Monday, March 21, 2011
Not too long ago, I realized that I hadn’t yet posted this picture to the blog. That was simultaneously surprising and exciting, because I love this picture, so I was saving it for a good day. But right as I was about to post it, I realized that the reason I hadn’t posted it yet was because I DID already post the horizontal version of the same view. It was awhile ago, and ordinarily nobody would have ever known the difference. Except that, somewhat recently, I added a “similar posts” widget to the bottom of the page, and it’s almost guaranteed that that post (as well as another one that I took at the same time) will appear. Oh well, it’s still cool, it’s just less unique now. But, I figured I’d go ahead and still post it, because hey, why not?
This month is going to officially go down as the month with the smallest number of posts since I started the blog, which is sad. How can I say that with such confidence, even though there’s still more than a week left in the month? Well, see, it just so happens that I’m going on vacation early tomorrow morning, and where I’m going I certainly won’t be thinking about any of you. But before you get all excited thinking this might be the perfect time to stop by and help yourself to some of my more valuable possessions, keep in mind that the parents will be in town, and I warned them about you. Sorry, perhaps next time?
So, enjoy this picture, because it’s the last you’ll be hearing from me for a little while!
Oh, forgot to mention, this is a view of Mt. Constance (and some other assorted peaks) in Olympic National Park. I wasn’t actually inside the park when I took the picture though, I was in the Buckhorn Wilderness, which is north of the park.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/320s, f/8.0, ISO 300. Focal length: 70mm.
Monday, April 19, 2010
So, reflections are kind of fun. If you’ve got a piece of still water handy nearby, you can usually make just about any picture a little bit more interesting by reflecting something in it. Now, it doesn’t always make things more interesting an interesting way, if that makes any sense, but it never hurts to try. Long-time readers of the Picture of the Day may realize that I’ve posted shots in the past of just about this same spot, where I feel like I made better use of the reflection. But this one is still kind of nice I think.
This was taken at Upper Silver Lake, in the Buckhorn Wilderness. That’s on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State if you don’t have a map handy. There’s a national park on the peninsula, Olympic National Park, that encompasses a lot of the mountains and a decent-sized chunk of the coastline, but this wasn’t inside the boundary. There’s a couple ways in to the lake, one of which follows the Mt. Townsend trail almost all the way up. That’s the way we got there. The other trail is I think a little bit easier (in that there’s less up, then down, then up), but I wasn’t in charge of picking the trail, so what do I know. This was taken a little while after sunrise, when the surrounding peaks were nicely lit up, but the sun hadn’t made its way down to the lake yet.
Anybody have any requests for the rest of the week?
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm kit lens. 1/125s, f/4.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Hey everyone, welcome back. Today’s picture is another one of my all-time favorites. It’s proven to be really hard to decide to use one of my all-time favorites for a Picture of the Day post. I mean, on the one hand, they’re my favorite pictures, the ones I’m most proud of, so of course I want to show them off to everyone. But, once I use it, it’s done, it’s used. And I can never use it again. (Well, fine, it’s my own blog, I can reuse one if I darn well please. But that’s cheeseball.) So, I don’t want to use all of the great ones early on, then have nothing left but mediocre shots until eventually I run out completely. So there’s definitely a (small) pile of personal favorites that I’ve been holding back, waiting for.. who knows what. And everytime I think about using one, I manage to talk myself out of it.
So, today I decided to go ahead and toss one out. Lucky you! Feel free to send me cookies to say thanks, I wouldn’t complain.
This is Upper Silver Lake, in the Buckhorn Wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula, and yes, you’ve seen at least one other picture of this lake already. And yes, you’ve already seen SEVERAL other pictures that I took on the same hike. (As recently as… yesterday, in fact.) For whatever reason, that trip was probably the best trip I’ve ever taken, in terms of the sheer number of high-quality images that came out of it, particularly when you compare that to how long we were out. (Just two days.) Pretty wild. Here’s another one that I posted awhile ago, that was taken just a couple hours after this one, but is also in the “all-time-favorites” pile: http://picture-of-the-day.com/?p=139 . In fact, that picture was taken just over the saddle on the ridgeline that you can see in this picture. (Just past that little snow patch.) Needless to say, it’s a really beautiful area.
Any requests for next week? Mountains? Flowers? Bugs? Snow? Beaches? Anything?
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 400. Focal length: 18mm.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Awhile back, I posted another picture of this same butterfly (that was one of the very earliest posts to the picture of the day I think), and I mentioned how I thought it was so cool that their eyes look like polka-dot beach balls. And then after I finished with the big huge writeup, I went back and looked at the photo again and realized that I had chosen one where you couldn’t even SEE the eyes. And then I felt dumb. And then I got some dinner at Chipotle and forgot all about the whole thing.
Long story short, I’ve been meaning to toss up a picture where you could actually see what I was talking about for quite awhile, I just never really got around to it until now. So, here ya go – polka-dot beachballs. Weird, right?
Butterflies are both sort of easy and sort of hard to get pictures of. They’re easy in that they’re not small. You can get a picture of a butterfly with basically whatever camera you’ve got handy. But they’re hard because they move around a lot, and they don’t hang out anywhere for long. Kind of like bees, but even more maddening. And they’re very skittish. Bees don’t really seem to mind you if you let them take care of business, but butterflies seem to get spooked. I’m looking for another sentence I can put here to sort of round things out, both to finish off the paragraph in a good way, and to wrap up today’s entry. But I got nothin’.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/400s, f/5.6, ISO 400. Focal length: 300mm.
Friday, September 25, 2009
Today’s picture is another one that I took on a particular backpacking trip in August of 2007. I’ve posted at least a couple other pictures from that trip already, and you may or may not be able to figure out which ones those are. Actually, it’s not very hard, but I doubt you care that much.
When I took this picture, I was standing in the Buckhorn Wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula (in Washington State). But, everything (well, most of it anyway) you can SEE in the picture is inside Olympic National Park. Mt. Constance is in there, as is Warrior Peak. And some other stuff. I go back and forth about whether I like this picture a whole bunch, or think it’s somewhere between boring (there’s not much going on in it) or simply bad (the bottom is under-exposed and the rest is just… empty sky.) Today, I’m on the “I like it a whole bunch” side of things. Sometimes, I just like it simple. Maybe next Friday I’ll go even further and just post a picture that’s the same uniform color of blue or something. That would be awesome.
For those of you who like to keep track of this kind of stuff, this is another picture that I took with my point-and-shoot. When you’re taking pictures near twilight like this one, point and shoots (well, any camera, really) will usually try to make all of the “stuff” (the non-sky, basically) exposed properly, which means a couple things: one, since it’s usually pretty dark by then, you’ll need a really long/slow shutter speed, meaning your image will probably be blurry, and two, the sky will probably be overexposed, since it’s so much brighter than everything else. To get around that, a nice trick is to just point the camera at the sky, hold the shutter button halfway to lock in the exposure and focus, then frame your picture and push the shutter button the rest of the way. Up to a point, underexposing things can really bring out the colors. To put it another way, exposing things “properly” or overexposing them is the best way to wash out all the color. Which sucks. Don’t do that. (Fact: I set the exposure compensation to -1/3 stop on every camera I’ve ever owned. Just by default.)
Have a great weekend if I don’t see you. (And let’s be honest, for most of you, seeing me would actually be kind of creepy.)
Notes: Fujifilm FinePix F30 (Point and shoot). 1/450s, f/4.5, ISO 100.