Super Moon Rise

2019-03-20 Full Moon B&W
Super Moon 2019-03-20

2019-03-20 Full Moon Color

This shot was March 20th at 7:18 PM from Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. I used a 300mm lens with a 2x teleconverter on a tripod with a shutter release.

I can’t decide if I like the B&W or the color better. The reflection of the sunset in the windows on the houses on Whidbey Island is nice and shows up a little better in the color. But the B&W seems sharper and less hazy. The adjustments were made in Lightroom and the B&W conversion was made of the final color image in Silver Effects Pro 2.

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF with 2x teleconverter

ISO: 100    1/25sec    f/8 (wide open with the 2x doubling the effective aperture)

A Very New Moon


This is a new moon at 7.3% (a full moon being 100%). I was standing out in the snow trying to catch this image for almost an hour. I couldn’t see the moon with my naked eye. I used binoculars and searched (and searched). It was also too faint to focus on through the viewfinder. (This image is cropped pretty heavily.) I was just giving up when I finally spotted the thin sliver.

I have tried whenever I could to get photos of the new moon setting. This is the newest I have been able to get (so far). I encourage you photographers out there to try to capture the new moon. It’s a fun challenge. There are several good astronomy apps out there (I use Moon Seeker) … they can really help you locate where the moon is … or plan where it’s going to be. Of course, you also need clear skies.

I was using a tripod and cable release … and used mirror lock up mode to minimize camera shake. That helps get you detail on the moon’s face … (not that there is any to see here).

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 300mm PF
ISO 1000    1/80 sec    f/4.5

Crescent Moon with Luminescent Clouds

Crescent Moon with Luminescent Clouds 2018-10-10 by Allan J Jones Photography
Crescent Moon with Luminescent Clouds

This was the moonset on October 10, 2018 at 7:26PM … 12.8% waxing. I’m really glad that there wasn’t a baseball playoff game on or I might not have noticed the moon out my window. As it was, I had to hurry and get my tripod set up and the right lens on the camera. I was hurrying to get the focus set (and I had some issues with camera bounce)… so didn’t even notice the luminescent clouds above the moon. They were only there for a a couple minutes. The first such photo I have been able to take. I’m happy.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 300mm 1.4 PF
ISO 200    3 seconds    f/6.3

15.5% New Moon — July 14th

15.5% new moon, July 14, 2018
15.5% new moon, July 14, 2018

This was 14 July 2018 at about 9:40PM. I used a tripod to keep the trees and the surface of the moon both in focus at f/6.3 without bumping up the ISO too high. The sunset was just fading and the range of pastels was very nice.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 300mm f4
ISO 800    1/160 sec    f/6.3

Lunar Eclipse

2015 September Lunar Eclipse
2015 September Lunar Eclipse

This was the lunar eclipse on 27 September 2015.

Lunar eclipses are much easier to shoot than a solar eclipse and are a lot more common.  Of course, there is a lot more impact if you can get some subject matter in the foreground. In my case, it was going to be a construction site, so I skipped the foreground. I used the chain link fence top to steady the camera.

Camera: Nikon Df
Lens:   Nikon 28-300mm set at 250mm
ISO 3200   1/4sec   f/5.6

Crescent Moon

July 24, 2017 New Moon
July 24, 2017 New Moon

One of my favorite challenges is trying to take photos of the very new moon. The challenge in Western Washington is compounded by the frequent cloud cover. My view from my deck means that in order to avoid power lines and poles, I am limited to spring-summer-fall. Fortunately, that works for the weather.

This was July 24, 2017. The new moon was on the 23rd.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens:   Nikon 300mm
ISO 400   1/60sec   f/8

2018 Solar Eclipse

Diamond Ring Effect, August 21, 2017, Solar Eclipse
Diamond Ring Effect, August 21, 2017, Solar Eclipse

I was in Salem, Oregon for the August 2018 solar eclipse. This was my third total eclipse. The one in 1979 was right after I had my camera stolen … so no photos. The one in England in August 1999 turned out to be hidden by clouds… so no photos of anything but the crowd. This time I was prepared and lucky with the weather.

I set my camera on a tripod, using a 300mm lens with a 2x multiplier. I also had a right-angle viewfinder that kept me from having to kink my neck to check out the viewfinder or screen. I set my intervalometer to take a photo every minute. The tripod I use has a gear drive so that it is easy to keep the sun close to the center of the frame. Once totality was close, I canceled the remote and manually shot photos. I was able to feel comfortable enough about my process that I was able to enjoy the eclipse and not just be focused on the photo process.

This image was my favorite. It shows what is called “The Diamond Ring Effect” and along the right edge, some solar prominences and was taken just at the end of totality.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens:   Nikon 300mm with Nikon 2x adapter
ISO 100   1/100th sec   f/8.0

Perseid Meteor with City Lights

Perseid Meteor Shower, August 12, 2016
Perseid Meteor Shower, August 12, 2016

This shot was taken in August 2016 from Marrowstone Island … just SE of Port Townsend. I was visiting at a beach house that sits on a 70 foot bank with a good view to the north, east and south. I decided to shoot with the lights from Bellingham and Vancouver in the bottom of the image.

I set the camera up on a tripod and used a shuttle release to capture one image after the other. I knew that with a 14mm lens, I could take a 15 second exposure and not have noticeable star tracks (without a bunch of enlargement).

I sat up in a deck chair on the lawn and took one photo after another, starting about 1AM. There were lots of faint meteors, but not many bright enough for a good image. There were also some that streaked across the sky directly overhead. But I didn’t really want an image that was just a star field. I did get a couple… this was the best of them.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 14mm
ISO 1600    15 sec    f/2.8

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