Bear Grass and Purple Lupine near Coffin Mountain

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Comments (10)

K.Herr on May 22, 2008

Wonderful composition. Greetings from Germany Klaus

Pacific Crest Stock on May 22, 2008

Thanks Klaus! I'm planning to hike this trail again later in the summer to re-shoot this area. One of my favorite pictures of all time was taken from a spot farther up the hill from here (see "Twilight Fire" at It's an absolutely breath-taking photo.

© Michael Hatten htt… on May 22, 2008

Hi Troy,

Glad to see another batch of wonderful images from you.

I was wondering if you could tell me about the equipment your using? Camera and lens if possible.

Your getting a wonderful depth of field range throught this image. I've been trying to get this type of shot but either the foreground or background looses some of its clarity.

I understand how smaller apatures give best depth and how hyperfocal distances play into creating the best clarity for a 35mm camera and lense.

but the results escapes me. I've also been looking into buying a shift and tilt lense for my camera but The $$$$ is... Wow! :)

Thanks for any info you could share..


K.Herr on May 23, 2008

Hi Troy, thank you for the link to "Twilight Fire" it´s realy impressive! I´m waiting for the fotos of your next trip.

Greetings Klaus

Pacific Crest Stock on May 23, 2008

Michael, you’re not going to believe this, but I actually took this photograph with my wife’s little point and shoot camera (Canon Powershot S30 with the aperture set to f8). Although some of my photos were shot using a “real” camera (Canon 5D), there are definitely times where I prefer to keep my outings simple. On this day, I knew I didn’t have time to wait for the proper lighting and so I decided that I would just scout the area to see how the flowers were progressing. When I’m on a scouting mission like this one, I typically bring a small lightweight camera (I’m now using a Canon Powershot S80 for this purpose) so that I can ski/bike/hike/trail run into and out of the area as quickly as possible. I don’t even bring a tripod.

Despite the very “low-tech” approach that I use when scouting, I actually find that some of the photos from my scouting missions can’t be duplicated when I go back. The focal length on the s-series lens is so short that it actually offers more depth of field that what I can get with some more expensive lenses—even though f8 is its smallest aperture setting. The short focal length also allows me to get within a few inches of my subject matter, which sometimes results in a very interesting composition that I could not have achieved with an SLR. In all honesty, this might be one of my best kept secrets and it provides a perfect example of how sometimes, “less is more.”

PS: I’m not sure if Canon is making the s-series any more, but if you can find one, the S80 is a great compact camera that includes almost all of the functionality of an SLR. Shhhhhhh . . .. don’t tell anyone though!

© Michael Hatten htt… on May 23, 2008


I remember reading that the smaller point and shoot digital cameras are excellent for these types of shots because of their incredably short focal leingth. But of course there is usually a trade off in resolution and If I want to produce a segmented panoramics of about 36 inches I need the clarity a larger sensor can give.

I've been pricing Canons tilt and shift lenses for 35mm cameras and a 24mm f4 manual runs about $1100.00

I guess I'll have to help the economy and use my stimulas check on one..

thanks for the info.


Pacific Crest Stock on May 23, 2008

I think the tilt-shift lense is a great option. When I look at some of my favorite large format landscape prints, I always think there's no way to capture that kind of feel without being able to tilt the lense. Tilting seems to really draw the viewer into the whole experience, almost like being there. Good luck and please let me know how the lense works out for you.

Tom Jenkins on May 25, 2008

Troy, I really like your new photos--especially this one. Great composition and color.

Pacific Crest Stock on May 27, 2008

Thanks a lot. To be honest, some of these aren’t really all that “new.” I actually shot a few of them several years ago and just recently re-discovered them while looking through my old archives in an attempt to plan out my summer explorations. Hopefully, I will have some updated versions of these before the end of the year.

Tom Jenkins on May 30, 2008

Wow! I can't wait to see your new ones. I'll be very impressed if you can come up with something better than these. This one seems like a tough act to follow.

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