Calm waters reflecting the pinks and blues of an Alaskan sunset stretch into the distance where, on the horizon, mountains roll far into the distance in layers. The sky is full of low clouds that look slate blue and periwinkle, pink and pale blue, salmon and tangerine. The sun is a lemon smudge behind some clouds.
This photo was taken from the deck of the small 24-passenger vessel on which we toured southeast Alaska. It was July 3, 2016--five years to the day since my father passed away. My father traveled the world for business, but never had the chance to see Alaska. I know he would have loved it. I didn't do anything to enhance this image. This is simply how stunning Alaska can be. Taken with my Nikon D5100 on manual, 55mm, f/4, 1/100.
All of these images were taken with my Bilora Box camera which is a medium format camera produced in Germany. Mine is probably from the 1940s. It takes 6 x 9 cm images on 120 roll film. The shutter speed is 1/50 and, without a tripod as I was when I took these, it's basically impossible to get a steady image. So these photos all look like they are from the early 1900s to me. However, I took them in 2015.
Taken with my Nikon F3 HP using a Tokina 35-105 mm lens, tripod, with the shutter on a timer, f/8, 1/125
Ilford HP Plus 400 bw film.
Photo taken in Petersburg, Alaska with my Nikon D5100 | f/4, 1/50
A maple tree growing nearly horizontally over a pond is beginning to bud with its red blossoms. Three sliders have crawled out of the water to sun themselves on a branch that reaches into the water. The dark pond waters are disturbed and reflect the red hues and pale greens of the few green plants in this mid-winter image. Due to the use of the lens extender and the bright sunlight, the colors have taken on an almost unnatural quality and the image is a bit painterly at the edges such that the image almost looks like a photos processed in the 1970s.
Photo taken with my Nikon F3 HP using a Tokina 35-105mm lens paired with a Komura Telemore95 II lens extender and FujiFilm 400, f/3.5, 1/250
Photo taken with my Nikon F3 HP paired with a Tokina 35-105mm lens; f/5.6, 1/125. FujiFilm 400.
The Emerald Ash Borer is the likely culprit causing the demise of this and all of the green ash trees where we live. There are too many of them to cut down and their brittle dead limbs crash down all over the place. At least their skeletons are sometimes nice to photograph. Also, young green ashes continue to grow but who knows whether the insects will let them grow as old as all of these beauties did.
A color photo of a pond from one bank showing the pond surface reflecting evergreens and bare hardwoods in winter from the opposite bank. Leaves and mosses are visible in the foreground and tree roots, as well as the trunk of a large hardwood are visible to the left of the frame. It's a grey day and the colors are muted.
Taken with my Nikon F3 HP using a Nikon 25-50mm lens and FujiFilm 400. f/8, 1/250
Two views of newly blooming maple tree blossoms.
Jacqueline M. Pérez
Mostly nature photography
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