Aerial Volcano Photography

Aerial Approaching Mount St Helens at Dusk

Aerial Approaching Mount St Helens at Dusk

Ok well Mount St Helens isn’t an active volcano per se.  It last erupted and basically blew its top off in May of 1980.  Like most people in Seattle of a certain age, I remember what I was doing on that date.  I was rollerskating around Gasworks Park to Donna Summer.  Ok then.

Anyway, the result of the happenings on that date back in 1980 are a very photogenic crater in SW Washington.  I have a friend who likes to fly and we went up last night and headed down to Mount St Helens. I brought two Zeiss prime MF lenses and my Sony a7r2. My friend who was also shooting had his 5DSr and 24-70.

I was in the front seat, wearing all black to reduce glare. Kurt basically flies wherever we need to get the shots we want. I had the camera set to internal stabilization and the MF lens set to infinity. When I shot out the side window, glare creeped in but shooting through the curved front glass cut it down considerably. I watched my shutter speeds to keep them above 1/300 as much as possible.

I got about 1000 RAW files and so far about 85% are keepers…I love this perspective of the mountain and I think we both did a nice job of capturing the sunset light.

Approaching Boeing Field at Night Seattle Aerial night Photography

Approaching Boeing Field at Night

Sunstar Lights Up Mount St Helens at Sunset

Sunstar Lights Up Mount St Helens at Sunset

Golden Light on Mount St Helens from the Air

Golden Light on Mount St Helens from the Air

Sunset Skies Above Mount St Helens from the Air

Sunset Skies Above Mount St Helens from the Air

Sunrays Bathe the Volcanic Wasteland Below St Helens from the Air

Sunrays Bathe the Volcanic Wasteland Below St Helens from the Air

Mount St Helens Aerial Crater Closeup

Mount St Helens Aerial Crater Closeup

Mount St Helens Aerial Photography Sunset

Mount St Helens Aerial Photography Sunset

Snow and Mud Details along the Crater of St Helens Aerial

Snow and Mud Details along the Crater of St Helens Aerial

Crater of St Helens onto Spirit Lake and Rainier in the Distance

Crater of St Helens onto Spirit Lake and Rainier in the Distance

Sunset Light Warms up the St Helens Crater Aerial Photography

Sunset Light Warms up the St Helens Crater Aerial Photography

Sunset Light Warms up the St Helens Crater Aerial Photography

Sunset Light Warms up the St Helens Crater Aerial Photography

Edge of St Helens Crater and Rainier in the Distance Aerial Photography

Edge of St Helens Crater and Rainier in the Distance Aerial Photography

Approaching Mount St Helens By Helicopter Panorama

Approaching Mount St Helens By Helicopter Panorama

 

 

Over Seattle. Aerial Shooting with Sony a7r2 and Zeiss 55mm

Got about an hour’s notice to go flying but I can definitely be ready quickly.  We flew for about an hour around Seattle and I was able to capture several great shots.  Most were keepers in fact.  I was shooting through glass in a Robinson R66 copter. #seattle #aerial

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Back Through the Archives: San Juan Islands Sunset Aerials

Its fun to go back through my old backup drives and look at forgotten RAW files.  In this case, shots taken while flying with a friend over the San Juan Islands at sunset.  These were shot with my former mainstay Canon 1Ds Mark II and a manual focus Zeiss 50mm lens. #visitsanjuanislands #visitskagit

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Flying Around the Snowy Cascades

Had the chance yesterday to go flying with some friends up around the Central Cascades as we got a nice clear day finally.  I went with my Sony A7R2 for its in-camera lens stabilization and my Zeiss 55/1.8 lens for its fast aperture and great rendering.  With the settings on Continuous AF, Steady Shot set at 55mm and burst mode, I got mostly keepers.

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View of the Snowy Cascade range

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Snowy Cascades in the foreground leading up to Mount Rainier

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A snowy Ridge atop the Cascades

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Very popular hike called Mount Si peaks here, with a view back towards Seattle

Turning 50 in Petersburg Alaska

Its the day after Christmas and for me that means a birthday.  This one is pretty important:  50 years old.  I managed to survive working three weeks of Christmas retail at the Seattle Arcteryx store and then headed to Alaska for the rest of the holidays.  The scenery up here is pretty stunning.  I’m glad I brought my camera gear.  #petersburg #alaska #map #seak #southeastak #southeastalaska #mcdonaldislands #mitkofisland #fredericksound

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Some Aerial Photography Over Seattle

Flying back from St Helens and Rainier, we did a few turns around Seattle at dusk.  I went with my Zeiss 85mm Otus at 1.4

Mike Reid Photography #seattle #spaceneedle

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Mount St. Helens Dusk Flyover

Had the chance recently to fly around Mt Rainier and St Helens around sunset.  I was really struck by how the devastation around Helens looked from the air.  Sony a7r and Zeiss 16-35mm Mike Reid Photography #mtsthelens35years #mtsthelens

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