High Contrast Peony

Not only is this a high contrast image, but it’s in high contrast with the Peony photo posted two images prior. (see here) It’s also from the same plant. Pretty amazing what a difference it can make to change an image from color to high contrast B&W.

I really was struck by how sensual this image was. ’nuff said.

This is another image taken with my iPhone. There is a filter called “Ink” that is accessible (in newer phones) within the Messages app. I didn’t find it anywhere available in the Camera app. Not sure why, but I sent this image to myself and then it shows up in your photo catalog in Photos.

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

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

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.


Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 210mm

ISO 200    1/1600 sec    f/8.0


Curves by Allan J Jones Photography Curves

I liked the repetition of curves in this. and the contrast between the foreground curves and the background verticals.

This was an example of a scene where the colors didn’t provide anything additional. I try to look at images and see if the colors are critically important. If not, I try switching to Black and White. Sometimes it doesn’t work in B&W. This was a stronger image without the color.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 58mm
ISO 200    1/500 sec    f/8.0

Super Moon Rise

2019-03-20 Full Moon B&W
Super Moon 2019-03-20

2019-03-20 Full Moon Color

This shot was March 20th at 7:18 PM from Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. I used a 300mm lens with a 2x teleconverter on a tripod with a shutter release.

I can’t decide if I like the B&W or the color better. The reflection of the sunset in the windows on the houses on Whidbey Island is nice and shows up a little better in the color. But the B&W seems sharper and less hazy. The adjustments were made in Lightroom and the B&W conversion was made of the final color image in Silver Effects Pro 2.

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF with 2x teleconverter

ISO: 100    1/25sec    f/8 (wide open with the 2x doubling the effective aperture)

Point Wilson and Mt Baker II

Point Wilson and Mt Baker by Allan J Jones Photography
Point Wilson and Mt Baker

This was a day after the color image of a couple posts ago (here). The weather has  been just spectacular. And the air was clear enough for a great view of Mt Baker across Puget Sound. I really like the black and white version of this … especially since the pickup truck in the front lot was bright red and really was an eye magnet. Black and White made it disappear into the background.

Point Wilson is at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 200    1/1000 sec     f/8.0

Mountians and Ships

Cascade Mountains and the ferry Kennewick by Allan J Jones Photograhpy
Cascade Mountains and the ferry Kennewick

Both images are taken from Fort Worden St Park in Port Townsend. The first image is of the WA State Ferry Kennewick on it’s way to Port Townsend from Coupeville. It’s a great boat ride…. especially when the weather is clear and you can see the Cascades in one direction and the Olympics in the other.

USS Robert Johnson and Mt Baker by Allan J Jones Photography
USS Robert Johnson and Mt Baker

This is the USS Robert Johnson with Mt Baker in the background. The discontinuity between the natural and the industrial/military attracted me to taking this image. I don’t usually take photos of military vessals … don’t want to be accused of being a spy!

Just a note: The ship was named after a young black marine who was serving in Viet Nam when a grenade landed in his unit’s foxhole. He through himself on the grenade, saving the lives of the others in his unit.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300mm
Top Photo: ISO 200    1/1000 sec    f/8.0
Bottom Photo: ISO 200    1/320 sec    f/16

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