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.


Two-Years Ago Today — Finland

Tourist Trap, Santa Village in Rovaniemi, Finland. The white line marking the Arctic Circle that just happens to lead to Santa's Workshop is off by 50 meters (~150 feet). After entering the "free" Disney like/horror house and finally reach Santa's chamber you find out that no cameras are allowed, and you need to pay 40 euros to have you picture taken next to Santa. There were several folks with me that wanted to take my picture next to Santa to compare beards. We walked out. The next day my beard fell off… Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Voyage, Reindeer and Sammi Field Trip. Image taken with a Fuji XT1 camera and Bower 8 mm fisheye lens (ISO 400, 8 mm, f/8, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

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4 Responses to “Two-Years Ago Today — Finland”

  1. Jetski Jetski says:

    that's a beautiful sign indeed.. thanks for taking us NOT to see Santa's workshop 😉

  2. Lori Carey Lori Carey says:

    Even with the tourist trap, still sounds like an amazing trip that I would like to make one day.

  3. David Mathre David Mathre says:

    +Lori Carey The whole Semester at Sea experience is worth it — just every now and then you run into some funky field trips…

  4. Lori Carey Lori Carey says:

    Funky field trips keep life interesting 😉

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