28-June-2012

Independence Day Fireworks 2012 From Montgomery Township, New Jersey

Montgomery Township in New Jersey typically has an Independence Day fireworks celebration several days before the 4th of July. This year it was almost a week earlier. I have a great location near my house that has a view that is above the Highschool where the fireworks are launched. This was the first time I was able to use the new high resolution Nikon D800 to photograph a fireworks display. In all I had five cameras set up to record the event. The following are 1) an image from the D800, 2) a composite DSLR video using a D3s and 85 mm f/1.4G lens; and 3) a time-lapsed video using images from a D3 with a 70-200 mm VRII lens, a D3x and 180 mm f/2.8D lens, and a D800 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens. The videos were processed using Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 and saved in H.264 HDTV 720P format and uploaded to the ShepartPhotography SmugMug site.

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Independence Day Fireworks in Montgomery Township, New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 200 mm f/2G VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/11, 8 sec). (David J Mathre)
Independence Day Fireworks in Montgomery Township, New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 200 mm f/2G VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/11, 8 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Independence Day 2012 Fireworks. Montgomery Township, NJ. DSLR Video. Composite of four 5-minute videos taken with a Nikon D3s with am 85 mm f/1.4G lens. Images processed with Adobe Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

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Independence Day Fireworks. Montgomery Township, NJ. DSLR Time-Lapsed Video. Images taken with a Nikon D3 with 70-200 mm f/2.8 lens, Nikon D3x with 180 mm f/2.8D lens, and Nikon D800 with 200 mm f/2 VR lens. Images processed with Adobe Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop CS6, and Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.
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Note that the video does not work in some older Browsers — try the ShepartPhotography SmugMug site.

Saturday (10-December-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Night Sky Over New Jersey: Bird Captured Flying Past the Full Moon

I missed the Lunar Eclipse because I am on the east coast. The sky was clear and the moon was full, so I did take some images and DSLR videos with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR lens + TC-E III 20 teleconverter. The D3s is limited to a 5 minute 720p HR video, so I would keep going out  and restarting the videos. It was cold, and I wasn’t going to stay out there. The amazing thing when I started viewing the videos, on the very first one saw that I captured a bird flying across the moon. The duration of the transit was about 0.1 second. The frame-grab image from the video shows the bird in front of the moon. I think that it is a sea bird based on the wing shape, but hope that a bird expert can help with the identification. I’ve also included a video of the bird transit. The first pass is real time, the next six repeats are slowed down 10x.

Bird Flying Past Full Moon. Frame Grab from a DSLR Video taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR llens and TC-E III 20 teleconverter (David J Mathre)
Bird Flying Past Full Moon. Frame Grab from a DSLR Video taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 VR llens and TC-E III 20 teleconverter (David J Mathre)

14-July-2011

Thunder Full Moon over New Jersey.

A DSLR video and still image of the July “Thunder Full Moon. These were taken with a Nikon D3s and Questar 7” telescope. The moon disk just fits withing the D3s sensor, and is clipped in the video. The offical full moon is on the 15th, but these images and the video were taken within 4 hours of the full moon on the 14th. I used Adobe CS5 Premiere Pro to edit the video. The digital art version of the full moon was created using Nik Color Efex Pro — Weird Lines Filter.

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Thunder Full Moon Digital Art. Summer Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and Questar 7 inch telescope (ISO 1600, ~2500 mm, f/16, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Color Efex Pro (Weird Lines) and Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
Thunder Full Moon Digital Art. Summer Night in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and Questar 7 inch telescope (ISO 1600, ~2500 mm, f/16, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Color Efex Pro (Weird Lines) and Photoshop CS5

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Thunder Full Moon over New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and Questar 7 inch telescope (ISO 1600, ~2500 mm, f/16, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
Thunder Full Moon over New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and Questar 7 inch telescope (ISO 1600, ~2500 mm, f/16, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5

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