Point Hudson

Point Hudson in Port Townsend WA

The view of Point Hudson from Fort Worden State Park (both in Port Townsend). The Point Hudson Marina is just to the right of the image and the downtown area of Port Townsend is just beyond that.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 360mm
  • ISO 400 1/1000 f/13

Fort Worden Beach at Point Wilson

Beach at Fort Worden

As regular readers of my blog may have realized, I am a big fan of Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. It has a large group of citizen volunteers (Friends of Fort Worden) that put in thousands of hours per year to keep the park centered on offering opportunities for continual learning.

This photo was taken from the dock running out to the Marine Science Center. It is also a composite of three images to make the panorama.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 100 1/800 sec f/7.1

Belted Kingfisher

Belted Kingfisher

I was down at Fort Worden for an event and got there a little early. Walking out on the dock to the Marine Sciences Center, I spotted a belted kingfisher sitting on the railing, watching the water for dinner. I was a little surprised that it let me get as close as I did. They are pretty camera shy.

I was taken by surprise and just shot with the settings that were on the camera. By the time I stopped to adjust the settings and get to a more reasonable ISO and shutter speed combination, the bird was gone.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikon 58mm
  • ISO 1000 1/6400 sec f/6.3

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

Stick Houses

Stick Houses by Allan J Jones Photography
Stick Houses

These two structures took a lot of work to assemble. I hope they last … at least until the next big storm. They are just temporary structures, assembled without permits on the beach at the state park. So many code violations. The authorities may not approve.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 116mm
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

Together on the Beach

Together on the Beach by Allan J Jones Photography
Together on the Beach

I don’t often do “street photography” … but this image in downtown Port Townsend was compelling. The empty table and chairs with the couple at the picnic table, and the clouds were a nice touch.

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.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 105mm
ISO 100    1/320 sec    f/9.0

Port Townsend Ferry

Ferry Kennewick and Port Townsend by Allan J Jones Photography
Ferry Kennewick and Port Townsend

This is the ferry Kennewick leaving Port Townsend on its last trip of the day to Coupeville on Sunday May 5th. I was across the bay at Fort Flagler State Park, to try and get a photo of the very new moon. (see below) There is a tiny bit of jet contrail above the hill. Just after this, I spotted (with my binoculars) a much higher contrail that was glowing red in the sunset. I couldn’t find it with the camera, though. And it would have just been a red smudge. But it was very cool looking.

I couldn’t see the moon without using the binoculars, either. This image was right after I first spotted it … about 9 PM (it set at behind the trees at 9:25 or so). It was 8.6% waxing at this point. It needs to get to be 11% or so before you have much chance to spot it with your naked eyes.

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my cable release – remote. So I used the timer … but that still left me with mirror bounce. With the cable release, I can use the mirror up mode and eliminate the bounce. There were some high clouds … that’s the few horizontal streaks you can see.

Both images are with my Nikon D850 and 80-400mm with the zoom set at 400mm. With the moon shot, I added a Nikon 2x teleconverter… and still cropped a bunch to eliminate all the extraneous sky.

8.6% Waxing New Moon 5 May 2019 by Allan J Jones Photography
8.6% Waxing New Moon 5 May 2019

Western Gull

Western Gull by Allan J Jones Photography
Western Gull

While the gull is the ‘focus’ of attention I really was drawn to the colors of the rocks and the water around the rocks. I may have to return and take more photos of the rocks. Hopefully I can do that, without the gull photo-bombing me!

(by the way, the gull was walking, not standing still with it’s leg in the air)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400
ISO 400    1/1000 sec    f/16

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