Monthly Archives: September 2009

September 23, 2009 – Shi Shi Beach Trail

Shi Shi Beach Trail, Olympic National Park Shi Shi Beach Trail, Olympic National Park

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Hey everyone. I’ve got to keep this short today. This is a view along the Shi Shi Beach trail (pronounced “Shy-Shy”) in Olympic National Park. Well, actually, only the very last bit of the trail, when you actually get to the beach, is inside the National Park boundary, the rest is on the Makah Reservation.

It’s pretty. But it’s a pain in the ass to get to. But still, go there. It’s worth it. That’s all.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22 mm lens. 1/125s, f/4.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 10mm.

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September 22, 2009 – Grand Canal, Venice

Grand Canal, Venice

Grand Canal, Venice

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Hello everyone, welcome back. It’s getting harder and harder to come up with little quips to put at the beginning of my Picture of the Day entries. I’ll probably just start recycling them. People like my wife who remember every story I’ve ever even thought about telling will probably notice, except that people like my wife don’t actually read this crap anyway, they just look at the pictures. So everybody wins!

This is the Grand Canal in Venice. I’ll be honest, it’s not really one of my favorite pictures. But, it’s apparently one of the most viewed images on . I’ve started putting in little links that say “Read more about this picture” on the pictures that I’ve posted on Picture of the Day, so this is really just a lame attempt at getting some of those folks to head over this way. Don’t you all just feel used?

This picture is good for something though. It’s great for illustrating one of my huge pet peeves, that I’ve already mentioned at least a couple times in the past. When you have things like buildings in your picture (or trees, but buildings are worse), it’s painfully obvious (to my eye, anyway) when it’s not perfectly straight. And, I’m notorious for being a bit lazy and taking pictures that are cockeyed by a couple degrees. So taking pictures of things like buildings (or views where you can see the horizon) is a very frustrating activity for me. On top of that, most lenses introduce a little bit of barrel distortion, meaning they bend things around a little bit, especially near the edges. (Try getting a picture to look level when stuff in the middle is straight up and down, but stuff on the left side is leaning to the right, and stuff on the right side is leaning to the left. Arrrghhh!!) Then, just to put the icing on the cake, in some cases the buildings themselves aren’t even consistently straight! (And, depending on your perspective, having the lines be perfectly vertical or horizontal isn’t always “right”). I swear that was the case here, but that could just be me making excuses.

Regardless, these pictures of Venice drove me bonkers. Taking a picture straight is of course the most preferable option, but even when using software to straighten it out later (which sucks because it degrades the image – although I’m not going to go into why here) is really frustrating. Take a look at this image. The stuff near the middle looks pretty true. But that building on the far right is most definitely leaning toward the edge of the frame. And, as expected, the stuff on the far left is also off-kilter, although this time leaning toward the left. That’s actually kind of weird, it’s the opposite from what I’d usually expect (barrel distortion usually bends things as if it’s trying to turn them into a giant donut), but it’s still annoying. Sigh.

Whatever, enjoy your picture, and hopefully I can convince a few of those folks looking at the picture on to check out this entry. Have a great rest of your day. :)

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm lens. 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 28mm.

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September 21, 2009 – Poppy



Monday, September 21, 2009

Welcome to next week everyone. I hope your weekend was incredible, amazing, awesome.  Great, great, great.

This is the inside of a poppy. I like poppies, because they are very orange, and they are very easy to find. At least for me. Because my neighbor has a whole bunch of them. I really should post more pictures of them, because if I don’t, I’ll run out of all of my other pictures and be left with about 20 of these that I’ll have to post one after another. And that would be… only a little bit different from now, where all I post are pictures of the Maroon Bells and Mt. Shuksan.

This one is another example of using that 13 dollar reverse mount attachment on my 18-55 mm kit lens (Amazon link: ).  But this time it was used for good, not for evil.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, reverse-mounted 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/200s, ISO 100.

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September 18, 2009 – Wenatchee National Forest

Wenatchee National Forest

Friday, September 18, 2009
Hey everyone. I like this picture. That probably goes without saying, since, you know, I posted it here and everything. But no, really, I like this picture. I like the colors. I’m a sucker for colors. That’s all.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 400. Focal length: 24mm.

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September 17, 2009 – Blackcomb

View from Blackcomb Mountain

View from Blackcomb Mountain

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It’s full-on ski-pass-buying season now, so to celebrate, here’s a nice, snowy picture to bring back happy memories from last winter. This picture was taken from near the top of the Glacier Express on Blackcomb Mountain. Since I’m not afraid of providing every last detail no matter how mundane or obvious, I’ll go ahead and point out that Blackcomb is half of Whistler-Blackcomb, which is in British Columbia, about a 4 or 5 hour drive from where I live in Seattle. I actually thought I had used this photo awhile ago, so I was really surprised when I just went back to check and didn’t see it.

I’m pretty excited for this upcoming winter/ski season, since I now have an official “skiing camera”. I upgraded my SLR this summer (from the Canon EOS Rebel XT – Amazon link: – to the Canon EOS Rebel T1i – Amazon link: ), so now I have my spare camera that I can toss in my backpack when I head to the hills.  My ski buddies will of course hate me even more now, because now each time I stop I’ll have to take off the backpack, unzip it, etc, etc, etc.  But I’m pretty excited.  It still won’t solve the problem that I only ever go to about 3 or 4 different places between November and May, but at least those 3 or 4 places will be documented in excruciating detail now.

Map: (This one’s weird – they took the satellite photo when it was snowy, but then turned it green so it looks like grass.

Notes: Canon PowerShot SD700 IS (Point and shoot). 1/400s, f/10.0.

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