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

Late-Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey: Jets Through the Star-trail Vortex

These are not fireworks. The challenge here is for someone to explain how I created this star-trail image… The Fuji X-T1 camera and 18 mm f/2 lens was mounted on a tripod just outside my backdoor.

Star-trails with jets going through the vortex. Composite of images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 18 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/4, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star-trails with jets going through the vortex. Composite of images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 18 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/4, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)

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)

Two-Years Ago (03-December-2015) — New Jersey

House Renovation: Outside Panorama and Little Planet Views

Two-years ago, I set up the Mindrain Astro motion control head to take 360 degree images of my backyard to document some of the exterior house renovation project.  I converted these into time-lapsed videos. I’ve now reprocessed the images to create 360 degree Panorama and Little Planet views of the work in progress.

Late Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey (David J Mathre)
Backyard South WEst 360 degree Panorama. Composite of 26 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David Mathre)
Late Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey (David J Mathre)
Backyard South East 360 degree Panorama. Composite of 25 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David Mathre)
Front Yard North East 360 degree Panorama. Composite of 19 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David Mathre)
Front Yard North East 360 degree Panorama. Composite of 19 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David Mathre)


Six-Years Ago (27-November-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Talking Doe

I was testing the sharpness of the Nikon 600 mm f/4 lens coupled with a TC-E III 20 teleconverter (effective 1200 mm, f/8 aperture).

Talking Doe. Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens with a TC-EIII 2x teleconverter (ISO 1400, 1200 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Talking Doe. Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens with a TC-EIII 2x teleconverter (ISO 1400, 1200 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (22-November-2007) — Hawaii

Hawaii Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan: Day 5

While we were out on our morning photography composition lesson, I found this black volcanic rock with yellow-green sparkles. I brought it back to the lodge where I had a macro lens, and spent the afternoon trying to get some pictures of the crystals. Later on I discovered that the crystals were a semi-precious gem known as Peridot (Pele’s Tears).

Peridot Crystals (Pele's Tears). Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, f/22, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J Mathre)
Peridot Crystals (Pele’s Tears). Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, f/22, 1/60 sec, flash). (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 (03-November-2015) — New Jersey

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

Autumn early morning star and jet trails (and six meteor trails if you look closely) . Composite of 96 images taken with a Nikon D810A camera and a 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/5.6, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Lightroom (to convert to TIF format), Capture One Pro, and Photoshop CC. The images were combined using Photoshop CC Scirpts/Statistics/Maximum. In the past I would have done this with startrails.exe, but now can do it directly within Photoshop CC with the RAW or TIF images, and not have to convert to a JPG image first. I kept the camera pointed low enough so the moon did not get into the image. The temperature got down to freezing, but the lens did not cloud over with dew or frost.

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

One-Year Ago (24-October-2016)

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

One of the backyard Nisse found a new mushroom. I don’t often see him out during the day. Composite of 24 focus stacked images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 60mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/3, 1/640 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the image stack processed with Helicon Focus.

Backyard Nisse with a new autumn mushroom. Composite of 24 focus stacked images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 60mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/3, 1/640 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the image stack processed with Helicon Focus. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Nisse with a new autumn mushroom. Composite of 24 focus stacked images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 60mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/3, 1/640 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the image stack processed with Helicon Focus. (David J Mathre)

It was too windy to take wildflower pictures outside, and was about to freeze overnight. So I cut six of the remaining wildflowers (Coreopsis, Cosmos, and Black-eyed Susan) and took them inside to shoot. The images were taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. Slide show with 6 images.


 

The wildflower garden was successful last year, so I expanded it significantly this year. Some areas worked, others didn’t. The deer and rabbits nibbled at the edges, but left me enough to take a lot of pictures of the wildflowers. I needed to add an electric fence this year. I think my favorites have been the poppies where I tried many times to do time-lapsed videos of them opening in the morning. It will be interesting to see what comes back next spring. I also cleared two more large sections that will be seeded once the ground gets colder.

One-Year Ago (20-October-2016) — New Jersey

Home Renovation Project

Back side of the house undergoing renovation. The previous wood deck was removed, and the space is being converted to a stone patio. The roofing, back siding and French doors had been replaced. Solar panels had been installed on the roof, and at the time of this picture were awaiting inspection before being energized. Little Planet (360 degree) view of the project in progress. Also, a slide show of the 36 individual images that were used to produce the Little Planet view.

Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)


Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (19-October-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey

Stacked Waining Gibbous Moon (92%). Image 1: Composite of 10 images image taken with a Nikon D810a camera, 400 mm f/2.8 lens, and TC-E III 2x teleconverter (ISO 200, 800 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). Image 2: Stacked Waining Gibbous Moon (92%). Composite of 14 images image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated in Photoshop CC (scripts, statistics, maximum).

Composite stack of ten images of the waining Gibbous Moon (92%). Autumn Nights in New Jersey. Images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 400 mm f/2.8 lens with TC-E III 2x teleconverter (ISO 200, 800 mm, f/8, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)
Composite stack of ten images of the waining Gibbous Moon (92%). Autumn Nights in New Jersey. Images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 400 mm f/2.8 lens with TC-E III 2x teleconverter (ISO 200, 800 mm, f/8, 1/200 sec) (David J Mathre)
Composite stack of fourteen images of the waining Gibbous Moon (92%). Autumn Nights in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 50-140 mm f2.8 lens or 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Composite stack of fourteen images of the waining Gibbous Moon (92%). Autumn Nights in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 50-140 mm f2.8 lens or 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)