First images of 2012!
New Year’s Resolutions: things that are usually unrealistic goals that rarely last past January 7th. I generally do not make these type of resolutions because my life seems to be governed by the unexpected and the weather. I’ve decided to continue what I’ve been doing for the most part of the past decade and explore new areas and keep challenging myself with photographic style and subject matter, without the added pressure of unrealistic goals.
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A couple of weekends ago I was trying to find a way up into the mountains that wasn’t blocked off by roads closed for winter or blocked due to an ongoing manhunt (a national park ranger was shot and killed the day before on Mount Rainier) so I ended up in North Bend, Washington – 35 miles east of Seattle. I ended up running into a hiker who suggested I check out Twin Falls State Park, and so I did.
This massive 150-foot waterfall was 2-3 miles from where I left the car, so I travelled light, especially as there are a lot of switchbacks and elevation to reach this location. Because I needed an extra-wide angle lens, I was happy I’d brought a long my Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens or these images wouldn’t have been able to be made. These two images with different orientation have one thing in common that is something I try to avoid (and subsequently keep this lens packed away unused most often) – distortion at the edges of the frame. But….. in this case I think it added to the overall image, helping draw the focus to what is really important in the shot – the waterfall itself. Many prosumer lenses have flaws that are part of the deal when using cheaper lenses, but it’s up to us to work those flaws into triumphs!Rich Leighton January 13, 2012