Monthly Archives: August 2009

August 21, 2009 – Flowers



Friday, August 21, 2009

Just clearing one out of the backlog, saving up the good stuff for later.

Those are rhododendrons in back. No clue what the yellow ones are.

Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot). 1/400s, f/9.0.

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August 20, 2009 – Aspens



Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hey everyone. I realized last night that other than last Friday, it had been awhile since I had posted anything from Colorado, so I decided that today I’d dig one out of the archives. Everyone knows (well, they should anyway) how much I love fall colors, especially aspens. So it was a real treat to go out to Colorado a few years back right during aspen season to go for a quick drive around the state. The weather worked out perfectly, it was great. I didn’t get as many super cool pictures as I wanted, but oh well, that’s the way it goes. This one was taken about halfway up to Independence Pass from Aspen. There’s a bunch of nice aspen groves right along the highway, and the quality of the light that filters down through the canopy is just sublime. I could sit there for hours just listening to the breeze rustling through the leaves. Love it.

On to other topics.. Have you ever had one of those days where you were just absolutely jaw-droppingly blown out of the water by someone’s pictures? That happened to me today. Our friends Eric and Lisa just got back from a two week trip through Banff, Glacier, Waterton, and Yoho national parks, and OH MY GOD WOW. TONS of really fantastic shots. If you’ve got a couple hours to kill and want to see some truly inspiring landscapes, you owe it to yourself to check out the collection. It’s here, on Flickr:

Approximate map:

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/200s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 22mm.

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August 19, 2009 – Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls

Shannon Falls

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This is Shannon Falls, which is just outside of Squamish, British Columbia, which is a nice waypoint on the drive up to Whistler. One of these days, I’m totally intending to make Squamish itself my destination for a bunch of hiking and exploring, but the timing just hasn’t worked out yet, and thus the only times I’ve ever stopped in Squamish (or at the falls) is on the way to or from Whistler. Shannon Falls is pretty incredible, and it’s very easy to get to. (There’s a parking lot right off the main highway, and about a quarter mile hike up to the bottom of the falls.) I have lots of nearly identical pictures of the falls from each time I go there, but this time in particular (this was on the way up for Dan’s bachelor party) I tried to mix it up a bit. The falls are apparently the third highest falls in BC, which got me wondering what the first and second highest are. Hmmm, maybe I’ll look into that later.

Here’s a guy who hiked up to the top of the falls (which is apparently not obvious how to get to – the trail from the parking lot just takes you to the bottom of the falls. One day, one day…


Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/400s, f/7.1, ISO 200. Focal length: 129mm.

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August 18, 2009 – Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

This is an old one, from a 2 megapixel point and shoot. This is from a viewpoint along the Oregon Coast, somewhere near Cannon Beach. Similar to roses, beaches are something I haven’t yet figured out how to take good pictures of. I definitely need to think about it some more. Maybe if I can hold off from going down into the rat’s nest of spending several thousand dollars on ridiculous macro photography gear, I’ll spend some time working on it. Hmm. The most annoying part? (for me anyway..) No matter the angle, the water never looks right. It always looks tilted to one side or the other. Not sure why.

Map: (Almost certainly not in the right spot, but at least it’s on the coast.)

If you’re into HDR photography, here’s a shot also from the Oregon coast, taken by someone else.

Notes: Canon PowerShot S200 (Point and shoot). 1/320s, f/4.0.

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August 17, 2009 – Rose


Monday, August 17, 2009

Remember how I had mentioned last week that I had been trying to think of ideas for how to actually take a decent picture of a rose? I had said that I did manage to come up with a few ideas, and went to play around in the Woodland Park Rose Garden to try them out. Here is the first of many several that you’ll see. (Don’t worry, I won’t show you THAT many.) I thought this one turned out pretty well, and it was just about exactly the picture I had in my mind ahead of time. So.. umm… yay?

If you’re looking for another picture of a rose (Really, who wouldn’t be??) and you want to give someone else’s images a try for once, head on over here.

For tips on rose pruning, visit A Greener Garden.

Enjoy the rest of your Monday, and the first part of your Tuesday as well.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/640s, f/6.3, ISO 400. Focal length: 300 mm.

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