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July 29, 2010 – Mediocre Image Thursday

Fall color along Gold Camp Road

Fall color along Gold Camp Road

Thursday, July 29, 2010

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Hey everyone! I’m going to start a new weekly feature here at Dave’s Picture of the Day. Every Thursday, I’m going to post a picture that’s totally, absolutely, horrendously mediocre. This is of course different from every other day because on Thursdays I’ll actually be calling them out as such. Exciting! I’ve got a ton of images that are mostly okay, as in they’re mostly in focus and such, but they just… don’t quite do it for me. They just aren’t quite interesting enough, or whatever.

So, today we’re going to kick it all off with this one! This was taken along Gold Camp Road, which is a dirt road that takes you from Colorado Springs out to Cripple Creek. Or, the other way around, if that’s your thing. There’s of course also a highway route that’s longer but much faster, but that one is not included in today’s picture. Only one route at a time, that’s what I always say. Why does it get the dubious honor of being the first image selected for mediocre-image-Thursday? Meh, I dunno. It’s got some nice elements, the nice bright yellow tree, all the detail in it. But the tree is sort of awkwardly placed. And the background isn’t really that interesting. It’s not a total train-wreck though, it definitely reminds me of when I was there, which can be a useful thing, if you’re trying to help yourself remember when you were somewhere. But it doesn’t really do a good job of reminding *you* when I was there, because you weren’t there.

Stay tuned, next week’s Thursday special will be even more not awesome!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Canon 18-55mm kit lens. 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 100. Focal length: 21mm.

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October 12, 2009 – Aspens in Autumn

Aspens in autumn

Aspens in autumn

Monday, October 12, 2009

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Hey everyone, it’s fall now! I mean, it’s actually been fall for a little while already, but it really feels like it now. Probably because I took the wife and kid out for a hike yesterday though a bunch of color. Not this color, no. I haven’t gone through the pictures yet, I’ll try to post one tomorrow.

These are aspens, from Colorado. They usually turn around the end of September, and they go golden yellow, like these here. It’s a beautiful sight, well worth a trip out there if you can time it right. (But, they are only at their peak for a weekend or two, so that’s a lot harder than it sounds, especially when you consider that the weather may just suck, in which case you’re out of luck.) They can be really magical though, especially in the late afternoon golden sunshine, when a little breeze rolls through and sets all those little leaves quaking, which makes the trees look like they’re shimmering and sparkling. Good stuff.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 100. Focal length: 248mm.

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July 13, 2009 – Gold Camp Road

View along Gold Camp Road

View along Gold Camp Road

Monday, July 13, 2009

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As requested, here’s a picture from Colorado. There were actually 3 other pictures that I was going to post before this one, but in the end I decided this picture was a better representation of the area of Colorado where I grew up (Colorado Springs) than the other ones. Those other pictures aren’t going anywhere, you’ll see them eventually.

This is a view along Gold Camp Road, which is a 30-some mile forest road that takes you from southern Colorado Springs past the southern side of Pikes Peak out to mining country, near Cripple Creek and Victor. It’s a nice trip through the mountains, a great way to kill a few hours. I always like when you can take those forest roads and actually end up somewhere interesting. Out in Washington State, they usually just follow a river up a steep valley for awhile, then just end. This one is fun, because you end up in this old ghost town that has been rejuvenated by the addition of a bunch of casinos and stuff. So it’s like DisneyLand or something! A fun way to get away from the city.

Any other requests out there?

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Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and shoot). 1/250s, f/7.1.

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