Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center in Winter

Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center by Allan J Jones Photography
Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center

The Olympic National Park includes a road that runs up to Hurricane Ridge at an elevation of over 5000 feet. During the winter it is the only ski area on the Olympic Peninsula… it’s small but it attracts a lot of folks, even though there is only a rope tow and no actual lift. On days when there’s a view, it is spectacular. This view looks across the Elwha Valley to the central Bailey Range.

I had been shooting with my zoom lens out to 400mm … and had the ISO and shutter speed set for that lens. When I changed the lens back to the wide angle zoom, I forgot to readjust the settings until after I had shot this.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: 28-85 mm set at 52mm
ISO 400    1/1000 sec    f/16

Mt Baker in the Sunset

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The colors of the sunset reflecting on Mt Baker from Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. There was a lot of haze in the air … a mix of pollution and water vapor. That softens the image quite a bit. Not sure it necessarily detracts from the impact, tho.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF with 2x adapter
ISO 125    1/125 sec     f/8

Super Moon Rise

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Super Moon 2019-03-20

2019-03-20 Full Moon Color

This shot was March 20th at 7:18 PM from Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. I used a 300mm lens with a 2x teleconverter on a tripod with a shutter release.

I can’t decide if I like the B&W or the color better. The reflection of the sunset in the windows on the houses on Whidbey Island is nice and shows up a little better in the color. But the B&W seems sharper and less hazy. The adjustments were made in Lightroom and the B&W conversion was made of the final color image in Silver Effects Pro 2.

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF with 2x teleconverter

ISO: 100    1/25sec    f/8 (wide open with the 2x doubling the effective aperture)

Point Wilson Lighthouse

Point Wilson Lighthouse by Allan J Jones Photography
Point Wilson Lighthouse

Point Wilson is on Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, Washington. I was walking the beach and liked the snowy North Central Cascades behind the lighthouse. After our snowy weather, it was a nice change to be able to walk the beach in the sun.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 200    1/1600 sec    f/6.3

The Bailey Range from Hurricane Ridge

Bailey Range from Hurricane Ridge by Allan J Jones Photography
Bailey Range from Hurricane Ridge

I was up at Hurricane Ridge (Olympic National Park) with my snowshoes and camera on President’s Day Monday. It never cleared off completely, but I was able to get a view across the valley of the Elwha to the central part of the Bailey Range.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 90mm
ISO 200    1/640 sec    f/11

North Olympics

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This is another shot I took while waiting for the crescent moon to appear (see that photo here). This is the north end of the Olympic skyline you see from Seattle. Mt Constance on the left running through Buckhorn on the right. The colors really are pretty accurate … it was really spectacular.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF
ISO 100    1/20 sec    f/11

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

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