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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27-December-2012

Stonehenge

While traveling, I have been testing different camera gear. In part to see if I can get high quality images with new lighter weight travel kits. The Nikon 1 V1 camera with the 30-110 mm VR lens (10 MP) is much lighter than the Nikon D800 and 50 mm f/1.4G lens. I took ten vertical images of Stonehenge with the N1V1 at 110 mm and combined them using the Photoshop CS6 panorama feature. The ultimate image ended up being 16850 x 5400 pixels. I spent some time using “content aware” to remove the people in the image. The other image is cropped from a single image taken with the D800 and 50 mm f/1.4 lens. In this case, I didn’t take the time to remove the tourists from image. Let me know which you think is best, but I am afraid that I will continue to carry a heavier kit.

Summer Morning at Stoneheng. Composite Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Composite of 10 vertical images processed using Photoshop CS6 (David J. Mathre)

Summer Morning at Stoneheng. Composite Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). Composite of 10 vertical images processed using Photoshop CS6 (David J. Mathre)

Summer Morning at Stoneheng. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec). (David J. Mathre)

Summer Morning at Stoneheng. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/5.6, 1/1600 sec). (David J. Mathre)

2 Responses to “27-December-2012”

  1. David H. Brooks says:

    Hey Dave:
    Happy & HEALTHY New Year to you.

    Well, i like the detail better in number two and while eliminating the people is probably the right thing to do and being anal-retentive i would do the same…however, i think that the people give a terrific perspective that is not present in the first photo. Maybe just keep a few people. (make sure that you don’t content-aware erase parts of families, creating widows and orphans) :)

    • David Mathre says:

      Likewise David, Happy & Healthy New Year to you and yours.

      I think some of the difference has to do with the D800 using a higher bit depth (14 vs 12). When we got to Stonehenge, we had to wait nearly an hour before it opened for tourists — although there was a group of photographers in earlier that were just leaving. It would have been neat to get the early morning light and the fog.

      DJM

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