Monday, March 15, 2010
So I made it up to Vancouver over the weekend, and I checked out some Paralympic sledge hockey. Amazing stuff. I posted a quick video here (Make sure you watch it in 720p):
That clip contains the game tying goal, so make sure you make it to the end. We ended up seeing Italy vs Norway. Italy took a 1-0 lead in the first period, but then in the third period Norway tied it up, and then scored the game winner with only 1 minute left in the game. Exciting stuff, for sure. I was surprised at how physical the game was, they slammed into each other just as much as in normal hockey. Very intense.
I realize that I’m spending all this time talking about that video rather than about the picture I posted. Whatever. It’s just a picture of Shannon Creek, we’ve all seen this stuff before. So, back to the Paralympic hockey thing. When I was up at the regular Olympic hockey game several weeks earlier, I sat right behind several professional photographers who were shooting for newspapers and magazines. Most of them had this one particular Canon lens, a 70-200. (Although two of them had the Image Stabilized version.) So I decided to stop by Glazer’s on Saturday morning and rent it for myself. And HOLY CRAP it’s a nice lens. Crystal clear, razor sharp, focuses like a dream. LOVED it. Also, I remembered that my camera (The Rebel T1i) takes HD video, so I figured this would be a good time to see how it did. I was really happy with the results. That’s using the default resolution settings for the video, it actually has one higher setting too (which presumably is 1080p? I’m not sure, I don’t know the official pixel counts for 1080 vs 720. All I know is I uploaded that one video to YouTube and it now has the option to view in 720p.) So, if you had any question about the T1i’s video capability, there you go. That’s raw, right off the camera. That should also answer any questions about my videography abilities. They suck, clearly. But that’s not what we’re here for.
Yup, Shannon Creek. Move along now.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/40s, f/9.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.
Friday, March 12, 2010
Ahhhh Friday. The day that might as well be called Saturday based on how much I usually accomplish. (What?? For all you know Saturday could be the most productive day of my week.) This is actually not the picture I was going to post today. In fact, I had a completely different picture picked out, and I had even started writing up the post (I snagged the first sentence and kept it for the current instantiation of today’s entry), but then I decided I was going to mention what I’m doing this weekend, I realized that it would be much more appropriate to go this route instead.
So.. what am I doing this weekend? Glad you asked. I’m going up to Vancouver! Not for the Olympics, no, those have already ended. For the Paralympics! We’re going up to watch some paralympic sled hockey! I watched a YouTube video of the sport (because I had no idea how it would work) and it.. is.. AWESOME. Now that the world’s eye has moved on to other things, hotels in Vancouver are totally reasonable, so it’s now time to go get some Olympic goodness without all the Olympic headaches. My wife didn’t get a chance to make it up there during the regular Olympics, but I did, and that’s where today’s picture comes from. I had some friends who stayed up in Vancouver in an RV park for several days, and they managed to score some SECOND ROW seats to the USA vs Switzerland hockey game. So me and another buddy skipped out on work and headed up for the day. I previously posted several of the pictures to Facebook, but I haven’t had a chance to “property” process and post them, so I had to scramble a bit to get the raw image for today. In fact, I had to actually grab the image straight from my Facebook album. Unfortunately, it’s a well-known fact that Facebook resizes and re-compresses the images that you upload (to save space), so the quality of the image you see can be significantly less than the quality of the image you uploaded. But whatever, it’ll have to do for today. (And perhaps by the time you’re reading this I’ve had a chance to upload a better version to replace it.)
It’s probably fairly obvious, but this was taken immediately after the US scored their first goal in their eventual 3-1 victory. The Swiss team were of course huge underdogs in the game, but they played with heart. They never really threatened to win, but they certainly didn’t just roll over and give up. So it was a great game, and it was great to see everyone play with national pride. It was a great experience, I’m glad I went.
(For those curious, here’s the picture I was originally going to use: http://www.davefry.net/rate/index.php?viewimage=1207 .. I still reserve the right to use it in its own post sometime soon, so only click that link if you don’t mind spoilers.)
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300 mm lens. 1/500s, f/5.0, ISO 1600. Focal length: 227mm.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
Today’s picture is an old one that I dug out from the archives. It’s getting to be that time of year now, so I figured I’d should start tossing some of these into the mix. (I saw my first rhododendrons the other day. Whaaaat?! Where’d my ski season go?!) I’m not sure what those green ones are in front, but the red ones in back are rhodies. I love rhododendrons, mostly because I actually know what they are, and I can look (and sound!) smart by pointing at them and saying to whoever is nearby “Hey, aren’t those rhododendrons nice??”
Seattle’s an interesting place in the spring. On the one hand, it’s absolutely gorgeous, because there are rhododendron bushes EVERYWHERE, so all along the streets there are these wild splashes of color. And they come in all sorts of shades too, red, yellow, white, blue, purple, anything you want. Pretty nice. But on the other hand, the weather sucks. Winter’s fine, because even though it’s cloudy and raining all the time, you can at least know that it’s snowing in the mountains, so the skiing will be good. But in the spring, the clouds just linger, and linger, and linger. Long past the closing dates of all the ski hills. Long past when you start hearing on the news how nice and warm it is in the rest of the country. Typically it’s not until the beginning of July that we finally kick the cloudy-with-temps-in-the-low-60’s weather. So it’s a bittersweet time. It’s really the only season that I haven’t grown to love in Seattle. Summer? Outstanding. 75 and sunny every day. Winter? Fantastic skiing. Fall? Have you SEEN the fall color shots I’ve posted?? Spring? Hmm. Pass.
Anyway, I wish I got more of the green flowers in focus. Oh well.
Notes: Canon PowerShot S500 (Point and shoot). 1/200s, f/4.0.
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
It’s been quite awhile since I put up a shot from Shi Shi Beach, so we’re all about due, right? Yeah, I think so. So here we go. Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park. You’ve all heard the story before. If not, go searching through the archives, there’s about a hundred pictures from here that I’ve posted already, and they’re all just incredibly awesome.
You may have noticed over there on the right that I added a “most popular posts” widget. It’s not based totally on post views, it uses other metrics too, like number of comments and incoming links and stuff. You can change all the values for how strongly it weights each thing, and I think I need to tweak it some. But, definitely check it out, and then go through and click on your favorite posts a bunch of times so they end up at the top of the list. Remember, hold down shift and hit refresh. Woooo!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-300 mm lens. 1/125s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 46mm.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
I don’t like this picture. I mean, I *really* don’t like this picture. The foreground is all muddled up with a shapeless mess of green stuff, and not only does it not nicely frame the mountain in the background, it actually partially blocks it. I really really don’t like this picture. But for some unknown reason, it seems that everyone else does. At the time I’m writing this, it’s got 53 votes, with an astronomical average of 8.96!! What?!? I mean, I can understand the odd high vote here and there, but normally by the time a mediocre picture gets 53 votes, sanity has prevailed and the average rating has fallen to a more reasonable level. But not with this one.
Am I wrong here?? What do you people see in this picture that I’m missing? There’s got to be something, right? Anyone??
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 100. Focal length: 22mm.