Monday, January 11, 2010
Hello everyone, hope you all had a great weekend. I spent a fair bit of time going through some older pictures that are on my home machine, in an effort to get them ready to be archived. Once they’re off of my actual hard drive, they’re much more of a pain in the butt to go through and such, so I’m trying to go through a bunch of pictures from hikes and stuff in the past couple years that I just haven’t had a chance to get to yet. This weekend I was actually only able to work on one particular day, back in July of 2008, when Julie and I drove up to Whistler for the weekend. We stopped at Shannon Falls, just outside of Squamish, and I spent a bunch of time walking around the creek down below taking pictures of the rocks and such.
I’m not sure why I hadn’t taken the time to go through them before, but there turned out to be quite a few that I liked quite a bit. The lighting was really nice, and it worked out really well with the rocks, which were all really pretty, rounded and colorful with lots of interesting detail. I even went against my normal routine and played around a bunch with black and white. Basically what I’m getting at is that “Shannon Creek” will soon become the new “Shi Shi Beach”, because I’ve got a big ole’ pile of these pictures now, so I’ll be doling them out periodically whenever I feel like it’s been long enough since I posted the last one. (And by the way, it’s pronounced “Shy Shy”, not “Shee Shee”.)
Despite the fact that I didn’t have a tripod with me, for many of these pictures I tried to use as long as a shutter speed as possible. (With running water, that’s how you get it to look smooth and soft – since the rocks and such don’t move, they still come out nice and sharp, but if you use a fast shutter speed, you’ll just catch the water in mid-splash.) I was using my Tamron 28-300 mm image stabilized lens (since relegated to the worthless junk pile as I’ve mentioned before), so I think I went as slow as 1/30th or 1/40th of a second for a couple of them (this one’s at 1/50th), which obviously isn’t long enough to REALLY smooth it out, but it’s slow enough for some interesting results.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/50s, f/11.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 33mm.