Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Today’s picture comes from the Tonga Ridge trail, which is right smack in the middle of the Cascades, along Highway 2 a little ways to the west of Stevens Pass. It’s advertised as a nice, easy to get to ridge walk (the road gets you basically right up to the ridge, so you don’t have to hike up to it first), with supposedly incredible views for most of the trail. As you probably can guess by the way I worded that statement, I don’t feel like it lived up to the hype. I mean, sure, it was nice to get outside for the day, but the views were only “good”, definitely not “great”. Oh well, it happens sometimes. Anyway, I’m still going through the pictures from that day (I’m about 10-20% of the way through that day, just like every other day that I went hiking. One day, I hope to um, finish them all. Hahaha, yeah right), so this is just a shot of the trail meandering through the woods.
That’s not what I’m here to talk about today though. Today, I’m here to recommend to you all that you go check out this timelapse video of the northern lights over Tromso, Norway. I throw around terms like “breathtaking” and “awesome” a lot, but this video truly deserves such superlatives. Go check it out. Seriously. Not kidding. You’ll thank me later.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/160s, f/7.1, ISO 200. Focal length: 17mm.
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.