31-December-2011

What a Year — It Was Amazing!

As the year comes to and end, and I try to reflect on everything I have done and everywhere I have been — all I can say is WOW!. The year started out with a great photography trip to Patagonia with Thom Hogan. We will ignore the extra few days we were held hostage in southern Chile. This was followed by the Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop II on the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer lead by Michael Mariant. This started in San Diego, and then stopped in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama (including a transit through the Panama Canal), Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, and ended in Fort Lauderdale. My parents were along for this trip. I then attended a Nikonians workshop in Death Valley, also lead by Michael Mariant.

There have been a number of challenges at work. We shut down our San Francisco operations which included part of my group, and thus no more regular trips to California. We ended the year achieving (and exceeding) all of our objectives. I also attended a work sponsored executive retirement seminar. It is hard to believe that I have been working long enough to even consider retirement, but then again maybe I could spend more time working on photography.

This year I expanded beyond my Nikon cameras and lenses — adding a Leica X1 and Leica V-Lux 30 P&S cameara. NAS did add a couple of lenses to the kit (500 mm f/4 VRII and 600 mm f/4 VRII telephoto). Also at the end of the year I added a Nikon 1 V1 (mirrorless) camera body with the 10 mm f/2.8 lens, the 10-30 mm lens, 30-110 mm lens, and the 10-100 mm lens. I am looking forward to the FT1 lens adapter so I can use this camera body with a telescope.

Looking through my image database, it looks like I took something over 120K images this year — a new record for me. It also meant that I needed to update my digital asset management strategy. Lightroom is good, but can’t handle this many images. I’m currently testing Media Pro (Phase One). Capture One Pro (also Phase One) is now my primary image processing workflow, although I still am using Adobe Photoshop CS 5 and many Nik, OnOne, and Topaz plugins. I also needed to update my image storage and backup strategy after some hard drive failures. I’ve moved to a couple of Drobo disk arrays (16 TB) on and off-site.

Plans for next year? Thought about, but I didn’t sign up for the Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyage to the Carribean and Brazil (including a trip up the Amazon river). Thinking about a Hurtigruten cruise in Norway to see the Northern Lights, Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop III (San Diego, Central America, Peru – including Galapagos Islands), and also a trip to Cuba. If none of this works out, maybe it it time for a road trip out west. The White Ram (Roadtrek RV) is anxious for a road trip!

After dumping Facebook last year when my account was hacked, I joined Google+ this year. Google+ is a better platform for photographers. I really like the Daily Image Themes, and have been contributing a number of images.

 

Self Portrait in Death Valley. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Self Portrait in Death Valley. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

 

15-July-2011

Girl with Yellow Pants Running.

I just got word that “Girl with Yellow Pants Running” won First Place at the The Photographic Art Society of Florida exhibition last night. The theme of the show was “Black & White and One Color”. I took this image while on the Nikonians Academy Ultimate Travel Workshop (UTW-II) earlier this spring while returning by bus from a field trip to the Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala (02-May-2011) in the town of San Francisco de Sales. The image was processed with Capture One Pro 6 using the inverse color selection tool to select the yellow color of the pants and notebook and decreasing the saturation of all other colors to black and white. Other processing was performed with Nik Viveza, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. I thank my sister Kari Sheppard for for persevering while printing the image for the exhibition since it kept coming out too dark.

 

Girl with Yellow Pants Running into Building with UNE Party Sign in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Viveza 2, Nik Define 2 and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Girl with Yellow Pants Running into Building with UNE Party Sign in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Viveza 2, Nik Define 2 and Photoshop CS5.

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02-June-2011

1) Nikonians Final Show: The Rainforest, The Culture, The People. Plus 2) A Time Lapsed Video of the Panama Canal Transit.

Thanks to Michael Mariant two videos of images from the Ultimate Travel Workshop — Panama Canal and Central America Enrichment Voyage are now online. The first video includes a time-lapsed video from Howard as the M/V Explorer departs from San Diego, and a time-lapsed video from 7+ cameras as we traversed the Panama Canal over 8 hours as well as some of the best images from all of the Nikonians on the trip. The 2nd time lapsed video is just of the Panama Canal transit. My two cameras were the rear deck 4 fisheye view and the rear deck 4 looking up from the starboard side of the ship.

Nikonians Final Show: The Rainforest • The Culture • The People from Michael A. Mariant / M-Visuals on Vimeo.

All the photography, images and timelapse movies contained in this show are © Copyright 2011 UTW2 Collective, encompassing the copyright of all involved photographers, represented by M-Visuals.

Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse from Michael A. Mariant / M-Visuals on Vimeo.

“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

Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse from Michael A. Mariant / M-Visuals on Vimeo.

Additional Images from the UTW-II Panama Canal and Central America Enrichment Voyage and Nikonians Academy Photography Workshop:

27-April-2011, 28-April-2011, 29-April-2011, 30-April-2011, 01-May-2011, 02-May-2011, 03-May-2011, and more to come.

03-May-2011

Enrichment Voyage: Central America & the Panama Canal. Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop 2011 (UTW-II) Day 7 – Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Tarrales Bird Watching Tour.

We had to get up early in order to depart for the Tarrales Bird Watching Tour at 05:30 AM. On the bus ride to Tarrales I got a grab shot of some school girls waiting for the bus to school. A good fraction of the folks on this tour were part of the Rhodes Scholar contingent attending the Enrichment Voyage. As such the average age was higher, and we knew that we would not be hiking as far as we did yesterday to the volcano. Even though we left early, it wasn’t early enough for best bird viewing. Also, my 70-300 mm lens did not have the reach to get good images of the birds we did see. Our guide was good at finding the birds in the canopy. I only have one image of a midget owl, and it is a crop zoomed to 100%. It would have been a bit better if I took my D3x body with double the sensor size vs. the D3s body. I took the D3s because of the better low light capabilities coupled with the 70-300 f/5.6 limits. Jon got some better images with his 400 mm f/4 + TC.

After the Owl, I then switched to my 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens and focused on closer objects. In addition to close-up images of insects and flowers, the 105 mm lens is also great for people. Even with its small depth of field, it is very sharp. The remainder of the following images are of a small girl in Tarrales, a local jail, a close up of a China Berry, and of a flower with a bee. Then images from the bus ride back to the M/V Explorer. A school girl, Guatemalla mass transit, a coconut vendor with his machete, limes at a produce stand, woman walking past a produce vendor, a cross-eyed guy next to a “Prohibido Estanciona” sign, woman vendor cutting coconut, her son, and several images from an open market produce vendor.

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School Girls Waiting for the Bus. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/3.5, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
School Girls Waiting for the Bus. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/3.5, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Midget Owl in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Midget Owl in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Young Girl in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Young Girl in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Jail in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/5000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Jail in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/5000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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China Berries in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
China Berries in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Bee in Red Flower Bloom. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Bee in Red Flower Bloom. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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School Girl Walking Past ShuKitos. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
School Girl Walking Past ShuKitos. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Guatemala Mass Transit. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Guatemala Mass Transit. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Coconut Vendor with Machete. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Coconut Vendor with Machete. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Outdoor Produce Stand with Limes. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Outdoor Produce Stand with Limes. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Fast Walker at Open Air Produce Market. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Fast Walker at Open Air Produce Market. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Prohibido Estanciona. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Prohibido Estanciona. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Coconut Vendor. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Coconut Vendor. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Coconut Vendor Son not Working. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Coconut Vendor Son not Working. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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