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Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by ffreeloader, Apr 14, 2008.

  1. ffreeloader

    ffreeloader Terabyte Poster

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    My site is not ready to go yet but I thought I'd share a couple of photos of the country around where I live. The camera sucks, so the image quality does too, but it's at least enough to give the idea.

    This picture is taken about 10 miles downriver from our house, and about half that distance from the Ice Harbor dam on the Snake River. The river is at least a half-mile wide at this point to give you some sense of scale.

    This was taken upriver from us about 20 miles or so. The buildings on the right-hand side are the lodges that the jet boat tours stop at before heading into Hells Canyon proper. The lodges are also the end of the road as far as driving on up the river to see the canyon.

    This is the northern end of Hells Canyon. Where the canyon goes to right in the center of the picture is the Snake River's exit from the canyon proper. This picture was taken from the boat landing at the lodges shown in the picture above.
     
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  2. hbroomhall

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    Wow! How do you get any work done? :biggrin

    If I lived in that area I'd be forever looking out of the windows....

    Harry.
     
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  3. ffreeloader

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    Actually, Harry, this place is an eyesore compared to many of the places I have lived. I wish I had pictures to share of the places I've lived: the Oregon Coast, Northwest Montana, the Wallowa Valley in Oregon, etc....

    I'm not too far from the Wallowa Valley so I may drive down there and take some pictures later this spring when things green up a little. The fields of wild flowers and the panoramas are incredible.
     
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  4. Mitzs
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    Joe loved the pictures freedy, thank you for sharing. What state are you in again though. I thought it was washington, or is oregon?
     
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  5. ffreeloader

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    We are in the southeastern corner of Washington state. I live about 40 miles or so from the Oregon border and less than a 1/2 mile from the Idaho border.
     
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  6. BosonJosh

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    That looks like beautiful country. Nice pics.
     
  7. NightWalker

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    Nice pics, some great scenery. I have two taken on my crappy camera phone at about 8am one morning in 2007. I hardly ever use the camera but on that morning the sun was at a nice angle and a tug boat was on its way past. I dont live in the same house any more, moved in January this year.

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  8. greenbrucelee
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    good pics both :)
     
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  9. AJ

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    Nice pics Freddy, your scenery is a whole lot better than mine :(
     
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  10. ffreeloader

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    Must have been nice living that close to the water. I lived on the southern Oregon coast for a couple of years and absolutely loved it. I find the ocean fascinating, and beach combing after storms was great. The wife and I spent a lot of happy hours walking the beaches, picking agates, collecting driftwood, shells, etc....
     
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  11. ffreeloader

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    Yeah, I suppose so. I'm just spoiled having living my entire life in the Northwest as most of it is green and has lots of trees almost everywhere you go. This is the most barren landscape I've ever lived it. It has a certain kind of appeal in its ruggedness, but it's brown all but for a few weeks early in the spring after the grass starts to grow and before the sun and the heat turn all the grasses brown, and I have to drive about an hour either south or east to find any kind of forest. I'm simply not used to not having forests around.
     
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  12. BrotherBill

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    Nice shots Freddie,

    Your pictures remind me a lot of Nevada. That's where I grew up. From Las Vegas, you had about a 60 mile drive to Mt. Charleston to see much in the way of pines. Reno was a little closer to them. Maybe a half hour up Mt. Rose to Lake Tahoe.
     
  13. neutralhills

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    It's a beautiful area, Freddy. Catch that same scene just after sunrise or just before sunset and I imagine that it will look astounding. In any case, I played with one of your images a bit - it's attached.

    BTW, it's not that your camera is bad, it just has some limitations that you need to learn to work around. :-)
     

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  14. ffreeloader

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    Yeah, you photoshopped that into something that isn't even representative of what the day was like or what the scene really looks like. It's pretty, but it's not anywhere close to an accurate representation of what it was like that day.

    I do agree though, good light would make a world of difference in that picture. If you can compose a decent frame the magic of photography is all in seeing the light.

    What I meant about image quality is if you look at details there is a lot of blurring or what I call the bayer mush, the skylines look drawn in rather than what they would like with film. Probably some type of chromatic aberration.

    Some of the blurring could be me too, I'm not nearly as steady as I was 30 years ago when I used to do quite a bit of photography. I figure I need at least a monopod, and probably a good tripod to have a really sharp picture.

    What I'd really like to have is an SD 14 from Sigma. I love the look of results from the Foveon sensor, and the image quality from the SD 14 is excellent. I've seen comparisons of image quality from the SD 14 with the Canon's full frame DSLR (the 5D?) and the SD 14 held it's own very well. It was a wash as to which one won. And, for $859 with an 18-200 IS zoom that is actually almost as good as a prime it's a steal. Just wish I had the money to get one right away.
     
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  15. Mitzs
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    Since you bought this up, I am gonna ask. Do you know why it is so barren? Where I have lived near the poconos mountains and now TN. It is wierd for me to see mountains with no trees. I would guess logging but that is too bare for that. Mining they have to reseed when they are done. So I really have no idea here.
     
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  16. ffreeloader

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    This is really dry country. We get about 10 inches of rain a year. Go 30 or 40 miles in any direction and the yearly precipitation levels are quite a bit higher, but this valley is just very dry, and it's been in a drought condition now for 3 or 4 years.

    Get up out of the canyon and the scenery changes quite a bit. I'll take some pictures of the Palouse Prairie just north of us. It gets a lot more moisture and is great dry land wheat farming country. It's beautiful when the light is right.
     
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  17. Mitzs
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    Ok that makes sense to me. I would love to see more pictures of your side of the country. Specially of the wheat fields. I spent my teenage years in Iowa so I am sorta partial to fields and crops.
     
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  18. ffreeloader

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    I have a question for those of you that looked at my pictures. Just how slow was the site? I only have 1 mbit of upload bandwidth, and my server is old and has a lot of stuff running so I'm curious as to how it responds to requests from the internet that load 2-3 MB files.
     
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    The response to my pictures really surprised me. I wasn't too happy with them as I haven't done any photography for 30 years and the rust clearly shows.

    Anyway, I posted a few more if anyone is interested in seeing more.

    Snake River Gold This is a fishing hole from which sturgeon up to around 5 meters long are caught on a fairly regular basis.

    Up the river to the mountains A shot up the Snake to mountains in the background.

    Springtime grass This shot is taken of an area where a fire came through last summer and burnt off all the existing vegetation. The only thing on the ground now is just the new blades of grass coming up.

    Fire recovery This hillside was swept clean of all vegetation last summer during the big fires we had here. Here is the beginning of its recovery. Take a look and you will see brown trees on the right side of the top ridge in the picture. They are all fire-killed.
     
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  20. NightWalker

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    I loved it, lived there for nearly two years. I had a kayak and used to head out for a paddle now and then. Now I live in a dull housing estate... but its close to Dartmoor. The moorland covers about a third of the county, and is pretty desolate in places. Got a little example:

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    Its very different scenery to where you are, and it rains a lot here too. I would go back and live by the water again one day. I want to come and live in America for a few years, just got to get my finances in order first.

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