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Edited by pharmer, 19 December 2018 - 09:53 PM.
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Posted 19 December 2018 - 09:51 PM
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Posted 21 December 2018 - 11:45 PM
I forgot I took some shots of Mt.St.Hellens a week ago.
Mt St. Helens was the second mountain I ever climed (pre May 18, 1980), and the first mountain I climbed in the Cascades. My first mountain was Saddle Mountain in the Oregon Coast range. Which actually is not geologically part of the coastal range, but is the very end of a lava flow that started somewhere in central washington state (IIRC)
So were those pics taken from the Oregon side of the river?
Edited by Juthro, 21 December 2018 - 11:46 PM.
Posted 22 December 2018 - 12:49 AM
No, they were taken from the Dismal Nitch (named by Lewis and Clark) Rest Area, just across the big bridge. That view of the mountain before the top 1500 feet came off was so different. I don't know where I was at ten years old when I first saw that mountain, but it was pink in the early morning light and it wasn't far off. It was such a beautiful thing, so symmetrical, before the eruption. Those ships are anchored just upstream from Tongue Point and the white dredge sands to the left are Rice Island.
I don't know why I never climbed Saddle Mountain. The friend who used to tell me we were going to do it moved away. Have you read the book, Moontrap, by Don Berry?
Edited by Alder Logs, 22 December 2018 - 12:51 AM.
Posted 22 December 2018 - 08:04 AM
Let's all meet there and climb it. Get somebody to film it.
"Geriatric Photographers Set The Pace"
subtitled "Better Late Than Never"
guaranteed to run on PBS
I figger if we get enough young people to carry bottles of O2 we can get up a couple thousand feet a week :)
Juthro's mushroom bruised blue :)
Speaking of geriatrics, Alder, I get to Estate Sales as often as I can. There's always one other geezer like me usually grabbing up tools but very often seeing camera equipment that almost nobody is interested in. You might find lenses for your camera body. Just be sure to try them right there on the spot to make sure they function right. I've been at sales on late Sundays where they'll just tell you to take whatever you can fit in your truck for $10. They want it gone.
Edited by pharmer, 22 December 2018 - 08:09 AM.
Posted 22 December 2018 - 12:03 PM
The trouble is, none of the cameras I have are the kind that you can change lenses on.
I was in a perfect place and time to get great shots of Saddle Mountain two weeks ago, but was rushing to a doctor appointment. There was little shoulder there to pull over and I was under the gun. It killed me to pass it up, as the lighting was killer. I will get a good pic of that mountain sooner or later. It's not hard to tell why it's called Saddle Mountain. That book, Moontrap, is a good one, and the final scenes are up there. I have heard that Jack Nicholson bought the film rights, and I would have loved to see him as the main character, "Old Webb," before he got too fat. Maybe he might lose the weight and do it yet. But worse for the chance of this happening is that someone made a sci-fi movie with that same title.
Posted 22 December 2018 - 02:01 PM
One of the cool things about Saddle Mt., is that the trail comes up the false peak first, and then drops back down into the 'saddle' before continuing up the true peak. The saddle is easily viewable from the parking lot trailhead (damn near straight up), and with a pair of binoculars or a zoom lens you can easily see the trail, and those on it as they make their final assault on the peak. And depending on where you parked, from that saddle dip you can pick out your rig in the lot, some 1600' directly below you.
It is actually not a bad day trip hike. A little less then 6 miles of trail (round trip), with around a 1600' gain in elevation. Its been a long time since I was there, but they used to keep the trail very well maintained. No climbing equipment is necessary, just follow the path. Once your at the top, if the day is clear, you can see the coast of north america running from horizon to horizon, north to south. You can even see and detect the subtle curve of the earth.
Edited by Juthro, 22 December 2018 - 02:08 PM.
Posted 22 December 2018 - 06:24 PM
Fantastic Juthro !
Close enough for me. I get all warm and tingly inside just looking at this picture...............
Posted 22 December 2018 - 08:28 PM
You can even see and detect the subtle curve of the earth.
You mean it's not flat?
I have climbed the Astor Column.
Edited by Alder Logs, 22 December 2018 - 08:33 PM.
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Posted 29 December 2018 - 12:39 AM
Did you know that if you scaled the Earth down to a one inch ball bearing, no machined steel could be that smooth?
Posted 29 December 2018 - 06:12 PM
OK, so I received a circular polarizer for X-mas, and I am looking for some advice on how to use it....
Its a a 52mm, so it will fit my 18-55mm, and my 35mm prime lens. I've never played with one before and would appreciate any and all advice.
Posted 29 December 2018 - 06:44 PM
it has two moving parts, correct? one side threads onto the lens and the other spins upon the first but is not threaded?
if so you'll need to wait for a day with fairly clear skies and good sunlight
find a blue spot in the sky and point the camera with the polarizer attached at the blue spot and focus it. a cloud will help find focus.
then rotate the front moving part. somewhere in its' 360 degree turn you'll see the blue sky go much bluer - that's where the polarizer is at its' most effective spot (I often have trouble keeping the lens focused while mucking around with the polarizer. maybe mount the camera on a tripod so you can have both hands free)
it will polarize more or less as it's dialed around
nice for making blue skies dramatic and going for saturated colors. it will eat up a couple f-stops
also useful for removing nasty glare off windows, windshields, lake surfaces, etc maybe in a place that gets sunshine and has a ton of ice it's just what the photodoctor ordered :)
Edited by pharmer, 29 December 2018 - 06:48 PM.
Posted 29 December 2018 - 08:48 PM
Thanks Pharmer, now I just need one of those clear days so I can play with it :)
I messed with it a little bit, but we are socked in with clouds, and I couldn't see much effect on all that grey when I was playing with it.
Posted 30 December 2018 - 12:49 AM
It might help you take pics of fish.
Posted 31 December 2018 - 12:31 PM
There is plenty of time for pics after they are above the water and in the boat, lol.
In reality, I'm a little gun shy about bringing my camera when I'm fishing. My camera body is not weather sealed, and salt water is just such an insidious force that I'm reluctant to bring it out on the trips.
I do look forward to playing with it though. Maybe for some river or lake pics this coming summer.
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