Salmonberry by Allan J Jones Photography

From flowers to berries… This was one of the first salmon berries that was showing color. I didn’t try this one, but I did have one from a bush nearby and it was still very sour. Still be maybe a couple weeks before they get sweet enough. Growing right along a main path in plain view, I bet it doesn’t last long enough to get sweet.

  • Camera: iPhone X
  • Back lens: 6mm
  • ISO 50 1/80 sec f/2.4

New Growth (Salal)

New Growth (Salal) by Allan J Jones Photography
New Growth (Salal)

Really nice to see the fresh greens of the new growth. It makes it seem like spring is really here. (even though as I write this it is cool and raining)

This was at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA.

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 62mm

ISO 400 1/125 sec f/5.6


Horsetail by Allan J Jones Photography

I was walking along the beach and noticed this patch of horsetail catching the sun. I really liked the way you could follow the contour of the ground beneath. Most of these are the common horsetail, with a few giant horsetail mixed in. Like the dandelion, often regarded as a weed. But one of the older plants still thriving.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 400    1/200 sec    f/7.1


Trillium by Allan J Jones Photography

Found this trillium just starting to open along the Elwha River Road washout bypass trail. It was a cloudy day and in the woods … so I had to bump up the ISO to get a high enough  shutter speed to hand hold the camera with the 80-400mm zoom. The depth of field was not ideal, but the bloom is mostly sharp.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: 80-400mm set at 300mm
ISO 3200    1/1250    f/5.6



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.

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