April 9, 2010 – Mt. Baker from Yellow Aster Butte

Mt. Baker from Yellow Aster Butte

Mt. Baker from Yellow Aster Butte

Friday, April 9, 2010


Man, I’m getting my posts out late this week. Almost missed business hours again. Please ignore that last sentence if you happen to work with me. Of course I’m writing these up at night, at home, outside of the time when you’re paying me to do other stuff. Right? Awkward silence.

I can’t remember if I’ve posted something similar to this one already or not. I could easily go back and check, but I’m going to assume that either I haven’t, or it’s been long enough that you don’t remember either. I have a whole bunch that are pretty similar but yet different enough to be (in my mind anyway) still worth posting, so I figure I may as well bang one out here so that the next time that I’m sitting here wondering what possible picture I should use, I can just grab the next one from the list.

This is Mt. Baker, seen from about halfway (or maybe two thirds of the way) up the Yellow Aster Butte trail. It’s near the western edge of North Cascades National Park, but not actually in it. Actually, the trailhead is up the highway that takes you to the Mt. Baker Ski Area, and not really anywhere else. It’s a fantastic trail, well worth the time, especially in the early fall when all the trees further down haven’t quite started changing yet. All the little scrubby grasses and bushes up higher have a really nice display of color (none of which is displayed here of course), definitely worth checking out on a nice day. And there are some nice mountain backdrops too if that’s your thing. Unfortunately, most of the cool mountains other than Baker and Shuksan didn’t come out too well in my pictures from my hike that day, because I had crappy equipment.

Right, my crappy equipment. For all the times that I mention how bad that Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens is, I sure seem to be posting a lot of pictures from it lately, huh? There’s a number of reasons for that I guess.. The main one being that, for a couple years it was *the lens* that I would use, so all of these cool places I went were documented in no other way. Also, I still haven’t gotten around to properly going through all the pictures I’ve taken with the equipment I’ve picked up to replace it, so these are just the shots I’ve got available. Whatever, the point is (I guess), that even with crappy equipment, you can get nice pictures. It’s just that it’s a lot easier to get nice pictures with good equipment, and there are things that you can get nice pictures of with good equipment that are harder to get nice pictures of without. So for the love of god get yourself some good equipment. Although, hold off a bit, because Monday I’ll probably post something from a point and shoot and talk about how you can get cool pictures from any camera, so don’t let the fact that all you have is a point and shoot hold you back. But in the context of just today’s post, I’ll assume that my message is totally consistent and I’ll speak with a tone that suggests I totally know what I’m talking about. And I’ll say “hey, do it this way and you’ll have awesome pictures and yay!” Yeah man, alright.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/80s, f/10.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 84mm.

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  1. avatar
    Will April 9, 2010

    My wife made me get a nikon d5000 to take pictures of the Tobes. She got tired of our old point and shoot apparently. It’s not as fancy as your stuff, but it will do. I got two lenses, but what I really want is a macro kit!

  2. avatar
    Will April 9, 2010

    On today’s picture: the foreground is too dark relative to the hazy (presumably due to the distance) of Mt Baker. Not my favorite. The light angles are lovely though.

  3. avatar
    Dave April 9, 2010

    Re: comment 1: that’s awesome! It’s every bit as fancy as my stuff – both the Rebel XT and the Rebel T1i are Canon’s entry level SLRs, so you’re in the same boat as me now. (Well, pretty much… they used to only have one entry level line, now they’ve kinda-sorta split into two tiers of entry level, but both of them are really similar…)

    Re: comment 2: That’s an interesting point. Originally when I started taking pictures from this spot, I was going for the total light vs. dark contrast. Meaning, the silhouettes of the trees (totally black) against the hazy/lit up mountain. But for this one in particular I decided to include that sort-of illuminated little hummock thing on the left. But that’s an interesting thought – that it’d probably be better either all completely dark in the foreground, or all with mo-betta illumination. This way, it’s kind of half-assed both ways.

  4. avatar
    Dave April 9, 2010

    Also re comment 1: did you get an external flash?? You totally need to, it makes all the difference. Don’t even hesitate, buy one right now. If you want, I’ll point you to some examples.

    Also.. what two lenses do you have???

  5. avatar
    Will April 10, 2010

    Sometimes I think that the limited resolution that is available online is bummer. This is an example of one of those times.

    No external flash. My dad has one too. I guess I’ll have to cave to the pressure. Good thing I’m getting a big tax refund this year. Both the lenses are nikon dx (with image stab & af). One is 18-55 the other is 55-200 mm.

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