Spring Day at the Beach

Spring Day at the Beach by Allan J Jones Photography
Spring Day at the Beach

This is the beach at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. The northeast corner of the Olympic Mountain range is in the distance… although the closer peaks are outside the borders of the Olympic National Park. With this weather, the snow pack in the high country is really melting out. Looks like it may be a good year for early hiking in the alpine meadows!

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 200   1/400 sec    f/10

Together on the Beach

Together on the Beach by Allan J Jones Photography
Together on the Beach

I don’t often do “street photography” … but this image in downtown Port Townsend was compelling. The empty table and chairs with the couple at the picnic table, and the clouds were a nice touch.

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.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 105mm
ISO 100    1/320 sec    f/9.0

Cairns

Stacked Rocks by Allan J Jones Photography
Stacked Rocks

I came across these on a small area of rocky beach in downtown Port Townsend. There were some additional cairns and I was amazed that they have remained for a significant period of time. I have done some rock piling … mostly while lazing around camp on a backpack on a river bed. But nothing that got as tall as these. (of course, river rocks tend to be more rounded, adding to the challenge)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 58mm
ISO 100    1/200 sec   f/11

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.

Port Townsend Ferry

Ferry Kennewick and Port Townsend by Allan J Jones Photography
Ferry Kennewick and Port Townsend

This is the ferry Kennewick leaving Port Townsend on its last trip of the day to Coupeville on Sunday May 5th. I was across the bay at Fort Flagler State Park, to try and get a photo of the very new moon. (see below) There is a tiny bit of jet contrail above the hill. Just after this, I spotted (with my binoculars) a much higher contrail that was glowing red in the sunset. I couldn’t find it with the camera, though. And it would have just been a red smudge. But it was very cool looking.

I couldn’t see the moon without using the binoculars, either. This image was right after I first spotted it … about 9 PM (it set at behind the trees at 9:25 or so). It was 8.6% waxing at this point. It needs to get to be 11% or so before you have much chance to spot it with your naked eyes.

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring my cable release – remote. So I used the timer … but that still left me with mirror bounce. With the cable release, I can use the mirror up mode and eliminate the bounce. There were some high clouds … that’s the few horizontal streaks you can see.

Both images are with my Nikon D850 and 80-400mm with the zoom set at 400mm. With the moon shot, I added a Nikon 2x teleconverter… and still cropped a bunch to eliminate all the extraneous sky.

8.6% Waxing New Moon 5 May 2019 by Allan J Jones Photography
8.6% Waxing New Moon 5 May 2019

Stormy Day at the Beach

Weather at Point WIlson by Allan J Jones Photography
Weather at Point WIlson

This is the beach at Fort Worden… with the Point Wilson lighthouse. The area is relatively sheltered from most of the worst weather that comes in to Western Washington, but it still gets the occasional windy day here and there.

There are always folks camping down at the beach there. Including on this day when there was one brave camper trying to get a tent up in the wind.

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.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 85mm
ISO 125    1/400 sec   f/8

Halequin Ducks

Harlequin Ducks by Allan J Jones
Harlequin Ducks

I was eating lunch on the bridge across the Elwha River, up above the road washout. While munching, I walked to the other side of the bridge and noticed that just below the bridge were two pair of harlequin ducks. I was glad I had brought my big zoom lens.

I balanced the lens on the middle rail of the bridge and took several shots. That let me get the shutter speed down. It was a cloudy day, so I still had to have the lens wide open.

I was afraid that I might startle them and have them fly off. That didn’t happen. Instead they all took naps!

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400mm
ISO 800   1/200 sec    f/5.6

Western Gull

Western Gull by Allan J Jones Photography
Western Gull

While the gull is the ‘focus’ of attention I really was drawn to the colors of the rocks and the water around the rocks. I may have to return and take more photos of the rocks. Hopefully I can do that, without the gull photo-bombing me!

(by the way, the gull was walking, not standing still with it’s leg in the air)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 400
ISO 400    1/1000 sec    f/16

Fort Worden Viewpoint

Fort Worden View by Allan J Jones Photography
Fort Worden State Park Overview

This is the view of Fort Worden State Park looking south from the top of the hill. Port Townsend is just around the point. The little white spot to the left of the point is a sail boat. I debated removing it, as it looks almost like a huge sensor hot spot. But in a large (13×19 or so) print, it is identifiable.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set on 42mm
ISO 200    1/500 sec    f/7.1

Point Wilson Lighthouse

Point Wilson Lighthouse by Allan J Jones Photography
Point Wilson Lighthouse

This is the lighthouse at Point Wilson at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. This is an example of where the conversion to Black and White adds a lot of dramatic effect to the image. See the color image below. It’s an okay image, but the black and white conversion adds a lot of punch to the sky.

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Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 210mm

ISO 200    1/1600 sec    f/8.0

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