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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-27-2008, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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I got up very early on Saturday and drove the 90 minutes up to Golden Ears Provincial Park - my first time there. I was at the Gold Creek parking lot by 8:30 am, and set out on the Lower Falls trail. This being my first time in the park, I wanted to explore the lower trails and day use areas for future expeditions, as well as to try out some new photographic toys.

This picture was taken to justify having lugged the macro lens (photo toy #1) all day long:


Beach on Gold Creek:


The Blanshard group from the trail:


Close-up on Blanshard Needle:


The upper part of Gold Creek falls:


The pool just above the falls:


I just got a new 10.5mm fisheye lens (photo toy #2), and boy was I going to try it out!


Fooling around:


Photo toy #3 is a new set of graduated neutral density filters - the falls provided the perfect setting to try them out:


The forest by the Gold Creek parking lot:


Out comes that fisheye again:


Property of circular fisheyes: all straight lines going through the center of the image do not get distorted.


After eating my lunch at the Alouette Lake day-use area, I decided to explore the ill-named Viewpoint Trail - a short jaunt up a hillside that branches left from the West Canyon Trail. A creek crossing along the way:


It is less than two kilometres to the so-called "viewpoint":

(at least the de-fishing plugin works really well).

If you keep going for an extra 300 metres or so, the trail comes to an end on a steep hillside, where you are... rewarded, I guess... with this view of Viking Creek. At least it provided another (boring) opportunity to try out the grad NDs:


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Wicked pictures, I love new toys!!!
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Wow I love your pics! Thanks for sharing!
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Great pics Mauricio.
The mossy forest one is a big winner!
Cool effects with the lens too. I'm jealous. One day I'll take good pics. One day.
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Sweet shots, looks like it was a day well spent.
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I got up very early on Saturday and drove the 90 minutes up to Golden Ears Provincial Park - my first time there. I was at the Gold Creek parking lot by 8:30 am, and set out on the Lower Falls trail. This being my first time in the park, I wanted to explore the lower trails and day use areas for future expeditions, as well as to try out some new photographic toys.
Mauricio,

Superb. Those were a real pleasure to view and provide me with another hiking destination. It's interesting. It doesn't matter where I go but whenever I am out I find myself bemoaning not having a wide angle lens. Your beautiful photos really show what one misses.

Time for an SLR.
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I've always admired your pics Maurricio, you do very creative work that always stands out. Please dont stop posting them!
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Great photographs. Credit to excellent equipment in the hands of a skillful photographer.
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Here's to new lenses, superb scenery and weather...nice also to see results from somebody who knows how to work a camera. Thanks.
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I sold my fisheye when I got rid of my Pentax stuff, and man do I ever miss it... I'll have to pick up the 10.5 or tokina 10-17 pretty soon here.

Glad to see you put it to good use, one of my favorite things about a fisheye is the fact that it really fuels your creativity with original compositions.
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this is what i always want to get.[8D] hopefully, the new camera i am planning to have will be able to take more beautiful creeks and water falls.
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A question about the use of the gradient filters:
Is the dark part of the filter in the top-left corner, or across the top?
Do you just rotate it to suit the situation?
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[8D]
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[8D] - I've been trying to figure out how to paint this type of view (looking straight up at Doug firs) for a couple of years now.
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Wow, do you ever take wonderful pics [] Keep 'em coming!
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