Six-Years Ago (12-March-2011) — New Jersey

With all of the rain and snow-melting the Delaware river had been flooding. I drove to Lambertville to get some pictures as the water was receding. Lots of trash had washed up and was left behind in the parking lot next to the Lambertville Inn and the Lambertville – New Hope bridge. After getting home there were many more snow-drop and purple-crocus blooms to photograph.

Delaware river after late winter flooding with the New Hope. PA and Lambertville, NJ bridge in the background. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 5 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding with the New Hope. PA and Lambertville, NJ bridge in the background. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 5 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding under the Labertville Inn. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding under the Labertville Inn. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/4, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding under the Labertville Inn. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Delaware river after late winter flooding under the Labertville Inn. Image take with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow-drop blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Late winter snow-drop blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Field of Purple Crocus blooms. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Closeup of Purple Crocus bloom. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Closeup of Purple Crocus bloom. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 100, 19 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (26-November-2011) — Pennsylvania

Autumn Dawn over the Delaware River

After being up all night for some night sky images, it looked like there could be some color at dawn. I took the chance and drove to the bridge over the Delaware river between Lambertville, NJ and New Hope, PA. The first image is a panorama of 5 images taken with the Nikon 1 V1 and 10 mm f/2.8 lens using Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. The next two images are HDR composites using Nik HDR Efex Pro from images taken with a Nikon D3x and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. Bottom line, the Nikon 1 V1 may be good, but I am not giving up my Nikon D3x anytime soon.

Pano of the Delaware River from the Lambertville - New Hope Bridge at Dawn. Composite of 5 images taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 10 mm f/2.8 lens using Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Pano of the Delaware River from the Lambertville – New Hope Bridge at Dawn. Composite of 5 images taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 10 mm f/2.8 lens using Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Dawn from the Lambertville - New Hope Bridge over the Delaware River. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16). HDR composite from 5 images using Nik HDR Efex Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Dawn from the Lambertville – New Hope Bridge over the Delaware River. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16). HDR composite from 5 images using Nik HDR Efex Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Dawn from the Lambertville - New Hope Bridge over the Delaware River. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16). HDR composite from 5 images using Nik HDR Efex Pro. (David J. Mathre)
Dawn from the Lambertville – New Hope Bridge over the Delaware River. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens. (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16). HDR composite from 5 images using Nik HDR Efex Pro. (David J. Mathre)

Thursday (24-November-2011) — Pennsylvania

Autumn in Pennsylvania: New Mirrorless Camera (Nikon 1 V1)

I got up early this morning to see how the new Nikon 1 V1 mirrorless digital camera performs. I spent the night reading the manual to get an idea of how to use the camera. As with anything new, you have to use it to really understand its capabilities. I drove to the Lambertville – New Hope bridge for some early dawn images. The Delaware river was up a little over 4 feet in the last day due to all of the rain we got on Tuesday and Wednesday. Still below flood stage but up more than usual. The following image is an old building in New Hope along the Delaware river, taken from across the river in the Lambertville Station parking lot. The Raw image was converted to jpg using Adobe Lightroom 3.6 RC with no additional processing. Note that I had to upgrade from Lightroom 3.5 to the 3.6 Release Candidate in order to be able to see and process the image with Lightroom. More images to follow, and I need to check out if my other Raw image processing programs are able to handle images from this new camera.

Later in the afternoon, I had a great Thanksgiving dinner with neighbors across the street. Images from the Thanksgiving celebration to follow. Right now the camera is outside to see how it performs capturing Night Sky images.

New Hope from Lambertville across the Delaware River. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10-100 mm Lens (ISO 110, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
New Hope from Lambertville across the Delaware River. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 and 10-100 mm Lens (ISO 110, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)

11-October-2011

Pre-Dawn Delaware River Crossing.

Looking south while crossing the Delaware river between Lambertville NJ and New Hope PA.

Crossing the Delaware on the Lambertville - New Hope Bridge. Pre-Dawn New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 6400, 28 mm, f/3.5, 1/25 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crossing the Delaware on the Lambertville - New Hope Bridge. Pre-Dawn New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 6400, 28 mm, f/3.5, 1/25 sec). (David J Mathre)