Tuesday, August 18, 2009
This is an old one, from a 2 megapixel point and shoot. This is from a viewpoint along the Oregon Coast, somewhere near Cannon Beach. Similar to roses, beaches are something I haven’t yet figured out how to take good pictures of. I definitely need to think about it some more. Maybe if I can hold off from going down into the rat’s nest of spending several thousand dollars on ridiculous macro photography gear, I’ll spend some time working on it. Hmm. The most annoying part? (for me anyway..) No matter the angle, the water never looks right. It always looks tilted to one side or the other. Not sure why.
Map: http://bit.ly/D9wos (Almost certainly not in the right spot, but at least it’s on the coast.)
If you’re into HDR photography, here’s a shot also from the Oregon coast, taken by someone else.
Notes: Canon PowerShot S200 (Point and shoot). 1/320s, f/4.0.
June 25, 2009
That’s a big ole’ waterfall.
Multnomah Falls, in northern Oregon. Actually, it’s right on the Oregon/Washington border. It’s right along I-84, which goes right along the southern shore of the Columbia River (which at that point serves as the border.) If you’re driving in the area, it’s definitely worth checking out. I mean, the parking lot is literally between the eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway, so if it sucks, how much time did you really lose?
I was there on the 2nd or 3rd of January this year. A bunch of us had driven down to Mt. Bachelor for New Year’s, and we decided to take the somewhat longer but much less snowy route that goes straight up to the Columbia River, then follows that down to Portland, then straight up I-5 to Seattle. (One of the problems with Mt. Bachelor is that it’s on the eastern side of the Cascades, so to get there, you have to cross the mountains at some point. Usually that means going past Mt. Hood. Alternatively, you can cross at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington (which is only at 3,000 feet). Both of those can get REALLY nasty if there’s a storm rolling through though (which there was when we were driving home), so this route stays relatively low the whole time, although it adds a couple hours to the drive.
One of the things I have the most trouble with when I take pictures is not tilting the camera. In most cases, when you’re taking pictures of mountains and such, it doesn’t matter if the image is tilted a few degrees to one side. But when there’s straight things, like buildings, trees, or in this case, bridges, if the camera is tilted, it can totally ruin an otherwise great image (in my opinion.) Granted, you can use software tools to straighten an image (and occasionally I do that), but that can subtly degrade an image (it’s a mathematical transformation that involves calculating new values for pixels based on averaging other pixels), so I try to just get it right the first time. This time, I nailed it. If you don’t believe me, drag another window that you have open on your computer along the bridge. Look at the upper edge of the window. You’ll see that the bridge is FLAT! F’ YES, it’s FLAT!
As you can tell, I got pretty excited about that. Whatever it takes, right?
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Tamron 28-300 mm VC lens. 1/15s, f/8.0, ISO 400. Focal lenth: 50mm.
June 4, 2009.
This is a view of South Sister, from Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort. South Sister is the southernmost peak of the Three Sisters, which are volcanic peaks in central-ish Oregon. (Thus, this is looking north.) Going back to the entry from a few days ago, the sisters are more examples of volcanoes in the same chain as Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, and all the rest. (Mt. Bachelor is too, actually.)
Mt. Bachelor is actually one of my favorite places to ski, even though it’s a bit of a pain in the ass to get there. (You’re looking at a 7 or 8 hour drive from Seattle, and that’s if the weather’s good and there’s no traffic.) But it’s HUGE, the terrain is great, the snow is fantastic, and there’s NOBODY THERE! If you’ve never made it out that way, you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. I grew up in Colorado, so I don’t toss around words like “favorite place to ski” lightly, but this place is totally up there with the best of them. As I mentioned, it’s a huge volcano, and they have a chairlift that goes all the way to the top, so you can essentially ski on 75% of the whole mountain. It’s incredible.
I was going to write “So, enough gushing about the resort, …” and then follow that up with something else interesting about the photo. But, nothing’s really coming to mind. I guess I could toss out there that this picture was taken in January, 2007, when Roy, Mark, Pat and I drove down there for MLK day weekend. That’s constructive, right?
Location is approximate, it was somewhere on that side of the mountain though.
From the original post on Facebook, my cousin Deanne commented:
Hahaha, I love it. This picture is really cool actually. I love that it looks like someone just threw a ton of snow at that tree and that it didn’t even see it coming. It’s so flat on the one side!
…to which I responded:
I guess I should have added:
One thing about Mt. Bachelor is that it gets a TON of wind. And the storms come in from predominantly one direction. So during a storm pattern, everything gets covered with that snow on one side. (Actually, the stuff on the trees is solid ice. In fact, when we were there earlier this winter, they had to close down a bunch of the lifts because they had SIX INCHES of ice built up on them. I mean, holy crap!)
Now you know.
Notes: Canon PowerShot SD700 IS (Point and shoot). 1/500s, f/7.1.