Thursday, October 11, 2012.
After a 2 day hiatus from pictures from my Colorado trip this fall, we’re back where we left off. This was taken along the Cliff Creek trail, a bit west of Kebler Pass. That wasn’t the trail we were originally aiming for – but there was a bit of confusion on the map, so this is where we ended up. Turned out to be a pretty nice trail – the first half a mile or a mile hiked through some really nice aspen groves, and there were some nice views to be had all the way up to whatever pass you go over.
In other news, I think I figured out what was wrong, that caused the majority of the Colorado pictures that I was so excited about to not turn out. I believe that one or more of my focus points are on the fritz. I’ve long known that if you use full-autofocus, my camera body gets confused and will end up focusing on.. nothing at all, really. And, one point in particular (the top right) just plain won’t focus at all – it will just search back and forth endlessly. So, for a significant portion of the trip I used one particular focus point (lower right), and I think that’s why so many of the images came out blurry. The problem occurred with each of my 3 lenses, so I was able to (mostly) rule out any of them in particular being the issue. (Although it was particularly prevalent with my telephoto, so there might be further issues there.) Anyway, I think that’s just yet another sign that it may be time to upgrade. So now the decision comes down to either the T4i (available now) or wait and see if they replace the 7D anytime soon. (I’ve heard rumors about January, we’ll see. And, it’s quite likely that I wouldn’t have the cash for that anyway, so in all likelihood I’ll end up waiting for that, and then just springing for the T4i anyway.)
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/5.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 42mm.
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Let’s take a break from Colorado pics today, and head back home to Washington State. I was able to sneak out for a bit this last weekend, to try to track down some more local color. Turns out I (mostly) aimed wrong, and the area I went to (near Salmon la Sac) wasn’t at peak yet. Instead, I should have headed north to North Cascades National Park to go larch hunting. Oh well. There were still some nice views to be had, just not quite what I was looking for.
This picture was taken not too far from the roadway, on the way to the trail I ended up hiking (which was the Paddy-Go-Easy Pass trail.) That’s Fish Lake in the foreground, and that mountain in the background is called Cathedral Rock.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/9, ISO 400. Focal length: 50mm.
Today’s picture is another one along Kebler Pass Road. This one was taken from the road itself – it winds itself right around this peak, which I’m fairly sure is called Marcellina Mountain.
I’ve realized over the past few days that I’m not going to be able to keep this one-picture-a-day-from-my-Colorado-trip thing going as long as I hoped to, because a lot of my pictures just plain didn’t turn out. Multiple equipment malfunctions, it turns out. Specifically, just about every picture I took with my telephoto is complete garbage. Like, not even close to in focus, stuff like that. I think a lot of it has to do with the new polarizer I got for that lens, but I can’t yet put my finger quite on why that would have made such a drastic difference. I mean, it’s not totally unexpected – since it had been so long since I had really been out taking pictures, I figure there’d be hundreds of little things that I’d just be forgetting about (forgetting to compose pictures in certain ways, forgetting about little tips and tricks to make things come out better, etc), but it’s still superbly frustrating, seeing pictures that I was *sure* I had nailed turning out not quite right, or in many cases, not turning out at all. Sad. Very sad. Sigh. Oh well, I think I’ve got at least a couple more in me, we’ll see.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 200. Focal length: 42mm.
Friday, October 5, 2012
The next entry in the series of shots I got on my fall color trip to Colorado last weekend comes from Kebler Pass, west of Crested Butte. A lot of the state was past the peak for colors, but the west side of Kebler Pass was flat-out unreal. HUGE aspen groves that were just bursting with riotous color. The phrase “breathtaking” gets tossed around lightly a lot these days, but it truly applied here – the views gave me tingles. Amazing, amazing, amazing.
I’m going to take a break over the weekend, then next week I’ll post some more shots from my trip.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200. Focal length: 42mm.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Another fall picture from Colorado today, from my trip last weekend. This one is approaching Ophir Pass from the west. Ophir Pass is a fairly rough road that crosses the mountains south of Telluride, cutting through to a point just north of Silverton, in the San Juans. We attempted to drive over it, but it got pretty gnarly pretty quickly, and I wasn’t sure how much clearance our rental car had. I’m pretty sure we could have made it, but I’ll admit that I got a bit spooked, and at one particular river crossing I decided that we had pushed it enough. We got just about to the end of the aspen groves though, so while we definitely missed some great views higher up, we had seen about all the color there was to see, at least on the west side of the pass.
I’m seeing some corner softness in today’s and yesterday’s pictures. This is frustrating for me, I’m not sure why I’m noticing that a lot more now than in the past. Maybe it’s always been there and I just never knew. Maybe it’s time for some new equipment. Hmmmm.
Oh, and: yes, I used a polarizer on this one. Duh.
Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 200. Focal length: 42mm.