Friday (03-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Dawn Sky in New Jersey

Eastern view of the sky and morning clouds. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec).

Clouds at dawn. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Clouds at dawn. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (03-November-2015) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Star and Jet Trails

Autumn early morning star and jet trails (and six meteor trails if you look closely) . Composite of 96 images taken with a Nikon D810A camera and a 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Lightroom (to convert to TIF format), Capture One Pro, and Photoshop CC. The images were combined using Photoshop CC Scirpts/Statistics/Maximum. In the past I would have done this with startrails.exe, but now can do it directly within Photoshop CC with the RAW or TIF images, and not have to convert to a JPG image first. I kept the camera pointed low enough so the moon did not get into the image. The temperature got down to freezing, but the lens did not cloud over with dew or frost.

Star and jet trails. Southern view from my backyard. Composite of images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star and jet trails. Southern view from my backyard. Composite of images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (03-November-2014) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Deer and Vultures

Pair of Bucks in My Backyard. Now that it is hunting season, they stay close to the house – and I don’t often see two bucks being peaceful during the rutting season.  The turkey vultures were also soaring looking for road killed deer. More deer are killed by automobiles than hunters.

Bucks in the afternoon sun. Outdoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1250, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bucks in the afternoon sun. Outdoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 1250, 500 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the afternoon sun. Outdoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 500 mm, f/4, 1/3200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey vulture soaring in the afternoon sun. Outdoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 500 mm, f/4, 1/3200 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (03-November-2013) — New Jersey

Sunday in the Park at the opening of the Rock Mill Preserve

Hard to believe that it has been four years since the park opened. My contractor was going to build a house there, but sold the land to become a park as part of the Montgomery Township open-space program. The Rock Mill Preserve park is within walking distance of my house. Images taken with a Leica X2 camera, and the RAW images converted to B&W using Capture One Pro.

Rock Mill Preserve Opening. Sunday in the Park. Montgomery Township, New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X2 Camera. (David J Mathre)
Rock Mill Preserve Opening. Sunday in the Park. Montgomery Township, New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X2 Camera. (David J Mathre)