One-Year Ago (22-October-2016) — New Jersey

Home Renovation Project – Wall Print Mounting System

I was testing some ideas for a wall system for mounting fine-art prints in my house. The goal was a system where prints could easily be exchanged and moved around. I first tried using flexible 3M magnetic tape. The magnetic strength for the tape was not enough to hold up 13″ x 19″ prints. I then tried strips of cold-rolled steel (1″ x 0.125″ x 72″). This is the prototype system that I installed in my laundry room worked. Since then I made some modifications, and have installed seven (2 to 4 meter) sections  in other rooms as part of the home renovation project.

Prototype wall system for mounting prints. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO , 14 mm, f/2.8, 1/ sec) (David J Mathre)
Prototype wall system for mounting prints. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO , 14 mm, f/2.8, 1/ sec) (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (20-October-2016) — New Jersey

Home Renovation Project

Back side of the house undergoing renovation. The previous wood deck was removed, and the space is being converted to a stone patio. The roofing, back siding and French doors had been replaced. Solar panels had been installed on the roof, and at the time of this picture were awaiting inspection before being energized. Little Planet (360 degree) view of the project in progress. Also, a slide show of the 36 individual images that were used to produce the Little Planet view.

Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)


Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (10-October-2016) — New Jersey

Home Renovation — Installation of Solar Panels

The team to install the solar panels on my roof arrived. It only took a few days to install the panels and DC/AC inverter. It a lot more time before the building inspector approved the work to cross-connect the power generated by the sun to my house electric panel. To date, the solar panels have generated 65% of the electricity that I have consumed. I have also received nearly $1,600 in SREC credits which more than covers the 35% of the electricity I had to pay PSE&G. For two months this summer, I produced more electricity than I consumed.

Solar Panel Installation. Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (David J Mathre)
Solar Panel Installation. Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (David J Mathre)

 


Thursday (05-October-2017) — Ellis Island

Liberty State Park, Ellis Island National Monument, and Statue of Liberty

A friend stopped by on his way to the fall Nikonians ANPAT trip in Maine. We spent the day doing a pre-ANPAT visit to Liberty State Park, Ellis Island, and the Statue of Liberty.

Little Planet View. Flag at half-mast and Manhattan skyline from Ellis Island. Composite of 33 images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 200, 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/4700 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Flag at half-mast and Manhattan skyline from Ellis Island. Composite of 33 images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 200, 18 mm, f/5.6, 1/4700 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

 


Friday (23-November-2007) — Hawaii

Hawaii Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan: Day 5. Nikon D300 Camera.

The workshop team stopped at Lighthaus Camera in Kona before being dropped off at the Kona airport. This was “Black Friday” — the infamous shopping day after Thanksgiving. We noticed a pile of just delivered Nikon D300 cameras behind the counter, but assumed that they were all preordered by local camera enthusiasts. After some discussions, we found out that they were available for purchase and with a 5% discount as part of their “Black Friday” sales event. At least three of us walked out with a new D300 camera body that day. I wasn’t planning of getting a D300, and had to pay cash since they didn’t accept AMEX. In his D300 review, Thom did comment that he was the last of us to get a D300. I took a few pictures with the new camera while waiting for my plane back to the mainland at the Kona airport, and had many hours to read the manual.