Wednesday, January 26, 2011
It’s been awhile since I tossed up something from Shi Shi Beach, right? Yeah, that’s what I thought. It’s Wednesday, so I figured I’d toss this one out there. It’s one of those mediocre shots that I’ve been meaning to use for quite awhile, but the right time has just never really come up. It’s got some nice elements to it – I love the colors and the textures – but the composition just feels.. uninspired. Like, those random branches and stuff in the foreground, that’s just sloppy. Oh well, that’s what Wednesdays are for.
This view is looking out over Shi Shi Beach, in Olympic National Park, which takes up a large part of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. There are actually a couple parts to the park: there’s the part along the Pacific coast (this part), and there’s the part that covers most of the Olympic mountains, on the spine of the peninsula. You pronounce the name of this place “Shy Shy”, which is completely unrelated to the content of the previous sentence.
And while we’re in the habit of talking about unrelated things, have you noticed how all of the Flattr buttons and stuff disappeared? No, you haven’t, but that’s okay, because you didn’t actually notice that they were there in the first place. I know this, because the whole Flattr thing was apparently not a very popular idea around these parts. That’s right – it didn’t work out. I still love the concept, I’m just not super-duper impressed with the implementation. So I’m letting my account lapse. If you wanted to get in a couple last-minute flattrs for me, please feel free, but I’m not going to make a button available for you to do so. But don’t worry, you can always buy a flattr t-shirt.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22mm lens. 1/400s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 15mm.
Monday, August 2, 2010
I seem to remember that I don’t remember the last time I posted something from the Shi Shi Beach trail. I mean, I know, I’ve posted HUNDREDS of them already, but not in the last however many days. Also, I could have sworn I already posted this particular picture in the past, but it didn’t turn up in a quick search back through the archives, so I’m going to call it good.
So, as you probably guessed from the first paragraph, this was taken along the Shi Shi Beach trail, which is right up near the far northwestern point of the Olympic Peninsula in Washington state. Most of the trail itself is on reservation land, but then right at the very end, right when you hit the beach, it crosses over into Olympic National Park. The trail is near the town of Neah Bay, on Makah tribal land. It’s a real pain in the butt to get to (since the last hundred miles or so are on a super windy road that takes forever), but it’s oh-so-worth-it. I *highly* recommend heading out there, and while there it’s a great idea to spend some time and absolutely some money in the town, as a way of saying thanks to the tribe for graciously allowing public access to this and other trails in the area. Also while there, you should check out Cape Flattery, it’s one of the most beautiful spots along the coast that I’ve seen, complete with gorgeous aquamarine water and sea lions and cliffs. And – it’s also a short trail, that one comes in at under a mile I believe. A great way to spend a weekend.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22mm lens. 1/160s, f/4.5, ISO 1600. Focal length: 19mm.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
God, another Shi Shi Beach picture. Seriously, right? Whatever. This one was specifically requested, although maybe not in so many words. (Somebody told me how much they like it, and expressed surprise that I hadn’t posted it here yet, so that’s as good as a request in my book.)
I think I’ve covered this ground several times already, but the trail (pronounced shy-shy, not shee-shee, by the way), is mostly located on the Makah reservation, at the far northwestern tip of the Olympic Peninsula. It’s not until the very end of the trail, when you actually get spit out onto the beach itself, that it leaves reservation land and enters Olympic National Park. It’s pretty remote out there, it takes a good 4 or 5 hours to get out there from Seattle. Distance-wise it’s not very far (only 118 miles as the crow files, 155 miles by road), but the last couple of hours is on *very* windy roads along the coast, so it’s tough to get above 25 mph on that whole stretch. The drive itself is fine, it’s not ugly, but it won’t blow your mind either, but once you get off on the roads onto a trail like this, it’s *fantastic*, especially once you’re actually on the Pacific coast. (the road goes along the northern coast of the peninsula, not along the actual “ocean”.) Anyway, I’m rambling. Look at the pretty picture. Ooooh, aaaaah.
This is going to be the last post until next Tuesday, because as I mentioned yesterday, I’m minutes away from getting on a train to Montana! Wooooo! So, be sure to enjoy your time not spent skiing in Whitefish while I’m away!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22mm lens. 1/400s, f/4.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 11mm.
Friday, January 8, 2010
Whoops, I missed yesterday. Sorry about that. By the time I realized I hadn’t posted anything yet, it was already pushing 6pm, so at that point I felt I might as well wait until today. To make up for it, I’m posting this one much earlier than usual. I’m pretending, as I write this, that there are massive hordes of people out there whose sole bit of excitement each day comes from me picking a random-and-probably-mediocre 640×427 jpeg and putting it against a white background for their perusal. Shhh, don’t disturb me, I’m enjoying this fantasy. I’m sure there are a couple, maybe even that aren’t my mom, but maybe not. (Hahaha who am I kidding, my mom doesn’t understand technology well enough to find my page.)
This is of course Shi Shi Beach. A. Gain. It’s apparently the only beach I’ve ever been to, judging from how many pictures of it I have, compared to everything else in the entire world. I mean, really, how many pictures can you really take in a 2 or 3 hour period? Quite a few, it turns out. It’s times like last night, when I spent a couple hours going through a whole pile of pictures from a couple of hikes last summer that were all just garbage because of bad lighting and haze, that I really appreciate hikes like this one, where for whatever reasons conditions are just perfect, and every click of the shutter is gold. Can’t explain why, sometimes things just work out. Like today. I get to have lunch at Chipotle today. The stars are just aligning in my favor. Delicious.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22 mm lens. 1/160s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 20mm.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I used the caption (and title) “Olympic National Park” today because, quite frankly, the thought of labeling YET ANOTHER picture as “Shi Shi Beach Trail” was a bit embarrassing. I mean, it’s just sort of the way these things go: you take your camera with you every time you go anywhere, and sure, you get a couple nice shots each time. But then there are just a couple times when everything just comes together, and you get a huge number of top-tier (okay, fine, top- and middle-tier) pics. Maybe it’s because the planets are aligned just right, maybe it’s because your mood is aligned just right, maybe it’s because you made sure to eat enough fiber the day before, whatever. The point is, this particular trip out to the Washington coast was one of those times. The time I hiked out to Silver Lakes was another (and another).
As long as I’m doing the whole stream-of-consciousness thing, I’ll also go ahead and point out that, based on the color of the light, it looks like it was overcast when this picture was taken. In fact, my memory also suggests the same thing. Which just goes to show that you can get pictures you’re happy with even if the sun’s not out. So don’t ever let anyone tell you that you shouldn’t go out hiking just because it’s cloudy, okay?
.. Wait.. one sec… Oh.. I’m being told that in fact I am usually the one saying that. I see. Well, in that case, don’t let me in particular tell you that. Just get out there and take a few shots. Worst case, they’ll suck. But what are you complaining about, you’re not still shooting film (right?) so there’s no harm done. Happy Thursday!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 10-22 mm lens. 1/200s, f/4.5, ISO 200. Focal length: 18mm.