September 14, 2009 – Stehekin Valley

Sunrise in the Stehekin Valley

Sunrise in the Stehekin Valley

Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Monday everyone.  Today’s picture is from the trip I took (with my buddy Mark and his buddy John) out to Cascade Pass in North Cascades National Park earlier this summer.  We hiked over the pass, then down into the Stehekin Valley on the other side.  This was the view at sunrise from near the campground.  Not a bad sight to wake up to.  The Stehekin Valley heads down from the Cascade crest to, not surprisingly, Stehekin, which is a little town-if-you-can-call-it-that at the far end of Lake Chelan.  I don’t want to go too far into the details here, but Lake Chelan is a super long lake (60 miles or something, but that could be way off) on the east side of the Cascades.  Stehekin is at the far western corner, and is only accessible by foot, by boat, or by float plane.  I have personally never been there, but it’s apparently about a 30 mile hike or something from there to the Cascade Pass trailhead.  There are people who live there and everything, and I’m sure they’re friendly.  My understanding is that there was a road that went there (via something near Cascade Pass) until some point in the mid-term past – 15 or 20 years ago probably.  I’m totally making up these details now, but I suppose the road washed out or something and the decision was made to not repair it.  Such things happen all the time here in the Pacific Northwest, so I feel safe enough assuming that’s the story.

On our little weekend trip, for some reason I had my ISO set on 400 for almost the entire time.  I’m not really sure why.  I do know, however, that I can’t blame it on a mistake of any sort. (As in, “holy crap! I just realized I had my ISO set on 400 this whole time! Dang!”)  I definitely remember going over my camera settings multiple times and saying “ISO 400?  Sure, that’s fine.”  Why would I go ahead and say 400 was fine, even on a bright sunny day??  Now we’re talking Columbo-caliber mystery.   Something in the water, perhaps.  Regardless, based on that faulty decision, most of the pictures I have from the weekend are, as one would expect, somewhat noisy.  Granted, it’s MUCH less of an issue than had I brought my older camera (the Canon EOS Rebel XT).  The T1i definitely made that a lot less painful than it would have been otherwise.    But, pair that with the fact that I was using a lens that I have since decided is total crap (my Tamron 28-300), and it follows logically that I’m fairly dissatisfied with my pictures from the trip.  Sure, I got a good one here and there, but overall the quality is quite disappointing.   Sigh.  This picture in particular might have actually been at ISO 800 or perhaps higher.  I don’t remember offhand.  I could check, but I won’t.  But it was a low-light situation, being sunrise and all, so that may have  been enough to convince me to go even higher than the 400 that I decided was appropriate in general.  The world will never know.  Fortunately, the world will almost certainly also never care.

Now, on to other, more mundane topics.  I noticed that *not a single one of you* voted for my blog on that sleazeball awards website that I pointed you all to on Friday!  Actually, that’s not quite true.  That sentence should really read:  “I noticed that *a single one of you* voted for my blog…”.   But the idea is basically the same.  So, please do so now, I’d appreciate it a whole bunch.  Go here, sign up for an account, verify your email address, and vote into award-winning-obscurity!


Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-300 mm lens. 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.

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  1. avatar
    Will September 15, 2009

    You gotta like register and stuff to vote. And that site looked real sketchy. I don’t wanna get herpes or anything from that site.

  2. avatar
    Dave September 15, 2009

    It’s true, I wouldn’t recommend doing it without a pair of rubber gloves or something. And I swabbed down my keyboard and mouse afterwards just in case.

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