Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Okay, today’s post will actually be a quick post, unlike yesterday, where I said it would be a quick post, but then I proceeded to include 3 chapters from my upcoming memoirs.
Took this one a couple years ago (yes, with my crappy lens), at Galena Summit, in Idaho. I’ve posted other pics from that day here before, perhaps one or two that are almost identical to this one. I actually didn’t even do my homework, I didn’t go back to check which ones I’ve posted from here before, all I can say is that I haven’t yet posted this exact image. To my knowledge, I have yet to re-post a single picture. I’ve posted very similar pictures, and I’ll continue to post pictures that are even more similar to each other. But I’m going to hold off from actually using the exact same image a second time as long as I can (but believe me, it’s coming eventually, the number of days in the future is greater than the number of unique pictures I have now plus the images I will take between now and the future. So, umm, do the math…)
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/60s, f/32.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 109mm.
Friday, June 4, 2010
Hey everyone! I realize I was kind of poopy this week and only managed to post two pictures. Bah, whatever, reading my blog is a privilege, not a right! That, and yes, I am lame. Maybe next week will be better? Hmm, we’ll see. Probably not Monday, as I’ll be out of town. But maybe Tuesday will be AWESOME. Yes, perhaps. Tuesday has the potential to be AWESOME. It also has the potential to be a lot of other things, as it turns out.
Today’s pic takes us back to Galena Summit in Idaho. It’s a little ways north of Sun Valley, sort of right smack in the middle of the state. The name is a bit weird, ending in the word “summit”, rather than “pass”. But hey, those Idahoans are wacky, they do things their own way. Whatever.
I’ve got to run to catch a plane now, that’s all you get.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/60s, f/32.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 168mm.
Monday, April 26, 2010
HEY! Guess what!!!! Oh, you already knew this was the 200th post? Oh. Well. Umm. This is awkward.
I made it to 200!! I never thought I’d make it past 50, much less up to 200. Also, I thought at this point I’d be totally scraping the bottom of the barrel looking for pictures each day. But, in a rare moment of something other than modesty, I’m going to point out that I’m NOT. I’ve got A WHOLE LOT of mediocre pictures left to post! Don’t be surprised when I’m celebrating my 300th post, is all I’m sayin’. I’ve been doing this for almost a whole year now (sshhhh, don’t tell anyone, but the one year anniversary of my first post is coming up real quick here too.) Feel free to congratulate me if you feel it’s necessary. I mean, it totally is… The ball’s in your court, that’s all I’m sayin’. That, and that you shouldn’t be surprised when I’m celebrating my 300th post. That is all I am saying. That, and all this other stuff that I’m saying.
This picture was taken in Craters of the Moon National Monument, which is in southern Idaho. It’s called that I think because of the expansive lava fields that you can’t see any of in this picture. Something relating to that, anyway. I was driving through shortly before sunset, so I didn’t get much time to explore. But, it was pretty, so it’s on my list of places to go back to when I’ve got more time. This picture is interesting for another reason too. As I was driving through, I obviously stopped several times to take what pictures I could in the failing light. But I also snapped a fair number of pictures with the point and shoot while I was driving past. A “hey, that looks pretty, I should grab a picture so I remember what it looked like” kind of thing. Most of them are good for just that – reminding me what places looked like. But they’re driving pictures. They’re blurry, they’re tilted, they often miss the thing I was trying to take a picture of. But, occasionally (very rarely, but not never) there’s actually something cool in some of them. This is one of those times. Originally I had passed over all of these pics as generally worthless. But way after the fact, I decided on a whim to look a little closer, and lo and behold, I found something worth keeping. Awesome.
Okay, that’s it for today. Don’t forget to become a fan of or “Like” (whatever they’re calling it these days) my Facebook page if you haven’t already. Big numbers there make me feel awesome, and feeling awesome makes me feel good. Hope you all stick around for the next 200!
Notes: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS (Point and shoot). 1/160s, f/2.8, ISO 80.
