David Mathre Photography

Welcome to my Images of the Day Photo blog. My goal is to post images from each day of the year going back to 2006 when I got my first DSLR camera. My photographic interest include Travel, the Natural World, Landscapes, and Photographic Techniques. I try to include information for each image as to where, when, why and how the image was processed. Most of the images are available for purchase -- either as prints or rights managed (Clicking on an image brings you to the ShepArt Studio Team Site). Comments about the images or this site are always welcome. DJM

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Not a Lighthouse Thusday – Ireland

Lighthouse Replicas. National Maritime Museum, Dublin, Ireland. Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Voyage. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/50 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

#NotALighthouseThursdayThisWeek / +NotALighthouseThursdayThisWeek curated by  +Heiko Köster

Bird Poker — One Foot

Wood Stork Wading Along Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 640, 600 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). Image converted to B&W with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker One Foot curated by +Phil Armishaw 

September 11 A Day of Remembrance

A day I don’t want to remember, but clearly in my mind. A September morning, very clear autumn skies. When I left home to drive to work, I could see the twin towers from the top of my hill. A sight I only saw only a few times a year since I live ~40 miles away from Manhattan. I thought it was a great sight. Later on the drive to work I saw the twin towers much closer while going over a bridge while approaching work in Rahway, New Jersey. When starting work and reviewing e-mail that morning, one of my associates came in and said she had heard on the radio that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers. I was thinking maybe a small airplane. We went to the top of the building I was working in, but really couldn’t see Manhattan. We then went to the top of a seven story parking garage on site. There we saw the first tower in smoke and burning, then saw the 2nd plane crash into the other tower. We watched in horror as both towers collapsed. Soon after, our worksite was closed and we were sent home. Soon after to experience the sonic booms of military jets passing over (too late). When going home, I did see folks in Muslim dress at the bridge that I saw the tower earlier in the day that appeared to be cheering at the smoke rising from the remains. To repeat, A day I don’t want to remember.

New York Skyline (David J Mathre)

Bird Poker — Long Legs

Silhouette and Reflection of a White Ibis and Small Wading Bird Feeding at Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera, FT1 adapter, and 70-200 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 160, 200 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One 7 Pro. Image sharpening using Focus Magic 2.

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker Long Legs curated by +Phil Armishaw 
#waterbirdwednesday +Water Bird Wednesday: Curators +Margaret Tompkins

African Tuesday — Monochrome

Wheat Field in the Atlas Mountains, Morocco. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with an Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm lens (ISO 160, 72 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.+G

#africantuesday  +African Tuesday curated by +Morkel Erasmus +Grobler du Preez and +Dick Whitlock 
#grasstuesday  +Grass Tuesday curated by  +Margaret Tompkins 

Grass Tuesday — New Jersey

Doe and Two Fawns — Lets Go and Eat the Grass in the Next Yard. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

#grasstuesday  +Grass Tuesday curated by +Margaret Tompkins 

Bird Poker — Timid

Dark-eyed "Slate-colored" Junco Hiding in the Bushes. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera, FT1 adapter,and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec).

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker Timid curated by +Phil Armishaw 

Breakfast Club — New Jersey

Bumblebee Approaching the Late Summer Wild Flowers at the Sourland Mountain Preserve, in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

#breakfastclub  +Breakfast Club curated by +Gemma Costa 

300mm Monday — New Jersey

Monarch Butterfly at the Sourland Mountain Preserve, Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/8, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. 

I finally tracked down a Monarch Butterfly today. Since I returned from the Semester at Sea voyage, it has been hot in New Jersey and the butterflies have been sparse. It was cloudy and windy today so wasn't that hopeful. Lots of the yellow wild flowers, a very few thistle blooms – but did see several milkweed pods. Finally, I did see one Monarch Butterfly fly by. I had to pass through a lot of raspberry bushes to get close enough to get some good images.

#300mmmonday  +300mmMonday curated by +Gailen Mapes 
#onthewingsofbutterflies  +On the Wings of Butterflies!  curated by +Cicely Robin Laing +Sharon Jeannette 

Moody Monday — Northern Ireland

Tree Covered Collin Road in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. Semester at Sea, Spring 2014 Enrichment Voyage. Composite of 3 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 56 mm, f/5.6). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, NIK HDR Efex Pro (end of the road), and Photoshop CC 2014.

#moodymonday  +Moody Monday 
#breakfastclub  +Breakfast Club curated by +Gemma Costa