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

Let Me Give You A Hand…

Bronze Hand by Allan J Jones
Bronze Hand

I have been working on updating the documentation of some of the art I have created over the years. I am putting the images on my new website … which includes photo galleries, some portfolio photos of my other art, and a few photo essays of hikes.

This is one of my favorites. It is my own hand, cast in bronze. (I wonder if Van Gogh cast his … oh, nevermind…). I coated my hand with wax, then carefully removed it and used it as a mold and poured paraffin in it and let it harden. I then used the standard investment casting process. I was really happy with the result. It even shows some of my fingerprints. I can’t get my iPhone to recognize the pattern, though.

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

Elwha Valley View

Elwha Valley View by Allan J Jones Photography
Elwha Valley View

This is from a little used overlook of the Elwha River valley in Olympic National Park. The area is between sites of the two dams that were removed several years ago… and the river is enjoying its newly re-found freedom by washing out the road. I liked the madrone on the right… they are just along the trail.

This is a panorama of 7 photos (a lot of overlap) … close to a 180 degree view. So there is lots of horizontal compression. I also used a manual exposure setting to ensure consistent values across the shots… and used Abode Lightroom to stitch the panorama.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 24
ISO 250    1/320 sec   f/8

Trillium

Trillium by Allan J Jones Photography
Trillium

Found this trillium just starting to open along the Elwha River Road washout bypass trail. It was a cloudy day and in the woods … so I had to bump up the ISO to get a high enough  shutter speed to hand hold the camera with the 80-400mm zoom. The depth of field was not ideal, but the bloom is mostly sharp.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: 80-400mm set at 300mm
ISO 3200    1/1250    f/5.6

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

Giant White Fawn Lily

Giant White Fawn Lily by Allan J Jones
Giant White Fawn Lily

This Giant White Fawn Lily was growing alongside a trail in the lower Elwha Valley in the Olympic National Park. I was puzzled by identification at first. It looked like an avalanche lily, but that lily doesn’t have the mottled leaves. It also reminded me of a yellow fawn lily, but obviously, the color was wrong. A first flower for me… and a fairly rare one.

I was really delighted when I found it and wished I had carried my 100mm macro lens and a tripod. I used my 80-400mm zoom and stayed back and it worked out okay. I had to bump the ISO up to 3200 to get the shutter speed up high enough to avoid vibration and movement from the slight breeze… on a cloudy day.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 300mm
ISO 3200    1/1250 sec    f/5.6

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