Oregon Grape

Oregon Grape

These oregon grapes were near the beach in Fort Worden State Park. I had found some earlier that were down by the beach, but they were a little dried out. These were in a shadier area and looked more healthy.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R
  • Lens: Fujinon GF 63mm
  • ISO 800 1/125 sec f/5.0

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.

Yellow Peony

Yellow Peony

Moving into a new house in the fall, we were interested in seeing what would come up in the spring. We had several peony plants around the yard, too. But we were surprised when one of them was a yellow one. I’d never seen one before… quite nice.

  • Lens: Nikkor 105mm Macro
  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • ISO 400 1/250 sec f/8


Salmonberry by Allan J Jones Photography

From flowers to berries… This was one of the first salmon berries that was showing color. I didn’t try this one, but I did have one from a bush nearby and it was still very sour. Still be maybe a couple weeks before they get sweet enough. Growing right along a main path in plain view, I bet it doesn’t last long enough to get sweet.

  • Camera: iPhone X
  • Back lens: 6mm
  • ISO 50 1/80 sec f/2.4

New Growth (Salal)

New Growth (Salal) by Allan J Jones Photography
New Growth (Salal)

Really nice to see the fresh greens of the new growth. It makes it seem like spring is really here. (even though as I write this it is cool and raining)

This was at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend, WA.

Camera: Nikon D850

Lens: Nikkor 24-85mm set at 62mm

ISO 400 1/125 sec f/5.6


Horsetail by Allan J Jones Photography

I was walking along the beach and noticed this patch of horsetail catching the sun. I really liked the way you could follow the contour of the ground beneath. Most of these are the common horsetail, with a few giant horsetail mixed in. Like the dandelion, often regarded as a weed. But one of the older plants still thriving.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 300mm
ISO 400    1/200 sec    f/7.1


Trillium by Allan J Jones Photography

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



I recently picked up a (used, but in good condition) Hasselblad film camera. Always wanted one … the price on older film models is now within my reach.

Film? Yes. I find that occasionally shooting film helps concentrate your mind on the image and slows the pace. With the cost of a single image being what it is, you want it to have the correct exposure to match your vision of the image. It’s good practice. Sometimes I use my DSLR to check the exposure settings. But using a light meter helps with the mental concentration part.

This is a scan of the negative. The image is of a dying madrone in my front yard. WIth some salal, oregon grape and rhody mixed in.

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