John Guilford's Photo Gallery: Nature

Pictures of nature

This is a gallery of some of my photographs. I hope you enjoy them.

All rights reserved. These images are not to be used or copied without my prior written permission.

Unless otherwise noted, through 2011 all pictures taken by me with a Nikon D70 camera.
Depending on the focal length, the lens is most likely either the Nikkor 18-70mm AF-S or the Sigma 70-300mm DG APO.
Starting in 2012, I switched to the Nikon D7000 with either the Nikon 18-105VR lens or the Nikon 70-300 VR lens.
In early 2013 I added the Nikon Micro 85mm lens.

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View From Glacier Point
Date: 10-Jul-2014
Time: 8:20 PM
Exp: 1/13 & 1/80s @ f/10
ISO: 100
Lens: 48mm
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This is the view at sunset from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. The sun is still shining on the more distant hills though the sun has already set for the foreground. The almost full moon is peeking through the clouds.

This was a HDR (high dynamic range) shot composed from two separate exposures.

Wizard Island in Crater Lake

Crater Lake is the water filled caldera of Mount Mazama in Oregon. At 1949 feet, it is the deepest lake in the United States. Its water is among the clearest of any natural body of water. This leads to the stunningly blue color that many remark upon.

This is a photo of Wizard Island viewed through the trees from the western rim.

[ jhguilford1409n ] Date: 14-Jul-2014
Time: 5:13 PM
Exp: 1/125s @ f/7.1
ISO: 400
Lens: 28mm

Moon Climbing Over Yosemite Valley Rim
Date: 9-Jul-2014
Time: 9:13 PM
Exp: 1/60s @ f/8
ISO: 100
Lens: 300mm
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While staying in Yosemite Valley, the almost full moon rose over the valley rim, silhouetting some trees along the edge.

Since the moon wasn't quite full, the terminator showed some nice shadowing of some craters.

El Capitan in the Moonlight

El Capitan, in Yosemite National Park, is the largest monolith of granite in the world and rises more than 3000 feet above the Yosmite Valley floor.

Viewed at night, under the moonlight, it takes on a different persona than during the day. This time exposure was taken when El Cap was lit by a recently risen, almost full moon.

[ jhguilford1407n ] Date: 10-Jul-2014
Time: 9:38 PM
Exp: 30s @ f/6.3
ISO: 400
Lens: 30mm

Winter Sunlight Through the Misty Trees
Date: 10-Feb-2013
Time: 9:49 AM
Exp: 1/125s @ f/7.1
ISO: 500
Lens: 32mm
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The low sun of a winter morning shining through the misty trees in my backyard.


Flower at the Butterfly House at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

[ jhguilford1310n ] Date: 27-Jun-2013
Time: 1:42 PM
Exp: 1/125s @ f/14
ISO: 500
Lens: 85mm Micro

Date: 27-Jun-2013
Time: 1:21 PM
Exp: 1/125s @ f/14
ISO: 400
Lens: 85mm Micro
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This caterpillar, from a cecropia moth, was at the Butterfly House at the Norfolk Botanical Garden. I recently obtained a macro lens for my camera, and this was a great opportunity to play around with it.

This caterpillar was stunning with its colorful protrusions covered with black spikes. One challenge with macro photography is the short depth of field from being that close to the subject.


A butterfly at the Butterfly House at the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

[ Dsc_4965b ] Date: 27-Jun-2013
Time: 1:28 PM
Exp: 1/125s @ f/14
ISO: 280
Lens: 85mm Micro

Date: 25-Jun-2013
Time: 12:26 PM
Exp: 1/125s @ f/10
ISO: 140
Lens: 98mm
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The Cape Henry Memorial, part of the Colonial National Historical Park in VA, commemerates the first landing of English colonists in VA. A quarter of an acre in size, it is perhaps the smallest park in the National Park System. It is located inside the military base Joint Expeditionary Base East (formerly known as Fort Story) near to the Cape Henry Lighthouse.

The spiny brush near the shore was filled with dragonflies affording ample opportunity to photograph them

Autumn Maple

Growing up in New England but living in Washington state, I miss the autumn foliage. This is a tree my mom gave me to remember New England by, and it is in my front yard.

On a rare, cloudless fall day, I shot this photo. It looks like I boosted the contrast, but this is as it was shot by the camera. The circular polarizer deepened the blue in the sky. I tried to narrow the depth of field to emphasize the central leaf.

[ jhguilford0710 ] Date: 13-Oct-2007
Time: 11:00:17 AM
Exp: 1/320s @ f/4.5
ISO: 200
Lens: 70.00mm
Meter: Aperture Priority

Flowering Dogwood
Date: 13-May-2007
Time: 3:59:35 PM
Exp: 1/500s @ f/5.6
ISO: 400
Lens: 70.00mm
Meter: Aperture Priority
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A flowering dogwood tree in my front yard. Not too much else to say about it.

A Dandelion in my Backyard

Not much story - the picture says it all - a dandelion in my backyard. I intentionally used a small depth of field so that the sides of the flower would blur.

[ jhguilford0705 ] Date: 11-May-2007
Time: 6:14:38 PM
Exp: 1/100s @ f/5.6
ISO: 200
Lens: 240.00mm
Meter: Aperture Priority

Date: 30-Oct-2005
Time: 11:21:22 AM
Exp: 1/250s @ f/10.0
ISO: 200
Lens: 195.00mm
Meter: Aperture Priority
[ DSC_2607 ] The seed head of a teasel plant taken alongside the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail in Pullman, WA.

Legion Park Tree At Sunset

Another of my early pictures with my DSLR. On a rare clear February day, I took the scenic route home from work and stopped at Legion Memorial Park in Everett, WA. Part of the park overlooks Port Gardner Bay (Puget Sound). Across the water you can see the southern part of Whidbey Island in front of the Olympic Mountains.

[ DSC_0167g ] Date: 18-Feb-2005
Time: 6:07:05 PM
Exp: 1/30s @ f/4.5
ISO: 1600
Lens: 40.00mm
Meter: Aperture Priority

Blackberry Leaf
Date: 25-Jan-2005
Time: 1:27:34 PM
Exp: 1/100s @ f/5.0
ISO: 200
Lens: 70.00mm
Meter: Program Normal
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This is one of the first pictures I took with my DSLR. I was walking through the Narbeck Wetland Sanctuary next to where I work in Everett, WA. I saw a lone blackberry leaf that had so far survived through winter. I liked the color and back lighting and this is the result. This is one I printed up large, framed, and hung in my kitchen.

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