Monday, March 21, 2011
Not too long ago, I realized that I hadn’t yet posted this picture to the blog. That was simultaneously surprising and exciting, because I love this picture, so I was saving it for a good day. But right as I was about to post it, I realized that the reason I hadn’t posted it yet was because I DID already post the horizontal version of the same view. It was awhile ago, and ordinarily nobody would have ever known the difference. Except that, somewhat recently, I added a “similar posts” widget to the bottom of the page, and it’s almost guaranteed that that post (as well as another one that I took at the same time) will appear. Oh well, it’s still cool, it’s just less unique now. But, I figured I’d go ahead and still post it, because hey, why not?
This month is going to officially go down as the month with the smallest number of posts since I started the blog, which is sad. How can I say that with such confidence, even though there’s still more than a week left in the month? Well, see, it just so happens that I’m going on vacation early tomorrow morning, and where I’m going I certainly won’t be thinking about any of you. But before you get all excited thinking this might be the perfect time to stop by and help yourself to some of my more valuable possessions, keep in mind that the parents will be in town, and I warned them about you. Sorry, perhaps next time?
So, enjoy this picture, because it’s the last you’ll be hearing from me for a little while!
Oh, forgot to mention, this is a view of Mt. Constance (and some other assorted peaks) in Olympic National Park. I wasn’t actually inside the park when I took the picture though, I was in the Buckhorn Wilderness, which is north of the park.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, Quantaray 70-300mm lens. 1/320s, f/8.0, ISO 300. Focal length: 70mm.
Monday, April 19, 2010
So, reflections are kind of fun. If you’ve got a piece of still water handy nearby, you can usually make just about any picture a little bit more interesting by reflecting something in it. Now, it doesn’t always make things more interesting an interesting way, if that makes any sense, but it never hurts to try. Long-time readers of the Picture of the Day may realize that I’ve posted shots in the past of just about this same spot, where I feel like I made better use of the reflection. But this one is still kind of nice I think.
This was taken at Upper Silver Lake, in the Buckhorn Wilderness. That’s on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State if you don’t have a map handy. There’s a national park on the peninsula, Olympic National Park, that encompasses a lot of the mountains and a decent-sized chunk of the coastline, but this wasn’t inside the boundary. There’s a couple ways in to the lake, one of which follows the Mt. Townsend trail almost all the way up. That’s the way we got there. The other trail is I think a little bit easier (in that there’s less up, then down, then up), but I wasn’t in charge of picking the trail, so what do I know. This was taken a little while after sunrise, when the surrounding peaks were nicely lit up, but the sun hadn’t made its way down to the lake yet.
Anybody have any requests for the rest of the week?
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55mm kit lens. 1/125s, f/4.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Hey everyone, welcome back. Today’s picture is another one of my all-time favorites. It’s proven to be really hard to decide to use one of my all-time favorites for a Picture of the Day post. I mean, on the one hand, they’re my favorite pictures, the ones I’m most proud of, so of course I want to show them off to everyone. But, once I use it, it’s done, it’s used. And I can never use it again. (Well, fine, it’s my own blog, I can reuse one if I darn well please. But that’s cheeseball.) So, I don’t want to use all of the great ones early on, then have nothing left but mediocre shots until eventually I run out completely. So there’s definitely a (small) pile of personal favorites that I’ve been holding back, waiting for.. who knows what. And everytime I think about using one, I manage to talk myself out of it.
So, today I decided to go ahead and toss one out. Lucky you! Feel free to send me cookies to say thanks, I wouldn’t complain.
This is Upper Silver Lake, in the Buckhorn Wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula, and yes, you’ve seen at least one other picture of this lake already. And yes, you’ve already seen SEVERAL other pictures that I took on the same hike. (As recently as… yesterday, in fact.) For whatever reason, that trip was probably the best trip I’ve ever taken, in terms of the sheer number of high-quality images that came out of it, particularly when you compare that to how long we were out. (Just two days.) Pretty wild. Here’s another one that I posted awhile ago, that was taken just a couple hours after this one, but is also in the “all-time-favorites” pile: http://picture-of-the-day.com/?p=139 . In fact, that picture was taken just over the saddle on the ridgeline that you can see in this picture. (Just past that little snow patch.) Needless to say, it’s a really beautiful area.
Any requests for next week? Mountains? Flowers? Bugs? Snow? Beaches? Anything?
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 400. Focal length: 18mm.
June 8, 2009
This was taken at Upper Silver Lake, in the Buckhorn Wilderness on the Olympic Peninsula. (Just outside Olympic National Park.) This is absolutely not the last time you’ll see a picture from the vicinity of Upper Silver Lake, because I got a lot of great pics on that trip.
This was taken in the very early morning, after we had camped out near the lake. I had just woken up a little while earlier, and was taking a casual stroll around the lake. Most of the area was in the shade, since the lake is surrounded on all sides by huge ridges, but the sun was making its way down a couple of the surrounding peaks. There were two problems with it though (photographically speaking): first, the scene was too big to fit in the camera frame. I couldn’t seem to get both the lake and the peaks in there at the same time. Second (and this is something anyone who takes pictures runs across ALL the time), is that the human eye is REALLY good at handling large variations in brightness. As in, when you look at a scene where half of it is in shadow, and the rest is bright and sunlit, you say “Wow, that part is bright, and that part is in shade”. The camera, on the other hand, has to pick one or the other to expose right, and you’re basically out of luck on the other one. As in, you can either expose the stuff in the shade, and everything else will be over exposed, or you can expose the bright stuff, and everything in the shade will be basically black. One common way around it is to use a split neutral density filter, which is basically a piece of glass you put in front of your lens that is half clear, half shaded, so you darken the bright bits, and bring them closer together. But, I didn’t have one handy, oh well.
So, I decided to just play around with the reflection. (I’ve noticed that I use reflections a lot.. hmm..) Since the water doesn’t reflect all of the light, it naturally darkened it enough so that it worked, and it also solved the problem of getting everything in the frame. (Since I was able to use the otherwise wasted space of the water to pack in more content.) Excellent, nice work Dave, high-fives all around.
I used the terrain map this time instead of satellite, because the lake was still covered in snow when the satellite photo was taken.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel XT, 18-55 mm kit lens. 1/100s, f/5.6, ISO 800. Focal length: 18mm.