Monthly Archives: October 2009

October 30, 2009 – Whistler Mountain

Half Note Trail - Whistler Mountain

Half Note Trail - Whistler Mountain

Friday, October 30, 2009

What’s up Dan, Diane, Shannon, and my other Facebook reader?! (Richard.) Hello too to my nameless readers! And to my readers that have names but whose identities I don’t know. And, of course, hello to Will also. Today’s picture was taken near the summit of Whistler Mountain. Julie and I took took the gondola up there to go hiking around, since it’s an easy way to get up to the high country, without having to, you know, walk all the way. This particular little pocket (right along the Half Note trail) was a bit odd because it was all white granite everywhere, whereas most of the rock up there is much darker. Since none of us are geologists, that’s probably not interesting, but there’s still two interesting nuggets in there, so the quota is fulfilled. That’s how I work: I do just enough to get the job done, but I don’t have the drive to do any more.

I used my new new wide angle lens for this shot. I say “new new” because the first time I bought it, it had this weird distortion in the middle, so I had to exchange it for another one. I would normally use a polarizing filter for this kind of shot, so that the clouds would really stand out against the blue sky. But I don’t have one yet for that lens, so that will have to wait until next time I guess.

Summer (and fall) is a great time to visit Whistler. Whistler is hosting the Olympics. The Olympics are cool. I’d say more, but I’ve run out of sentences.

That’s all for today folks, have a great Halloween!

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Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16 mm lens. 1/400s, f/10.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 13 mm.

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October 28, 2009 – Shi Shi Beach

Shi Shi Beach

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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Hello message. Interesting comment about picture. Second interesting comment about picture. Snarky comment. Slightly self-deprecating joke.

Comment about camera gear. Comment about other camera gear that I want.

Tangential commentary. Tangential commentary. Tangential commentary.

Goodbye message and well wishes.

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Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22mm lens. 1/125s, f5.6, ISO 200. Focal length: 10mm.

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October 27, 2009 – Picture Lake

Picture Lake

Picture Lake

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hey everyone. In the past I’ve posted a couple of pictures of the view of Mt. Shuksan with Picture Lake. This is also Picture Lake, but seen from the other side. In fact, if you know where to look, you can see where I took those pictures, on that opposite shore.

I just realized now as I’m writing this that this isn’t the picture I intended to post today. Meh, whatever.

Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and Shoot). 1/500s, f/2.8.

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October 26, 2009 – View from Burroughs Mountain

View from Burroughs Mountain, Mt. Rainier National Park

Monday, October 26, 2009

Today’s picture was taken on the way up Burroughs Mountain, in Mt. Rainier National Park. The trail leaves from Sunrise, which is on the eastern side of the park. This was just a few weeks ago – I had hoped to find a hike with some good fall color, but as you can tell, I aimed a bit too high. There was plenty of color a couple thousand feet down (I was about about 7 or 8 thousand feet), but up here it was all well past the peak and covered in a dusting of snow. Oh well, it was still really pretty.

There are of course two ways (well, two EASY ways anyway) to get into the high country in the park – Sunrise and Paradise. Sunrise being, as I mentioned, on the east side of the park (near Crystal Mountain), and Paradise on the south. For whatever reason, I’ve spent much more time at Sunrise than at Paradise. They’re both fantastic, but it’s worth mentioning that if what you’re after is awesome views of Rainier itself, and you’re hiking in the afternoon, you may want to head to Paradise. The sun of course sets in the west, so in the afternoon Rainier is backlit, so it’s much harder to see all the detail of the glaciers and such. But that’s not the point here.

That last sentence sort of implies that there *is* a point here. I’m pretty sure that’s not true. But if there was one, it wouldn’t be that.


Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-75 mm lens.  1/500s, f/6.3, ISO 100.  Focal length: 62mm.

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October 23, 2009 – Frangipani

Frangipani - US Virgin Islands

Frangipani - US Virgin Islands

Friday, October 23, 2009

These are some flowers that I saw while on my honeymoon a few years back. We were in St. Thomas at the time, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands. There’s a huge number of really pretty flowers down there that you won’t see anywhere else. Wait, let me rephrase that. There’s a huge number of flowers down there that *I* won’t see anywhere else. They may very well exist in lots of other places, but they sure as heck don’t exist up here in the Pacific northwest. And I don’t go anywhere, ever. I go days at a time without going outside.

Right, as I was saying. Lots of flowers down there. Pretty ones too. I’d love to go back down there just for that reason alone, much less all of the, you know, other reasons for going to the Caribbean. (I’ve heard there’s a few…) My ham-fisted internet searches led me to believe that these are called “frangipani”, so I’d put the likelihood at around 50-50 that that’s indeed what they are. But we’re going to go with it.

Now, I should probably say something interesting about this picture, right? How about this: it looks like it’s taken like any other flower picture, using a macro-ish lens, from really close up, right? Nope. It was taken with a big ole’ telephoto lens, since I was standing on the patio at our hotel, and the tree with the flowers was down below me. Yeeeeeaaaah, that’s interesting. You don’t even KNOW how interesting that is, that’s how interesting it is.

Have a great weekend everyone, try not to break the little tips off your shoelaces.

Details: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/250s, f6.3, ISO 400. Focal length 248 mm.

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