to clean this up and remove a lot of little distractions that might pull the eye away from the serenity of the fountain.

  • October 9th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 35mm / f/22 / 1.6 sec


I love the color of pools at the top, and the floaty composition of the platforms at the bottom. At one time all the concrete in the fountain was the same grey color as the concrete around the fountain, but the water has stained it that wonderful rusty hue over the years. . . still I wonder what the visual impact would be if there was no color difference. Hmmm. . . I sense some B&W work headed my way. . .

  • October 9th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 32mm / f/22 / 3/5 sec


I really like the lines, color and textures in this one.

  • October 9th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 58mm / f/22 / 15 sec


Have I mentioned that I love this fountain?

  • October 9th, 2011
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 105mm / f/22 / 4/5 sec

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crom dull  over 7 years ago

beautiful pictures indeed!!!