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. Images I post on Google+ are also forwarded to this Photo blog. I am a retired chemist that worked nearly thirty years in the Pharmaceutical industry. I took my first DSLR camera on a road trip across the United States, and became hooked, with my new passion becoming a photographer. I now spend all my time traveling and taking pictures. Since then I have visited over 50 countries, many on Semester at Sea voyages. My photographic interests include travel, the natural world, landscapes, and photographic techniques. I always want to learn something new and the only way to become better is to learn from mistakes.

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Today (23-July-2017) — New Jersey

We had a lot of rain last night. Good for the small wildflower meadows, and good for the few tomato plants that haven’t been nibbled by the deer. I did an early morning walkabout to view the wildflowers. I am still getting a lot of Poppy blooms, as well as Cosmos, Coreopsis, Zinnia, Blackeyed Susan, and others that I don’t know the ID. Some of the Sunflowers are starting to bloom (those that the deer didn’t find). I also saw that the Burma (Bottle Gourd) bloomed last night with a big white flower.

The kitchen renovation is progressing. All but one of the IKEA cabinets have been assembled. Still lots of work to do. After the contractor left, I went back out to the wildflower meadow and saw a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. It made my day knowing that the work to create the trial wildflower garden/meadow was worth it…

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth approaching a Pink Cosmos wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

Clearwing Hummingbird Moth approaching a Pink Cosmos wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)


 

Today (22-July-2017) — New Jersey

The first Sunflower to bloom in my wildflower meadow. Somehow it escaped the deer that have nibbled many of the sunflower plants before they were able to bloom. The deer don’t seem to mind the electric fence. My neighbors tell me that I need to put up an 8-10 foot fence. That won’t keep the ground hog from digging below the fence.

First Sunflower Bloom. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/6.3, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

First Sunflower Bloom. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 60 mm, f/6.3, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Today (06-July-2017) — New Jersey

The deer keep sniffing around my wildflower meadow. There are several young fawns with spots that pass through the yard with their herd every day. I don’t mind when they eat the grass. Many more wildflower pictures, several with bumblebees working the flowers. I was pleasantly surprised to see a Clearwing Hummingbird Moth. It is smaller than others that I have seen, so it may be the Snowberry Clearwing Moth. The other interesting thing I saw in the garden were Japanese beetles that appear to be eating the hated “mile-a-minute” vine that has become invasive. As long as the Japanese beetles don’t eat too many of the wildflower plants, I am going to leave them alone.

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe or Hemaris diffinis). Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe or Hemaris diffinis). Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe or Hemaris diffinis). Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

Hummingbird Moth (Hemaris thysbe or Hemaris diffinis). Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Japanese Beetles eating the hated "Mile-a-Minute" vine in my backyard wildflower meadow. Summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

Japanese Beetles eating the hated "Mile-a-Minute" vine in my backyard wildflower meadow. Summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR telephoto zoom lens (ISO 400, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (02-July-2017) — New Jersey

I have been taking pictures of the backyard wildflower meadow, but have not been keeping up with processing the images. I’ve also been juggling several home renovation projects. Someday, I need to share pictures of the inside projects. The outside patio is also moving along.

Red poppy in my backyard wildflower meadow. Summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 56 mm, f/6.4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Red poppy in my backyard wildflower meadow. Summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 56 mm, f/6.4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (25-June-2017) — New Jersey

The weather held, and I got a second chance to capture an image of the fireflies flashing in my backyard. This time I set up two cameras, reduced the aperture (so a greater distance would be in focus), increased the ISO to increase the brightness (dealt with the increased noise in post processing), and set the focus distance to ~70 feet (locking the focus ring with gaffer tape). This time the composite images were better. I will try again tomorrow.

