Seven-Years Ago (29-May-2010) — Puerto Rico

Day 3 of 15. Semester at Sea Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage.

A dramatic sunrise, and then a rainbow over the Atlantic Ocean before arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. We then spent the day doing a walkabout through the San Juan old city.

 

Atlantic Ocean sunrise from the deck of the M/V Explorer prior to arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/10, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Atlantic Ocean sunrise from the deck of the M/V Explorer prior to arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/10, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Rainbow and clouds over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the M/V Explorer prior to arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Rainbow and clouds over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the M/V Explorer prior to arriving in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 50 mm, f/11, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Seven-Years Ago (28-May-2010) — Atlantic Ocean

Day 2 of 15. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage.

The first sunrise on this voyage. One of many reasons I got hooked on taking sunrise and sunset images while at sea.

 

Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the M/V Explorer. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage traveling between Naussau, Bahamas to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the M/V Explorer. Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage traveling between Naussau, Bahamas to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 50 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 400, 50 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Seven-Years Ago (27-May-2010) — Atlantic Ocean

Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Day 1 of 15. At Sea.

After spending the day in Nassau, Bahama we embarked on the M/V Explorer for San Juan, Puerto Rico. At sunset, we saw a glimmer of a “green flash” as the sun went below the horizon.

 


 

Four-Years Ago (17-May-2013) — Netherlands

Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Day 22 of 52. On our second day in Amsterdam, Netherlands I took part in two field trips with my parents. The first one was to the world’s largest flower auction site in Aalsmeer, Netherlands. It is located near the Schiphol international airport. The auction room looks more like the control center for a space shot. The flowers come from all around the world, and then are sent all around the world by the next morning. In the afternoon we went to the Kröller-Müller museum and sculpture garden located in the Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo, Netherlands.

 

The worlds largest flower auction site in Aalsmeer, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and10 (David J Mathre)
The worlds largest flower auction site in Aalsmeer, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and10 (David J Mathre)

 

Mother posing with the ´Monsieur Jacques´ (1956) sculpture by Oswald Wenckebach in the Kröller-Müller museum and sculpture garden.  Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 13 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Converted to B&W with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Mother posing with the ´Monsieur Jacques´ (1956) sculpture by Oswald Wenckebach in the Kröller-Müller museum and sculpture garden. Hoge Veluwe National Park in Otterlo, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 250, 13 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Converted to B&W with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)

 


 

Four-Years Ago (16-May-2013) — Netherlands

Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. Day 21 of 52. The M/V Explorer arrived in Amsterdam, Netherlands early in the morning. I signed up for the field trip to the Tulip festival at Keukenhof gardens in Lisse, Netherlands with my parents. The Tulip festival at Keukenhof gardens is only open for a short time every spring, and this was one of the last days. When we arrived there were many tourist buses in the parking lot. The sky was grey with some off and on light rain. The flower gardens were beautiful, although there were a few “ugly tourists” that walked right into the flower gardens. There was also a wedding party where the photographer had the full entourage stand in the middle of a patch of tulips. I don’t know how many flowers got trampled.

 

Joan and Loren at the Lily arch. Tulip festival at Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)
Joan and Loren at the Lily arch. Tulip festival at Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse, Netherlands. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)

 


 

28-May-2013

Olso. Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32.

It had been misting and raining for several hours before sailing into Oslo Harbor. The rain was heavy enough at one point for there to be standing water on the decks. It gets light very early this far north, but it was overcast so I didn’t see the sun rise at 04:13 AM. The mist and fog prevented us from seeing much of the channel and islands as we got close to Oslo. We left the ship as soon as the Norwegian Customs and Immigration officials cleared the ship. Our first goal was getting an Oslo Pass (good for museums, bus, tram, train, and ferry). The nearest tourist office at the port terminal was closed. We were told that it would open at 11:00 AM as soon as a larger 4000 passenger ship arrived — I guess that the M/V Explorer with 750 passengers isn’t a large enough ship to rate. The next tourist office was a 15 minute walk, just behind City Hall. This one was open, and we were lucky we arrived early. After taking a number you wait for the lighted sign to indicate your turn to see a tourist representative. In addition to getting the Oslo pass, we got a booklet, maps, and directions. They also exchange currency (but don’t have an ATM) and will make reservations hotels and trips. By the time we left, the tourist office was filled with 40+ folks waiting to see a tourist representative.

