Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Hey folks. Hope you all enjoyed the long weekend, if you live in a place where this last weekend was a long one. This is a picture of Chikamin Peak and Gold Creek. It’s right near Snoqualmie Pass in Washington State. Right on the other side of that row of trees is Gold Creek Pond. There’s a nice little path around the pond, and a cute little picnic area. The story behind it is that, when they were building the interstate (which was not too far behind me), what is now Gold Creek Pond was a huge gravel pit. When construction was complete, they turned it into the cute little picnic area that it is now. How nice of them.
That all being said, I would like this picture a lot more if that little bushy thing at the bottom of the frame wasn’t there. Sigh.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/160s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 28mm.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Wow, that was close, I almost missed Monday. Got it in just after business hours closed on the west coast. That’s fine, that just means that this picture will be the “latest post” for a shorter time, which is probably good, because it’s not my favorite. They can’t all be winners, of course, but it still stings when one loses.
This is Chikamin Peak and Gold Creek Pond, seen from the Gold Creek Pond picnic area near Snoqualmie Pass. I’ve talked about it before so I’m not going to go into any more than that now. This is a good illustration of why sometimes you hear people say that the best light for pictures tends to be either early in the morning or late in the afternoon. The mid-day light tends to just flatten out the colors, which results in a more ho-hum picture. Still great for some purposes (like documenting a hike you go on, for instance), but you’re much more likely to get the really dramatic “keepers” closer to the fringes of the day. The light then tends to be a lot warmer, and the angle of the light leads to nice shadows and such, which do a great job of emphasizing details and adding depth. Also, there can be a lot of haze during the day. Nothing will kill color better than a little bit of haze. It doesn’t even have to be a LOT of haze. There’s haze here, but you wouldn’t even know it. It drains the color from stuff in the distance, and gives it a flat bluish hue. The haze goes away late in the afternoon (for whatever reason) so the details in the distance can look a lot more interesting.
That’s fine, whatever, it’s a pretty spot, worth visiting if you’re in the area, etc, etc, etc. Okay, go watch the football game now, I’m done with you!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 100. Focal length: 31mm.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Hello again everyone, welcome back. I’m posting this picture for the third and final request I got last Friday, this one for “mountains and water scenes”. I’m taking that to mean “scenes with mountains and water”, although it could have been two separate requests, not sure. I wasn’t originally going to post this particular shot (not “I wasn’t planning on using this picture for today”, instead, “I wasn’t planning on this picture ever seeing the light of day”), but I was flipping through some pictures from soon after my kid was born, and I saw a couple of these. We went on a drive up to Snoqualmie Pass when he was just a few weeks old, so this was right before sunset while we were up there. This is Chikamin Peak, and the water is Gold Creek Pond.
Gold Creek Pond was the site of a big gravel pit during the construction of I-90 over the pass, so when they were finished building the highway, they turned it into this nice little pond, complete with picnic area. It’s a really pretty spot, and the view down the valley to Chikamin Peak is fantastic (and you can see it from the interstate). It’s a nice place to stop if you’ve got 20 or 30 minutes to spare, and you want to get out and stretch your legs for a bit.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/160s, f/10.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 77mm.