Fireflies at night from my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 250 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens (ISO 3200, 200 mm, f/11, 30 sec). Raw images processed using Capture One Pro and the composite generated using Photoshop CC (scripts, statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

Fireflies at night from my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 250 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens (ISO 3200, 200 mm, f/11, 30 sec). Raw images processed using Capture One Pro and the composite generated using Photoshop CC (scripts, statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

 

Fireflies at night from my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 70 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 telephoto lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/11, 120 sec). Raw images processed using Capture One Pro and the composite generated using Photoshop CC (scripts, statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

Fireflies at night from my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 70 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 300 mm f/4 telephoto lens (ISO 800, 300 mm, f/11, 120 sec). Raw images processed using Capture One Pro and the composite generated using Photoshop CC (scripts, statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

 

Six-Years Ago (25-June-2011) — New Jersey

Fireflies in my backyard. Composite of 110 images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. I liked this image, and used the camera parameters to help my efforts to get better images tonight.

Backyard Fireflies. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 2500, 600 mm, f/13, 25 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro, Startrails (used to stack 110 images), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

Backyard Fireflies. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 2500, 600 mm, f/13, 25 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro, Startrails (used to stack 110 images), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

 

Today (24-June-2017) — New Jersey

A different type of Black-eyed Susan with a red circle showed up in the small wildflower meadow I planted last year. I didn’t add any new seeds to this section this year, so the flowers that are showing up are either perennials, bi-annuals, or got reseeded from last years flowers. So far the flowers that appeared in this section include (sort of by date) Italian (Crimson) Clover, several types of Poppies, several types of Daisies, Bachelor Buttons (Cornflowers), and now two types of Black-eyed Susan. Just before the Daisies started to bloom, a deer got in and nibbled on the flower buds. Since then I put up a seven foot mesh (not electrified).

Black-eyed Susan wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 50-140 mm f/2.8 OIS zoom lens (ISO 200, 140 mm, f/8, 1/110 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

Black-eyed Susan wildflower. Backyard summer nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 50-140 mm f/2.8 OIS zoom lens (ISO 200, 140 mm, f/8, 1/110 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 

Today (24-June-2017) — New Jersey

It was relatively dark out, and I could see a large number of fireflies out my backyard. I set up a camera, and took a series of images which I used to create a nearly two hour composite image. I am not happy that all of the fireflies were out of focus — I didn’t guess right with the distance from the camera and/or the focus dial moved as I was setting the camera up in the dark. Weather permitting I am going to try again tomorrow night.

Fireflies out my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 222 mages taken with a Nikon Df camera and 200 mm f/2 VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/8, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the the composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

Fireflies out my backdoor. Summer nature in New Jersey. Composite of 222 mages taken with a Nikon Df camera and 200 mm f/2 VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/8, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the the composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

 

Today (20-June-2017) — New Jersey

Walkabout in my backyard on the last day of spring. In addition to the poppies, a number of new flowers are starting to appear (Babies Breath, Bachelors Buttons, Coreopsis, Cosmos, various Daisies, Larkspur, and Black-eyed Susan). The yellow prickly pear cactus flowers only open for one day.

Red Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.8, 1/350 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

Red Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/2.8, 1/350 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

Nine-Years Ago (20-June-2008) — New Jersey

Walkabout in my backyard on the last day of spring with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens with a 2x TC-E II teleconverter. Rabbits, dragonflies, fruits, flowers, and wildflowers.

Harvey the rabbit trying to hide. Backyard spring nature in new Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens and TC-E II 2x  teleconverter (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Harvey the rabbit trying to hide. Backyard spring nature in new Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/2 telephoto lens and TC-E II 2x teleconverter (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (19-June-2017) — New Jersey

It got dark in the early afternoon as a line of thunderstorms rolled in. A couple of hours of heavy rain helped cool the house down. I was sitting down processing some images and all of sudden it started getting bright outside. As I looked out the clouds were getting lit by the setting sun. Then I saw a rainbow appear. By the time I got outside with a camera the color of the sky was changing, first to orange, then to pink. I got a few shots before the rainbow disappeared.

Rainbow at Sunset. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 Camera and 16-55 mm  f/2.8  zoom lens (ISO 800, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Rainbow at Sunset. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 Camera and 16-55 mm f/2.8 zoom lens (ISO 800, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (19-June-2007) — Colorado

Some quick images in black & white. A few with a bit of color. All taken a the Boulder Marriott Residence Inn while cooking a steak on the outdoor grill.

