Posts Tagged Canon EOS Rebel XT
Monday, February 14, 2011
So I guess I should start off by saying “Happy Valentine’s Day”! So, umm, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Right, so, that’s done. Here’s a picture from the Caribbean. No, this wasn’t recent, I didn’t just get back from another secret trip to some exotic location or anything. This one was actually taken on my honeymoon oh-so-long-ago. The land across the water is St. Martin / St. Maarten (it’s half French and half Dutch, you know), and I was standing on Yellow Beach (on Pinel Island) when I took the picture. We were there on a cruise, and we took an island tour that included a snorkeling expedition to Pinel Island. That’s… really the most interesting part of the story.
I usually avoid having people in my pictures. Because people tend to be ugly. And even if they’re not ugly, I think it’s really cheeseball when you see some amazingly awesome landscape photo with some person wearing horribly outdated clothes right there in the mix. It totally distracts from the scene you’re trying to portray, if you ask me. I suppose to get around that you could just have all of the people be naked, but then you have a different kind of picture entirely. So, I apologize for the folks who may or may not be ugly in today’s picture (hey man, I’m not here to judge – that’s your job.) But it was sort of unavoidable given the circumstances. Have a great day!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm kit lens. 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 28mm.
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Today’s shot is a view of Mt. St. Helens, in southwestern Washington state. Specifically, this is the lava cone that’s rebuilding itself inside the big crater. To refresh everyone’s memory, Mt. St. Helens blew itself up quite spectacularly back in 1980, obliterating a large amount of the surrounding forest along with it. The 31 years since have provided a fascinating study into how the landscape is recovering. Including, as I mentioned, the lava cone rebuilding itself inside the crater. This isn’t actually THAT recent of a picture though, it was taken the last time I was down there, which was in the summer of 2007 I think. Presumably it doesn’t look drastically different now, almost 4 years later, but I really can’t say for sure either way.
This was taken using a cheap 70-300mm telephoto lens, way at the 300mm end of the spectrum. We were hiking around from the Johnston Ridge observatory, which is across a big valley from the peak itself. Yes, it took some post-processing to remove haze, since this was taken right during the middle of the day, and the subject was very very far away. And that totally rhymes, just sayin.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/500s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 300mm.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Hey, it’s February! Let’s start it off on a weak note! I like yesterday’s picture. A lot. Today’s picture? Meh. Filler, that’s all. Some purple flowers. Whatever.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/80s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 100mm.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
So umm, yeah, this is Venice. Not really a surprise there. And no, I wasn’t recently there or anything, this is just yet another one from the archives from that big trip I took there, which at this point was “awhile ago”. One of those places that I’ve got to make it back to someday I suppose. So, until then..
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm lens. 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 39mm.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
We’re reaching way back into the archives today. Although, oddly enough, this is the second picture in a row from Colorado. I just noticed that. Huh, oh well. This shot was, obviously, shot in the fall. The day that I took this was the only day I had in Aspen. We had stayed in town the night before, but shortly after this was taken, we started driving back to my parents’ house in Colorado Springs. (Notice a common theme here? Right, yes, the theme is: my parents live in Colorado Springs. Thus, I sometimes find myself in Colorado. On those occasions, I, um, take pictures.)
This was my second time at this viewpoint. Well, technically, it was my third, but for now, we’ll call it the second. The FIRST time I was there was a year or two earlier, right at the beginning of the summer. Or maybe it was even the beginning of May. Not that important. What WAS important was that I slept in my car in the parking lot (I was laid off, so I didn’t want to spend the money on a hotel), but right at sunrise, there was a super nice reflection from the lake, with the sun shining right up the valley, illuminating the peaks. It was great. So this time around, even though it was three months later in the year, I decided to try the same thing. So, I got up before sunrise and drove out there. Then, the sun came up. Then, I realized that the whole “sun shining right down the valley” thing had a lot to do with the fact that it was May. That in September, the sun rose at a different spot on the horizon, and thus, I’d have to wait a few hours for it to finally rise over the valley wall. Whoops. So I ended up hanging out for awhile waiting for it. Fortunately, I had a book.
But, that’s not when I took this picture. I took a lot of pictures then, yes, and I’ve even posted a few of them here already. But then I headed back to town, where my wife was asleep in the hotel room. Well, I mean, she was asleep when I left, but she was actually starting to get a bit worried, since I told her I’d be back in half an hour or so, and it was now approaching 5 hours since I had left. Whoops. I could have called, except that, right, I was in the mountains, and had no coverage.
So, that was fun. Eventually, we got some breakfast and such, and then we headed back out here. (Thus, my third time here.) By then, they had instituted the no-cars-allowed policy (for most of the day, the only option is to take a shuttle in), but that was fine. My wife and I rode on in, and I got another set of pictures from the viewpoint. The afternoon breezes had kicked up though, so there was no more nice still reflection like early in the morning. That’s okay though, it was a nice view in its own right.
Okay, that’s it for today. Also, that’s also probably it for this week, since I’m really busy at work the next couple days. I mean, sure, there’s a chance I’ll put something else up here, but I’m not planning on it. But hey, optimism is awesome, right?
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm kit lens. 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 31mm.
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
It’s been awful sleepy around these parts lately, hasn’t it? I mean, I know that Will is sitting there hitting refresh over and over and over, waiting for me to put something else up here, but the rest of us have been checked out for awhile. Something about the holidays, blah blah. And, don’t get your hopes up too much, I’m telling you now that this will be the only post this week. I don’t want to put all that wear and tear on my keyboard if Will is the only one reading it.
