The Port Townsend Paper mill is the largest local employer. Unless, perhaps, you call the ocean the employer of the fishing fleet. Another strong candidate would be the Olympic National Park and the recreational opportunities it provides. This image almost looks like it is a toned black and white image … but it is pretty much a straight (non-enhanced) color image.
When we had a clearing late in the day, I headed down to the beach in downtown Port Townsend to catch the sunset. I thought the strong backlighting of the fishing fleet was an interesting contrast to the homes on the hillside and a faint hint of the mountains in the distance.
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.
The colors of the sunset reflecting on Mt Baker from Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. There was a lot of haze in the air … a mix of pollution and water vapor. That softens the image quite a bit. Not sure it necessarily detracts from the impact, tho.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 300mm PF with 2x adapter
ISO 125 1/125 sec f/8
This is another shot I took while waiting for the crescent moon to appear (see that photo here). This is the north end of the Olympic skyline you see from Seattle. Mt Constance on the left running through Buckhorn on the right. The colors really are pretty accurate … it was really spectacular.
This is a new moon at 7.3% (a full moon being 100%). I was standing out in the snow trying to catch this image for almost an hour. I couldn’t see the moon with my naked eye. I used binoculars and searched (and searched). It was also too faint to focus on through the viewfinder. (This image is cropped pretty heavily.) I was just giving up when I finally spotted the thin sliver.
I have tried whenever I could to get photos of the new moon setting. This is the newest I have been able to get (so far). I encourage you photographers out there to try to capture the new moon. It’s a fun challenge. There are several good astronomy apps out there (I use Moon Seeker) … they can really help you locate where the moon is … or plan where it’s going to be. Of course, you also need clear skies.
I was using a tripod and cable release … and used mirror lock up mode to minimize camera shake. That helps get you detail on the moon’s face … (not that there is any to see here).
This was one of my regular walks around Capitol Lake in Olympia, WA … and the sky presented one of its more spectacular displays. I was amazed and really happy I was carrying my camera. Meanwhile, the majority of the walkers were totally oblivious to the scene.
Note: I have been in the process of relocating to Port Townsend … a hundred miles north of Olympia. It has been a very time consuming process. It has taken a toll on my ability to spend time with the camera. As a result, I have gone into the library to find some golden oldies to share. This one is from February 2016.
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Nikon 24-85mm set at 24mm
ISO 100 1/400sec f/8.0
These photos were taken from Marrowstone Island, looking east across Puget Sound (Admiralty Inlet) toward Whidbey Island. The glow of the sunset was lighting up the clouds on the north end of the rainbow, while the south end of the rainbow was more complete. The top arc of the ‘bow was not visible.
Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikon 28-300mm set at 116mm (top) and 42mm (bottom)
ISO 640 1/200 sec at f/5.6 (top) 1/50 sec at f/18 (bottom)