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.


One-Year Ago Today — Pacific Ocean

Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God's rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Semester at Sea, Spring 2016 Voyage — Day 4. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro.

The colors look weird on the left image because I was have a problem with the camera. It didn't matter what I set the white balance to, the camera processed the image at ~3480 °K (with a tint of -17). ARRG!!!

Fortunately, I could fix the problem in post-processing by changing the white balance to "sunny" 5550 °K. The right image looks much closer to how I remember the scene.

This is also the reason I take more than one camera with me while traveling. I have been burned in Patagonia whethe Leica T camera froze, and I couldn't take anymore pictures with the camera for the rest of the trip. Then in Antarctica the Leica T had this bad habit of freezing (no pun intended) when the outside temperature was below freezing (32 °F / 0 °). Once the camera warmed up, it worked again. I can't believe that a camera designed and manufactured in Germany can't take temperatures colder than this???? I also had a Nikon Df camera fail in Antarctica when the shutter buckled. This was the only camera on that trip that had a telephoto lens (80-400 mm) to take bird pictures. I had to make do with the Leica T, and Fuji X-T1. Many of the countries and places I visited do not have camera repair shops or even camera shops where I could purchase a replacement.

#travelphotography #sunrise #SemesterAtSea +Semester at Sea

In album 1/8/17

One Response to “One-Year Ago Today — Pacific Ocean”

  1. Mary Sperley Mary Sperley says:

    Capture of "God's Rays" is beautiful. Aunt Mary

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