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Headed up Terminal Cancer couloir on a bit of a whim today - one of my favorite ski partners texted me this AM with a mind to checking it out.  A little early in the season IMHO, but still worth doing.

 

Some photos for your enjoyment:

 

Early season meant some ice and open spots at the bottom, as well as a vicious bushwhack up the apron.  Some years that's good skiing.  This year it cost us most of an hour both ways.

 

Bottom-of-TC.jpg

 

 

Spectacular upclimb, with ice in places I've never seen it.  Grieg's "In The Hall of the Mountain King" was running through my mind.  Helped ease the pain.

 

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Finally at the top, about 2000 feet later.

 

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Ubiquitous ski photo at the top of TC.

 

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Mike at the top.

 

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Mike makes this look easy.

 

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Me

 

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Overall, an excellent day.  One of those days where the climbing conditions are good, the skiing conditions not so much...  although, honestly, it was far better than the last time I was up there.  The top was chalky, turnable powder.  The middle and lower sections had corned up yesterday, that was clearly the better day to hit it.  Didn't warm up enough today so it was pretty icy, which is intimidating just there.  

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Well done!

JF

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That is such a cool, aesthetic chute.  Thanks for the stoke.  

 

Well played mg9161, well played. icon14.gificon14.gificon14.gif

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Nice! Strong strong work! Thanks for the stoke
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Nice pics!

 

You're a better photographer than Mike. He tilted the camera! I straightened and cropped a little. Er, Nevermind, I guess the original is better... I just thought it probably makes the run look less steep then how it looks in real life.

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Can I get that Grieg song from iTunes? I've never heard of them.

 

I never knew how much the straighten function in iPhoto deteriorates the picture quality! I straighten all my pictures. frown.gif

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Nice pics!

 

You're a better photographer than Mike. He tilted the camera! I straightened and cropped a little. Er, Nevermind, I guess the original is better... I just thought it probably makes the run look less steep then how it looks in real life.

1000x500px-LL-c65be630_Sue_2.jpg

 

Can I get that Grieg song from iTunes? I've never heard of them.

 

I never knew how much the straighten function in iPhoto deteriorates the picture quality! I straighten all my pictures. frown.gif


Heh.  That feels more like it.  Although, honestly, it isn't as steep as it looks.  If the snow conditions were better it would be pretty straight-ahead turning.  The conditions make it hard.

 

I do any and all photo manipulation in Photoshop.  Fortunately, I have a good camera and so don't have to do much generally.

 

"In the Hall of the Mountain King"

 

 

 

A couple more pics for those interested:

 

http://rubyski.blogspot.com/

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A couple more pics for those interested:

 

http://rubyski.blogspot.com/


Sweet blog.  wink.gif

 

Say, did you happen to know Shawna L who grew up around there?  Another BLM firefighter.  

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A couple more pics for those interested:

 

http://rubyski.blogspot.com/


Sweet blog.  wink.gif

 

Say, did you happen to know Shawna L who grew up around there?  Another BLM firefighter.  



Heh.  Short blog.  T-tips' photo server went south and so I figured I'd put up my pictures someplace where I could find them (and link them as desired).  I have some nice ski photos, it'll be good to have them all in one place.  For my own convenience more than anything.

 

I don't know Shawna L but that doesn't mean that she's more than one degree of separation away.  ;)

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Heh.  Short blog.  T-tips' photo server went south and so I figured I'd put up my pictures someplace where I could find them (and link them as desired).  I have some nice ski photos, it'll be good to have them all in one place.  For my own convenience more than anything.

 

I don't know Shawna L but that doesn't mean that she's more than one degree of separation away.  ;)


I'm looking forward to more Rubies skiing bloggage.

 

And yeah, in that area one degree is about all you need:

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Pretty confident her folks knew my dad, I'm certainly familiar with the last name.  May have to locate that book, looks interesting.  Thanks!

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Pretty confident her folks knew my dad, I'm certainly familiar with the last name.  May have to locate that book, looks interesting.  Thanks!


Let me know if you want to read it - I'll send you my copy.  

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I've bookmarked your blog. Great start!

 

I think you should have included this shot in the trip report posted here. That looks sick! I don't care how steep it is, that's a gnarly line!

 

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I tilted the other photo a lot and it revealed something about digital photography to me. The pictures are made of little squares and when you straighten the photo, the squares get turned into tilted squares or diamonds if you tilt it enough, but the tilted image must be resolved back into level squares, so the corners get removed and detail is lost. At least that is my current hypothesis. I don't know if Photoshop can do a better job of it, I think it may be inherent in the nature of the digital format that detail is lost when an image is straightened. The picture of you did not have a lot of pixels to work with, phone camera?

 

I don't have a good camera like you do so buying Photoshop doesn't make sense for me. I think though even if I had a great camera, until I learn to hold it level to the horizon, I'd still want to correct the tilt, but in the future I will temper my desire to level the shot with the knowledge that I will lose detail.

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Not really sure how Photoshop resolves the square pixel/tilted photo quandary, but it does give better results.  Mike e-mailed me a higher resolution image so I had more to work with than you did.

 

This photo was straightened, cropped, color corrected, and resized down for publication here.  

 

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FWIW, I have a little pointy-snappy camera, a Nikon something-or-other that fits in my pocket.  I just have plenty of good subject matter to aim it at.  I used to use Photoshop professionally and so am fortunate to have a relatively current version of the program.


Edited by mountaingirl1961 - 12/14/10 at 6:40pm
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Much better than my attempt, but there's something dramatic in the original with the rocks leaning out over you. I guess Mike is a pretty good photographer after all. :)

 

When you said you have a good camera, I thought you meant a professional one. I'm happy with my Sony point and shoot, I shouldn't have said it isn't a good camera. The corrections I make to my pictures are to address shortcomings in the photographer, not the camera. You were being modest to say your photos don't need much corrections because your camera is nice. I think the real reason is you know how to use it well.

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Mike's is a lot less stagnant.  And he's a far better photographer than I'll ever be.  He's pretty into it and has taken some absolutely smashing photos.

 

Honestly, I just leave my camera zoomed out and take the highest resolution photos that I can, so that I can crop them the way I want them cropped.  Gives me more to work with, and tends to minimize the negative effects of camera shake.

 

Here are a couple that I like a bunch.  The second one is more a matter of good timing than anything.

 

 

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