One-Year Ago (10-November-2016) — Cape May

Canadian 43′ Ketch SV Maitre “D” at anchor off the Coast Guard Station in Cape May. Image taken with a Fuju X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm lens.

Canadian 43' Ketch SV Maitre "D" at anchor off the Coast Guard Station in Cape May. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 276 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Canadian 43′ Ketch SV Maitre “D” at anchor off the Coast Guard Station in Cape May. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 276 mm, f/5.6, 1/1250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Canadian 43' Ketch SV Maitre "D" at anchor off the Coast Guard Station in Cape May. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 347 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)
Canadian 43′ Ketch SV Maitre “D” at anchor off the Coast Guard Station in Cape May. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 347 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec) (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (18-October-2016) — New Jersey

Travel Souvenirs and Selfie

I saw this sand painting while visiting the temples in Bagan, Burma (Myanmar).  I am not often tempted to purchase souvenirs, but the birds on the tree reminded me of a Navajo “Tree of Life” wool rug. We were only part way through the Spring 2016 Semester at Sea voyage when I purchased the sand painting and I wasn’t sure it would make the trip without being damaged . Two months later when I finally got home, the painting  was still in good condition.  I had it framed  locally using non-reflective glass, and it is now next to the Navajo “Tree of Life” wool rug.

Birds on a tree. Sand painting from Burma. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec) (David J Mathre)
Birds on a tree. Sand painting from Burma. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec) (David J Mathre)
Troll and "Tree of Life". Composite of 72 stacked images using Helicon Focus. Images taken with a Nikon D800 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec) with 3 SB700/800/900 flashes. (David J Mathre)
Troll and “Tree of Life”. Composite of 72 stacked images using Helicon Focus. Images taken with a Nikon D800 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec) with 3 SB700/800/900 flashes. (David J Mathre)

Every Year or so, the Beard Falls Off

Self image without the beard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/8, 2.3 sec). (David J Mathre)
Self image without the beard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/8, 2.3 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (07-October-2013) — Arizona

Sunset Panorama over from Yavapai Point near Sedona, Arizona.

The sunset panorama was created as a composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec).  The raw images were processed with Capture One Pro and the panorama generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. The individual images can be viewed in the following slide show.

Sunset Panorama Sedona, Arizona. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. Panorama generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunset Panorama Sedona, Arizona. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. Panorama generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)


Gone to See America 2013 Road Trip – Day 17.
Nikonians ANPAT 13 – Day 2.

 

 

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)

 


Today (12-August-2017) — North Carolina

I stopped at the Arthur Morgan school near Burnsville, North Carolina to pick up three folks that spent eight weeks attending the the 2017 Arete project. We then traveled north on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Tile dragon in the shower room at Arthur Morgan School near Burnsville, North Carolina. Composite of 5 mages taken with a Leica T camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens. (David J Mathre)
Tile dragon in the shower room at Arthur Morgan School near Burnsville, North Carolina. Composite of 5 mages taken with a Leica T camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens. (David J Mathre)

 

Rest stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Rest stop along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (David J Mathre)

 


Today (13-June-2017) — Florida

Walkabout in an urban farm & garden in St. Petersburg, Florida. After below normal rain at the beginning of the year, they are now in the daily monsoon season — with heavy thunderstorms and rain every afternoon. My troll got a chance to get out and sit on a large mushroom. The red chicken manages the location, as well as providing an egg every morning.

 

Troll with a purple wildflower on a big mushroom. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 138 mm, f/5.6, 1/170 sec). (David J Mathre)
Troll with a purple wildflower on a big mushroom. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 138 mm, f/5.6, 1/170 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Old Red Hen -- Garden Manager. Backyard urban garden in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Old Red Hen — Garden Manager. Backyard urban garden in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 


 

Seven-Years Ago (29-May-2010) — Puerto Rico

Day 3 of 15. Semester at Sea Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage.

A dramatic sunrise, and then a rainbow over the Atlantic Ocean before arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We then spent the day doing a walkabout through the San Juan old city.

 

Atlantic Ocean sunrise from the deck of the M/V Explorer prior to arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/10, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Atlantic Ocean sunrise from the deck of the M/V Explorer prior to arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/10, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Rainbow and clouds over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the M/V Explorer prior to arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rainbow and clouds over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the M/V Explorer prior to arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Seven-Years Ago (28-May-2010) — Atlantic Ocean

Day 2 of 15. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage.

The first sunrise on this voyage. One of many reasons I got hooked on taking sunrise and sunset images while at sea.

 

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the M/V Explorer. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage traveling between Naussau, Bahamas to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the M/V Explorer. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage traveling between Naussau, Bahamas to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Ten-Years Ago (28-May-2007) — Colorado

I was about to leave for a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park and saw this brown bird with spots outside the Residence Inn where I was staying in Boulder. I got a couple of pictures, but didn’t know what it was at the time. I finally figured out that it was a Norther Flicker. A woodpecker that feeds on the ground. I then went for a hike in the Longs Peak section of Rocky Mountain National Park. A few images — a squirrel, a small white wildflower, and a purple crocus wildflower. Many more images for another day.

 


 

Four-Years Ago (27-May-2013) — North Sea

Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Day 32 of 52. While waiting for sunset crossing the North Sea there were a number of Northern Gannets following and leading the ship. I think the birds use the ship to provide lift as they hunt for fish being disturbed by the wake of the ship. There was this one Northern Gannet that was flying with one foot out. I don’t know if it was injured or was using the foot to provide drag? It is amazing that these birds spend almost all year at sea — only spending time on land to breed and raise their young.

 

Northern Gannet in flight with one foot down in the evening sun. From the deck of the M/V Explorer crossing the North Sea between Dover and Oslo. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR II lens(ISO 180, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Northern Gannet in flight with one foot down in the evening sun. From the deck of the M/V Explorer crossing the North Sea between Dover and Oslo. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VR II lens(ISO 180, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)