Elwha Valley Rain Clouds

Elwha Valley Rain Clouds

Being a ridge or two away from the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, the Elwha Valley still gets its fair share of rain. Not anywhere near what the westside valleys get, but still enough that there’s plenty of water. Going for a day hike, it’s always prudent to carry some raingear, regardless of the forecast.

This photo is taken at the point the road is closed due to the washout. The building in the distance is where stock is kept during the summer months. In the old days, this was the location of the Elwha store and gas station.

  • Camera: Hasselblad 500 C/M with 80mm lens
  • Scanned with an Epson V600

Desert Rain

Desert Rain

Out in the middle of Nevada, a cold front came through and brought dramatic clouds. We pulled off the main highway onto a sideroad and I captured the rain showers in the distance. If it hadn’t been for the clouds, it certainly wouldn’t be a as interesting a picutre.

When you see dramatic weather, stop and shoot.

  • Camera: Nikon D200
  • Lens: Nikkor 18-70mm set at 18mm
  • ISO 100 1/250 sec f/8.0

Pond at Chinese Gardens

Pond at Chinese Gardens

This is the pond at Chinese Gardens in Fort Worden State Park in Port Townsend, WA. There aren’t any gardens, anymore. The sunlight breaking through and hitting the surface of the pond was pretty stunning. Especially after a couple days with heavy cloud cover.

And one of those times where I had been in the woods and using a high ISO, the sun broke out and I went for the shot without resetting the ISO down … plenty of exposure room to have got down to the base ISO.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm set at 102mm
  • ISO 800 1/1250 sec f/14

The Kennewick in Stormy Weather

The Ferry Kennewick coming in to Port Townsend

I enjoy walking in stormy weather and this October day was perfect for that. The rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains protects Port Townsend (some) but it is often very windy. Walking along the beach downtown, I noticed the ferry Kennewick coming into town. I was a little surprised, since in high winds they often cancel that ferry run.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R with 63mm Fujinon
  • ISO 50 1/120 sec f/7.1

Morning Mists

Morning Mists at Camp Handy

We were hiking out from our trip on the Upper Dungeness Trail and stopped for the evening. Just after dinner, it started to sprinkle and it continued through the evening. We spent 13 hours or so in our tents.

When we got up in the morning, the rain had stopped and there were wonderful mists on the ridges on the west side of the Dungeness.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX-50R with 63mm lens
  • ISO 1600 1/50 sec f/8

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

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