Posts Tagged: Montana

June 20, 2011 – Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park

Monday, June 20, 2011

Dang, dang, dang, dang. Dang. I’ve been meaning for more than a week now to toss up a picture or two from my northern-lights-chasing-adventure, but I keep forgetting to upload anything from my desktop machine at home. And now, it’s even worse, as I took some pictures of ladybugs this weekend that I was hoping to post, and I forgot to upload those too. Dang. Try again tonight, I guess.

In the meantime, here’s another shot from Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana. This is a view over into Glacier National Park from the top of the ski hill, that’s why I labelled the post the way I did. Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly known as Big Mountain), is, not surprisingly, just outside of Whitefish, Montana. It’s one of my favorite three ski hills in the world. Although, saying “in the world” is slightly misleading, as I certainly have not skied everywhere there is to ski. I *have* skied outside the US, so my opinion is at least an international one, but that was only just across the Canadian border in BC, so that’s hardly fair, even to the rest of Canada. But whatever, I still stand by my statement. This is one of my favorite three places to ski *IN THE ENTIRE WORLD*. Deal with it. Or, better idea, just go ski there. Perhaps it won’t become one of your three favorite places to ski, but you’re almost guaranteed to at least have a good time, and you’ll also get to try someplace new, which is also awesome. Unless you’ve been there before, in which case that particular incentive won’t apply.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/500s, f/10.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 50mm.

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December 27, 2010 – Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Whitefish Mountain Resort

Monday, December 27, 2010

I know, I know, I’ve been really light with the posts lately. But, it’s okay (really!) because I told you I would be. I’m setting expectations appropriately. So, in the interests of continuing to do so, I’m telling you now that this is almost certainly the only post you’ll see this week too, and then I may go back to a more normal schedule in January. Deal?

Today’s picture is another one of those that I seem to have a much higher opinion of than everyone else does. I love the textures in it, and the contrasting shades. But you think it’s boring. That’s okay though, we can still be friends. This one came from Whitefish Mountain Resort in Montana. I’m… running out of things to say about it.

Let’s see.. other stuff.. I guess I’ve got two things today, neither of which is any more exciting than anything we’ve covered thus far. FIRST! The annual Blogger’s Choice Awards popularity contest has rolled over, so I need votes. Go to http://bloggerschoiceawards, and vote for Picture of the Day in the Best Photography Blog category. I get a fair amount of traffic every day from them, so you’re definitely doing me a favor by voting me up (although not quite the favor you’d think – I don’t actually care if I win, I just want to be in the top three in the running so that I get clicks..) So, please take a moment to vote.

Now, in other news: I’m thinking about trying to sell some junk. I’m considering ordering some custom nightlights, among other worthless trinkets. (To be sold on Etsy, or maybe I’ll even go to some local shops and see if I can win them over.) Would any of you be interested in buying stuff like that? Is this just a terrible idea? If you let me know what you think (even if you say it’s an awful idea), then I’ll give you one for free or something if I do end up getting some made up. In the extraordinarily unlikely event that a whole bunch of you take me up on that, I may have to step back from the whole “free” thing and instead go for “really cheap”, but the spirit is still there. If the response to this offer is anything like that of when I sold calendars next year, well… then I’ll just be stuck with a box full of worthless night lights. But either way, let me know.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/800s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 70mm.

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November 9, 2010 – Family Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Family Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Family Skiing at Whitefish Mountain Resort

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

So, after kind of hinting at it yesterday, I really had intended to post a picture from Yosemite today. And, failing that, I was going to put a shot from my East Coast trip and say something about how I had suggested yesterday that it had been awhile since I was there and I’ve still only posted the one. But, I also failed at that, which means I’m totally at a loss as to what to toss up here today.

So, here’s a random picture of some people. No, I don’t know these people. I honestly have no clue who they are, but gosh, they’re sure having a good time, and I like that. I was playing around at Whitefish Mountain Resort (formerly Big Mountain) in Whitefish, Montana, trying to get pictures of people on the chairlift with cool stuff behind them. I was trying out this vantage point, but obviously the “stuff behind” part is pretty lacking. Ideally, you could get the valley view behind them, or even better, the peaks in Glacier National Park. But, I was never able to find a vantage point for the latter, and the lighting never really worked out for the former. But, I thought this was a nice little moment, and I can’t wait till my own kid is old enough that I can experience a moment just like it with him.

Back to the East Coast thing for a moment. So, I was (obviously) really excited to go out there, in the fall no less. But, between mixed weather and not really getting to spend enough time actually walking around in the trees (where I would expect to find the nice settings I was looking for), I was a bit disappointed in the pics I got. I was hoping that I was just being ridiculous, that there would actually be some really nice ones, and I was setting them aside for awhile hoping that I could revisit them with a clear head and realize that they were actually pretty cool afterall. So, I spent a bit of time last night looking through some of them, and at least in the subset I flipped through, there wasn’t much. I mean, there were a couple that were *almost* really cool, but they each had a bit of fuzz on them that kept them from being the shot I wanted. I mean, it totally makes sense – you’ve got to be really lucky to go someplace for only a day and a half and happen to get the perfect conditions for the perfect shot (locals always have the advantage, because they have the flexibility to go when it’ll be great, and often they also have the knowledge to know when that will be), but I was still hoping. Next time, I guess, next time. In the meantime, here’s Montana!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/500s, f/5.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 218mm.

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July 27, 2010 – Saint Mary Lake

Saint Mary Lake

Saint Mary Lake, Glacier National Park

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wow, new posts on Monday AND Tuesday?? Wow, you guys must have done something right, for sure. Today’s picture is fairly old, from back in 2003. At that time I was only recently sworn off of my 35mm SLR, and I was rocking my second little pocket-sized point and shoot from Canon. (Film purists would argue with my logic, but I truly felt that I was getting better results (and much more convenient results) from my digicam than I was with my full-size 35mm beast.) I spent a fair bit of time laid off from work, so I had the opportunity to go on a few nice, long roadtrips that summer. I ended up in Montana a couple times, including the time when I got this shot in Glacier National Park.

You’re looking at Saint Mary Lake, which is on the east side of the park, right along the main road. (The “main road” being Going-To-The-Sun road.) I had driven through west-to-east, but unfortunately I was on my way somewhere (Colorado), so I didn’t have any time to hang around or hike or anything. (In fact, I originally wasn’t planning on swinging by Glacier at all – it was a split second decision when I saw a sign for it along I-90, which resulted in a 2 or 3 day detour. That’s the joy of not really having a tight schedule though, you can afford to just toss in a few days here or there of “other stuff”. I hate only having a couple weeks of vacation a year.)

As I hinted earlier, this was taken with a little pocket point and shoot. A 3.2 megapixel in fact. I’ve said it many times before, but it definitely bears repeating: just because you don’t have a big fancy camera, you can still get some nice shots. It’s definitely true that there are things you can do with a fancy camera that you can’t with a point and shoot, but there’s no reason you need to let that hold you back.

Notes: Canon PowerShot S230 (Point and Shoot). 1/800s.

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July 19, 2010 – Flathead Valley and Whitefish, MT

Flathead Valley and Whitefish, MT

Flathead Valley and Whitefish, MT

Monday, July 19, 2010

It’s the middle of July. It’s perfectly sunny, hovering right around 70 degrees. Summer has finally arrived here in Seattle. And all I can think about is how badly I’m pining for winter. 6 months from now, I’ll be kicking myself.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-55mm lens. 1/200s, f/9.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 47mm.

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