Thursday (30-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Dawn Panorama

This morning the colorful clouds lit up earlier than yesterday. The display only lasts a few minutes, and is then gone. I did three different panorama images while moving around in the backyard to get slightly different compositions. You can see the colors and intensity changing in the three images all taken within four minutes.

Colorful Autumn Sky at Dawn. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Colorful Autumn Sky at Dawn. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Colorful Autumn Sky at Dawn. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Composite of seven images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Colorful Autumn Sky at Dawn. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Composite of seven images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Colorful Autumn Sky at Dawn. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Composite of two images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Colorful Autumn Sky at Dawn. Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Composite of two images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (29-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Panorama at Sunrise

Orange clouds and silhouettes of trees without leaves just before the sunrise. I looked out 20 minutes earlier, and didn’t see any clouds so didn’t expect a colorful display this morning. Then while washing some dishes, I looked out my kitchen window and saw the colors developing. Composite of eight images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens.

Orange Clouds at Dawn. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Composite of 8 mages taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Orange Clouds at Dawn. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Composite of 8 mages taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (29-November-2014) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Star Trails Looking West

Night sky view from the back of the house. This was the first time I did star trail series looking west. The first composite is from 336 images taken between 18:30-23:59 (PM), and the second composite is from 375 images taken between 00:40-05:40 (AM). All taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/2.8, 59 sec). There is significant distortion due to the wide-angle lens. I should look at reprocessing the data using the DxO image processing program to remove the distortion.

Star trails looking west (18:20-23:59 PM). Composite of 336 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/2.8, 59 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking west (18:20-23:59 PM). Composite of 336 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/2.8, 59 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking west (00:40-05:40 AM). Composite of 375 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/2.8, 59 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking west (00:40-05:40 AM). Composite of 375 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/2.8, 59 sec). (David J Mathre)

Nine-Years Ago (29-November-2008) — New Jersey

Undocumented Domestic Help: “The Caretaker”

One of the many trolls that take care of my house. I never know where I will find him, typically avoiding doing any work. You can find more of his friends — all members of the Trolls without Borders union at the Henning site in Norway.

The Caretaker, Henning Hand Carved Norwegian Troll. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 200 mm f/4 macro (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J Mathre)
The Caretaker, Henning Hand Carved Norwegian Troll. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, flash).