Next we walked to the ferry terminal to take Ferry 92 to Bygøoynes. The first stop on the Ferry is within walking distance to the Norwegian Folk Museum (Norsk Folkemuseum) and the Viking Ship Museum. After visiting the Viking Ship Museum we walked to the cluster of the Kon-Tiki, Polar Ship Fram, and Norwegian Maritime Museums. This was a longer walk than expected, and after figured out that we could have taken the ferry to the 2nd stop, or take Bus 30 to get these Museums. The Oslo Pass quickly paid for itself by providing free admission to the Museums. An interesting note about the Fram Museum is that the primary language for all of the displays are in English.

The next goal was Vigeland Sculpture Park. To get there we took Bus 30 to Olav Kyrres plass, and transferred to Bus 20. Two stops latter we arrived at the Park. The morning rain ended and the sky started to clear. There were six Tourist and School buses in the parking lot at the entrance, but not too many people for a 73 acre park. The trees were green with fresh spring leaves, and tulips were in bloom. A large part of the gardens had newly planted rose plants (not yet in bloom). In addition to tourists visiting the park, there were lots of locals including several groups of school children out to enjoy the sun. For this segment of the trip, I am focusing on taking pictures with prime lenses. With the sun shining through, I was able to get some sunburst images with the sculptures. A great future project will be to photograph the sculptures in all seasons and weather conditions. Yes, I want to return.

To get back to the ship we went to the bus stop. An electronic sign at the bus stop indicated it would be a 25-30 minute wait for Bus 12. Across the street was a stop for Tram 12 with trams running every 5-10 minutes. As soon as we got across the street, the tram arrived. A short time later we were back at the City Hall. All in all, a great day in Oslo.
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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 24 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 400, 28 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 24 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 400, 28 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1600 sec) (David J Mathre)
Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1600 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1250 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Running the Steps at Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Running the Steps at Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1000 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)
Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/8, 1/800 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 24 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 24 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 100, 28 mm, f/8, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 32. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/8, 1/1000 sec) (David J Mathre)

26-April-2013

Barcelona, Spain. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage – Day 1

After a long day of travel – Overnight on British Air from Tampa to Gatwick, then Gatwick to Barcelona we made it to the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer. The ship was not docked at the location that the SAS folks indicated, but we saw it in the taxi when we got near the port. Once on board we found our cabins and had dinner. On Friday, we were able to spend the morning visiting Barcelona. The weather was great with blue skies and fluffy white clouds. Our first stop was the Sagrada Familia Cathedral. There were many tourists visiting the unfinished Cathedral. My parents had online tickets to visit the inside of the Cathedral. If you plan to visit, get the online tickets – it will save you a line that was blocks long. I went to find Xavi, a friend and fellow student from 30 years ago when I went to Graduate School at Caltech. We had a great lunch of Tapas at Cerveceria Catalina. Xavi also recently retired and is spending his time traveling and doing photography: Xavi’s Blog. Then back to the ship for our mandatory safety drill before sailing off to Monte Carlo, Monaco.
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Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)
Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)

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Tourists Viewing the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)
Tourists Viewing the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)

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Tourists Viewing the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)
Tourists Viewing the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)

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Detail in the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Converted to B&W with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Detail in the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). Converted to B&W with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)

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Motorcycle Passing the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/15 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)
Motorcycle Passing the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/15 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)

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Xavi on His Bicycle in Front of Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Xavi on His Bicycle in Front of Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Xavi on His Bicycle in Front of Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/3.5, 1/400 sec).. (David J Mathre)
Xavi on His Bicycle in Front of Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/3.5, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

02-August-2011

Dragonfly — Summer in New Jersey.

When I got home tonight after being away from the house for a day, I found that the tomato plants on my deck wilting. It continues to be very hot here in New Jersey. I did water the tomato plants Sunday before I left, and from where I was in PA yesterday thought that they would have had some rain on Monday. Apparently not. I added 3 gallons of water to each of the planters. Hopefully they recover.

While doing the watering a Dragonfly and a very large white moth (?) flew by. The moth was about twice as big as a Monarch butterfly, and I have not seen a white moth this big before — but I didn’t get out in time with a camera (what did I say in my previous post — the best camera is the camera with you). I did get a couple of images of the Dragonfly and you can see one below.

