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Nodoubt Peak Alpenglow

nodoubt peak - part of Mount Redoubt - alpenglow

   Recently the mountains of the Fraser Valley had a good snowfall so I headed out there to see what I could photograph. I parked myself next to the Chilliwack River for an hour or so and having failed to entirely freeze at that location I moved once again on towards Chilliwack Lake.

   I had to park outside of the gates again as Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park is closed this time of year. The walk in was much uglier than last time – no tire treads to walk in on. I followed some tracks left by a (much smarter and prepared) person with snowshoes. As I took each uneven, slippery step I vowed to never do this again wearing only trail running shoes and jeans in a cold -10°C (14°F) with a windchill estimated at about -20°C (-4°F). A good parka and toque don’t really make up for freezing the lower half of ones body. So despite freezing and stumbling I did manage to get there in time to catch some of the last light on Mount Redoubt/Nodoubt Peak. A more interesting shot than last time – with clouds swirling around the peaks and a great alpenglow.

Fall at Chilliwack Lake Part II

Some fall color at Chilliwack Lake. The mountain at the end of the lake is Mt Redoubt, but is actually in North Cascades National Park in Washington State.

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Chilliwack Lake Panorama

Mt. Redoubt from Chilliwack Lake.

7 exposures stitched, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro

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Fall at Chilliwack Lake

Chilliwack Lake Provincial Park last October.

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70-200mm Telephoto Lens Debate

I have been debating between various versions of Canon’s apparently excellent 70-200 lenses. I have the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and frankly don’t think I could do without Image Stabilization. After using it for a period I decided that I would likely get IS in any future lens of mine that offered it. I have also been used to some fairly fast lenses in the past few years – the 50mm 1.4 most notably though the 100mm macro is also f/2.8 throughout. So this really all comes down to the Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS and the Canon EF 70-200 f/4 L IS. The f/2.8 would be nice to have again with IS. The f/4 version is almost half the price (in Canada) and about half the weight ( 760g vs 1470g). While one more stop would be great do I want to 1) pay almost twice as much for it and 2) lug around a lens thats twice as heavy? Both are reported to be fantastic lenses, and everyone who asks me what I shoot immediately suggests the f/4 would be best. I also will likely add an extender (probably the Canon Extender EF 1.4X II) at some point in the future. I will lose about 1 stop doing this – so f/2.8 again looks interesting – though on both versions of the lens the effective length (on my crop sensor 30D) would be 450mm.

I just don’t know…

JUST so this isn’t entirely boring text here is a quick panorama I did at Chilliwack Lake on the weekend. Snow is starting to show on the mountains!

8 exposures stitched, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM @ 20mm.

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