Monday (25-December-2017) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2017/2018 Road Trip. Day 5: Urban Garden in St. Petersburg.

This was the first time I have seen a Black & White Warbler. It never stayed in one place very long, so was hard to get an image. Many House Sparrows and an orange butterfly (Gulf Fritillary?). Then some fruit — Bananas still on the tree, a Carambola, Figs, and a green lemon.

Black & White Warbler. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Black & White Warbler. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 500, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)



Ten-Years Ago (25-December-2007) — Florida

Extended Mathre Family Celebration: A Busy Christmas Day

Early morning sunrise and night-time photography at the Vinoy Hotel.  Wildlife photography at the Weedon Island Nature Preserve. Lots of birds, a crab spider, and how often do you see, let alone catch a “flying fish” in midair. Then the extended Mathre family Christmas Day celebration.

Sunrise over Tampa Bay from the Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 14-28 mm f/2.8 len (ISO 100, 20 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise over Tampa Bay from the Vinoy Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs camera and 14-28 mm f/2.8 len (ISO 100, 20 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)


Mullet in Flight. Weedon Island Nature Preserve, Pinellas County, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
Mullet in Flight. Weedon Island Nature Preserve, Pinellas County, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/5, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)



Saturday (23-December-2017) — Florida

Gone to See Florida 2017/2018 Road Trip. Day 3: Sunset at Fort De Soto Park.

I went to the beach at Fort De Soto park for a lasagna dinner with my parents, brother, and aunt. The park is located in St. Petersburg at the southern tip of Pinellas County separating Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Just after the sun went below the horizon, the clouds started developing some intense pink and orange pastel colors. The first image is a composite of seven images taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens stitched together with AutoPano Giga Pro in a Fish-Eye view. The second image is a composite of fifteen images stitched together in a Little-Planet view.

Colorful Clouds at Dusk over the Gulf of Mexico. Sunset at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida Composite of seven images taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the fish-eye composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dusk over the Gulf of Mexico. Sunset at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida Composite of seven images taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 100, 11 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the fish-eye composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dusk over the Gulf of Mexico. Sunset at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida Composite of fifteen images taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 100, 11.1 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the Little Planet composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Clouds at Dusk over the Gulf of Mexico. Sunset at Fort De Soto Park in Pinellas County, Florida Composite of fifteen images taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 100, 11.1 mm, f/4, 1/100 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the Little Planet composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)