Friday, October 1, 2010
Hello, folks. Quick post today. This is another one of those pictures that came out the huge batch that I’ve been working my way through, taken with my old camera and my old, crappy lens. Some of the pictures made it through okay, but on a bunch of them I had to sharpen them quite a bit to make up for the lens. Sharpening can definitely help, but it definitely doesn’t look as good as if it was nice and sharp coming off the camera. Plus, when I get started sharpening, I tend to over-sharpen, which can look kind of nasty. Although it’s not ALL bad with that lens, it had image stabilization, which allowed me to get away with a slower shutter speed than I normally would (1/125s), which allowed me to close the aperture down to f/22 (which is TINY!), so I could get a nice depth of field (although because of the crappy lens, none of the stuff in the depth of the field was really in focus anyway.. But whatever.)
This was taken in the Summit Lake Basin on Mt. Evans, in central Colorado. There’s a paved road that goes all the way up to the top, at 14,240 feet of elevation. (That’s 4,340 meters, for those of you that are metrically inclined.) The lake that you can just see poking out of the left side of the frame is Summit Lake, you can park right next to it. The spot where I was standing was about 1/4 mile from the parking lot. If you peek over that ridge, you look into Chicago Basin, which has these two lakes called Chicago Lakes. They’re really cool looking, I almost posted a picture of them today, but I decided to save it for later. As you can tell, the weather was a bit iffy that day, although the skies never opened up and dumped a bunch of rain on me like it looked like they might. So that’s good.
So, that’s it until Monday I guess. See you all then, right?
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/125s, f/22.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 28mm.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
So you’ve heard me say that I’m sitting on a multi-year backlog of old pictures, right? Yeah, still true. But today’s picture is a result of me actually making some progress on that over the weekend. That sentence sounds way more impressive than it actually is. When I hear somebody say “I made progress!” I generally think that means they made it through a couple months of backlog. But, no. I’m stuck on August 8, 2008. Before this weekend, I was about a third of the way through that day. Now I’m about two thirds of the way through that day. So, umm.. not really that exciting I guess.
This process is fairly painful for me though. Many, many times I’ve grumbled about how I spent a couple years using a crappy lens, and how I have since realized that, and done something to correct the situation. Unfortunately, that was right in the thick of the time spent with the crappy lens. So I visited all of these really cool places and did all of these really cool things, and so many of the pics cause me physical discomfort when I look at them. Ugh. Many of them (like this one) can at least be brought back into the realm of respectability with some post-processing, but if you looked at the full-size image you’d believe me if I told you that it’s hardly hang-on-the-wall worthy. But, I promised myself I’d make it through them all eventually, pulling out all the halfway-decent ones. So this won’t be the last time you see one of them.
I almost went ahead and finished off the post right there, but then I realized I haven’t actually touched on what the heck you’re looking at. This was taken along the Mt. Evans Highway, which is sort of near Idaho Springs, Colorado. (By “sort of near”, I mean that Idaho Springs is where you leave the highway (I-70) to head up into the mountains…) The Mt. Evans Highway is apparently the highest auto-road in either the world or North America, topping out at 14,400 feet or so. (Google tells me that’s about 4,400 meters.) It’s paved the whole way, and it goes right to the top of Mt. Evans. (And it’s worth noting that Mt. Evans is just a bit taller than Pikes Peak (at 14,100 feet), which isn’t too far away (a couple hours) and also has a road (although not paved) going up to the top. Anyway, to get this shot I had to walk a few hundred feet from the roadway, but this is essentially the same view you’d get from the car. It’s a really pretty drive, and you should do it. There, now I’ve talked about the picture, have a nice day.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300mm VC lens. 1/40s, f/22.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 30mm.