North Olympics

DSC_1655

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

Beach House and Madrone

DSC_1644

This was just at sunset and the colors were really warm… a lot warmer than the air temp. This place sure has a spectacular view … I took this while I was standing waiting for the sun to set so I could try to get a photo of the crescent moon (photo of that here).

The location is at the end of Marrowstone Island just southeast of Port Townsend, WA. The water is Puget Sound.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF
ISO 100    1/15 sec    f/11

A Very New Moon

DSC_1658

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

Madison Falls Picnic Area (Winter)

Madison Falls picnic area with mist by Allan J Jones Photography
Madison Falls picnic area with mist

The trailhead parking for accessing the Elwha River road is the (small) Madison Falls parking lot. Fortunately, in the winter, the traffic is not heavy. I was returning from my hike up to the bridge (about 6 miles round trip) carrying cameras and tripod … and the mists were moving through the valley. There are a couple of guys with their dog over on the picnic table to the left. They were admiring the view below:

Elwha River Road at Dusk with Mist by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha River Road at Dusk with Mist

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikon 24-85mm (settings: Top-52mm; Bottom-85mm)

ISO 400    Top: 1/60 at f/4.2  Bottom: 1/125 at f/5.6

Clam Cannery, waterfront view

DSC_0907

This is the Clam Cannery building (1885) in Port Townsend. I was really enjoying a mid-winter sunny day and as the sun was starting to set the light really brought out the textures in the face of the building.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 200mm
ISO 400    1/320 sec    f/9.0

Waterfront Building

DSC_0912

I was attracted to the way that the light of the sunset was reflecting off the wood of the building which was reflected off the water. Then a seagull flew in and I got a shot off just before it landed in the water.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 70mm
ISO 400    1/400 sec    f/10

Solar Arc – Wispy Clouds and Capitol Lake

Solar Arc - Wispy Clouds and Capitol Lake by Allan J Jones Photography
Solar Arc – Wispy Clouds and Capitol Lake

This was one of my regular walks around Capitol Lake in Olympia, WA … and the sky presented one of its more spectacular displays. I was amazed and really happy I was carrying my camera. Meanwhile, the majority of the walkers were totally oblivious to the scene.

Note: I have been in the process of relocating to Port Townsend … a hundred miles north of Olympia. It has been a very time consuming process. It has taken a toll on my ability to spend time with the camera. As a result, I have gone into the library to find some golden oldies to share. This one is from February 2016.

Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 24mm
ISO 100    1/400sec    f/8.0

Rainbow Over Whidbey Island

Rainbow and sunset over Whidbey by Allan J Jones Photography
Rainbow and sunset over Whidbey
Rainbow over Whidbey by Allan J Jones Photography
Rainbow over Whidbey

These photos were taken from Marrowstone Island, looking east across Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet) toward Whidbey Island. The glow of the sunset was lighting up the clouds on the north end of the rainbow, while the south end of the rainbow was more complete. The top arc of the ‘bow was not visible.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm   set at 116mm (top) and 42mm (bottom)
ISO 640    1/200 sec at f/5.6 (top)    1/50 sec at f/18 (bottom)

Smokey Sunset

2018-08-05 Smokey Sunset by Allan J Jones Photography
2018-08-05 Smokey Sunset

There are a lot of forest fires around the world… Washington State hasn’t been hit too bad so far, but we are still catching a lot of smoke from California fires. The smoke can result in some spectacular sunsets … partially making up for the loss of visibility during the rest of the day. For instance, Mt Rainier was hidden by smoke today.

This shot was from my apartment in Olympia on 5 August 2018.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 72mm
ISO 200    1/250sec   f/8.0

Create a website or blog at WordPress.com

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: