September 9, 2010 – Mediocre Image Thursday – Mt. Bierstadt

Mt. Bierstadt

Mt. Bierstadt seen from Guanella Pass

Thursday, September 9, 2010

So, what, yesterday wasn’t bad enough for you, huh? Mediocre Image Thursday is BACK! It’s so mediocre that I couldn’t even make it happen consistently. I suppose I was setting myself up for failure by starting it right before two Thursdays where I knew in advance I’d be unable to follow through. But, whatever, we’re back now, woooooo!!!

This is another old image (a couple years old) that’s the result of me slowly going through the archives. This process is particularly frustrating for me, because I’m currently right in the thick of the time that I used my crappy Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. I eventually realized how much it was affecting the quality of my images, and I rectified the situation. But since I’m only now really truly spending the time to go through the pictures, I’m really only now really paying the price. It’s true that I can take comfort in the fact that it’s a lens I no longer use, so I don’t have to fight off that gut feeling that maybe my equipment is letting me down, and that perhaps I’ll have to face up to the fact that I made a poor purchasing decision, and that I might need to drop more cash to fix the situation. Now I only have to fight off the gut feeling that all of that stuff did indeed happen, but it’s in the past now and there’s nothing more I can do. I’d say it’s an improvement.

Anyway, I’m venting. Today’s picture is from Colorado. Specifically, it’s a picture of Mt. Bierstadt, which is a “fourteener”, meaning, it’s one of 50-some peaks that are over 14,000 feet in Colorado. I took it from Guanella Pass. There’s a road that goes over the pass, one of those dirt roads that’s not really the way to go if you’re just trying to get somewhere, but is really pretty if you’ve got the time. Here’s something interesting: I’ve hiked up two fourteeners in my life, one was Quandary Peak over by Breckenridge, and the other was this one, Mt. Bierstadt. It happened way back in high school, and tragically I forgot to bring my camera these days. I was still in to photography back then (with my old-school 35mm), but I wasn’t as obsessed as I am now. I know that’s true, because if the same thing happened today, and I realized at the trailhead that I forgot my camera, I can tell you with absolute certainty that I wouldn’t be climbing that mountain. I am one lazy mothereffer, let me tell you. If there’s no chance of getting nice shots out of it, you would have a very hard time convincing me that it was worth the effort.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/60s, f/22.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 39mm.

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