03-April-2013

Spring Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

A Male Northern Red Cardinal taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and the new 80-400 mm VRII lens (with the FT1 adapter). The lens is much bigger than the camera, but still easy to use hand-held. The field of view (FOV) with this lens is equivalent to 216-1080 mm on a 35 mm (FX) DSLR. The base ISO for the Nikon 1 V2 is 160, and at the base ISO the image of the red cardinal shows good colors and saturation. This image was taken hand-held. The new VR-II works well with this lens to stabilize the image. This combo should be good for birding.

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Male Northern Red Cardinal in the Sun. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 + FT1 adapter + 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 160, 400 mm, f/7.1, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male Northern Red Cardinal in the Sun. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 + FT1 adapter + 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 160, 400 mm, f/7.1, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

21-December-2006

Winter Solstice: Birds in the Backyard.

I caught this white-throated sparrow eating a red berry in my backyard. The Nikon 80-400 mm VR lens is problably my most used lens. It is light enough to be hand held, and gives the reach to get images of small birds.

White-throated Sparrow with Red Berry. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/6, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)

White-throated sparrow. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/6, 1/160 sec).

Today (22-November-2012) — New Jersey

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. This is an image of three young wild turkeys in my backyard earlier this year.

Young Wild Turkeys. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Young Wild Turkeys. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (19-November-2007) — Hawaii

Hawaii Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan: Day 2.

One of the first pictures I took while attending a workshop with Thom Hogan in Hawaii five-years ago was this small yellow bird in a palm tree. The workshop group was sitting outside at the hotel getting an orientation for the next few days. Ultimately, I was able to identify this bird as a Saffron Finch — which turns out not to be native to Hawaii.

Saffron Finch in a Palm Tree. Kona, Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Saffron Finch in a Palm Tree. Kona, Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (04-November-2007) — Colorado

Autumn Road Trip in Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park

  1. Panorama at Storm Pass Trail head in Rocky Mountain National Park (along the road to Bear Lake). Composite of 8 images taken with a Nikon D2xs and  28-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/11, 1/20 sec). Image processed using DxO, AutoPano Giga, and Photoshop CS5.
  2. Steller’s Jay in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec). Hand held, VR works! This was a new type of blue jay for me.
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)

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27-October-2007

Rocky Mountain National Park.

Steller’s Jay near End of Valley Campground & Picnic Area.

Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec).

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24-February-2007

Turkey Vulture Flying Past the Moon.

I was out in the backyard trying to get images of the birds wintering in New Jersey. I noticed a shadow, turned around and caught this turkey vulture flying past the moon.

Turkey Vulture and the Moon. New Jersey Winter. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture and the Moon. New Jersey Winter. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec).

18-February-2009

Black-Capped Chickadee

I found this small bird trying to keep warm near my front door. It kept flying around and getting bits of the spider webs caught on its beak and wings. These images were taken with my “go anywhere” D300 and 18-200 mm lens with the pop-up flash. I did need to remove the lens hood to prevent a shadow in the image.

Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200  mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200  mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200  mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200  mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200  mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200  mm VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200  mm VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/7, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/7, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200  mm VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/7, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/7, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200  mm VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/7, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)
Black-capped Chickadee trying to keep warm. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 18-200 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 200 mm, f/7, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J. Mathre)

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