Forest Canopy

Forest Canopy

It is a challenge getting a good photo of the forest canopy from ground level. I keep trying. The biggest challenge is having the photo give a good impression of the size of the trees. And with taller trees comes even more difficulties of perspective. I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF 45mm
  • ISO 800 1/400 sec f/5.6

Silver Snag

Silver Snag

The mountain forests have scattered among them an assortment of silver snags … trees have that died and remained standing. The wood bleaches out and the wood takes on a beautiful silver color that is difficult to show on a web post. This one is in the Hurricane Ridge area of Olympic National Park.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
  • ISO 500 1/800 sec f/8

View to the north from the top of Mt Walker

View from the top of Mt Walker

This view is looking north to the Quimper Peninsula … Port Townsend is on the far end just along the water.

After shooting in the forest under cloudy skies, I turned the ISO down and took this photo. I didn’t pay as much attention as I should have … I was pretty tired from the climb back to the top (I drove to the top and hiked down and back up). I should have paid more attention … I could have dropped the ISO to 64 and still would have been able to handhold.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 400 1/800 sec f/14

Mt Walker Trail

Mt Walker Trail

I was out for a conditioning hike and the Mt Walker trail is close to home. It is also pretty steep and while it runs to the top of Mt Walker, there is also a road to the top. I drove to the top and hiked down until my knees started complaining about all the steep downhill… then turned around and went back up. On the way up I took photos as a way to take breaks (another good reason to be a photographer!)

One of the frustrations with photos of steep trails is to have them really show how steep the trail is. This photo makes it look like the trail is climbing at a pretty gentle grade. That’s pretty good, since a normal grade trail typically looks flat in a photo.

Mt Walker is in the Olympic National Forest just south of Quilcene in Washington state.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 800 1/80 sec f/4.5

Fortuitous Accident

Fortuitous Accident

I really like it when you screw up and it turns out to be fortuitous.

I was in a little hurry and got the photo paper in the printer upside down. When it came out of the printer, I knew immediately what I had done, but my response was very positive towards the resulting image. The problem with this as a regular process to create images is that the ink doesn’t dry for weeks and weeks. I finally had it dry enough so it wouldn’t smudge too much … but still had to put it inside a plastic sleeve in order to keep the ink from covering the scanner glass.

The original image was posted on a page here.

Camera: well, that’s a good question… um, a flat bed scanner

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.

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