Sunday, August 14, 2011

Fog Race

Steam rises from Lava Dome above fog-shrouded crater,  Mt. St. Helens
As I mentioned in my last post, I spent three days trying to get pictures of Mt. St. Helens, especially in the evening, but every day had the same maddening weather pattern: cloudy in the morning, clear at mid-day, and then a rising fog in the evening. Definitely not weather to gladden the heart of a landscape photographer!  After two evenings sitting in the fog, with no view at all of the mountain, the third day promised a break in the cycle; the mountain was clear all afternoon and it looked like, for once, I might get a sunset.  Then this band of clouds began to form and started rising up the slope.  I was forced to shoot quickly, before the crater disappeared completely.

With such a long horizontal scene, I decided to create a digital panoramic using 3 or 4 single images, stitched together in the computer after the fact. Not bad, but I had dreams of much more.  I'll be back.

Nikon D3, 70-200mm lens : Stitched panorama


  1. Well, it's a great image! Sorry you didn't have better luck.

    I had too much sunshine at Fife at the weekend, at a car show, everything was too shiny and reflective, which was kind of fun in some cases, but a little frustrating, lol.

  2. As is often the case, the picture I got was not necessarily the picture I went after. But better than nothing!

  3. It's still a great photo! And once in a while, the ones come along that you didn't plan, the 'happy accidents', that make up for it. :)