21-August-2013

Troll Sunning Itself Under A Dandelion On the Lichen and Moss Covered Eldhraun Lava Field in Southern Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 160, 32 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Nikonians Photo Adventure Tour in Iceland with Mike Hagen and Tim Vollmer (David J Mathre)
Troll Sunning Itself Under A Dandelion On the Lichen and Moss Covered Eldhraun Lava Field in Southern Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 160, 32 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Nikonians Photo Adventure Tour in Iceland with Mike Hagen and Tim Vollmer (David J Mathre)

It’s Been a While

When I first set this image of the day photo blog up, I was committed to post an image from this day (not necessarily this year) every day. And sometimes commentary of what I was doing and reviews of photo gear, image processing software, and computer gear. I fell way behind during the Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage (~52 Days – Spain, Monaco, Italy, Spain, Gibraltar, Morocco, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, England, Norway, Latvia, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Germany) with very limited internet access. Once back home I needed to digest the ~70K images I took. When working through these images I noticed that Mike Hagen/Nikonians Academy had an opening for an Iceland Photo Adventure end of July/beginning of August. I contacted Mike to see if I could sign up at the last minute. Mike was actually in Africa on a different Photo Adventure. His wife got back to me and I signed up. Iceland has always been on my list of places I wanted to visit. Iceland is an image rich environment!!! In the 10 days including travel I took ~35K images. Reykjavik, Geysers, Puffins, Glaciers….) When I got back from this trip I realized that I needed to significantly upgrade my local and remote storage space for images. Before going on the Semester at Sea trip, my brother worked out a process that any image I posted on Google+ would also get reposted on this site. So I hope that you have seen many images from the Semester at Sea Voyage and the Iceland Nikonians Academy Photo Adventure. More Images to come. Our local Photographer host in Iceland (Tim Vollmer) did a great job getting us to locations that were target/image rich. Tim is a world famous Icelandic photographer (born in Germany). His company hosts many trips to Iceland (and other parts of the world). I had hoped to sign up for one of his trips (along with several friends) later this fall/winter in Iceland to chase the Northern Lights – however, after several e-mails haven’t received a response. ARRG!!! I either need to plan something by myself, or the backup plan is to go back to Tromso in Norway (with road trips to Sweden and Finland).

As far as milestones, I have been retired for just over 1 year – and have visited more than 20 countries, and taken over 200K images. Also, as of yesterday I now have more than 10K folks on Google+ that have added me to their circles. If you haven’t joined G+ I highly recommend it. I haven’t looked back since leaving Facebook. It has also been just over a year since I last shaved. Do I let the beard grow for another year?

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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