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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Bird Poker — Yellow Legs

Companion to my post from yesterday. Mother Kelp Goose and Her Six Gosling's. Carcass Island – Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/3200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic and Photoshop CC.

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker Yellow Legs curated by +Phil Armishaw 

Bird Poker — Geese

Male Kelp Goose. Carcass Island – Falkland Islands. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic and Photoshop CC.

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker Geese curated by +Phil Armishaw 

Leica T Camera — Cold Weather Issues

How cold does it get in Germany in the winter? The reason I ask has to do with a new camera I have been using. For several years I had a Leica X1 and Leica X2 as my trusty travel camera. They worked, and provided me with some of my best images while traveling. At times I did regret that they had a fixed 24 mm lens so was intrigued when the Leica T mirrorless camera was announced that allowed interchangeable lenses. The first two lenses were a  23 mm f/2 (which would be close to the 24 mm lenses on the X1 and X2) and a 18-56 mm lens. I wasn’t able to get the camera and lenses before my Semester at Sea Spring Enrichment Voyage and Summer Semester Voyage.

After I returned I did get a Leica T and the two lenses. I brought them along on my Hurtigurten Christmas voyage to Antarctica. Initially I planned to use the Leica T as my 2nd camera for travel image. My primary camera for the trip was a Nikon Df and 80-400 mm VRII lens for bird pictures. On the 2nd day of the voyage, the shutter on the Nikon Df failed, and the Leica T became my primary camera. The 18-56 mm lens (27-85 mm equivalent based on the sensor) wasn’t really what I wanted for the bird images – but I had to deal with it. 

The annoying issue with the Leica T camera to freeze in cold weather. When this happened, you had no control over any functions, including the shutter and the on/off switch. The rear monitor or EVF monitor remained on and would follow whatever you were pointing the camera at – and as a result drain the battery. I had set the camera to shut off after 1 minute, but when this happened it didn’t shut off. The only way to recover was to remove and reinstall the battery. The temperatures in the places we were visiting (Falkland Islands, South Georgia Islands, and the Northern Peninsula of Antarctica) at this time of the year (remember it is summer there now) never were below 30°F / -1°C. I’ve used many other digital cameras at temperatures well below this. The battery life wasn’t as long, but that was something I could deal with. 

When I got back from the Antarctic trip I sent a message to Leica Support in the US. This was their response. “My understanding is that 0°C is the lowest temperature within the operating range.  If by chance there was any wind chill factor at the time you were shooting that of course would have pushed the temperature even further away from ideal.  In a cold environment it is recommended to keep extra batteries in a warm place and swap them with the one in the camera periodically, minimize the length of time the camera is exposed as much as possible, and consider finding a way to insulate the camera somewhat while it is out.”

Did Leica really design a camera that can only work above 32°F / 0°C? I am curious if there are any other Leica T users out there that have used their cameras in really cold weather. 

Bird Poker — Over the Shoulder Look

Chinstrap Penguin on Elephant Island. This was at the desolate beach on Point Wild where Ernest Shackleton's crew survived for 4 months in 1916 while Shackelton managed to sail to South Georgia. I assume that the Penguins would have been on the menu for the sailors during this time. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/16, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker Over the Shoulder curated by +Phil Armishaw 

Bird Poker– Over the Shoulder

Pair of Snowy Sheathbill's on Elephant Island. This was at the desolate beach on Point Wild where Ernest Shackleton's crew survived for 4 months in 1916 while Shackelton managed to sail to South Georgia and ultimately assured their rescue. I assume that the Sheathbill's (as well as the Penguins and Seals) would have been on the menu for the sailors during this time. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker Over the Shoulder curated by +Phil Armishaw 

Having spent only one hour on this desolate beach, it is amazing that the twenty some sailors/adventurers  survived for 4+  months. This was only the 2nd time that the MS Fram was able to land passengers at this historic location. 

Moody Monday — Antarctica

Floating Ice in Antarctica from the Deck of the MS Fram. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/11, 1/180 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC.

#moodymonday  +Moody Monday 
#mountainmonday  +Mountain Monday curated by +Michael Russell 
#bforblue  +B for Blue curated by +Aileen Sorenson 

Monochrome Monday — Antarctica

Old Wooden Boat Stuck in the Snow on Half Moon Island in the South Shetland Islands (North of the Antarctic Peninsula). Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014

#MonochromeMonday +Monochrome Monday

+Black and White Photos +Gemma Costa 

Bird Poker — Perfect Plumage

Male Upland Goose at Tierra del Fuego National Park in Southern Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker Perfect Plumage curated by +Phil Armishaw 

#300mmmonday  +300mmMonday curated by +Gailen Mapes 

Bird Poker — Scruffy

One year old King Penguin Nearly Completely Molted to its Adult Feathers near Grytviken in South Georgia. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/6.2, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker Scruffy curated by +Phil Armishaw 

Bird Poker — Drinking

Bronzed Cowbird Drinking at a Ranch in Southern Texas. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 400 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 140, 400 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec).

#birdpoker  +Bird Poker Drinking curated by +Phil Armishaw