Seven-Years Ago (30-December-2010) — Argentina

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/11. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 4: Estancia Helsingfors.

This was our first full day at Estancia Helsingfors. I am adding some images taken that day. And I still have many more to share.

Gaucho Crossing Stream Near Lago Viedma at Estancia Helsingfors in Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/640 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Gaucho Crossing Stream Near Lago Viedma at Estancia Helsingfors in Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 28-120 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/640 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)

11-December-2012

Comparison of RAW Digital Image Processing Programs.

Both Phase One and DxO have released new versions of their RAW digital image processing software (DxO Optics Pro 8, and Capture One Pro 7). The following image of a horse in an open-air horse trailer outside of Taos, New Mexico was taken from within a van during ANPAT 12. The image was processed as follows: 1) The imbedded jpg image extracted using Color Bits “Photo Mechanic”; The RAW image converted to jpg using Nikon View NX2; 3) The RAW image processed with Nikon Capture NX2; 4) The RAW image processed with Adobe Lightroom 4 (using the Adobe RAW engine); 5) The RAW image processed with Phase One Capture One Pro 7; and 6) The RAW image processed with DxO Optics Pro 8. There is a tint in the window of the van, so adjusting the white balance is tricky. Some of the RAW processors do better than others adjusting and correcting the white balance. Most RAW image processors have the ability to correct for lens distortion. DxO Optics Pro 8 has the largest collection of profiles for lens distortion correction. Capture One Pro 7 only has lens correction profiles for a few (high end/Pro) lenses, and did not have the profile for the camera/lens used for this image.

Let me know which version you like or dislike (either reply to the blog post or e-mail).

Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110  mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Imbedded JPG extracted with Photo Mechanic. (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Imbedded JPG extracted with Photo Mechanic. (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110  mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). View NX2 JPG image. (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). View NX2 JPG image. (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110  mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Nikon Capture NX2 (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Nikon Capture NX2 (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110  mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Adobe Camera Raw - Lightroom 4. (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Adobe Camera Raw – Lightroom 4. (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110  mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110  mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with DxO Optics Pro 8. (David J Mathre)
Horse in an Open Air Horse Carrier on the Highway into Taos, New Mexico. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 30 mm, f/3.8, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with DxO Optics Pro 8. (David J Mathre)

03-January-2011

Hosteria El Pilar, Fitzroy Massif at Sunrise, and a Hike to Lago de Los Tres . Day 8 of a Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan in Patagonia.

There were definitely more clouds this morning, and I am glad that I did the night sky images the previous day. The goal for the day was a hike to Lago de Los Tres. This is a glacial lake at the base of Fitzroy. Both Thom and Tony were under the weather, so did not attempt this hike. The hike starts right in front of the hosteria, and goes through some really nice wooded areas. Since it was overcast, this made for some great photo attractions but had to keep the time we stopped short to make the entire hike. There were several views of glaciers along the trail, and we heard the boom from several ice falls. As we got to the Poincenot campground we could see that the remaining part of the trail was a series of very steep switchbacks. I decided to stay around the campsite, have lunch and wait for the rest of the group to come back. Rob figured that they would be back in 2.5-3 hours. After 2 hours I could see the group through a telephoto lens still going up the hill, which was now in full sunlight. It took the group an extra 1.5 hours to do the round trip to Lago des Los Tres. As soon as the group got back to the campground, it clouded over again with wind and some light rain. The goup hightailed it back to the hosteria. Soon after we got back, the sun peaked though to give us a bit of a rainbow. I went to the back deck to try to photograph the rainbow. As soon as I did a couple of horses came into the back courtyard. I do hope that at least one of these images turn out.

Rainbow and Horses at Hosteria El Pilar (David J Mathre)

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