Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Another Mountain Shot?!


I have mentioned in the past that I find it very difficult to take powerful pictures of the Greater Vancouver area. It's not that the beauty of my surroundings gets ignored, it's just hard to view this environment in a new and creative way. I see tourism adds for our city and wish that I could take photographs like that. I'm not going to give up though.

This photo was taken from the sea to sky highway, which is the road that connects Vancouver to Whistler. There are several "scenic view" stops along the side of the road, so I stopped at a couple of them and grabbed a couple of shots. I think this stop is only about 20 minutes from Vancouver.

As I said, this photo has little impact on me because I see mountains and ocean everyday. I'm curious to gauge the impact it has on those of you from different parts of the world. Does it interest you, or is it just another lame mountain picture?

Canon PowerShot S2 IS, 23mm, f/8.0, 1/160 sec, ISO 50

28 Comments:

Anonymous Otto K. said...

Well, since I love both the ocean and the mountains and live near neither, I don't think there is such a thing as another lame mountain picture. Very lovely scene to me. :-)

10:58 AM, May 30, 2006  
Anonymous Jeff said...

I live on an island with mountains nearby...so I get plenty of both. But I still say there is no such thing as a "lame" mountain picture.

This one is a beautiful vista. On my monitor, though, it shows a bit dark.

11:24 AM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger daybe said...

Sweet photos! I live in the Vancouver area, so it's cool to see pics of an area I know...keep it up!

11:35 AM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Dave MacIntyre said...

Unlike D, I seldom get to see this type of scenery...I really enjoy these shots!

2:38 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Natalie said...

Well, unlike the others, I do think there is such thing as a lame mountain picture (i.e. one that is framed poorly, etc.) This one I think turned out very well. You have a nice gradation between sky mountains and water. And the greenery in the foreground works nicely to give a feeling of depth and distance.

3:03 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Laurie said...

Since there aren't any mountains quite so majestic anywhere close to me, I find these beautiful.

It is a bit dark on my monitor as well. The larger view appears less so.

Maybe clone out that little rogue branch on the left. Otherwise, the framing is nice.

3:06 PM, May 30, 2006  
Anonymous attah said...

Great photo. I've never lived in a mountain area but I suspect living in a country as beatiful as you do you can get quite blase about the beauty around you and need something truly spectacular to "do it" for you ;-) not a crit by the way. A bit dark but I likey ;-P thanks for visiting my blog the other day.

4:07 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Don said...

Nice sea/landscape. Mountains and water just are hard to beat for scenery.

5:58 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger Brent Vermilyea said...

It's so hard to capture landscapes well. You've got to be a master to get it right all the time. I'm unsure about this one; I don't thinki the trees frame the shot well enough. I don't have much to recommend, though, because I'm not a big 'scapes shooter. I think a more dramtic sky is needed, though. Kind regards, Brent

10:26 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger siege2050 said...

Great landscape shot.

11:04 PM, May 30, 2006  
Blogger micki said...

It's a beautiful scene! I, too, get used to living near the beauty that has surrounded me in the last two states we've lived in. Good to hear that you're out there rediscovering your environment. Hope to more of it soon, it's stunning.

3:05 AM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger Jean said...

Est ce le lac d'Annecy , dans les Alpes ?
Magnifique photo !

4:11 AM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger Faustina said...

I posted a mountain shot today too! I like this a lot because of the water in front of the mountain. As mountain shots can easily become mondane I think this is special, at least for me :)

5:48 AM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous Shuva said...

I like your previous post of the building reflection very much!

6:16 AM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous Alice said...

This is beautiful, Tim. I used to live in Idaho about 25 years ago and could see the Grand Tetons from our kitchen window. I miss seeing mountains, and I'm so envious of you. :-) I was young enough (13) when my family moved to Texas from Idaho, that I think I didn't really appeciate the beauty of the North, but now that I don't get to see mountains here in Kentucky, every time I see photos of mountains it makes me a little homesick for Idaho (even though Texas will always be my home).

Keep up the great work!

6:50 AM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger PhotoSam said...

Landscape shots have always been timeless cuz they're always changing...I really like the way uve capture the transition from the flourishing leaves to the ice capped mountains

6:53 AM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger Stardog Champion said...

Well, I'm from Victoria originally, and when I was going to UVic I was also able to see the ocean almost every day. Then I moved over here, and while I can see Mt Tsukuba in the distance on a clear day, I almost never see the ocean.

So this shot has a lot of impact on me. The bushes in the foreground also add a bit of a "frame," if you will. It's a really good shot.

6:54 AM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous jlc said...

Nice blue tones Timmy ! ;)

7:16 AM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous My Camera Eye said...

This shot is awesome. Very beautiful.

7:47 AM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger NOSTALGIE said...

Nice one, I mean I love these landscapes!

9:40 AM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous Ashish Sidapara said...

Beautiful scene and you managed to capture it perfectly! Well done!!

10:39 AM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger Azhar said...

Loving the scene and your framing.However a tad underexposed to me.
GREAT GREAT SHOT!

11:47 AM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger Jasp said...

I guess it is a question of if every photo has to have a big impact or if some can be just pleasing or informative.

I don't live near scenery like this and it sure beats looking at grey skies.

12:39 PM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous pixibition said...

beautiufl mountains...lovely hilight from the snow top:-))

7:25 PM, May 31, 2006  
Blogger Jill said...

BEAUTIFUL country!! More!

8:43 PM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous roberman said...

I like the mountains silhouette. Fine lighting too.

2:55 PM, June 01, 2006  
Blogger Fraser said...

My favourite stretch of highway in the world with the road to Hope a second for me. You can put all of these you like for my taste.

6:23 PM, June 01, 2006  
Anonymous reza said...

Since Suby is busy today, I'll carve this shot up in his place.

WIL:
-beautiful scene. This is my kind of photography
-The proper balance of a silluette foreground and wonderful background.

WIDL:
-Overall brightness is lacking. Run through PS and fix it up.
-The silluette style that I think you are trying to pull is half there. I see greens and I see pitch black. Its hard to like it when you dont know what the photographer wants you to like. As an artist/photographer, you have to hold the viewers hand and show us why you want us to like this photo. Presentation of image is the whole idea, with compostion, lighting, framing, blah blah blah, DOF, blah blah blah. So make me like this..no...make me LOVE this. You have to tell me what you want to have me love by being consistant for one. The greens darkeneing to black is rather odd and fairly poor because it doesn't work with the background. Other places it might, for me in this shot...it doesn't.
-Add a bit more color. Saturate a little. But once you/if you brighten the photo with levels or curves in Photoshop, then you should be fine. :)

Now, your turn to carve my photo's up like a delicious thanksgiving turkey dinner.

7:31 PM, June 03, 2006  

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