Posts Tagged ‘snow’

28th July
2013
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I’ve been meaning to make this post for months, and why not wait till the middle of the summer to write about snow??

I’ve never been snowshoeing before this trip. Being out in the Pacific Northwest though, there are plenty of opportunities. I decided to take a trip with REI because not only did they provide equipment and transportation, but they would be teaching you techniques to handle the terrain along the way.

One of the main aspects of snowshoeing that I was excited about was seeing all of the unspoiled snow. I think snow that hasn’t been stomped over is beautiful, and when you go skiing you don’t really get a chance to see things like that unless you’re doing double black diamonds or backcountry skiing, where no one has been. Taking pictures of this was especially interesting. The trees created dark shadows but the sunlight was glaring off the snow. I definitely haven’t had a bunch of experience working with the range in light in pictures before.

here are some pictures I ended up with. The rest you can see on my flickr page.

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8th September
2012
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At the end of August a few friends from work and I went on a hike to Snow Lake. It was a long (8 mile) hike. The first 3 miles we fairly easy, in terms of elevation gain, but the thing that made it difficult was that we were walking over rocks for most of it. :-/ After the first 3 miles, then there is 0.5 miles of tougher elevation gain, on smaller rocks. After that, you get to the top, but that’s not where the lake is, the lake is 0.5 miles down the other side.

One of my favorite parts of this hike was how as soon as you turned the corner around some boulders at the top, there was an immediate brisk alpine breeze to meet you. The air was so fresh, I just wanted to sit there forever. But instead, we made our way to the lake, and had a little picnic there. Then we headed 4 miles back to the car. Needless to say, we were exhausted. But it was a beautiful hike, so it was worth it. :) I picked a few pictures to show here, but to see more, click here.

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24th December
2011
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Today, Wilk and I went skiing! It was our first time to Stevens this season. Overall, it was a good day. There were even peeks of sunshine throughout the day. At the top of one of the lifts, we had this awesome view of the peaks of the other mountains. I tried to take a panorama shot of the scene, because it was so pretty. And then I used photoshop and the cloning tools to stitch together the seams of the pictures. I think it turned out pretty decently.

21st June
2011
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On the longest day of the year, I went out on my balcony to get a picture of Mt. Rainier. (And yes, after moving, I still have a view of Mt. Rainier.)

There’s also this tree right outside. I tried as much as I could to get it out of the picture, but this is the best I could do.

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23rd April
2011
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I wanted to spend this gorgeous day outside. I decided to take a trip to Discovery Park in the Magnolia area. I made my way down to the south beach area. But I took a few of pictures that I liked so I’m going to post a couple more.

Further down the trail on the beach is this old lighthouse. This is the first picture I’ve ever tried spot removal on. But there was this person in the picture and I wanted to see if I get him out of it. I think it turned out pretty well.

Finally, near the parking lot, there was this field of flowers. I placed my camera inches from the ground to get this shot.

19th March
2011
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We spent another Saturday skiing. The sun was out for much of the day, and with some cloud, it was creating interesting shadow on the mountainside.

Most of this picture was blown out so I lowered the brightness and raised the contrast. I think it turned out a better with the changes.

12th March
2011
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We went night skiing at Stevens on Saturday. The fog was really patchy. The base of the mountain was super foggy, but when we got to the top of one of the lifts, it was clear. As we looked down towards the base, we could see the various patches of fog.

5th March
2011
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I spent another day skiing at Stevens. While waiting at the lift lines the sun started to peak through the clouds and started to light patches of the snow. I like the way it looked, so I took a picture of it.

24th February
2011
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The weekend of the 10-13th a bunch of us took a trip Whistler, BC. It was my first time there, so I was very excited. :)

I have a small subset of the pictures I took here. See my flickr page for the entire set.

The upper left image is a picture of the view from the balcony of our lodge. We were only on the second floor, and we had gotten there at night. The upper right is a photo of one of the runs I enjoyed on Blackcomb Mountain. It was called Zig Zag. It was foggy/snowing the entire trip so this was about the best visibility we had while on the mountain. On the lower left, we have a cheers after our first day of skiing/boarding. Then to the lower right, there is a picture of the view on the drive from Whistler heading towards Vancouver. The pictures of the drive back are pretty blown out. I always forget to check the settings on my camera when I start taking pictures. The night before, I was taking pictures at ISO 1600 and on the drive back, forgot lower it. :( But I still think the pictures turned out ok, at least.

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20th February
2011
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We went skiing at Stevens. There was this one windy area by the power lines. On the way down one of the slopes there were some snow drifting because of the wind. It looked really interesting, especially against the blue sky. I tried to get a picture of it, but with the point’n’shoot, it only turned out ok. You can see the drifting snow best to the upper left of the slope.

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