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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18-August-2011

Bats in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey.

This evening as it was getting dark I noticed there were several bats flying around in my backyard. I knew that it would be a challenge to capture an image of the bats as they darted around chasing insects. The following images were taken with a Nikon D3s at 12800 or 102400 ISO using a 400 mm f/2.8 D II lens. The bats were moving too fast to follow using a tripod or monopod, so I was doing this hand-held. This is not a combination that you can hand-hold for long periods. I also wish that I had the VR version of this lens. There was no way that autofocus would work, so I manually set the focus distance to 25 feet and shot in high speed burst mode anytime the bats flew by at about that distance. Of about 600 images, the following 6 were the best. I am open to suggestions how to do a better job capturing images of bats in flight.

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Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

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Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

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Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

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Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 12800, 400 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

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Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 102400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Topaz DeNoise 5, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 102400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Topaz DeNoise 5, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

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Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 102400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Topaz DeNoise 5, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

Bat in Flight at Dusk. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 400 mm f/2.8G II lens (ISO 102400, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Topaz DeNoise 5, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)

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