10-October-2011

Early Morning Colors. Autumn in New Jersey.

Mistakes in Photography. This is what happens when you don’t reset a cameras settings when done. For the camera that I keep in my car I try to have it set so I can take a quick grab image and not have to think about settings. It is set to program mode, auto ISO, auto WB. Once I get an image I can go back and fine tune the settings for a better image based on conditions. I forgot to reset the camera to the default settings when I took this image. Oh well — lesson learned AGAIN! The camera was set for a 30 second exposure from some night sky images the night before. When I took the image, I couldn’t understand why the shutter didn’t close. Then remembered that the camera was probably still set up mirror-up/shutter delay mode.  There was a car coming up behind me, so I set the camera down — and then the shutter closed. What you see is what should have been an interesting pre-dawn sky + all of the internal car instrument lights and center console GPS.

New Jersey Sunrise. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 28 mm, f/22, 30 sec) (David J Mathre)
New Jersey Sunrise. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 28 mm, f/22, 30 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

 

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

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