Sunday (31-December-2017) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2017/2018 Road Trip. Day 11: Big Cypress National Preserve.

The trees are too close together at Clyde Butcher’s retreat to get a good view of the full sky for sunrise or sunset. I found a nearby location near the northern entrance of the Loop road for sunset last night, so I returned for dawn and sunrise. I was not disappointed as the colors in the clouds developed just before sunrise.

Inverse Little-Planet View of Colorful Dawn Clouds. Begining of the Loop road through Big Cypress National Preserve. Winter Nature in Florida Composite of 21 mages taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Inverse Little-Planet View of Colorful Dawn Clouds. Begining of the Loop road through Big Cypress National Preserve. Winter Nature in Florida Composite of 21 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/5.6, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

I went back to Clyde Butcher’s “Swamp Bungalow” for breakfast. The baby (one-year old) alligators were out next to the pond. Then it was back to the Loop road in Big Cypress National Preserve, with two goals — more birds and alligators, and pictures of the Cypress swamp. The swamp pictures were taken with a Leica T camera and then converted to B&W.





Three-Years Ago (19-December-2014) — Argentina

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/5 Day 4: Ushuaia, Argentina

After spending two days in Buenos Aires we flew to Ushuaia. This is known as the southern most city. The voyage to Antarctica on the MS Fram (Hurtigruten Line, Norwegian Flag) begins and ends in Ushuaia in Southern Argentina. You see a sign as you enter the port that loosely translated tells British pirates to stay away. Argentina does not allow British registered ships into the port if they have been to the Falklands Islands/Malvinas. During our voyage the Hurtigruten line was sold to a British investment group. They are going to have to be very careful to keep the ship registered in Norway to continue the voyages in and out of Ushuaia.  Prior to embarking on the Hurtigruten MS Fram, we spent the morning touring the city, saw the Ocean Tramp anchored in the harbor, then spent the afternoon in Tierra del Fuego National Park.

It Appears that British Pirates Are Not Allowed to Dock at the Port of Ushuaia in Argentina. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 32 mm, f/9, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
It Appears that British Pirates Are Not Allowed to Dock at the Port of Ushuaia in Argentina. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 32 mm, f/9, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Ocean Tramp anchored in the harbor in Ushuaia, Argentina. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Ocean Tramp anchored in the harbor in Ushuaia, Argentina. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens. (David J Mathre)


In Patagonia, the Wind Only Comes From One Direction. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
In Patagonia, the Wind Only Comes From One Direction. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 8, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)



Eight-Years Ago (16-December-2009) — Hawaii

Gone to See Hawaii, Maui Day 1: Surfer Girl at Hookipa Beach

This turns out to be one of my most stolen images on the internet. Every now and then I do a search with Google Images to find out who is using it without permission. When I find one, I’ll send out a Digital Millennium Copyright Act Take-down Notice. Sometimes it is effective, but if the server posting the image is outside of the US there is not much you can do. Link to the original post (16-December-2009)

Surfer Girl at Hookipa Beach Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)
Surfer Girl at Hookipa Beach Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/8, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)