Wednesday (25-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature

After raining most of the day, the clouds started clearing in the west allowing the late afternoon sun to light up the trees with their fall colors. All I had to do was step out onto my patio and point the camera east.

Late afternoon autumn colors. Backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late afternoon autumn colors. Backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (24-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

Another rainy autumn day, but then a view of some colorful clouds at sunset from my patio.

Colorful storm clouds at Sunset. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 30 mm, f/4.5, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)
Colorful storm clouds at Sunset. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 30 mm, f/4.5, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (10-March-2015) — Patagonia

Early in the morning I went for a walkabout at Estancia Chiristina. I was rewarded by the sky being lit up at dawn. I am always amazed by the colors of the clouds at dawn and dusk in Patagonia. Later in the morning we went for a horse ride to the glacier. Here they required helmets when riding the horses (which was good). A few images of silhouettes with lenticular clouds, and one of a rainbow over the glacier.

Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn in Patagonia at Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
About to go horse ride in Patagonia from Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
About to go horse ride in Patagonia from Estancia Christina. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossing a glacier stream on a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and  Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossing a glacier stream on a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and selfie from a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and selfie from a horse in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/11, 1/120 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Silhouette and lenticular clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rainbow over a glacier in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and  55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rainbow over a glacier in Patagonia. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 55-200 mm lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/16, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (05-November-2006) — New Jersey

Backyard night sky with moon-lit clouds moving in. Orion is partially hiding. Images taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 17 mm, f/2.8, 6 sec).

 


Six-Years Ago (05-November-2006) — New Jeresy

Backyard Autumn Night Sky in New Jersey.

Moonlit night sky with the clouds rolling inFour images taken with a Nikon D2xs and 17-55 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 17 mm, f/2.8, 6 sec) as the clouds moved in.


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

Hawaii Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan: Day 5.

Four years ago today I was attending a photography workshop on the Big Island of Hawaii led by  Thom Hogan . We spent Thanksgiving day in and around Volcanoes National Park, and planned to have Thanksgiving dinner at the Volcano House Hotel. The day started shooting sunrise over the Kilauea crater. In order to record the wide range of light, I took seven images with different exposure times. These were then processed using Photomatix (a HDR program). After that, Thom found a Nene (the Hawaiian state bird, also known as the Hawaiian Goose). The Nene is probably distantly related to Canada geese, however the Nene do not migrate. I guess that once they found Hawaii, they decided to stay :-). The Nene almost went extinct and is carefully guarded on a couple of the Hawaiian islands. Finally, Thom helped with a composition including a fern.

Sunrise over Kilauea Volcano Crater, Volcanoes National Park Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/5.). HDR composite of 7 images using Photomatix Pro (David J. Mathre)
Sunrise over Kilauea Volcano Crater, Volcanoes National Park Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/5.). HDR composite of 7 images using Photomatix Pro (David J. Mathre)

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Nene - Hawaiian Goose, Volcanoes National Park Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/180 sec) (David J. Mathre)
Nene – Hawaiian Goose, Volcanoes National Park Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/8, 1/180 sec) (David J. Mathre)

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Fern Composition, Volcanoes National Park Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/6.3, 1/60 sec) with SB-800 fill flash (David J. Mathre)
Fern Composition, Volcanoes National Park Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/6.3, 1/60 sec) with SB-800 fill flash (David J. Mathre)

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12-October-2008

Storm Clouds over the Refinery in Sinclair Wyoming.

I left Salt Lake City, and continued my drive east on I-80. A lot of snow fell during the night, but the highway was open. It must have been bad the previous night since there were several tractor trailers off the road. Once I got into Wyoming, the highway got better. I took this image of a refinery while driving through Sinclair. Interesting historical note, this route is also known as the Lincoln Highway, which was the first transcontinental automobile road that went all the way across the United States. I used to live near New Jersey Route 27, which was also part of the Lincoln Highway in Edison New Jersey.

Refinery off the Lincoln Highway (I-80) in Sinclair Wyoming. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 35 mm f/2 D lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Refinery off the Lincoln Highway (I-80) in Sinclair Wyoming. Image taken with a Nikon D300 and 35 mm f/2 D lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/13, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)

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16-August-2011

After the Storm. Backyard Summer Landscape in New Jersey.

It has been raining a lot since Saturday Night. The storm system is finally leaving. I hoped to get a rainbow, but had to settle for a landscape view from my backyard. But then again, it is not often I can take a landscape image with weather/clouds from my backyard. The image was taken with a Leica X1. The first version of the image is the “out of the camera” JPG. The next two were the Leica X1 version of RAW (Adobe DNG) that were processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. The main difference between these two images was the white balance). The final image was converted to B&W using Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Let me know which you like best.

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Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Out of the camera JPG. (David J. Mathre)
Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Out of the camera JPG.

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Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J. Mathre)
Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J. Mathre)
Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J. Mathre)
Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

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