Earlier this year I was on a Semester at Sea (SAS) Enrichment Voyage “Central America and Panama Canal” and last spring a SAS Enrichment Voyage “Caribbean Islands. ” These were both done as part of Nikonians “Ultimate Travel Workshops” run by Michael Mariant.  Several images from these trips are on previous blogs from this site. While on the voyage this spring I heard that there was going to be an Enrichment Voyage starting this December, going into next year that would start in Nassau Bahamas, stop in several Caribbean Island then go to Brazil and up the Amazon river, and then back through some more Caribbean islands before ending in Fort Lauderdale Florida. This trip was not part of the Nikonians “Ultimate Travel Workshops” but I was still very interested.  I didn’t sign up while on the last trip, mainly because of issues at work and amount of remaining vacation time this year. SAS extended the early sign-up time until 31-July-2011. I sent a reservation application in late Sunday (31-July-2011). Unfortunately, I got a call today that the voyage is well subscribed, and that my request for a single supplement  would not be 150% (as advertised), but now 200% because of bookings. I’m not going to pay 2x because I am traveling single. I did a little bit of research and it looks like the Road Scholar group may have taken up the rooms since they are charging the same amout per room for the voyage for either single or double occupancy. ARRG.

I may be dissapointed, but now will have extra vacation time next year to do an extended road trip across America, and possibly an Alaska Marine Highway ferry trip to Alaska and Canada.

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Dragonfly -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Dragonfly -- Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6, Nik Define 2, and Photoshop CS5.

23-June-2011

The Panama Canal Time-Lapsed Video is now also on You-Tube.

(The Vimeo version of the Panama Canal Time-Lapsed Video is still available on my 02-June-2011 post)

“Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse” is a multi-camera timelapse, created using sequential photography from 10 cameras at 8 different camera locations/angles onboard the passenger ship MV Explorer, for a total of over 5,500 photographs, pulled from 30,000 photographs during the 8-hour transit of the canal on May 8, 2011.

This timelapse was created as part of the Ultimate Travel Workshop II (UTW2) Central America & The Panama Canal: April 27 – May 17, 2011, a Nikonians Academy workshop operated by faculty member and workshop instructor Michael A. Mariant/M-Visuals in conjunction with the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea & Enrichment Voyage programs.

The eight camera position angles were scouted in advance, as well as mapping out the transit of the canal down into six different zones. Four cameras were shooting continuously in all six shooting zones for the entire 8-hour transit, while the other four camera positions were scripted for certain zones based on the storyboard and schedule.

Technical Specs:
• All cameras (a mix between Canon and Nikon DSLRs) operated on either internal or external interverlameter control.

• The forward (bow) facing camera and the aft (fish-eye) facing camera were shooting at 10-second intervals. The remaining side-facing cameras were shooting at 5-second intervals. This was due to the perceived perception of speed of objects coming towards/away from the camera (timed with greater intervals) versus side-motion perception of movement (timed with shorter intervals) to allow for a similar perceived perception of speed in the final multi-camera edit.

• All cameras were synchronized together via the camera’s internal clocks, to provide a simulated ‘timecode’, via the metadata, in the final edit.

• Exposure changes at each camera location (weather was a mix of clouds, rain and sun) during the 8-hour transit were timed to scripted camera cuts in the storyboard.

• All the photographs were sequenced in QuickTime Pro 7. Final edit/grading in Final Cut Studio.

“Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse”
All photographs, images and timelapse movies contained within this show/film are © Copyright 2011 UTW2 Copyright Collective. All Rights Reserved.

UTW2 Copyright Collective Members:
Jon Bloom
Albert Esschendal
Joan Hammond
David Hays
Richard Hulbert
Howard Ignatius
Jerry Kirkhart
David Mathre
Josef Smogursewski
Michael A. Mariant

M-Visuals is the acting representative of the UTW2 Copyright Collective

“Panama Canal: A Transit in TImelapse” is an M-Visuals Film,
produced and directed by Michael A. Mariant

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Panama Canal Lock. Image Taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm) (David J Mathre)

03-June-2011

Morning View of Off-Shore Oil Rigs.

Image from one year ago today while on the Semester at Sea “Caribbean Enrichment Voyage” attending the Nikonian Academy “Ultimate Travel Workshop” (UTW-I). We were onboard the M/V Explorer going into Port of Spain, Trinidad when we saw some off-shore oil rigs.
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Morning View of Off-shore Oil Rigs. Port of Spain, Trinidad. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 135 mm, f/16, 1/1000 sec). Raw Image processed with DxO, Capture One 6 Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J. Mathre)
Morning View of Off-shore Oil Rigs. Port of Spain, Trinidad. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 135 mm, f/16, 1/1000 sec). Raw Image processed with DxO, Capture One 6 Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.