Anyway, today’s picture comes from Grand St. Bernard Pass, which lies right on the border between Italy and Switzerland. Rumor has it Napoleon marched his army through these parts back in the day. Actually, that’s not a rumor at all, it might even be true. There’s a monastery right at the summit of the pass that’s been here for hundreds of years, and yes, that’s where they breed the dogs of the same name (the ones with the fictional barrels of brandy or whatever around their neck, that (non-fictionally) are intended to rescue people caught in avalanches and such. ) Thus, the cross. The cross isn’t intended to endorse any particular religion or anything, but since it’s the time of year for Christian holidays, and I live in a predominantly Christian society, this is the kind of thing that I (and now you) get to see all over the place. Actually, I should be slightly more specific: that cross is TOTALLY intended to endorse a specific religion. However, the PICTURE of it isn’t, nor is the inclusion of it here on this blog. There, everybody on the same page now? Cool.
So, enjoy your holidays! Or, at the very least, enjoy the latter part of December! I’ll see you all on the flip side.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm lens. 1/400s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 42mm.
Friday, December 17, 2010
According to Google Analytics, everybody who normally comes around these parts is taking the month of December off. That means that you, dear reader, don’t actually exist. And THAT means that I may as well work through the backlog of pictures of Shannon Creek. Because I’ve still got a ton of ‘em. Then, when and if everyone comes back, I’ll go back to making a feeble effort toward variety. So, until then…
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/40s, f/9.0, ISO 400. Focla length: 46mm.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Hey, you guys remember Monday? I mean, I know it was a long time ago and everything, but, do ya? That was the day that I posted a picture from my camera, because I didn’t have any other cameras with me at the moment. I said that I might post something that I got after I went back to the car to GET another camera, and that I would maybe post it later in the week. Well, it’s later in the week. And here’s a picture that I took after I went back to the car to get my other camera.
The sun was shining nicely on the back side of lots of the trees that were along the ridge, so it made for a nice scene. I didn’t get that nice illuminated ridge across the big valley that I wanted, but at least I got some decent stuff out of it all.
On an unrelated note, I noticed today that I’m getting frightfully close to having a total of 400 comments on this blog. (That only includes comments on this blog itself, not comments on my Facebook page, for what it’s worth. But it DOES include comments from me, which is probably 94% of them. Whatever.) So, I’m wondering if I should do anything special for whoever happens to post comment number 400. What do you guys think? Anybody care? Like, maybe a free print or something? It could be of any picture you see here. Well, it doesn’t even have to be that, it could be anything really, it doesn’t even have to be a picture I took!! Actually, yes, it does. Sorry.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm IS kit lens. 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 200. Focal length: 24mm.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Hello, everyone! Welcome back from the holiday weekend! I hope you all missed me, but otherwise had a fantastic time. In addition to the holiday, I also had a birthday over the weekend (happy birthday to meeeeee!), which makes it all the more pathetic that I did absolutely nothing since we last saw each other. Absolutely. Nothing. I didn’t even toss up a blog post. That’s okay though, judging by the traffic figures, it looks like none of you were around to read it anyway, because you were all out having the fun I should have been having.
Today’s picture was taken atop Guanella Pass, which is in Colorado, sort of on the eastern side of the Rockies, fairly close to Denver actually. It’s a nice drive, gets you right up into the high country, and it’s where you’d go if you wanted to hike up Mt. Bierstadt. I only mention Mt. Bierstadt because it was the first fourteener I ever hiked, back when I was growing up out there. Sadly though, I forgot my camera that day, so all I have is memories. Although even more sadly, I have a horrible memory (which is a big part of the reason I started taking pictures back when I was a kid), so even those are fuzzy. That is NOT Mt. Bierstadt that you’re looking at, it’s actually right behind me from this vantage point.
On another note, I realized the other day that it’s almost the end of 2010. Which means… you need another calendar! Remember how I was selling those last year? Hmm, yeah, they weren’t actually that much of a hit, it turns out. But hey, that’s no reason not to do it all over again, right?? So let me know if you want one. They make mediocre gifts (a better idea for that would be a huge canvas print, I could hook you up with one of those too – I just charge what it costs me to print it at Costco), but it’ll at least give you the warm fuzzies.
This concludes our broadcast for November. Next time I see you, it’ll be December!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/60s, f/22.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 35mm.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Okay, we’re back. Here’s a picture of an alpaca to celebrate! I had an awesome weekend – I went to Yosemite! Just for a day and a half though. And, the weather ended up being really bad for a good part of the time I was there. Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes. But, I think I still managed to get a few decent shots. I’ll try to post one or two later this week, after I’ve had a chance to go through them a bit. (That being said, notice how you’re still waiting to see more of the shots I got from the east coast a few weeks ago? Yeah, that’s the way it goes also.)
In the meantime, alpaca.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 400. Focal length: 130mm.
Friday, November 5, 2010
Hey guys, look, it’s the 301st post! Not quite as exciting as number 300 I guess. Oh well. Also, it’s not quite as nice as the last few I posted. I felt that November was off to too good of a start, that I was using too many good pictures and not enough crappy ones. So, here’s one, intentionally posted late on a day when few people come by my site, to help balance it out. This is Sperry Peak. It’s near Monte Cristo, on the Mountain Loop highway. Have a great weekend!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/80s, f/7.1, ISO 100. Focal length: 30mm.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Another day, another picture of Shannon Creek. Seriously, haven’t we already seen all of these? No, believe it or not. But, I think I’ve already said all you could possibly say about it. So, ummm…
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/40s, f/9.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.