What a trip! A couple of weeks ago I skied Mount Saint Helens with Stacey and my friend Andy Adkins. Andy and I bivyed overnight at the crater rim. Not only did we create a bunch of great photos and video, but we also had a really fantastic time.

Like any mountain expedition, we had surprises. Knowing there was little snow this year, we were still shocked at how little there was down low. Temperatures at the rim were a lot colder than forecast and haze from Siberian wildfires obscured the Milky Way, but gave us a crazy light-show all it's own.

At the top is a 26 image slideshow of the trip. I've briefly captioned each slide to tell the story. Hope you enjoy the adventure.

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Special thanks go out to Outdoor Research, Black Rapid, and F-Stop for helping us make this trip possible with their amazing gear and support. These guys make incredible gear that shines in demanding expedition use. Also thanks to Andy and Stacey for the shots with me in there...




30-frame Ultra-Hi-Rez Pano 35mm at F16 for 4 seconds per frame at ISO 64 (Click to Enlarge)

Cabin fever! The sun was out, it felt like spring in Portland and I was stuck working on my computer. Eventually overwhelmed -- I headed to the river for sunset. 

Despite a heavier cloud-cover than I'd hoped for, I really liked the way the subtle color in the western sky worked with the Seahawks colors on the Morrison St. Bridge to the north. The water was pretty choppy so I slowed my shutter to 4 seconds to smooth it out and help with the reflections. Yep, that's right... 4-seconds times 30 frames. With long exposure noise reduction turned on that means it took over 4 minutes to expose this image.

Following my current workflow: I did RAW edits in Adobe's Lightroom 5, assembled the panoramic in Photoshop CC and performed my finishing edits in onOne's Perfect Photo Suite 9.



13-frames 80mm f8 for 8 seconds each at ISO 100  (Click to go fullscreen)

13-frames 80mm f8 for 8 seconds each at ISO 100 (Click to go fullscreen)

On this cold morning I wanted to convey how amazingly Seattle is nestled between the water and the mountains. A long lens is the best way to compress space and pull things optically closer together in the frame, but how do you capture a wide scene with a big lens? PANORAMIC MERGER is the answer... I used my 70-20mm and Really Right Stuff Panoramic adaptor to get just what I wanted. 

Seattle is such a fun city. The city itself the Sound, the Cascades, the islands, Olympic National Park. It's the jumping off point for so many of my favorite remembered adventures. If you haven't been here, put it on the list.

Oh yeah, they've got a decent football team too... ;-)