Mt Hood from Portland, OR – 95mm, 1/45 @ f/8.0
I took a business trip to Portland, Oregon for a couple days in February, and of course brought my camera along. Didn’t get a lot of great shots, but I like this one of Mt Hood from the hill above the southern downtown area. These photos were both taken right at sundown.
Mt St Helens from Portland – 146mm, 1/60 @ f/8.0
While Mt Hood is actually in Oregon, Mt St Helens seen in the second photo is in Washington State. You can see the Willamette River and some of the bridges that span it.
One thing that strikes me from looking at these two photos is that Portland was founded in a relatively large flat area. Probably by design. Easy expansion. Ships can reach it from the Pacific Ocean via the Columbia River, but it’s a good hour drive to the ocean so not the most convenient port.
I’ve been on more outings recently, and doing more than just working, eating, and sleeping, so I have some photos to post now.
Last weekend I hiked Mount Elinor at the southeast corner of the Olympic Mountains. It was great weather but a little too cloudy to get great views.
Mount Elinor – 19mm, 1/60 @ f/13
This was called a “moderate hike”, but I guess I was not prepared for it. Getting old and out of shape, or something like that. There’s no break from the incline, and thousands of steps made from logs or rocks. I powered up the 2,500 feet to the summit okay, but going back down, my knees barely got me back to the car! I was afraid they were going to give out and I’d fall on the sharp rocks. I’m going to look at buying some trekking poles!
Mt. Rainier from Mt. Elinor – 200mm, 1/350 @ f/8.0
When shooting something this far away, I don’t mind opening the aperture a little to get a higher shutter speed, which prevents camera shake blur at 200mm. Also, it was so bright that I had to do some serious tweaking in Lightroom to get a result like I saw with my naked eye.
Lake Cushman from Mt. Elinor trail – 20mm, 1/60 @ f/13
On the hike back down, this place was almost like those photos that are half under and half over the waterline. You could see the sky above and the land below the cloud layer. On the right is Lake Cushman, and the farther body of water is the Hood Canal of the Puget Sound.
While I am disappointed the Olympic peaks and the Puget Sound were covered by clouds, I am glad I finally did this hike. It was beautiful!
Mt. St. Helens
This photo almost has the look of a painting. I was shooting into the sun and trying to keep it off my front lens element. There is a huge tonal range from the clouds to the trees. Extreme light and dark, which was very hard to capture in a single exposure. Somehow after the post processing in Lightroom, it turned out like this.
This is Mount Adams’ peak peeking (see how I did that?) above the Cascade Range foothills. This was just a few days after spring officially started. If you look at the first photo in the post, you can see a tiny Mt. Adams peak on the left side of the photo. I used a 200mm lens to bring it in closer.
Mt. St. Helens valley
I ended up running down the side of the road from the vehicle turnout to find a good view not blocked by roadside trees. The valley is very dark with evergreen trees compared to the snowy mountain, but you can see the greens of spring starting to come out in places. The view of those three rivers meeting was pretty awesome. The photo doesn’t do it justice. I needed one of those quad-copters that can carry a camera! When I have an extra $1,000 lying around…