Monthly Archives: January 2010

January 20, 2010 – Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

As promised, here’s a shot from Montana this weekend. I’ve only barely started going through them, so this is just the first one that I snagged that seemed post-worthy. (Actually, that’s not even true, it’s the third one, and the first two are more awesome, but I want to save them for later. This one was just barely far enough above the bar that I felt it would be perfect for a Wednesday.)

As a quick refresher, this is from Whitefish Mountain Resort, formerly known as Big Mountain, which is just outside the town of Whitefish, Montana. You get there via Amtrak, or you can fly into Kalispell which isn’t too far away. This was up near the top of the mounain, and those chairs are part of I believe Chair 5, which wasn’t running while we were there. (According to several locals, that chair very rarely runs, as it serves only terrain that’s already served by other chairs, so it’s only needed on super crowded days, which there are very few of in Montana, certainly not while we were there.)

Those ice-encrusted trees are pretty common at the top of the hill. They’re called snow ghosts, and I’ve only ever seen them in Montana, Idaho, and interior BC (which really are all basically the same place). That’s absolutely not a claim that they don’t exist anywhere else, that’s just the only places I’ve seen them. They make for fantastic pictures, because even when it hasn’t snowed in awhile you can still make a picture look like it’s a powder day. I played around with them a bunch this weekend, you’ll certainly see them again.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 lens. 1/400s, f/11.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 44mm.

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January 19, 2010 – Green Bottle Fly

Green Bottle Fly

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Alrighty, I finished up with that whole travelling to Montana thing. Now, back to real life. My original plan was to use something from that trip here, but honestly, I haven’t had a chance to even BEGIN going through them yet, so instead today I’ll fulfill one of last week’s requests. (If you want to request anything, either leave it in the comments or contact me directly – dave (at) davefry (dot) net. I’ll see if I’ve got anything that works.)

This is a green bottle fly (or at least that’s what my (really) brief research on google suggested), seen through a reverse-mounted 18-55 mm kit lens. I talked about this already at length in this post, so if you’re at all interested in this kind of stuff, please do yourself a favor and read that entry too.    But, long story short, you buy a little adapter for your lens, and then the magic happens. Wooo!

I’ll try to at least do something resembling a first pass on the Montana pics tonight, at least as far as finding one worthy of posting here. We’ll see how that goes.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, reverse-mounted 18-55mm kit lens. 1/320s, ISO 200.

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January 13, 2010 – Shi Shi Beach Trail

Shi Shi Beach Trail

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

God, another Shi Shi Beach picture. Seriously, right? Whatever. This one was specifically requested, although maybe not in so many words. (Somebody told me how much they like it, and expressed surprise that I hadn’t posted it here yet, so that’s as good as a request in my book.)

I think I’ve covered this ground several times already, but the trail (pronounced shy-shy, not shee-shee, by the way), is mostly located on the Makah reservation, at the far northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula. It’s not until the very end of the trail, when you actually get spit out onto the beach itself, that it leaves reservation land and enters Olympic National Park. It’s pretty remote out there, it takes a good 4 or 5 hours to get out there from Seattle. Distance-wise it’s not very far (only 118 miles as the crow files, 155 miles by road), but the last couple of hours is on *very* windy roads along the coast, so it’s tough to get above 25 mph on that whole stretch. The drive itself is fine, it’s not ugly, but it won’t blow your mind either, but once you get off on the roads onto a trail like this, it’s *fantastic*, especially once you’re actually on the Pacific coast. (the road goes along the northern coast of the peninsula, not along the actual “ocean”.) Anyway, I’m rambling. Look at the pretty picture. Ooooh, aaaaah.

This is going to be the last post until next Tuesday, because as I mentioned yesterday, I’m minutes away from getting on a train to Montana! Wooooo! So, be sure to enjoy your time not spent skiing in Whitefish while I’m away!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22mm lens. 1/400s, f/4.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 11mm.

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January 12, 2010 – Whitefish Mountain Resort

Flathead Valley, seen from Whitefish Mountain Resort

Flathead Valley, seen from Whitefish Mountain Resort

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

This is a view looking out over the Flathead Valley from Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly Big Mountain) in Whitefish, Montana, at something-like-sunset. This is where I’ll be in a couple of days. I am extremely happy about this. The weather isn’t looking like it’ll be perfect (it’ll be mostly cloudy with a chance of only a half inch of snow or so each day), but it will still be fantastic. Because I will be there, and I make everything fantastic. There’s a lesson in there for the rest of you.

Last time I was in Whitefish, I only had a point and shoot camera with me. Because at the time that’s all I owned. This time though, I’m bringing the big guns. Actually, I’m only bringing one big gun. I was originally intending to bring two big guns, intending to use my *old* SLR (the XT) just in case I fell on it. I didn’t want to risk the fancy new one. But, my buddy Dan is borrowing it, and I was too lazy to ask for it back. So I may just have an excuse to spend more money when I get home, we’ll see. But that’s the real reason why I have mixed feelings about the weather. I’m afraid of boring light. Oh well. I’m sure I’ll still have plenty of fun. Do you even realize how cheap the beer is out there?! Oh man, it’s heaven on earth, I swear.

I’m still planning on putting up another post tomorrow before I leave, but then that’ll be it until at least Tuesday of next week, so you’d better enjoy it!

Notes: Canon PowerShot S500 (Point and shoot). 1/250s, f/7.1.

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January 11, 2010 – Shannon Creek

Shannon Creek, Squamish, BC

Monday, January 11, 2010

Hello everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. I spent a fair bit of time going through some older pictures that are on my home machine, in an effort to get them ready to be archived. Once they’re off of my actual hard drive, they’re much more of a pain in the butt to go through and such, so I’m trying to go through a bunch of pictures from hikes and stuff in the past couple years that I just haven’t had a chance to get to yet. This weekend I was actually only able to work on one particular day, back in July of 2008, when Julie and I drove up to Whistler for the weekend. We stopped at Shannon Falls, just outside of Squamish, and I spent a bunch of time walking around the creek down below taking pictures of the rocks and such.

I’m not sure why I hadn’t taken the time to go through them before, but there turned out to be quite a few that I liked quite a bit. The lighting was really nice, and it worked out really well with the rocks, which were all really pretty, rounded and colorful with lots of interesting detail. I even went against my normal routine and played around a bunch with black and white. Basically what I’m getting at is that “Shannon Creek” will soon become the new “Shi Shi Beach”, because I’ve got a big ole’ pile of these pictures now, so I’ll be doling them out periodically whenever I feel like it’s been long enough since I posted the last one. (And by the way, it’s pronounced “Shy Shy”, not “Shee Shee”.)

Despite the fact that I didn’t have a tripod with me, for many of these pictures I tried to use as long as a shutter speed as possible. (With running water, that’s how you get it to look smooth and soft – since the rocks and such don’t move, they still come out nice and sharp, but if you use a fast shutter speed, you’ll just catch the water in mid-splash.) I was using my Tamron 28-300 mm image stabilized lens (since relegated to the worthless junk pile as I’ve mentioned before), so I think I went as slow as 1/30th or 1/40th of a second for a couple of them (this one’s at 1/50th), which obviously isn’t long enough to REALLY smooth it out, but it’s slow enough for some interesting results.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/50s, f/11.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 33mm.

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