Monthly Archives: November 2010

November 15, 2010 – Alpental



Monday, November 15, 2010

Hey everyone! Been a few days, hasn’t it? This time it wasn’t because I went anywhere, this time it’s just because I’ve been a bit lazy. I’m taking a little bit of a break from this “posting a picture every day-ish” thing. Not like, a total break, just a “I’m going to post a little bit less frequently until I feel like posting more frequently” kind of thing. Just not really feeling the motivation at the moment, ya know?

Today’s picture is actually one of my favorites. I know what you’re thinking: “seriously?? THIS one? One of your favorites??”. And in answer to that I say “Yes. Shut up.” With emphasis on the second part. Because I am rude.

So I’ve mentioned it several times, and you may have heard (but probably either didn’t or didn’t care when you did) that it’s going to be a La Nina year, and we here in the PNW will be doing happy dances in our bounties of snow all winter. And that’s all true! But, before you get too jealous, keep in mind that this ain’t Utah. We don’t get sun here. Ohhhh no, not in my neighborhood. This is what skiing looks like out here. Great snow, plenty of it, but you only realize how deep it is when you have to dig yourself out of it because you couldn’t see where you were going through the fog. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love it, but that’s just the way it is. So, every time you hear me excitedly recounting how much snow we got dumped on us this winter, get jealous. But then, remember this picture, and then get a little bit less jealous.

Speaking of this picture, this was taken in International Bowl, near the top of Alpental. Alpental is part of the Summit At Snoqualmie, which is a collection of 4 ski hills about an hour east of Seattle. It’s the most accessible place to get some turns around here, but it’s also the least exciting. But, they’re open late (10pm), so it’s great for heading up after work or whatever. Good times.

So, see you all tomorrow, or on whatever day I next decide to bother!

Notes: Canon PowerShot S500 (Point and shoot). 1/320s, f/7.1.

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November 10, 2010 – Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Valley

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

So, yesterday, in all of that Yosemite and East Coast confusion, it seems I left out the sort-of punchline of the story, which was that, I had actually taken the time to go through some of the East Coast pics (which I think I mentioned), but I had just forgotten to take that last step of uploading them up to my web host. Thus, I had every intention of posting one yesterday, but I still failed.

So, back to today. This is not from anywhere on the East Coast. To make things as confusing as possible, this is from Yosemite. Which explains perfectly why this is the 4th appearance of the phrase “East Coast” in today’s post.

This was taken right in the valley, which would have meant nothing to me before this weekend when I was there. But since I have now been there, saying this was “right in the valley” makes total sense to me, so I’m going to toss it right out there as if I’m some kind of Yosemite veteran, based on the 27 hours I was there. The weather was really nice on Saturday, but right around the end of Saturday (ie, “now”, in the context of today’s picture), the bad weather started rolling in, and it didn’t leave until I was well outside of California. That’s unfortunate, it’s true, but it just gives me that much more reason to head back.

On that note, even though I’ve only been there once, I can say with authority that the fall is a FANTASTIC time to head to Yosemite. There were no crowds to speak of, there were plenty of vacancies in the hotels in the park, and the fall colors were amazing! True, the weather can (apparently) be hit-or-miss, but given that the whole week before we were there was great, as was the whole week after, I’d say we just got really unlucky, just like when the October Nor’Easter rolled through New England on the 1.5 days that we were there. That just seems to be the way it’s going these days. I’d like to make it back to Yosemite in the winter as well, but I’m not sure if I can swing that this year.

In completely random other news, I was contacted by somebody from the Marketing staff for a Broadway show called Time Stands Still. Apparently the show is somewhat photography related, but she mentioned that they have a series of “talkbacks” that actually sound really interesting. (The lady, Ann, says that’s when they have sort of a lecture/q&a after the show. I had no idea.) Seems like there’s only one left, on November 16. But, they’ll have three or four staff photographers from Getty Images talking, including a Pulitzer Prize winner. Good stuff. If you’re in the New York Area. Which I’m not. But hey, maybe you are, and maybe you’d be interested. Here’s the info if you want: . And no, they didn’t give me any money or anything to write that. That would have been a silly thing for them to do, since there aren’t enough of you, dear readers, to justify that. So why did I bring it up? Not sure. But there it is.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/200s, f/13.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 37mm.

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November 9, 2010 – Family Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Family Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Family Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

So, after kind of hinting at it yesterday, I really had intended to post a picture from Yosemite today. And, failing that, I was going to put a shot from my East Coast trip and say something about how I had suggested yesterday that it had been awhile since I was there and I’ve still only posted the one. But, I also failed at that, which means I’m totally at a loss as to what to toss up here today.

So, here’s a random picture of some people. No, I don’t know these people. I honestly have no clue who they are, but gosh, they’re sure having a good time, and I like that. I was playing around at Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly Big Mountain) in Whitefish, Montana, trying to get pictures of people on the chairlift with cool stuff behind them. I was trying out this vantage point, but obviously the “stuff behind” part is pretty lacking. Ideally, you could get the valley view behind them, or even better, the peaks in Glacier National Park. But, I was never able to find a vantage point for the latter, and the lighting never really worked out for the former. But, I thought this was a nice little moment, and I can’t wait till my own kid is old enough that I can experience a moment just like it with him.

Back to the East Coast thing for a moment. So, I was (obviously) really excited to go out there, in the fall no less. But, between mixed weather and not really getting to spend enough time actually walking around in the trees (where I would expect to find the nice settings I was looking for), I was a bit disappointed in the pics I got. I was hoping that I was just being ridiculous, that there would actually be some really nice ones, and I was setting them aside for awhile hoping that I could revisit them with a clear head and realize that they were actually pretty cool afterall. So, I spent a bit of time last night looking through some of them, and at least in the subset I flipped through, there wasn’t much. I mean, there were a couple that were *almost* really cool, but they each had a bit of fuzz on them that kept them from being the shot I wanted. I mean, it totally makes sense – you’ve got to be really lucky to go someplace for only a day and a half and happen to get the perfect conditions for the perfect shot (locals always have the advantage, because they have the flexibility to go when it’ll be great, and often they also have the knowledge to know when that will be), but I was still hoping. Next time, I guess, next time. In the meantime, here’s Montana!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/500s, f/5.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 218mm.

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November 8, 2010 – Alpaca



Monday, November 8, 2010

Okay, we’re back. Here’s a picture of an alpaca to celebrate! I had an awesome weekend – I went to Yosemite! Just for a day and a half though. And, the weather ended up being really bad for a good part of the time I was there. Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. But, I think I still managed to get a few decent shots. I’ll try to post one or two later this week, after I’ve had a chance to go through them a bit. (That being said, notice how you’re still waiting to see more of the shots I got from the east coast a few weeks ago? Yeah, that’s the way it goes also.)

In the meantime, alpaca.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 400. Focal length: 130mm.

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November 5, 2010 – Sperry Peak

Sperry Peak

Sperry Peak

Friday, November 5, 2010

Hey guys, look, it’s the 301st post! Not quite as exciting as number 300 I guess. Oh well. Also, it’s not quite as nice as the last few I posted. I felt that November was off to too good of a start, that I was using too many good pictures and not enough crappy ones. So, here’s one, intentionally posted late on a day when few people come by my site, to help balance it out. This is Sperry Peak. It’s near Monte Cristo, on the Mountain Loop highway. Have a great weekend!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/80s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 30mm.

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