Alberta Spruce

Alberta Spruce by Allan J Jones Photography
Alberta Spruce

This is another of my bronze sculptures that I updated my portfolio photo of recently. For this one I investment cast a live dwarf Alberta Spruce. The challenge was to do the clean up work afterwards without losing all remaining needles. The branches make a wonderful range of sounds when you tweak the ends.

I invite you to visit my website ( to view my photos in a gallery format. I also have some photo essays of hiking in the Olympic National Park and some examples of other art I have done over the years. Thank you.

Tree Rings

Tree Rings in Bronze by Allan J Jones
Tree Rings in Bronze

This is a bronze cast I did of a linoleum block carving, of a photo I took of the end of a log on the beach at Carkeek Park in Seattle. It looks slanted because I trimmed the edges of the block to make it easier to remove from the mold … (I used sand casting).

So, let’s see… it’s a photo of a cast of a linoleum carving of a photo. Hmmm, seems like I’m going in circles.

I invite you to visit my website  to view my photos in a gallery format. I also have some photo essays of hiking in Olympic National Park and some examples of other art I have done over the years. Thank you.

Let Me Give You A Hand…

Bronze Hand by Allan J Jones
Bronze Hand

I have been working on updating the documentation of some of the art I have created over the years. I am putting the images on my new website … which includes photo galleries, some portfolio photos of my other art, and a few photo essays of hikes.

This is one of my favorites. It is my own hand, cast in bronze. (I wonder if Van Gogh cast his … oh, nevermind…). I coated my hand with wax, then carefully removed it and used it as a mold and poured paraffin in it and let it harden. I then used the standard investment casting process. I was really happy with the result. It even shows some of my fingerprints. I can’t get my iPhone to recognize the pattern, though.

Fort Worden Abstract II

Abstract Image Fort Worden St Park by Allan J Jones
Abstract Image Fort Worden St Park

Fort Worden State Park is located in Port Townsend, Washington and is the site of a number of fine restaurants, a pub or two and music and arts events. (also the location of the 1982 film “An Officer and a Gentleman”)

Camera: Olympus E-10
Lens: Olympus 25mm
ISO 80    1/160 sec    f/3.2

A Happy Mistake

Mt Olympus Inkwork Blurred by Allan J Jones
Mt Olympus Inkwork Blurred

Sometimes mistakes are interesting.

During a hike of the High Divide (one of the highlights of the Olympic National Park), we camped along the ridge. The view across the Hoh River valley to Mt Olympus was dramatic.

On return, I used the photo for the basis of an art pen image which I then took a photo of to print as a greeting card.

During the process of printing a test card, I put a sheet of photo paper wrong side up in the printer. As a result, the ink ran all over the place. However, the image that resulted had an interesting impressionistic feel to it. Once the ink (eventually) dried, I scanned it.

The original image:

Mt Olympus Inkwork
Mt Olympus Inkwork

The photo:

Mt Olympus from Hi Divide by Allan J Jones Photography
Mt Olympus from Hi Divide

Cadmium Yellow

Cadmium Yellow Swirl
Cadmium Yellow Swirl

Here are the steps involved in this image:

The original was taken with a Minolta XD11 with a 50mm macro lens on Ektachrome 400 slide film. I shot down into a tube of Liquitex Cadmium Yellow (which had separated some).

After getting the image back from processing, I used an X-acto scalpel to scrape the emulsion of the film along color boundaries. I then digitized the image by projection and shooting with a Nikon D200.

I took the digital image file into Photoshop and used the Wave and Twirl filters. Finally, I adjusted the levels of the highlights and shadows and the saturation and vibrance in Lightroom.

The Weekly Photo Challenge topic for this week was “Twisted”. I figure the twisted part can either be the intentional scratching of the film (“What kind of a twisted individual would intentionally scratch film?”) or the Photoshop effect afterwards.



Shovels Modrian

Shovels Mondrian
Shovels Mondrian

This image is one that I took with the Mamiya C33 that my Uncle (who set me up with my first darkroom when I was in 5th grade) gave me when it got to be too much for him to carry around. A wonderful camera … with a lot of the accessories.

These shovels were hanging on the side of my dad’s garage. He was a gardener and used these in his work. The large scoop shovels were used for bark. I worked with him for several years while I was going through college, so used these shovels often.

When I saw this image afterwards it immediately made me think of the later geometric works of Piet Mondrian. Although, without the bright primary colors.

Camera: Mamiya C33
Lens: Mamiya 80mm
Film: Kodacolor II

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