Friday, October 22, 2010
Wow, it’s Friday already?? That week went quick. To celebrate, here’s a shot that I took while hiking a couple weeks ago. I realized a couple days ago that, as happy as I was with the pictures that I got from this hike, I’ve so far only posted one here on the blog. So, here’s number two. Yay! In the interest of full disclosure, this one wasn’t my favorite shot that I got from the day, not even from that general part of the hike. But, this is the one that got the most comments of “ooo, I like that one.” Personally, I think it’s messy, since I didn’t do a great job of not having random little branches poking into the frame. Now that I’ve pointed them out, you’re probably all focusing in on them, which is probably getting in the way of you enjoying what you previously probably thought was a nice little picture. Ah well.
This was taken from very near Maple Pass, which is in North Cascades National Park, accessed via the trail that has the somewhat obvious name of “Maple Pass trail”. I don’t know what the name of that mountain is, but my best guess (based on looking at the map) is Black Peak. As you can probably tell, the fall colors that day were stupendous. Although, it’s not the same kind of color that you see elsewhere (like in New England, where I was last weekend..) At least in this part of the state, in the high country – it’s all pine trees. But, there’s a lot of little bushes and such that change colors pretty dramatically, and once you get really high, you start to see more and more of these larches, which are pine trees that actually change color and drop their needles. I knew there would be some along this trail, but I thought we were a couple weeks to early to see them this colorful. Apparently we nailed it right at the peak. Go us!
Have a great weekend, everyone! Try to get outside to see some color if you can. Out here, I’ll be hunkered down due to weather. But I’d bet you’ve got some good color going on where you are, I want to see pictures!
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200. Focal length: 29mm.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Hello everyone! As (sort-of) promised, here’s a shot that I took over the weekend while I was visiting Lake Tahoe. You’re looking out over Emerald Bay, and that’s Fannette Island there in the water (which, according to the tour guide on a boat tour I was on, is the only island in all of Lake Tahoe). As you may be able to tell, this was taken with my wide-angle lens (Tokina 11-16), so it’s nice (for me) to see that I’m still using it. Why do I say that? Well, before last summer, I was using lenses that were 28mm at the wide-end (first a 28-300, later a 28-75), so I decided to buy the wide-angle because I was missing out on a lot of stuff. But later in the year, I swapped out the 28-75 for a 17-50. Before the switch, I had to reach for the Tokina for anything even sort of wide, so it got a fair amount of use. 17mm is pretty wide though, so I wasn’t sure how often I’d actually want to go wider (and I wondered if I would have even decided to buy the wide-angle in the first place had I gone with the 17-50 earlier), but I proved to myself this weekend that, yes, there are absolutely still times when it’s handy to have. Woo!
In other news… There’s this new website that you all need to check out: Flattr.com. It’s a great way to show some love to websites that you like. Basically, you pay a couple bucks each month, and you click a button on sites you like. At the end of the month, all the sites that you “Flattr-ed” split up your couple bucks. I LOVE this idea, since to me it’s absolutely worth a few bucks each month to help out the folks that make the content I like, who may otherwise be too small to make any money from advertising or anything. A couple of bucks a month is such a small amount that I definitely won’t miss it, but yet that’s way more than these guys would otherwise be able to get from having me visit their site, even if they were big enough to attract the attention of the ad buyers.
So, check it out!! Obviously, I would LOVE if you signed up and Flattr’ed my site (And if you’ve got a site, let me know, I’d love to Flattr you as well to share the love), but even if you don’t want to do that, you should at least acknowledge that it’s an awesome idea, right? The Flattr button is at the bottom of all my posts, although I’m not sure if it comes through the RSS feed, so if that’s how you read the blog, you may have to click through to get to it.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens w/ Hoya Circular Polarizer. 1/200s, f/9.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 12mm.