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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18-November-2007

Thom Hogan 2007 Hawaii Photography Workshop: Day 1 Kailua Kona.

It is hard to belived that the day before I was taking pictures of wildlife in Colorado. I read a note in the Thom Hogan site a month earlier that he had a late opening for this workshop so signed up as quick as I could. At that time I was working 2 weeks a month in Boulder, so it would be a bit easier to fly to Hawaii. I had previously purchased his D200 and D2xs eBooks and wanted to learn more about the cameras and become a better photographer. For the first three nights we stayed at the Kona Seaside Hotel. The group of 4 students and Thom met in the lobby at 3 PM for our first lecture. We then walked down to the beach to photograph the beach, some tidal pools, and sunset. Part of this first shoot was for Thom to observe our photographic practices and skills so he could customize individual instruction for the rest of the workshop.

Sunset and Sailboat on Kailua Bay from Kona Beach. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Processed with Capture One 5, Photoshop CS5, Focus Magic, and Nik Define 2.

Kailua Harbor Sunset from Kona Beach. Image taken Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/9, 1/125 sec). Processed with Capture One 5, Photoshop CS5, Focus Magic, and Nik Define 2.

HDR version of Kailua Harbor Sunset from Kona Beach. Image taken Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/9, HDR 9 images 1/800 to 1/20 sec). Processed with Capture One 5, Photomatix Pro (ToneMapped), Photoshop CS5, Focus Magic, and Nik Define 2.

Both of these last two images were processed with tools not available at the time of the workshop. I think I like the HDR version better because the sun is a disk and not blown out, although the sky/clouds are better in the first version.

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