The lights of Portland, 53...

The lights of Portland, 53 miles away, from the top of the Palmer lift (8,400' +/-) about 2 AM, June 24, 1986.


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Bor - Sep 2, 2004 5:17 pm - Voted 10/10


nice photo!


rpc - Sep 2, 2004 8:02 pm - Voted 10/10

pretty hard... post an original shot on the Hood page (with its 2 million photos) but looks like you've done that. Nice and UNIQUE shot.

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Sep 2, 2004 8:40 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: pretty hard...

Thank you very much for the compliment! I know what you mean - I've got something like 5,000 pics but I hate to post something close to what's already been done - hard to go through the huge archive on some of the mountain pages!

BTW, You have a nice repertoire and some great pics too.

Best regards,



Cornvallis - Sep 2, 2004 10:27 pm - Voted 10/10

Re: pretty hard...

Agreed. Very nice!


rpc - Sep 3, 2004 11:48 am - Voted 10/10

Re: pretty hard...

Thanks for the good remarks Don.


Brian Jenkins

Brian Jenkins - Sep 3, 2004 12:50 pm - Voted 10/10

Man, does this....

bring back memories of slogging up the south side in the middle of the night. Nice.

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Sep 7, 2004 12:53 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Man, does this....

Yeah, one of the cool things about this climb is the great views - of Portand, of course, but all the way to Eugene and even the glow of the Seattle city lights to the north. I've climbed Hood 8 or 9 or nine times, always starting about midnight so this has always been a surrealistic event for me.

best regards,



koz - Sep 4, 2004 12:44 am - Voted 10/10

Exposure time

How long was this exposure? Looks longer than your typical night-time shot (bright city lights, elongated stars etc.). Nice job!

Don Nelsen

Don Nelsen - Sep 4, 2004 4:06 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Exposure time

Thank you for the compliment!

This was taken June 24th, 1986 with a circa 1980 Olympus OM 10 with a 50mm fixed-focus lens set at f1.8. I used ASA100 forced to ASA25 to lengthen the automatic exposure time. I've found that this is a good way to get enough light onto the film to bring out the deep blues in what would show up as an otherwise black sky. I think the exposure was about a minute. Also, there was a nearly full moon behind me to light up the snow.

best regards,


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