Upper Dungeness

Upper Dungeness

I was working on an exercise that consisted of taking photos that I originally rejected and seeing if I could ‘make’ anything of them. This was one of the rejects … the original image was taken by mistake while I was moving the camera and was tilted at about a 45 degree angle. The foreground is a little soft … not sure if it was a camera movement issue or just a focusing issue. I liked the end result, though. It reminds me of the photos I used to take with my old box camera when I was a kid.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R with 63mm lens
  • ISO 1600 1/50 sec f/5.6

Smith Rocks State Park, Oregon

Smith Rocks State Park, Oregon

The first photo is looking up the Crooked River from the overlook at Smith Rocks State Park, while the second is looking downriver from the trail running down to the footbridge crossing the river. The park is a local rock climbing Mecca and offers some great hiking. Besides the dramatic scenery.

Smith Rocks State Park, Oregon

Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R with 63mm lens

Royal Creek

Royal Creek

Royal Creek drains Royal Basin … one of the more popular backpacking destinations in the Olympic National Park (reservations required). I was on the bridge over the creek just where the Royal Basin trail starts … about 1 mile up the Upper Dungeness trail. See below for a photo of the bridge. I was bracing the camera on the bridge rail … and shooting various long exposures to get some blur in the water. The problem was the bridge wasn’t nearly as stable as my tripod. Good thing I wasn’t shooting film!

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF 48mm
  • ISO 400 1/6 sec f/22
Bridge over Royal Creek

Dungeness River

Dungeness River

Took a hike up the Dungeness River in the North Olympics. This was the view from our lunch spot. What really amazed me about this image was the huge boulder on the left bank that is covered with ferns. I wish I had carried a telephoto lens …

  • Camera: Fujijfilm GFX 50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF 45mm
  • ISO 800 1/550 sec f/5.6

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

Halequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks by Allan J Jones
Harlequin Ducks

I was eating lunch on the bridge across the Elwha River, up above the road washout. While munching, I walked to the other side of the bridge and noticed that just below the bridge were two pair of harlequin ducks. I was glad I had brought my big zoom lens.

I balanced the lens on the middle rail of the bridge and took several shots. That let me get the shutter speed down. It was a cloudy day, so I still had to have the lens wide open.

I was afraid that I might startle them and have them fly off. That didn’t happen. Instead they all took naps!

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
ISO 800   1/200 sec    f/5.6

Mt Hood from White Salmon

Mt Hood and Hood River by Allan J Jones Photography
Mt Hood and Hood River

We drove up the Washington side of the Columbia River to The Dalles and back down to Troutdale on the Oregon side. It was fairly cloudy lower on the river, but the weather typically starts to clear about the time you get to the Hood River / White Salmon area.

This view looks south from White Salmon to the town of Hood River and the mountain.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 210mm
ISO 100    1/500 sec    f/8

Quilcene River in Winter

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There is a short loop trail that runs from the Falls View Campground in the Olympic National Forest. It’s a nice walk through the woods, but there isn’t a lot of access to the river bank. This is one of the few. A nice winter walk … especially when the river is running low and not all angry like.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 85mm
ISO 100    1/50 sec    f/4.5

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