Mt Walker Trail

Mt Walker Trail

I was out for a conditioning hike and the Mt Walker trail is close to home. It is also pretty steep and while it runs to the top of Mt Walker, there is also a road to the top. I drove to the top and hiked down until my knees started complaining about all the steep downhill… then turned around and went back up. On the way up I took photos as a way to take breaks (another good reason to be a photographer!)

One of the frustrations with photos of steep trails is to have them really show how steep the trail is. This photo makes it look like the trail is climbing at a pretty gentle grade. That’s pretty good, since a normal grade trail typically looks flat in a photo.

Mt Walker is in the Olympic National Forest just south of Quilcene in Washington state.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 58mm
  • ISO 800 1/80 sec f/4.5

Rhododendron and Madrone

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This is my view out my office window right now. (this wasn’t taken through the window)

The madrone in the background is dead, but the color of the trunk is still a nice reddish color that goes well with the stems of the rhododendron.

It’s a nice time of year in the woods here in the Pacific Northwest. The wild rhododendron are in bloom. (Washington’s state flower)

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Zeiss Milvus 50mm
ISO 100    1/25 sec    f/13

 

Stick Houses

Stick Houses by Allan J Jones Photography
Stick Houses

These two structures took a lot of work to assemble. I hope they last … at least until the next big storm. They are just temporary structures, assembled without permits on the beach at the state park. So many code violations. The authorities may not approve.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 116mm
ISO 200    1/640 sec    f/13

Alberta Spruce

Alberta Spruce by Allan J Jones Photography
Alberta Spruce

This is another of my bronze sculptures that I updated my portfolio photo of recently. For this one I investment cast a live dwarf Alberta Spruce. The challenge was to do the clean up work afterwards without losing all remaining needles. The branches make a wonderful range of sounds when you tweak the ends.

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.

Tree Rings

Tree Rings in Bronze by Allan J Jones
Tree Rings in Bronze

This is a bronze cast I did of a linoleum block carving, of a photo I took of the end of a log on the beach at Carkeek Park in Seattle. It looks slanted because I trimmed the edges of the block to make it easier to remove from the mold … (I used sand casting).

So, let’s see… it’s a photo of a cast of a linoleum carving of a photo. Hmmm, seems like I’m going in circles.

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.

Spring is Here

Spring Blooms by Allan J Jones Photography
Spring Blooms

Blooms and Baseball. Two of my favorites.

This is a cherry (?) at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. I had to return to shoot this … bringing a tripod and my 105mm macro lens. I used Nikon’s “Photo Stacking” option set at 14 images and combined them in HeliconFocus to get the depth of field.

I was surprised that it worked as well as it did. There was a slight breeze and the branch was moving a little during the sequence … but HeliconFocus adjusted to that.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 105mm
ISO 100    1/160 sec    f/14

Abandoned Military Work

Battlement at Fort Worden by Allan J Jones Photography
Battlement at Fort Worden

These trees show the effects of being exposed to a lot of high winds on Point Wilson at Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend. The sun was going down and warmed up the colors just wonderfully. The image made me think of something you might see in SE Asia.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300mm set at 190mm
ISO 200    1/1600 sec    f/6.3

Large Madrone

Large Madrone by Allan J Jones Photography
Large Madrone

This is one of the most spectacular Madrones that I have ever seen. Just a magnificent tree. There are three deer underneath… a young one is laying down and one is walking away and it’s tail is just visible to the left of the tree.

This is Fort Worden St Park, Port Townsend.

Camera: Nikon D850
Lens: Nikkor 28-300 mm set at 28mm
ISO 200    1/800 sec    f/6.3

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