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)

Three-Years Ago (11-November-2014) — New Jersey

Home Renovation Project: Exterior Views at the Project Beginning

Time-lapsed 360 degree videos of the front and back yard. The images were taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 200, 28 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) for the front yard or a Df camera and 16-35 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) for the backyard. An Astro controller was used to rotate and control the camera, taking ~ 1200 pictures while doing a 360 degree circle over a period of 15 minutes. The time-lapsed video was created using Photoshop CC and Premier Pro CC.

In the videos you can see a neighbor vacuuming up the fallen autumn leaves to cover his daffodils for the winter. These videos also show the exterior of the house before the renovation project got started. Since then the roof was replaced, solar panels installed, garage door replaced, copper gutters installed, new siding installed, the deck removed and replaced with a stone patio, and the french doors replaced.

Friday (10-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn in New Jersey: Home Renovation

The statue for my bird bath is finally back in place. I tested the solar-powered water pump, but had to drain everything because of a hard freeze (16 °F/-9 °C) predicted for tonight. I don’t know if I will be able to use the bird bath again until next spring?

Bird bath statue. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/4, 1/900 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bird bath statue. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/4, 1/900 sec). (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (08-November-2012) — New Jersey

Autumn Weather in New Jersey: Hurricane, Nor’easter, and Snow

One week after Hurricane Sandy, we were hit with Nor’easter Athena. I didn’t know that nor’easters were given names. During the night we got 8-12 inches of snow. The power went out again.

At the time, PSE&G sent an e-mail out that stated 70K users were still out due to hurricane Sandy, and another 90K users were out due to the nor’easter last night. The other comment was “Despite the snowstorm, the 4,000 out-of-state workers and 700 PSE&G linemen restored service to more than 120,000 customers affected by Hurricane Sandy in the past 24 hours. Many of our crews from the south have never worked in snow before, but have proven more than capable of handling this new challenge.”


Tuesday (07-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Colorful Clouds and Sunbeam at Dawn

Just before the sun rose this morning, the clouds became bright orange with a beam of sunlight projecting up. I grabbed a camera and went out into my backyard. The display didn’t last long, but it was worth getting cold.

Sunbeam at dawn. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunbeam at dawn. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-56 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 56 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Later in the afternoon it got cloudy and the temperature kept dropping. I noticed this young buck (horns just barely showing) being lazy eating grass just behind my patio.

Lazy Deer in my backyard. Autumn nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)
Lazy Deer in my backyard. Autumn nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (05-November-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nigh Sky in New Jersey: Star, Jet, and Moon Trails

View looking south. Composite of images taken between 17:30 and 23:58 with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/5.6, 120 sec). I like that the Nikon D810a camera can take images for longer than 30 sec (up to 900 sec) just using the controls on the camera (external trigger/controller not needed). This results in smoother composite star trail images with fewer gaps.

Night sky and star trails looking south. Composite of images taken between 17:30 and 23:58 with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/5.6, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Night sky and star trails looking south. Composite of images taken between 17:30 and 23:58 with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/5.6, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (05-November-2015) — New Jersey

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

View of the night sky looking south. Composite of images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/4, 120 sec). Images processed with Capture One Pro, and Photoshop CC (scripts/statistics/maximum).

Star and jet trails. Southern view from my backyard. Composite of images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/4, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star and jet trails. Southern view from my backyard. Composite of images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/4, 120 sec). (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (04-November-2015) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Star Trails

View looking south. Night and early morning star and jet trails. Two Very Faint Meteor Trails. Composite of 193 images taken with a Nikon D810A camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Lightroom (to convert the RAW image to TIF) and Photoshop CC.

Star and jet trails. Southern view from my backyard. Composite of 193 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 193 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)