Trout Lake, Washington

Got to spend the weekend with friends in Trout Lake, Washington at the base of Mount Adams and just north of Hood River. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been and I was happy to have a decent camera with me on this trip even if it is the dead of winter.

The trip made me more convinced then ever that I need to invest in some filters. Specifically a UV, a polarizing, a ND and a graduated ND filter. Seems likeĀ  these four would come in very handy with landscape photography in particular.

I also think I need to focus more on getting a single good shot rather than taking a bunch of pictures assuming one will turn out interesting. I wasn’t pleased with the number of sharply focused and well-exposed shots I ended up with compared with the number of photos I took.

Fishing platform from which native americans catch salmon. Precarious is what I call it.









Critique – Should have metered off her face and not the overall scene. Love the expression though. It was windy and cold!


Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/8.0
Focal Length: 18 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV


If you’ve every driven on I-84 through the Gorge you’ve seen the tree farm on the south side of the interstate. I finally decided to stop although it will be much more spectacular in the fall. Still something compelling about thousands upon thousands of trees in perfect rows.


Every shot has a story which is something I love about photography. This dark shot of mount Adams was late at night after I had left my tripod in the woods. The coyotes were howling and the camera is resting on a saw horse with folded up newspaper propping the lens up to the right height. I had the shutter set to “bulb” which means my finger was holding it open for 61 seconds to get the exposure. I focused on a finger-nail moon and then switched to manual and took the shot while my friend timed the exposure so I could try to stay still. Given the less than ideal conditions I was happy with the result.

Exposure: 61
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 50 mm
ISO Speed: 100
Exposure Bias: 0 EV
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