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)

Four-Years Ago (13-November-2013) — New Jersey

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

Images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). I’ve also included a slide show of shorter star trails and a time-lapsed video created with the individual images.

Star trails looking north from my backyard. Autumn night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 250 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking north from my backyard. Autumn night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 250 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). (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 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)
Startrails 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)
Startrails 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)

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)

Four-Years Ago (12-November-2013) — New Jersey

Star trails looking east from my backyard. Images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). I’ve also included a time-lapsed video created with the individual images.

Star trails looking east from my backyard. Autumn night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 251 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star trails looking east from my backyard. Autumn night sky in New Jersey. Composite of 251 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 58 mm, f/2, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

One-Year Ago (11-November-2016) — New Jersey

Nisse jailed for eating too many magic mushrooms after the election results were posted.

Nisse jailed for eating too many magic mushrooms. Backyard autumn nature. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.2, 1/150 sec). (David J Mathre)
Nisse jailed for eating too many magic mushrooms. Backyard autumn nature. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.2, 1/150 sec). (David J Mathre)
Night sky, moon, star and jet trails looking south. Composite of 110 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 20 mm, f/8, 300 sec). (David J Mathre)
Night sky, moon, star and jet trails looking south. Composite of 110 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 20 mm, f/8, 300 sec). (David J Mathre)

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

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.

Eleven-Years Ago (11-November-2006) — New Jersey

Star and moon trails with colored autumn clouds. Composite of many images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 17-35 f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 17 mm, f/3.2, 30 sec). I wish I remembered how I processed this, but there was bokeh and color from the reflected ground lights in the clouds. Time-lapsed video of the sequence also included.

Star and moon trails with colored autumn clouds. Composite of many images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 17-35 f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 17 mm, f/3.2, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Star and moon trails with colored autumn clouds. Composite of many images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 17-35 f/2.8 lens (ISO 400, 17 mm, f/3.2, 30 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Friday (10-November-2017) — New Jersey

The statue for my bird bath is finally back in place. I tested the solar powered 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)

Wednesday (08-November-2017) — New Jersey

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)