Three-Years Ago (11-November-2014) — New Jersey

Time-lapsed 360 degree videos of the front and back yard. The images were taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 200, 28 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) for the front yard or a Df camera and 16-35 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) for the backyard. An Astro controller was used to rotate and control the camera, taking ~ 1200 pictures while doing a 360 degree circle over a period of 15 minutes. The time-lapsed video was created using Photoshop CC and Premier Pro CC.

In the videos you can see a neighbor vacuuming up the fallen autumn leaves to cover his daffodils for the winter. These videos also show the exterior of the house before the renovation project got started. Since then the roof was replaced, solar panels installed, garage door replaced, copper gutters installed, new siding installed, the deck removed and replaced with a stone patio, and the french doors replaced.

One-Year Ago (22-October-2016) — New Jersey

Home Renovation Project – Wall Print Mounting System

I was testing some ideas for a wall system for mounting fine-art prints in my house. The goal was a system where prints could easily be exchanged and moved around. I first tried using flexible 3M magnetic tape. The magnetic strength for the tape was not enough to hold up 13″ x 19″ prints. I then tried strips of cold-rolled steel (1″ x 0.125″ x 72″). This is the prototype system that I installed in my laundry room worked. Since then I made some modifications, and have installed seven (2 to 4 meter) sections  in other rooms as part of the home renovation project.

Prototype wall system for mounting prints. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO , 14 mm, f/2.8, 1/ sec) (David J Mathre)
Prototype wall system for mounting prints. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO , 14 mm, f/2.8, 1/ sec) (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (20-October-2016) — New Jersey

Home Renovation Project

Back side of the house undergoing renovation. The previous wood deck was removed, and the space is being converted to a stone patio. The roofing, back siding and French doors had been replaced. Solar panels had been installed on the roof, and at the time of this picture were awaiting inspection before being energized. Little Planet (360 degree) view of the project in progress. Also, a slide show of the 36 individual images that were used to produce the Little Planet view.

Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)


Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation -- new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)
Little Planet View. Home renovation — new patio. Autumn backyard in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec) (David J Mathre)

Today (08-June-2017) — New Jersey

For my backyard walkabout today I used a Leica T camera with a wide-angle 11-23 mm zoom lens. I was pleased that I could focus this lens at relatively close distances. This first image is of a yellow California poppy flower. The first of these that I was fully open this season. These flowers close at night, and when cold — so I was glad to see it open this morning. You can read between the lines that I was happy that the sun was out this morning. Many more images of red and pink poppies. I planted four tomato seedlings. We will see if they make it this year. Progress is being made with the home renovation — the first section of the copper gutter was installed, and the first stone step to the patio was installed.

 

Yellow California poppy in my front yard. Spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/7, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Yellow California poppy in my front yard. Spring nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 22 mm, f/7, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Today (10-February-2017) — New Jersey

Wall hanging system for prints being prototyped in my laundry room — A work in Progress. The goal was to design and build a simple system to display prints on walls in my house, and then deploy the system in many rooms as the house is renovated. I wanted something that would allow me to easily move or change the prints being displayed, and not need to use picture frames, or picture hanging hardware. The first attempt used a map hanging system. This limited me to rows of the same size [letter – 8-1/2″ x 11″; B+ – 13″ x 19″; or C – 17″ x 22″]. One other idea was to hold the prints up with magnets. This was first attempted using parallel strips of flexible 3M magnetic tape attached to the drywall. I tried a number of small magnets, but none were strong enough to hold prints larger than 8 1/2″ by 11″ and especially prints on thick archival papers. Looking for other options I found that cold-rolled steel had a stronger magnetic attraction. For the prototype I mounted thirteen 1″ x 0.125″ x 72″ steel bars on the wall. These were attached by drilling holes in the steel bars and then screwing into the studs behind the drywall. An image of the prototype is shown below. I used a series of different sized images from the day before starting the Spring 2016 Semester at Sea voyage. Future work will be optimizing the placement of the steel bars to work with letter, B+, and C sized prints. The steel bars will be painted the same color as the wall, and the round ceramic magnets will be painted white. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/1.4, 1/125 sec) pop-up flash bounced off the ceiling.

Work in Progress. Wall hanging system for prints being prototyped in my laundry room. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/1.4, 1/125 sec) pop-up flash bounced off the ceiling. (David J Mathre)
Work in Progress. Wall hanging system for prints being prototyped in my laundry room. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/1.4, 1/125 sec) pop-up flash bounced off the ceiling. (David J Mathre)