The Lighthouse at Point Wilson

The Lighthouse at Point Wilson

The lighthouse at Point Wilson at Fort Worden State Park has been an important landmark for well over a century, marking the entrance to Puget Sound from the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Those are the North Central Cascades in the background.

Here’s a close up of the light, showing the weathering from exposure to the salt air and near constant wind.

13 Percent Waning Moon

13 Percent Waning Moon

The very thin crescent waxing moon sets just after sunset, but the thin waning moon rises before dawn. I don’t have as many shots, since I have to drive for a while before I have a view. On February 21st, I drove to where I had a view … but a thin cloud layer made the moon hard to focus on … and hard to pick out of the haze. (It’s at the top in the middle) I used binoculars to spot the moon as it rose above the Cascades and Puget Sound. Just lucky with the shipping traffic.

  • Camera: Nikon D850
  • Lens: Nikkor 80-400mm with 2x adapter for 800mm
  • ISO 3200 1/160 sec f/11.0

Sunrise over Twin Sisters

Sunrise over Twin Sisters

Visiting a friend just outside of the small town of Acme in NW Washington. A wonderful view from the kitchen table. (Note that this is a normal lens and basically uncropped.) Mt Baker is the bump just behind the ridge on the left side of the image. I tried various HDR images, but the clouds were moving so fast that they didn’t really turn out well.

  • Camera: Fujifilm GFX 50R
  • Lens: Fujinon 63mm
  • ISO 160 1/950 sec f/11

Mt Baker in the Sunset


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

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)

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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