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Mount Saint Helens
Posted By: scole, 05-10-2009, 10:40 PM

Climbed Mt St Helens this weekend. This was my first successful attempt since it re-opened to climbing after the volcanic activity of 2004-2006. It's certainly no picnic at 12 miles roundtrip and 5,500 feet of elevation gain but the ability to ride down from summit to trailhead is pretty sweet!

Unfortunately, the avalanche danger was high this weekend so I didn't spend more than 10 minutes on the summit and didn't even really know if my summit photos were exposed properly (too bright & windy).

1. Friday evening (DA18-55 w/ handheld ND Grad)

2. (DA55-300 @ 62mm)

3. Last light on the upper slopes (DA55-300 @ 300mm)

4. A moonlit mountain @ 4am (DA12-24 @ 12mm)

5. 5 shot Crater panorama (DA12-24 @ 12mm)

6. Detail of crater wall (DA18-55 @ 55mm)

I just realized while processing these photos that I forgot to reset my ISO back to 100 from 400 after taking the moonlit shot. Doh!

Thanks for looking..
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05-11-2009, 09:14 PM   #16
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Great pictures! Looks like a fun hike and an even more fun ride down.

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Thanks for all the positive comments. I appreciate it..

QuoteOriginally posted by jmbradd Quote
quick question though why did you shoot moonlight shot at iso 400? Whenever I do a night exposure set to 100 and a constant aperture (usually f/8) and play with exposure times. Interested to see if there is a better technique out there
Ideally, I would have also preferred to shoot this using ISO 100. My decision to bump up to 400 was really just due to time constraints. I wanted the shot but I also wanted to keep hiking. I also had noise reduction enabled in my camera so it would have taken a little too much time experimenting with various exposure times. The shot would be a lot better using ISO 100!

BTW, the specs on that photo are F4 @ 20 seconds. Just a little longer (like 30 seconds) might have been better since I did have to adjust the RAW curves to brighten things a bit more.

QuoteOriginally posted by RoxnDox Quote
Those are great shots Steve. Being a geologist and a volcano nut, my favorite is the crater wall detail shot, very nice. Much better than those fuzzy ones you see from the helicopter video footage

Thanks, Jim. I first climbed it in 1993 and I will always remember the color and strata of the inner rim.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mile High Quote
Great pictures! Looks like a fun hike and an even more fun ride down.
9 hours up, 1 hour 18 minutes down. Yeah, it was a fun ride down!
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Great stuff Steve. I saw it in 2005, we arrived in low cloud & showers and only saw glimpses of the crater through the cloud and rain so this is really helpful to see what we missed.

Thanks for sharing.


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