April 13, 2010 – Galena Summit

Galena Summit

Galena Summit, central Idaho

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


And here we go again, right back to the equipment that I keep complaining about. This image (and a bunch of others that are a lot like it) are the result of me slowly working my way through a huge backlog (almost 2 years!) of images that I took, but never properly went through to extract the decent ones. The period of time I’m working through right now (July 2008) was very soon after I acquired my Tamron 28-300 VC lens (the VC is Tamron’s image stabilization technology), which replaced the very similar Tamron 28-300 non-VC lens that I had previously been using for a year or so. Apparently I hadn’t learned my lesson at the time, which is unfortunate. A big part of the reason I never went through these images is because the raw result coming off the camera is just usually not that inspiring, so I was never excited to go through them. (In fact, the experience of going through them, far from being “exciting”, could probably better be described by the term “soul-crushing”.) They’re almost never sharp, and the colors tend to be more blah than wow. If you force yourself to sit through it though, and you’re not afraid to be heavy-handed with the post processing, you can definitely save some of them. They won’t sit at the very top of your favorite images list, but they can be solid players.

Right, so, about this picture. This is the view from Galena Summit, which is a pass in central-ish Idaho, a little ways north of Sun Valley. It actually sits between Sun Valley and the Sawtooth Valley, which I posted a (mediocre) picture of several weeks ago. Not surprisingly, I took both of them on the same afternoon. I was taking the scenic route to get from Seattle to Colorado, so I took the opportunity to cut south through the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, and then through the Sawtooth Valley in Idaho. I’m using the word “valley” a lot today. Unavoidable, really. I headed east out of the Seattle valley, along the I-90 valley, to Missoula. Valley. Then I struck south, through the valleys I already mentioned. After I took this picture, I drove through Sun Valley, through Craters of the Moon National Monument (almost used a picture from there today), and I spent the night in the car right on the Idaho-Wyoming border. Let’s see.. other random facts.. Wikipedia says Galena Summit has an elevation of 8,701 feet. It also has a funny name. It’s not called “Galena Pass” like I thought. I thought it was “the summit of Galena Pass”, but no, it’s “Galena Summit”. That’s all I got for today.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/80s, f/22.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 60mm.

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One Comment

  1. avatar
    Marie June 6, 2010

    nice composition and details

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