Rhododendron and Madrone

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This is my view out my office window right now. (this wasn’t taken through the window)

The madrone in the background is dead, but the color of the trunk is still a nice reddish color that goes well with the stems of the rhododendron.

It’s a nice time of year in the woods here in the Pacific Northwest. The wild rhododendron are in bloom. (Washington’s state flower)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 50mm
ISO 100    1/25 sec    f/13

 

Stick Houses

Stick Houses by Allan J Jones Photography
Stick Houses

These two structures took a lot of work to assemble. I hope they last … at least until the next big storm. They are just temporary structures, assembled without permits on the beach at the state park. So many code violations. The authorities may not approve.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 116mm
ISO 200    1/640 sec    f/13

Alberta Spruce

Alberta Spruce by Allan J Jones Photography
Alberta Spruce

This is another of my bronze sculptures that I updated my portfolio photo of recently. For this one I investment cast a live dwarf Alberta Spruce. The challenge was to do the clean up work afterwards without losing all remaining needles. The branches make a wonderful range of sounds when you tweak the ends.

I invite you to visit my website (https://allanjjonesphotography.com) to view my photos in a gallery format. I also have some photo essays of hiking in the Olympic National Park and some examples of other art I have done over the years. Thank you.

Tree Rings

Tree Rings in Bronze by Allan J Jones
Tree Rings in Bronze

This is a bronze cast I did of a linoleum block carving, of a photo I took of the end of a log on the beach at Carkeek Park in Seattle. It looks slanted because I trimmed the edges of the block to make it easier to remove from the mold … (I used sand casting).

So, let’s see… it’s a photo of a cast of a linoleum carving of a photo. Hmmm, seems like I’m going in circles.

I invite you to visit my website  to view my photos in a gallery format. I also have some photo essays of hiking in Olympic National Park and some examples of other art I have done over the years. Thank you.

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

Spring is Here

Spring Blooms by Allan J Jones Photography
Spring Blooms

Blooms and Baseball. Two of my favorites.

This is a cherry (?) at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. I had to return to shoot this … bringing a tripod and my 105mm macro lens. I used Nikon’s “Photo Stacking” option set at 14 images and combined them in HeliconFocus to get the depth of field.

I was surprised that it worked as well as it did. There was a slight breeze and the branch was moving a little during the sequence … but HeliconFocus adjusted to that.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 105mm
ISO 100    1/160 sec    f/14

Birds in the Front Yard

Northern Flicker by Allan J Jones Photography
Northern Flicker

I was out puttering in the front yard and heard pecking at a tree in the green belt, so I went and grabbed my camera. I finally located the Northern Flicker that was banging away on a dead tree. I’m hoping for it to nest there and give me the chance to catch some photos of young. We’ll see.

While I was shooting the flicker, I glanced up and saw this eagle flying overhead. So I took a photo of it too.

Eagle fly by by Allan J Jones Photography
Eagle fly by
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF
Flicker:  ISO 800    1/800 sec    f/6.3
Eagle:    ISO 800    1/3200    f/6.3

Abandoned Military Work

Battlement at Fort Worden by Allan J Jones Photography
Battlement at Fort Worden

These trees show the effects of being exposed to a lot of high winds on Point Wilson at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. The sun was going down and warmed up the colors just wonderfully. The image made me think of something you might see in SE Asia.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 190mm
ISO 200    1/1600 sec    f/6.3

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