I have seen many photographers make a “Best of 2010″ list recently, many of them stating how difficult it was to choose between their images. Sorting through my own list was also more difficult than I had imagined. I don’t know if these are my “Best” as that can be rather subjective, but these are my favourites taken in the past year.
What I do notice is that these photos are from only 3 locations, Mount Rainier National Park, the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest (though Mount Shuksan itself is in North Cascades National Park) and Silver Lake Provincial Park. May 2011 bring more variety!
In no particular order my “Best of 2010″…
A few “leftovers” from my trip to Mt. Baker back in October. I like these shots but never found the will to make dedicated posts about them. So here they are.
First I have always liked the angle of the Hwy 20 near Artist Point from this vantage point. The short hike to Huntoon Point from Artist Point has a few small tarns but I think this was a bit late in the year to have them full and capable of reflecting more of Mount Shuksan.
Canadian Border Peak, American Border Peak, and Mt. Larrabee from Artist Point (above).
Finally, Mount Shuksan reflected in Picture Lake.
9 exposures stitched, Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 IS USM @ 97mm
Mount Rainier with the Cowlitz Chimneys, Barrier Peak and Governors Ridge in the foreground (L to R). I shot this panorama during my last trip to Mount Rainier National Park from a spot along SR 410 near my other Tipsoo Lake panorama.
A week ago I was excited to find out there was a full lunar eclipse occurring on December 21st. I had tried to photograph the last one I was able to see near Vancouver, BC years ago. Unfortunately that attempt was with a shaky tripod and a “kit lens quality” 300mm zoom lens. The results were not that good at all. I am much better prepared now.
As I had no expectation of the lifting of the cloud cover this morning I did not do much preparation of my equipment. When I set out to shoot somewhere I have learned (through “experience” ) to check my batteries, memory cards etc. Tonight I did no such due diligence.
I thought well, heck, there might be a break in the clouds. I went outside and caught a perfect break in the clouds and there was the moon loud and clear. I went back inside and quickly grabbed my tripod and camera. Rushed outside and the moon was gone – I could barely see a faint bright spot in the sky where it had been. Again I gave up hope. An hour later the clouds miraculously parted and I tried again. After two test exposures the battery died. I grabbed a spare. One more exposure and my memory card was full, so there was a few more minutes wasted getting a fresh one.
There I was – finally all set and…. the moon again disappeared behind the clouds.
My test shot probably could be outdone by most people with an iPhone lol.
So when is the next eclipse? I’ll be prepared next time. I promise!
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2 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 17mm
View of Harrison Lake’s Green Point looking back on the beach I was standing on in a previous panorama from 2009. This was an area I had hoped to revisit in the fall of 2010 for the color of the maple leaves, but this year had terrible leaf color and it was not to be. I feel somewhat better about that now that I am going through the 2009 fall shots I had not yet processed. Maybe 2011 will be better.
I would not complain if I had the view from this house every morning!
Last year I went deeper into the Fraser Valley in search of spawning salmon and the Bald Eagles that would be feeding on their remains. I saw no eagles. I did manage to see a lot of seagulls and Great Blue Herons which are a bit less interesting, but subjects which would occasionally sit still for me to photograph.
These are two Glaucous-winged Gulls (Larus glaucescen) feeding on salmon eggs and carcasses in the Harrison River.
Frequently when I go into Washington State and the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest I am in a rush to get either to Picture Lake or Artist Point and completely skip stopping at this view of Table Mountain. Someday I will manage to stop and savour this particular view but I am glad that this photo managed to capture some of the growing sunset in the sky.
4 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 50mm
Panorama of Mt. Baker with Ptarmigan Ridge in the foreground – from Artist Point.
This is Christine Falls in Mt. Rainier National Park. The last time I stopped to photograph Christine Falls, Mt. Rainier National Park was quite busy and there was a considerable lineup for the viewpoint. This time (in mid October) there were few people around and I could take all the time I wanted. Much more relaxing than having in the back of your mind that people are lined up waiting for your spot. The water level was also a bit lower on this occasion which I think yielded a nicer shot and let the blue colour of the water show through better.