Posts Tagged: Stehekin Valley

March 16, 2010 – Stehekin Valley

Stehekin Valley

Stehekin Valley, North Cascades National Park

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This is pretty similar to another picture I posted awhile back, but trust me, it’s not quite the same picture. It’s taken with different exposure settings, and it’s framed a little differently. This is how I roll. I can usually do a pretty good job of tossing out all the really crappy shots, but when it gets down to a few shots that are all technically decent enough, I have a really hard time picking the one that’s my favorite and sticking with it. It always comes down to liking one part of the first picture that’s not in the second, and one part of the second one that’s not in the first. And then it becomes like trying to pick which of your children is your favorite (and which one should be tossed out). Not an easy call. So I generally avoid the decision by just tossing them all online and moving on with my life. That’s what happened here.

This is the Stehekin Valley in North Cascades National Park. This was several miles past Cascade Pass on the (duh) Cascade Pass trail. We hiked in over the pass, then stayed for the night at a campground that was … well, just about where I was standing when I took this. This was the view at sunrise the next morning. If you go down that valley far enough, you’ll eventually reach Stehekin, which is a really small settlement at the far end of Lake Chelan. (Which is a super long (like 60 miles!) and narrow lake that cuts from the eastern slope of the Cascades into the heart of the range.) It’s only accessible by boat (or hiking), and I have never been there. It would have been a few more days walking from here to get there, and sadly my understanding is that the most interesting part of the hike was already behind me. We were just out for a quick out and back though, so this is as close to Stehekin as we got. Cascade Pass is a great hike though, even for just a day hike, up to the pass and back. Getting to the trailhead takes forever though, so leave early. (Or leave the night before and do some car camping.) Good times, good times.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-300 mm lens. 1/500s, f/7.1, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.

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September 14, 2009 – Stehekin Valley

Sunrise in the Stehekin Valley

Sunrise in the Stehekin Valley

Monday, September 14, 2009

Happy Monday everyone.  Today’s picture is from the trip I took (with my buddy Mark and his buddy John) out to Cascade Pass in North Cascades National Park earlier this summer.  We hiked over the pass, then down into the Stehekin Valley on the other side.  This was the view at sunrise from near the campground.  Not a bad sight to wake up to.  The Stehekin Valley heads down from the Cascade crest to, not surprisingly, Stehekin, which is a little town-if-you-can-call-it-that at the far end of Lake Chelan.  I don’t want to go too far into the details here, but Lake Chelan is a super long lake (60 miles or something, but that could be way off) on the east side of the Cascades.  Stehekin is at the far western corner, and is only accessible by foot, by boat, or by float plane.  I have personally never been there, but it’s apparently about a 30 mile hike or something from there to the Cascade Pass trailhead.  There are people who live there and everything, and I’m sure they’re friendly.  My understanding is that there was a road that went there (via something near Cascade Pass) until some point in the mid-term past – 15 or 20 years ago probably.  I’m totally making up these details now, but I suppose the road washed out or something and the decision was made to not repair it.  Such things happen all the time here in the Pacific Northwest, so I feel safe enough assuming that’s the story.

On our little weekend trip, for some reason I had my ISO set on 400 for almost the entire time.  I’m not really sure why.  I do know, however, that I can’t blame it on a mistake of any sort. (As in, “holy crap! I just realized I had my ISO set on 400 this whole time! Dang!”)  I definitely remember going over my camera settings multiple times and saying “ISO 400?  Sure, that’s fine.”  Why would I go ahead and say 400 was fine, even on a bright sunny day??  Now we’re talking Columbo-caliber mystery.   Something in the water, perhaps.  Regardless, based on that faulty decision, most of the pictures I have from the weekend are, as one would expect, somewhat noisy.  Granted, it’s MUCH less of an issue than had I brought my older camera (the Canon EOS Rebel XT).  The T1i definitely made that a lot less painful than it would have been otherwise.    But, pair that with the fact that I was using a lens that I have since decided is total crap (my Tamron 28-300), and it follows logically that I’m fairly dissatisfied with my pictures from the trip.  Sure, I got a good one here and there, but overall the quality is quite disappointing.   Sigh.  This picture in particular might have actually been at ISO 800 or perhaps higher.  I don’t remember offhand.  I could check, but I won’t.  But it was a low-light situation, being sunrise and all, so that may have  been enough to convince me to go even higher than the 400 that I decided was appropriate in general.  The world will never know.  Fortunately, the world will almost certainly also never care.

Now, on to other, more mundane topics.  I noticed that *not a single one of you* voted for my blog on that sleazeball awards website that I pointed you all to on Friday!  Actually, that’s not quite true.  That sentence should really read:  “I noticed that *a single one of you* voted for my blog…”.   But the idea is basically the same.  So, please do so now, I’d appreciate it a whole bunch.  Go here, sign up for an account, verify your email address, and vote into award-winning-obscurity!


Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 28-300 mm lens. 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 400. Focal length: 28mm.

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