A Very New Moon

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This is a new moon at 7.3% (a full moon being 100%). I was standing out in the snow trying to catch this image for almost an hour. I couldn’t see the moon with my naked eye. I used binoculars and searched (and searched). It was also too faint to focus on through the viewfinder. (This image is cropped pretty heavily.) I was just giving up when I finally spotted the thin sliver.

I have tried whenever I could to get photos of the new moon setting. This is the newest I have been able to get (so far). I encourage you photographers out there to try to capture the new moon. It’s a fun challenge. There are several good astronomy apps out there (I use Moon Seeker) … they can really help you locate where the moon is … or plan where it’s going to be. Of course, you also need clear skies.

I was using a tripod and cable release … and used mirror lock up mode to minimize camera shake. That helps get you detail on the moon’s face … (not that there is any to see here).

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 300mm PF
ISO 1000    1/80 sec    f/4.5

View from Point Madison

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Point Madison is in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. I had raced down to the point to try and get a photo of a rainbow behind the lighthouse. It had pretty much faded away by the time I got there (see below). But when I started back up the hill, I was struck by the clouds and the sun shining off the wet streets.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 135mm
ISO 400    1/800 sec at f/14
Point Madison Lighthouse by Allan J Jones Photography
Point Madison Lighthouse with Rainbow

Mt Baker from Mt Walker

Mt Baker from Mt Walker by Allan J Jones Photography
Mt Baker from Mt Walker

You can drive a Forest Service road from US 101 to the top of Mt Walker (~2730′) which is on the northeast corner of the Olympics, just south of Quilcene. There are two viewpoints … one on the north and one on the south. This is the view from the north viewpoint looking across Puget Sound to Mt Baker.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 400    1/800 sec    f/14

Anderson Lake

Anderson Lake by Allan J Jones Photography
Anderson Lake

Anderson Lake is a State Park on the Quimper Peninsula south of Port Townsend. During the winter the park is closed, but you can park at the gate and hike the trails. We took advantage of a break in the moving in chores and went for a walk in our new neighborhood. Very pleasant and the weather cleared and gave us some dramatic views.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 24mm
ISO 1250    1/800 sec   f/14

Port Townsend Mill and the Olympics

Port Townsend Paper Mill and the Olympic Mountains by Allan J JonesThis is looking southwest from the end of the downtown area of Port Townsend, looking towards the Port Townsend Paper Company mill and the Northeast corner of the Olympic Mountains. The steam from the mill and the cloud layer low on the mountains were both backlit and I was struck by the repeating horizontal lines. I also liked the way the distant foreground range has a set of cell phone towers and antennas … which repeat the vertical lines of the stacks and sailboat masts. (a little hard to see that in the smaller web version)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 250mm
ISO 160    1/1600 sec    f/8.0