Silver Snag

Silver Snag

The mountain forests have scattered among them an assortment of silver snags … trees have that died and remained standing. The wood bleaches out and the wood takes on a beautiful silver color that is difficult to show on a web post. This one is in the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
  • ISO 500 1/800 sec f/8

Bailey Range from the East

Bailey Range from the East

This is the east side of the Bailey Range in Olympic National Park from the Hurricane Hill road.

There is an off-trail route along the other side. I have tried to hike that trail several times, but always got rained out … or ran out of time after searching for the route.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF 120mm
  • ISO 400 1/320 sec f/14

View to the north from the top of Mt Walker

View from the top of Mt Walker

This view is looking north to the Quimper Peninsula … Port Townsend is on the far end just along the water.

After shooting in the forest under cloudy skies, I turned the ISO down and took this photo. I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have … I was pretty tired from the climb back to the top (I drove to the top and hiked down and back up). I should have paid more attention … I could have dropped the ISO to 64 and still would have been able to handhold.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 400 1/800 sec f/14

Candystick

Candystick

This is another non-chlorophyll plant, commonly called Candystick for obvious reasons. Latin name is Allotropa virgata.

This was found along the Mt Walker trail in the Olympic National Forest just south of Quilcene, Washington.

  • Camera: D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 2000 1/25 sec f/7.1

Pinesap

Pinesap

Pinesap (Monotropa Hypopitys) is a plant without chlorophyll, living off the roots of nearby plants for food.

This was on the Mt Walker Trail, in the Olympic National Forest, just south of Quilcene. It was overcast and in fairly dense woods. I had to push the ISO up to 2000 in order to get a reasonable f/ stop to get the depth of field needed to keep the plant in focus.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 2000 1/60 sec f/7.1

Mt Walker Trail

Mt Walker Trail

I was out for a conditioning hike and the Mt Walker trail is close to home. It is also pretty steep and while it runs to the top of Mt Walker, there is also a road to the top. I drove to the top and hiked down until my knees started complaining about all the steep downhill… then turned around and went back up. On the way up I took photos as a way to take breaks (another good reason to be a photographer!)

One of the frustrations with photos of steep trails is to have them really show how steep the trail is. This photo makes it look like the trail is climbing at a pretty gentle grade. That’s pretty good, since a normal grade trail typically looks flat in a photo.

Mt Walker is in the Olympic National Forest just south of Quilcene in Washington state.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 800 1/80 sec f/4.5

Kennewick and Mt Rainier

Mt Rainier and the Ferry Kennewick by Allan J Jones Photography
Mt Rainier and the Ferry Kennewick

The Washington State Ferry Kennewick leaving Port Townsend and heading to Coupeville on Whidbey Island with Mt Rainier in the distance. This image is a good example of the difference between what the eye can see and what shows up through an image system. I had to play all sorts of tricks to get Mt Rainier to show up … it was pretty faint at the time, but a lot more noticeable to the eye than what the sensor recorded.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 200    1/640 sec    f/13

Spring Day at the Beach

Spring Day at the Beach by Allan J Jones Photography
Spring Day at the Beach

This is the beach at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. The northeast corner of the Olympic Mountain range is in the distance… although the closer peaks are outside the borders of the Olympic National Park. With this weather, the snow pack in the high country is really melting out. Looks like it may be a good year for early hiking in the alpine meadows!

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 200   1/400 sec    f/10

Elwha Valley View

Elwha Valley View by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha Valley View

This is from a little used overlook of the Elwha River valley in Olympic National Park. The area is between sites of the two dams that were removed several years ago… and the river is enjoying its newly re-found freedom by washing out the road. I liked the madrone on the right… they are just along the trail.

This is a panorama of 7 photos (a lot of overlap) … close to a 180 degree view. So there is lots of horizontal compression. I also used a manual exposure setting to ensure consistent values across the shots… and used Abode Lightroom to stitch the panorama.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 24
ISO 250    1/320 sec   f/8

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