Thursday (08-February-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Dawn Sky over New Jersey.

Backyard winter dawn panorama with the last quarter moon. Composite of 10 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Backyard winter dawn panorama with the last quarter moon. Composite of 10 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Thursday (01-February-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Dawn Sky in New Jersey.

Somewhat of a repeat post from last Thursday (25-January-2018).

There were some subtle colors in the sky at dawn. I used a Leica T camera with a wide-angle zoom lens (11-23 mm). There is significant distortion when the lens is used at 11 mm. For comparison, the first horizontal image is at 11 mm, and the 2nd image is a composite of 5 vertical images at 18 mm.

Backyard Winter Dawn Sky in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 200, 11 mm, f/4, 1/40 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Winter Dawn Sky in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 200, 11 mm, f/4, 1/40 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Winter Dawn Sky in New Jersey. Composite of 5 images taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 200, 18 mm, f/4.2, 1/40 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the panorama generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Winter Dawn Sky in New Jersey. Composite of 5 images taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 200, 18 mm, f/4.2, 1/40 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the panorama generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)



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Eleven-Years Ago (30-January-2007) — Norway

Gone to See Norway 2007 Family Winter Vacation. Day 10: Hurtigruten MS Kong Harald Norwegian Coastal Voyage Southbound (Mehamn to Tromsø).

On the second day of the southbound Hurtigruten voyage, the ship stopped in eight ports: Mehamn (01:00-01:15); Kjøllefjord (03:15-03:30); Honningsvåg (06:00-06:15); Havøsund (08:15-08:30); Hammerfest (11:15-12:45); Øksfjord (15:30-15:45); Skjervøy (19:00-19:45); and Tromsø (23:45-01:30).

At about 01:00 the captain made an announcement that Northern Lights were visible. I put some warm clothes on and went out. It was cold (minus 10 degrees) and windy. But the northern lights were brighter than I ever remember seeing before when growing up in Minnesota. It was hard to stand still for 10 seconds on a moving ship in the cold and heavy wind to take a selfie. I did hear that some of the folks that got off in Kirkenes also saw the Northern Lights that night (but didn’t wake the others up…). It was because of the view that night that I decided to go back to Norway in the middle of the winter six years later — and saw even more impressive displays in Tromsø.

Northern Lights Self Portrait. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 400, 10.5 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Northern Lights Self Portrait. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 400, 10.5 mm, f/2.8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)


Thursday (25-January-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Dawn Sky in New Jersey.

There were some subtle colors in the sky at dawn. I used a different camera today — Leica T with a wide-angle zoom lens (11-23 mm). There is significant distortion when the lens is used at 11 mm. For comparison, the first horizontal image is at 11 mm, and the 2nd image is a composite of 5 vertical images at 23 mm.

Winter Dawn Sky and Clouds in New Jersey from My Backyard. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter Dawn Sky and Clouds in New Jersey from My Backyard. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter Dawn Sky and Clouds in New Jersey from My Backyard. Composite of 5 image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter Dawn Sky and Clouds in New Jersey from My Backyard. Composite of 5 image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter Dawn Sky and Clouds in New Jersey from My Backyard. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 13 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Winter Dawn Sky and Clouds in New Jersey from My Backyard. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 13 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)



Individual images in the slide-show can be viewed here.