Elk Meadow hike, Mt Hood, Oregon

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by KillRamsey, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    Subtitle: "Hey Look! It's NOT a biking pic thread!"

    This hike is an hour in, and an hour out. First 20 minutes is pretty flat, to a river bed. Then you spend 40 minutes going up 9 switchbacks to an alpine meadow under Mt Hood. It is ... magical up there. I was pretty floored.

    Setup is my usual hiking rig: The XT1 and the XF27 pancake, with the circular polarizer on it. It doesn't get a whole lot lighter than that, the length works well for both personals and landscapes, and that filter really pops the colors nicely.

    Fun side note: I finally tried something I recall Rico posting a long, long time ago: I put the shutter dial on T, and used the front wheel to flick shutter speed back and forth. At the beginning of the hike, I was all manual as usual. But going in and out of those shadows was killing me -- it was 3, 4, even 5 stops difference! 5 stops just blows up whatever your plan was, and it lasts literally a second sometimes before you're back into broad daylight, then back into dark blue shadows. Second attempt was to run auto aperture and / or shutter. But I never, ever liked the camera's choices, and was flinging that EV Comp knob back and forth like a kid playing Pac Man. Then I tried spot metering, but again, did not agree with the camera's choices. Finally, Rico's (typed) words echoed in my ears... I put the shutter dial on T, and used the front dial under my pointer finger to very efficiently wheel the shutter speed up and down til it looked right. ISO was pegged at 800 (to get me DR400) all day, and aperture was a mix, usually on the wide open end until I got into a meadow and wanted best sharpness.

    So that's it... now I've become everything I hated. I'm now using little unmarked dials to change parameters like some run-of-the-mill Cannikon DSLR junkie. (sobs into pillow). God help me, it was so efficient and easy.

    Anywho, here's some pics.

    29344875054_8ac236e025_b. KBRX0844 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    29937761936_5e4992e93a_b. KBRX0885 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Big trees here.
    29971833975_1aa4265fce_b. KBRX0919 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Good example of why metering was such a joke here.
    29937761186_0c9d590110_b. KBRX0962 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Between the darkness under that canopy, and the circ polarizer, this was as slow as 1/180 even at ISO800!
    29937761026_b2df5180f1_c. KBRX0976 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    The goal, reached.
    29971833395_1402f185a9_b. KBRX0995 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Sometimes they do whatever they're doing in really good light.
    29971832795_638e4500cc_b. KBRX1036 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Huckleberry bushes everywhere, and still some late berries to be had.
    29937760446_b030783b29_b. KBRX1058 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Late afternoon, almost out, the light got GOOD
    29857924782_99d451665d_c. KBRX1072 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2016
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  2. TonyTurley

    TonyTurley FujiXspot All-Pro

    May 2, 2016
    Darn, but those are nice.
  3. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    Thank you!
  4. bluzcity

    bluzcity FujiXspot Regular Subscribing Member

    Jul 24, 2013
    Memphis, TN
    Lovely series. Your daughter has the sweetest spirit!
  5. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    She is an uncurable goofball.

    29857925682_bdbb490094_b. KBRX1022 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
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  6. spinyman

    spinyman FujiXspot Veteran

    Feb 13, 2013
    Valley Center,CA.
  7. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    Excellent set.