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squirl033 Jul 23, 2005 11:44 PM

took a trip to Mt. St. Helens today... hadn't been there since the eruption, and wanted to see it first hand. the pictures don't really do it justice... the sheer visual impact of seeing that huge hole where 3,000 feet of mountain used to be, and realizing that had you been standing at the vantage point you're looking from when it went off, you'd have been pretty well incinerated within moments...

these pics were taken from the Johnston Ridge Observatory, which is 5 miles from the crater.

first, a wide-angle shot...

then a bit closer...

closer still... almost 3x...

and finally, 12x, into the crater. this last one is at 12x with a TCON-14B... you can almost feel the heat!! remember, this is from 5 miles away...

propwash Jul 23, 2005 11:50 PM

That eruption was amazing. They calculated that 7 cubic miles of mountain were blasted away when it erupted. I lived out there before it blew, and the first time I flew over it afterward, it was amazing to see how much of the north side was gone!

Hiroshi Jul 24, 2005 12:25 AM

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Nice pictures. It brings back memories, I used to live in Lynnwood at that time.

Just an FYI... I know you just got your 14B, so I'll throw a little advice your way. As you said, you shot this from 5 miles away, that's allot of air molecules to cut through, it usually results in a blueish-gray haze on the photos. I find that a little PP is usually beneficial in restoring the natural color of the scenery. Here is your last pic with just a one touch auto fix.

Hiroshi Jul 24, 2005 12:31 AM

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Here's another example of PP auto-fix on your #2 pic

squirl033 Jul 24, 2005 12:32 AM

thanks for the tip, Hiroshi! i like your edit better... sounds like a touch more contrast and a bit of shadow correction are in order with that lens on shots like this...

Hiroshi Jul 24, 2005 12:45 AM

squirl033 wrote:

thanks for the tip, Hiroshi! i like your edit better... sounds like a touch more contrast and a bit of shadow correction are in order with that lens on shots like this...
I thinkmost of it is the air molecules/distance (5 miles) anda smallpart is all that extra glass that the light has to go through, and there is plentyof it in the 14b. ;)

boyzo Jul 24, 2005 1:31 AM

Super images very clear.

Well done


pappy Jul 24, 2005 4:53 AM

wow these are great :cool:

HarjTT Jul 24, 2005 9:53 AM


Lovely to see Mt St Helens and nice shots as well. Damn I wish i lived on the Pacific Northwest with its fanatastic landscapes.


squirl033 Jul 24, 2005 11:59 AM

wonderwhy wrote:

I like the blue haze. That is how I remember it. The haze helps the eye see the illusion of distance. Perhaps remove the haze only from the long telephoto shots, but leave it with the normal lens and short telephoto? That is what Hiroshi did!

Very sharp photos. Did you use a tripod?
i had the camera on a monopod... i like to use that anytime shutter speeds are lower than about 1/250 with full zoom, and some of these were shot at speeds down around 1/160, because of thepolarizer.old habits die hard, i guess! ;) it definitely seems to help...

i didn't remove any haze from the wide and mid-range shots... it was actually that clear yesterday. the only PP done to any of these (aside from the crater close-up) was resizing and just a touch of added contrast and sharpness to compensate for resizing. other than that, these are what the camera saw.

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