Ten-Years Ago (02-December-2007) — Colorado

Rocky Mountain National Park: Winter Visit

I miss not working part-time in Boulder, Colorado. While there I was able to visit Rocky Mountain National Park all seasons of the year. As long as the roads were clear, it was only an hour drive from Boulder to the park. Some of these images were published ten-years ago, and some are new. All have been reprocessed using newer software.

Colorado Panorama -- East Side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Mt. Meeker, Longs Peak to Estes Cone from Colorado Highway 7. Composite of 4 images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Colorado Panorama — East Side of Rocky Mountain National Park. Mt. Meeker, Longs Peak to Estes Cone from Colorado Highway 7. Composite of 4 images taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)


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)

Tuesday (28-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Panorama at Dawn

Contrail, clouds, and silhouettes of trees without leaves early this morning. Composite of eleven images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens. Let me know if you like the version in color with the pastel clouds, or the one converted to B&W.

Backyard Autumn Clouds at Dawn. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/1.8, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite produced with AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Autumn Clouds at Dawn. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/1.8, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite produced with AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Autumn Clouds at Dawn. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/1.8, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, composite produced with AutoPano Giga Pro, and converted to B&W with Nik Silver Efex Pro (David J Mathre)
Backyard Autumn Clouds at Dawn. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/1.8, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, composite produced with AutoPano Giga Pro, and converted to B&W with Nik Silver Efex Pro (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (26-November-2014) — Florida

Moon, Palm Tree Silhouettes, and Orange Contrail Clouds at Sunset

Another case of “the best camera is the one with you”. I’d never seen contrails lined up like this before with the added bonus of happening just after the sun set. View from the Old Northeast section of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Moon, Palm Tree Silhouettes, and Orange Contrail Clouds at Sunset in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/6.4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Moon, Palm Tree Silhouettes, and Orange Contrail Clouds at Sunset in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/6.4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (22-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey 

The leaves on the Japanese maple tree have faded from bright red to brown. Yesterday, some birds found the newly renovated bird bath. They will have to wait until next spring for me to install the solar-powered fountain. The three inquisitive but wary does looked on as I was taking pictures of the statue on the bird bath. Now that it is hunting season, the deer know that they need to stay within 400 feet of a house in order to stay safe.

Newly Renovated Bird Bath and Stature. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/4, 1/400 sed) (David J Mathre)
Newly Renovated Bird Bath and Stature. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/4, 1/400 sed) (David J Mathre)
Trio of wary does in the afternoon sun. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Trio of wary does in the afternoon sun. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (18-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Colorful Clouds at Dawn

I looked outside just after waking up to see the eastern sky starting to explode with colors. I ran outside with the first camera I could find with a wide-angle lens to capture the moment. The display didn’t last that long. I was so absorbed viewing the display, and taking pictures that I didn’t notice that an inquisitive young doe walked right up to me. When I finally noticed the deer, I think I was more startled than she was.

Colorful Clouds at Dawn Panorama. Composite of seven images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/4, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dawn Panorama. Composite of seven images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/4, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dawn. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/6.4). (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dawn. Composite of three images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/6.4). (David J Mathre)


Inquisitive Doe at Dawn. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/6 sec). (David J Mathre)
Inquisitive Doe at Dawn. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/6 sec). (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (18-November-2007) — Hawaii

Hawaii Photograph Workshop with Thom Hogan: Day 1.

Ten years ago, I arrived in Hawaii to attend a photography workshop with Thom Hogan. It was hard to believe the day before I was in Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge in northern Colorado. At that time, I had only been taking pictures with a DSLR camera for just over one year. Soon after getting the camera, I found Thom’s web site which became a very helpful resource as I was learning to use the camera (much more useful than the Nikon manual provided with the camera). I purchased his guides for the D200 (and subsequently the guides for all of the new Nikon cameras I have used. These guides are by far the best resource for understanding the capabilities of the Nikon digital cameras. I saw a note in Thom’s web site that there was a late opening for his Hawaii workshop over Thanksgiving week. I signed up right away since I knew that there was a lot more that I needed to learn to become a better photographer. The first evening in Hawaii, we went down to the beach for sunset. I took these two pictures of boats with the sun setting behind them. Little did I know, it would become a contest between some friends on a Semester at Sea voyage to get images of boats or ships in front of the setting sun.

Sunset and Sailboat off Kona Beach, Big Island Hawaii. Day 1 of Thom Hogan's 2007 Hawaii Photography Workshop. Image taken with Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset and Sailboat off Kona Beach, Big Island Hawaii. Image taken with Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset of Kailua Harbor from Kona Beach, Big Island Hawaii. Day 1 of Thom Hogan's 2007 Hawaii Photography Workshop. Image taken with Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm DX lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/9, HDR 9 images 1/800 to 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset at Kailua Harbor from Kona Beach, Big Island Hawaii.  Image taken with Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm DX lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/9, HDR 9 images 1/800 to 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (13-November-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Star Trails looking North

Night sky view from the back of the house. Light from the moon lit up the chimney and the newly installed solar panels on the roof.  Also some light clouds moved in during the shoot. The north star isn’t exactly due north. Composite of 130 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec).

Startrails looking north (light clouds). The north star isn't exactly due north. Composite of 130 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec). (David J Mathre)
A Startrails looking north (light clouds). The north star isn’t exactly due north. Composite of 130 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (12-November-2014) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Star Trails and Night Sky Time Lapsed Video

Star and jet trails looking south from my backyard. Composite of 161 images taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. Then a moving time-lapsed video of the same view with images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16-35 mm f/4 lens.

Star and jet trails looking south from my backyard. Composite of 161 images taken with a Nkon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/4, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star and jet trails looking south from my backyard. Composite of 161 images taken with a Nkon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/4, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)