I recently picked up a (used, but in good condition) Hasselblad film camera. Always wanted one … the price on older film models is now within my reach.

Film? Yes. I find that occasionally shooting film helps concentrate your mind on the image and slows the pace. With the cost of a single image being what it is, you want it to have the correct exposure to match your vision of the image. It’s good practice. Sometimes I use my DSLR to check the exposure settings. But using a light meter helps with the mental concentration part.

This is a scan of the negative. The image is of a dying madrone in my front yard. WIth some salal, oregon grape and rhody mixed in.

Plant and Bricks


I don’t the the plant (I’m better at native Pacific Northwest plants) … but I loved the way the colors matched the bricks.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300 mm set at 45mm
ISO 1600    1/160 sec    f/6.3

Frost on Blackberry

Frost on Blackberries by Allan J Jones Photography
Frost on Blackberries

The small native low-growing blackberries in Washington make the best pies… and their leaves provide some late fall color in the frost.

Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon 50mm
ISO 100    1/60 sec    f/4.0

Rhody Leaves

rhododendron leaves by Allan J Jones photography
wild rhododendron leaves

The Mt Walker trail has areas where the trail goes through fairly thick clumps of wild Rhododendrons. I liked the backlighting showing the leaf veins.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300 mm set at 105mm
ISO 400    1/400 sec    f/10

Lawn Mushrooms

Yard Mushrooms by Allan J Jones Photography
Yard Mushrooms

Lawn mushrooms aren’t a scientific name… I wasn’t able to identify these beauties. They were growing in my yard. I spared them while I was mowing.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 105mm Micro
ISO 1000    1/15 sec   f/14

Amanita Muscaria

Amanita Muscaria by Allan J Jones Photography
Amanita Muscaria

Fall is the time for Amanita Muscaria. I knew someone who ate them for their pyschoactive properties… but it is classified as poisonous. Cooking reduces its toxicity, but also reduces the pyschoactive nature. Better to stick with a nice glass of wine.

Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon 18-70mm set at 65mm
ISO 200    1/50 sec    f/4.5

Cat Tails

Cat Tails by Allan J Jones Photography
Cat Tails

Cat Tails at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.

(yeah, this is a winter shot and we haven’t got through autumn yet)

Camera: Nikon D200
Lens: Nikon 55-200mm set at 155mm
ISO 100    1/125 sec    f/16

Sumac Fall Colors

Sumac Fall Colors by Allan J Jones
Sumac Fall Colors

Capitol Lake has a number of sumacs growing along the bank. In the fall, they turn such bright red that they really stand out.

Camera:  Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 105mm
ISO 200    1/500 sec    f/6.3

Lake Algae

Capitol Lake Algae by Allan J Jones Photography
Capitol Lake Algae

Capitol Lake is manmade and filling with sediment. The authorities involved are undecided how to resolve the problems, since any solution is expensive, including letting the lake revert to a tidal basin. In the meantime, large areas of algal scum develop every summer. I found this large patch directly under a walking bridge and thought the patterns were interesting.

Camera: Nikon AW300
Lens set at 6.1mm
ISO 125   1/50 sec    f/4.2

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