Robin (in color) at the Boulder Marriott Residence Inn. Late spring nature in Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Robin (in color) at the Boulder Marriott Residence Inn. Late spring nature in Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (13-June-2017) — Florida

Walkabout in an urban farm & garden in St. Petersburg, Florida. After below normal rain at the beginning of the year, they are now in the daily monsoon season — with heavy thunderstorms and rain every afternoon. My troll got a chance to get out and sit on a large mushroom. The red chicken manages the location, as well as providing an egg every morning.

 

Troll with a purple wildflower on a big mushroom. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 138 mm, f/5.6, 1/170 sec). (David J Mathre)

Troll with a purple wildflower on a big mushroom. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 138 mm, f/5.6, 1/170 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Old Red Hen -- Garden Manager. Backyard urban garden in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Old Red Hen — Garden Manager. Backyard urban garden in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 


 

Today (08-June-2017) — New Jersey

For my backyard walkabout today I used a Leica T camera with a wide-angle 11-23 mm zoom lens. I was pleased that I could focus this lens at relatively close distances. This first image is of a yellow California poppy flower. The first of these that I was fully open this season. These flowers close at night, and when cold — so I was glad to see it open this morning. You can read between the lines that I was happy that the sun was out this morning. Many more images of red and pink poppies. I planted four tomato seedlings. We will see if they make it this year. Progress is being made with the home renovation — the first section of the copper gutter was installed, and the first stone step to the patio was installed.

 

Yellow California poppy in my front yard. Spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/7, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

Yellow California poppy in my front yard. Spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/7, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (07-June-2017) — New Jersey

Walkabout in my wildflower garden with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens. Lots of red poppies, some large and some small. One series at different apertures (including a close-up crop). Still only one blue bachelor button (cornflower) blooming.

 

Pink Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/11, 1/70 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

Pink Poppy flower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/11, 1/70 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 

Bachelor button wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/2, 1/5400 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

Bachelor button wildflower. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 90 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/2, 1/5400 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (07-June-2007) — New Jersey

Late-spring backyard walkabout. A bunny running away, a daisy wildflower, and a white moth.

Bunny on the run. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Bunny on the run. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (06-June-2017) — New Jersey

Wildflowers and plants after yet another rainstorm this spring. Including the first Bachelor Button flower of the season.

 

First bachelor button wildflower of the season. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)

First bachelor button wildflower of the season. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Red poppy flower drooping after the rain. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)

Red poppy flower drooping after the rain. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5, 1/160 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (06-June-2007) — New Jersey

Late afternoon/early evening backyard walkabout. Wildflowers, bumblebees, house finch, and a deer trying to be invisible.

 

Pink clover wildflower. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens  (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Pink clover wildflower. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Doe trying to be invisible behind some overgrown grass and weeds. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens  (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Doe trying to be invisible behind some overgrown grass and weeds. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (05-June-2017) — New Jersey

Wildflowers (daisies and poppies) and deer in my backyard. So far the deer have been good and not gone into my wildflower meadow. Will all of the rain we have been having here is enough greens for the deer to nibble on. It does look like the deer are attracting ticks.

 

Young buck with something to nibble. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey (cropped). Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 271 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

Young buck with something to nibble. Backyard spring nature in New Jersey (cropped). Backyard spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 271 mm, f/6.4, 1/60 sec). (© 2017 David J Mathre)

 


 

Ten-Years Ago (05-June-2017) — New Jersey

Late spring backyard walkabout. More rabbits with red-eye due to reflections of the flash. Instead of red-eye, the deer have a bright white (with a bluish tint) reflection. In addition, daisy wildflowers, a crane fly, and a chipping sparrow.

Rabbit with a red-eye in the grass and clover. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Rabbit with a red-eye in the grass and clover. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

Doe with bright eyes reflecting the flash. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Doe with bright eyes reflecting the flash. Late-spring backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens + 1.4 TC-E II teleconverter and SB-800 flash (ISO 100, 280 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)