Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lassen Volcanic National Park (Part 2) - California, USA

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Lassen Volcanic National Park photos, use this link. To view all of my day 16 photos, use this link.

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Today I have part 2 of the photos from Lassen Volcanic National Park in California, USA. Photos from the park was split into 2 parts. In my opinion, Lassen Volcanic National Park feels a bit like a mini-Yellowstone. The park features many geothermal features and a volcano, Lassen Peak. Lassen Peak is the southernmost active volcano in the Cascade Range and the highest point in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The peak is about 5,229 ft (1,594 m) high. One of the most famous places in the park is Bumpass Hell (requires a bit of hiking) which includes many steam vents, mud pots, and hot springs.

Travel Advice: Please note if you are planning to visit this park or similar places (such as Yellowstone), please stay on the designated boardwalks around the geothermal areas! People has been burned alive after falling through the thin crust after going off trail! You have been warned. Also, these places aren't for the weak or frail. I had a headache for 2 days after visiting Lassen Volcanic National Park. I suspect I was mildly poisoned from all the sulfur fumes I breathed down while photographing the geothermal areas. You should try to minimize your exposure to the fumes. These are just advice from me. I am no doctor and all the recommendations are based solely off of personal experience. You follow the advice at your own risk. The photographer can not be held responsible for any injuries or death as result of following these advice.

More sunset photos from Bumpass Hell continuing from the previous post. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 27 N 121 30 07 W 

Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 28 N 121 30 08 W 

Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 26 N 121 30 04 W 


Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 26 N 121 30 04 W 

Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 26 N 121 30 03 W 

Now facing the opposite side of the boardwalk from the photo above, I shoot (in my opinion) one of my best sunset shots ever. 

I wondered how the sunset would look through the steam vent. I took two photos with the sun shining through the steam. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 27 N 121 30 03 W 


More sunset shot from Bumpass Hell. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 28 N 121 30 03 W 

A small hot spring at Bumpass Hell. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 29 N 121 30 03 W 

Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 29 N 121 30 03 W 

A photo of the boardwalk in the area. 


Last photo from Bumpass Hell before I head back as it was getting dark. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 27 N 121 30 06 W 

HDR composition of the sunset at the trail head. I made it out just in time. :)
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 27 58 N 121 30 39 W 

Now a few photos from Sulphur Works in the pitch dark night. This is a photo of a mud pot. These photos were taken a bit past dusk and was heavily white balanced to compensate for the blue cast of the night. This is why these photos looks almost like they were taken during the day. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 26 58 N 121 32 04 W 

Here is another photo from Sulphur Works. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 40 26 58 N 121 32 06 W 

These are all the photos for today and for day 16. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with photos from Shasta Lake. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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