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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01-August-2011

Startrails and Lens Distortion.

One problem I had with the startrail images I just published was that the circles  looking toward the north star were not exactly round. This is probably due to the non-linear distortions characteristics of wide-angle lenses, especially toward the edges. There is a program, DxO Optics Pro that corrects for distortion of various cameras and lenses. (Note that the current version of Adobe Camera Raw also does lens corrections for some camera/lens pairs, but not for the Nikon D3s and 24 mm f/1.4G lens used for this image). I used the DxO Optics program to process and correct the 328 images. It took over 12 hours for DxO to process all of these images.I then ran the reprocessed images with Startrails. Let me know (comment, or send me an e-mail) if you think the resultant image looks better, no different, or worse.

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North View Star Trails. Summer Night in New Jersey.  Images taken with a Nikon D3s and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/4, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed including Nikon 24 mm f/1.4G Lens Correction with DxO Pro. Composite of 328 images combined with StarTrails Program. (David J Mathre)

North View Star Trails. Summer Night in New Jersey. Images taken with a Nikon D3s and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/4, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed including Nikon 24 mm f/1.4G Lens Correction with DxO Pro. Composite of 328 images combined with StarTrails Program.

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