October 1, 2010 – Summit Lake Basin

Summit Lake Basin, Mt. Evans

Summit Lake Basin, Mt. Evans

Friday, October 1, 2010


Hello, folks. Quick post today. This is another one of those pictures that came out the huge batch that I’ve been working my way through, taken with my old camera and my old, crappy lens. Some of the pictures made it through okay, but on a bunch of them I had to sharpen them quite a bit to make up for the lens. Sharpening can definitely help, but it definitely doesn’t look as good as if it was nice and sharp coming off the camera. Plus, when I get started sharpening, I tend to over-sharpen, which can look kind of nasty. Although it’s not ALL bad with that lens, it had image stabilization, which allowed me to get away with a slower shutter speed than I normally would (1/125s), which allowed me to close the aperture down to f/22 (which is TINY!), so I could get a nice depth of field (although because of the crappy lens, none of the stuff in the depth of the field was really in focus anyway.. But whatever.)

This was taken in the Summit Lake Basin on Mt. Evans, in central Colorado. There’s a paved road that goes all the way up to the top, at 14,240 feet of elevation. (That’s 4,340 meters, for those of you that are metrically inclined.) The lake that you can just see poking out of the left side of the frame is Summit Lake, you can park right next to it. The spot where I was standing was about 1/4 mile from the parking lot. If you peek over that ridge, you look into Chicago Basin, which has these two lakes called Chicago Lakes. They’re really cool looking, I almost posted a picture of them today, but I decided to save it for later. As you can tell, the weather was a bit iffy that day, although the skies never opened up and dumped a bunch of rain on me like it looked like they might. So that’s good.

So, that’s it until Monday I guess. See you all then, right?

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/125s, f/22.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.

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