Four-Years Ago (05-December-2013) — New Jersey

Troll Family: Holiday Card

Edited images from 2013 for a Holiday Card. Troll family portrait with a background of Northern Lights from Tromsö, Norway.

Troll Family visiting Norway for the Northern Lights. The entire sky just exploded just after midnight. (David J Mathre)
Troll Family visiting Norway for the Northern Lights. The entire sky just exploded just after midnight. (David J Mathre)

Nine-Years Ago (29-November-2008) — New Jersey

Undocumented Domestic Help: “The Caretaker”

One of the many trolls that take care of my house. I never know where I will find him, typically avoiding doing any work. You can find more of his friends — all members of the Trolls without Borders union at the Henning site in Norway.

The Caretaker, Henning Hand Carved Norwegian Troll. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 200 mm f/4 macro (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J Mathre)
The Caretaker, Henning Hand Carved Norwegian Troll. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 200 mm f/4 macro lens (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, flash).

Two-Years Ago (20-November-2015) — Cuba

Gone to See Cuba (2015): Day 2 in Old Havana

Day two of a travel photography workshop led by Steve Simon in Cuba. The workshop was authorized under a group, people-to-people educational travel license & visa. The group went for a morning, afternoon, and nighttime photography walkabout in Old Havana.

Cuban Cigar. Morning Walkabout in Old Havana. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 camera. (David J Mathre)
Cuban Cigar. Morning Walkabout in Old Havana. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 camera. (David J Mathre)




One-Year Ago (12-November-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Afternoon Trolls and Nighttime Star Trails

Nisse out on a Mushroom jamboree. I have never seen this many Trolls out during the day before. Then star trails looking north.

Nisse out on a Mushroom jamboree. I have never seen this many out during the day before. Autumn nature in my backyard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 250 mm, f/5, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Nisse out on a Mushroom jamboree. I have never seen this many out during the day before. Autumn nature in my backyard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 250 mm, f/5, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking north. The north star isn't exactly due north. Composite of 110 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)
Star trails looking north. The north star isn’t exactly due north. Composite of 110 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)

Wednesday (08-November-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Trolls and Mushrooms

One of the backyard Nisse/Trolls out hunting for the elusive red mushroom. Only found in the autumn before the first frost. He claimed this one as a “Troll Stool”.

Troll hunting for the elusive red mushrooms. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 560, 28 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Troll hunting for the elusive red mushrooms. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 560, 28 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (08-November-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey:  Trolls and Mushrooms then Star Trails

Tipsy Nisse Viking Warior wanabe in the late afternoon sun asking the question “Do I eat the magic mushroom, or watch the election results tonight?” Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 320, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec).

But one has to ask the question — did he vote? One-year later he woke up wishing that it was all a dream…

Viking Nisse Wanabe asking the question "Do I eat the magic mushroom, or watch the election results tonight?" (David J Mathre)
Viking Nisse Wanabe asking the question “Do I eat the magic mushroom, or watch the election results tonight?” (David J Mathre)
Night sky looking south from my backyard. Composite of 100 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)
Night sky looking south from my backyard. Composite of 100 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)

 

Four-Years Ago (03-November-2013) — New Jersey

Sunday in the Park at the opening of the Rock Mill Preserve

Hard to believe that it has been four years since the park opened. My contractor was going to build a house there, but sold the land to become a park as part of the Montgomery Township open-space program. The Rock Mill Preserve park is within walking distance of my house. Images taken with a Leica X2 camera, and the RAW images converted to B&W using Capture One Pro.

Rock Mill Preserve Opening. Sunday in the Park. Montgomery Township, New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X2 Camera. (David J Mathre)
Rock Mill Preserve Opening. Sunday in the Park. Montgomery Township, New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X2 Camera. (David J Mathre)


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 (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)

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)