December 7, 2009 – Gold Creek Pond and Chikamin Peak

Gold Creek Pond and Chikamin Peak

Gold Creek Pond and Chikamin Peak

Monday, December 7, 2009

Wow, that was close, I almost missed Monday. Got it in just after business hours closed on the west coast. That’s fine, that just means that this picture will be the “latest post” for a shorter time, which is probably good, because it’s not my favorite. They can’t all be winners, of course, but it still stings when one loses.

This is Chikamin Peak and Gold Creek Pond, seen from the Gold Creek Pond picnic area near Snoqualmie Pass. I’ve talked about it before so I’m not going to go into any more than that now. This is a good illustration of why sometimes you hear people say that the best light for pictures tends to be either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The mid-day light tends to just flatten out the colors, which results in a more ho-hum picture. Still great for some purposes (like documenting a hike you go on, for instance), but you’re much more likely to get the really dramatic “keepers” closer to the fringes of the day. The light then tends to be a lot warmer, and the angle of the light leads to nice shadows and such, which do a great job of emphasizing details and adding depth. Also, there can be a lot of haze during the day. Nothing will kill color better than a little bit of haze. It doesn’t even have to be a LOT of haze. There’s haze here, but you wouldn’t even know it. It drains the color from stuff in the distance, and gives it a flat bluish hue. The haze goes away late in the afternoon (for whatever reason) so the details in the distance can look a lot more interesting.

That’s fine, whatever, it’s a pretty spot, worth visiting if you’re in the area, etc, etc, etc. Okay, go watch the football game now, I’m done with you! :)

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 31mm.

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