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
And here we go again, right back to the equipment that I keep complaining about. This image (and a bunch of others that are a lot like it) are the result of me slowly working my way through a huge backlog (almost 2 years!) of images that I took, but never properly went through to extract the decent ones. The period of time I’m working through right now (July 2008) was very soon after I acquired my Tamron 28-300 VC lens (the VC is Tamron’s image stabilization technology), which replaced the very similar Tamron 28-300 non-VC lens that I had previously been using for a year or so. Apparently I hadn’t learned my lesson at the time, which is unfortunate. A big part of the reason I never went through these images is because the raw result coming off the camera is just usually not that inspiring, so I was never excited to go through them. (In fact, the experience of going through them, far from being “exciting”, could probably better be described by the term “soul-crushing”.) They’re almost never sharp, and the colors tend to be more blah than wow. If you force yourself to sit through it though, and you’re not afraid to be heavy-handed with the post processing, you can definitely save some of them. They won’t sit at the very top of your favorite images list, but they can be solid players.
Right, so, about this picture. This is the view from Galena Summit, which is a pass in central-ish Idaho, a little ways north of Sun Valley. It actually sits between Sun Valley and the Sawtooth Valley, which I posted a (mediocre) picture of several weeks ago. Not surprisingly, I took both of them on the same afternoon. I was taking the scenic route to get from Seattle to Colorado, so I took the opportunity to cut south through the Bitterroot Valley in Montana, and then through the Sawtooth Valley in Idaho. I’m using the word “valley” a lot today. Unavoidable, really. I headed east out of the Seattle valley, along the I-90 valley, to Missoula. Valley. Then I struck south, through the valleys I already mentioned. After I took this picture, I drove through Sun Valley, through Craters of the Moon National Monument (almost used a picture from there today), and I spent the night in the car right on the Idaho-Wyoming border. Let’s see.. other random facts.. Wikipedia says Galena Summit has an elevation of 8,701 feet. It also has a funny name. It’s not called “Galena Pass” like I thought. I thought it was “the summit of Galena Pass”, but no, it’s “Galena Summit”. That’s all I got for today.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/80s, f/22.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 60mm.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Welcome back everyone! It’s Monday again, and Mondays are AWESOME! So is my false enthusiasm!! WOOOO!!!
Over the past several weeks, I’ve been trying to make my way through all of the pictures I took a couple summers ago (that’s 2008 for those of you who lose track, like me). It’s been a bit frustrating, because all of the pictures I took from that period were using the lens that I have since decided was pretty crappy. (I think I’ve covered this a couple times already.) A lot of the images are recoverable with post-processing, but they’re still just.. not as nice as I’d like. I did some cool stuff that summer, like taking a road trip out to Colorado to visit my wife’s family. (And, well.. okay, I visited my own family too while I was there..) So it’s extra frustrating to not be happy with the pictures I got from some really pretty areas that I’ll in all likelihood never see again. Sigh.
Today’s picture was from that trip. This was taken in the Sawtooth Valley somewhere in the middle of Idaho. It’s a little ways north of Sun Valley along highway 75, just outside of a town called Stanley. That area is AB-SOE-LOOT-LEE GOR-JUSS! I’m definitely going to make it a point to get back there someday. But man, it’s a pain in the butt to get out there. I headed east on I-90 to Missoula, then south through the Bitterroots. I got there late in the afternoon of the 2nd day, if that gives you any indication. To make matters worse (as if the crappy lens wasn’t bad enough), I got there at the worst possible time as far as the quality of the light goes. There were all of these super huge unbelievably jagged peaks jutting straight out of the valley (very reminiscent of the Tetons, actually), but they were backlit in the most horrible way. So I got pictures of those peaks that were good enough to remind myself what it looked like (and whet my appetite for going back), but not good enough for any other purpose. I got others that are passable, like this one, but this doesn’t capture the magic of the place, not even close. (This isn’t even one of the nice looking mountains, it’s looking the completely wrong direction.) Sadly, it wasn’t my destination, and I didn’t have time to linger. So I just had to add it to the list of places to make it back to before I die, and move on.
So, there it is. You’ll undoubtedly see more pictures from that summer floating through from time to time, but I probably won’t call them out, so you’ll only know them by the faint sense of oversharpening.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/20s, f.22.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 42mm.