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Friday Field Foto #119: North Fork Toutle River and Mt. Saint Helens

July 30, 2010

I can’t resist posting another photo I took on a flight from Vancouver to Oakland recently for this week’s Friday Field Foto. If you ever find yourself booking one of these flights make sure to get the window seat on the right side of the plane going north and on the left side of the plane going south. I can’t promise that’s the flight path for every flight but it worked out for me!

This is a photograph of Mt. Saint Helens in southern Washington State facing east. I like this shot because it nicely shows the relationship of the river system that is carrying the volcaniclastic detritus away.

Mt. Saint Helens and North Fork Toutle River (© 2010 clasticdetritus.com)

Happy Friday!

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 30, 2010 9:06 am

    I agree with @rockbandit – I want to know what camera/lens you used to shoot this. It looks spectacular – far nicer than any commercial airliner window shot has a right to.

  2. July 30, 2010 10:35 am

    These photos are just great! Mine from airliners usually look pretty washed out, even after heavy enhancement. I often set the camera to darker (like the old shoot 1 f-stop lower recommendation for film cameras). We want to know your ISO and all other settings!

  3. July 30, 2010 3:46 pm

    Photo was taken with a Fujifilm FinePix S5100 camera, which is not a real SLR, but has a decent zoom and can be used manually (I’ve seen cameras like these called an ‘SLR-like’) … it’s basically a slightly fancier point-and-shoot. I use it in auto mode all the time because … well, I’m lazy.

    The plane flew pretty close, didn’t need to zoom in. The window was pretty clean/clear and, the weather and lighting was really good.

    Then, in Photoshop I played with the levels and the color balance to make it a bit crisper. That’s all!

  4. July 30, 2010 6:06 pm

    Great! Thanks for sharing this info. Fantastic photo!

  5. July 30, 2010 10:06 pm

    I spent three years in a long-distance relationship just to affirm your advice. East-facing window seats on the OAK-SEA run are a very, very good bet.

    This view is exceptional, though. Nice shot!

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