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October 2004

October 2004
Photo Information
Copyright: steven warnstaff (wahclella) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 7 N: 224] (1119)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Pentax SF1N, pentax 80-200mm 2.8 EDIF
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Geological Wonders [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-01-27 1:00
Viewed: 3455
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
For three days I drove back and forth from Portland past Carson and then the Wind River Are area to a viewpoint that overlooks Mt. St. Helens. The immediate area through Castle Rock was closed up to the first visitors center at Hoffstadt Bluffs. I knew the distance from Portland to the visitor center would take about 2 hours driving, so I decided to make the drive of 1 hour and 15 minutes to the viewpoint where this unfolded at just past 9 AM on the third day of waiting. This morning in October I was the lone photographer to capture this event from this location, it was also the coldest morning of the three, and the wind blew right through your clothes. There was one couple that were staying in a trailer that I announced the blast to, and they had been stationed at the location for two of the three days, but after about what seemed like an hour the location was inundated with sightseers, geologists, State Police, and Sheriffs who drove to view the beautiful plumes that were swept towards Randle by the wind. I used Fujichrome 100 if I remember correctly to capture this image, but I had bought the film a few days before and the batch must have been bad as I had grain showing throughout the image. Three rolls were affected the same way, but I have corrected most of the dust, but the loss of clarity on the mountain's face could not be corrected.
I have the memory, three rolls of slides, and this one favorite image to show what patience had brought me. As well as freezing my ---- off...
I had posted this once before , but due to a person who degraded a couple of sites, Tom Peaks and my own, the images were lost that were placed on them, so here is another of those images.

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Ahhhhh now there ya go...Better than the volcano cam we see all the time. this is one that not many get...You are lucky from this angle...I would give ya 100 points for this if I had em to give! It is among some of the rarest moments in her majesty St Helens..

Still a great image, that is very impressive. Worth freezing your butt off for. TFS and Cheers, Klaus

Hi Steven!

This is a truly amazing capture that shows so well what happened there. I've heard a lot of St Helens, and this is obviously the most expressive shot I've seen about it! TFS!

Best regards,

Hi Steven
Congratulations. It was worth to be patient.
Wonderful composition and beautiful colours.
Amazing picture

Hi Steven
This is an awesome sight to see ... especially Mt. St. Helens. She sure has a notorious history. I remember the day well in May of 1980. We had ash fall out even in Calgary. Well done and interesting note.
TFS Janice

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  • bizsu Silver Star Critiquer [C: 41 W: 0 N: 6] (160)
  • [2008-02-07 9:59]

Hi Steve !

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