Tuesday (24-October-2017) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey

Another rainy autumn day, but then a view of some colorful clouds at sunset from my patio.

Colorful storm clouds at Sunset. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 30 mm, f/4.5, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)
Colorful storm clouds at Sunset. Autumn backyard nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 18-55 mm zoom lens (ISO 100, 30 mm, f/4.5, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (07-October-2013) — Arizona

Sunset Panorama over from Yavapai Point near Sedona, Arizona.

The sunset panorama was created as a composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec).  The raw images were processed with Capture One Pro and the panorama generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. The individual images can be viewed in the following slide show.

Sunset Panorama Sedona, Arizona. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. Panorama generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Sunset Panorama Sedona, Arizona. Composite of 11 images taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 200, 32 mm, f/5.6, 1/40 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. Panorama generated using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)


Gone to See America 2013 Road Trip – Day 17.
Nikonians ANPAT 13 – Day 2.

 

 

Seven-Years Ago (27-May-2010) — Atlantic Ocean

Semester at Sea, Spring 2010 Enrichment Voyage. Day 1 of 15. At Sea.

After spending the day in Nassau, Bahama we embarked on the M/V Explorer for San Juan, Puerto Rico. At sunset, we saw a glimmer of a “green flash” as the sun went below the horizon.

 


 

Six-Years Ago (17-May-2011) — Gulf of Mexico

Day 20 of 21. Semester at Sea, Spring 2011 Enrichment Voyage.

The last sunset image from the deck of the M/V Explorer while crossing the Gulf of Mexico. It was an amazing voyage.

 

Sunset over the Caribbean on the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 320, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sunset over the Caribbean on the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 320, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)

 

One-Year Ago (15-April-2016) — Atlantic Ocean

The Semester at Sea, Spring 2016 voyage was almost over. Some of the students had their faces painted with flags from the countries we visited. Can anyone identify this flag? Then one final sunset image (and yes, that is a sunspot).

Face painting on board the MV World Odyssey. Day 101 of 102 of the Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage at sea between Morocco and England. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and a 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 173 mm, f/5.3, 1/1600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Face painting on board the MV World Odyssey. Day 101 of 102 of the Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage at sea between Morocco and England. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and a 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 173 mm, f/5.3, 1/1600 sec). (David J Mathre)
Final sunset aboard the MV World Odyssey. Day 101 of 102 of the Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage at sea between Morocco and England. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and a 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/16, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Final sunset aboard the MV World Odyssey. Day 101 of 102 of the Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage at sea between Morocco and England. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and a 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 300 mm, f/16, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (07-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Day 3 of 102. Semester at Sea, Spring 2016 Voyage. Crossing the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to Hawaii.

This was our first day of classes. I woke at 05:00, and it was still dark out. As it got close to sunrise we had some clouds and some on and off rain. I set up a camera with a fisheye lens to take a time-lapsed video of the ocean from my cabin window (shown at the end of this post). The MV World Odyssey is much more opulent than the previous ship (MV Explorer) that Semester at Sea used for its voyages. When Semester at Sea is not leasing the MV World Odyssey, it reverts back to the German cruise ship — MV Deutschland. During the voyage I would use the statues and other artwork on the MV World Odyssey in my images. I signed up for the “Energy for the World” class taught by John Tyner.

 

Pink clouds over the MV World Odyssey at dawn. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 3 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 23 mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pink clouds over the MV World Odyssey at dawn. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 3 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 400, 23 mm, f/3.5, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Bronze statue of a woman and seagull leading the MV World Odyssey while crossing the Pacific Ocean. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 3 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/14, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Bronze statue of a woman and seagull leading the MV World Odyssey while crossing the Pacific Ocean. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 3 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/14, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 

Signed prints and digital downloads of images in the slideshow are available for purchase at my image gallery David Mathre Photography

 

 

One-Year Ago (06-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Day 2 of 102. Semester at Sea, Spring 2016 Voyage. Crossing the Pacific Ocean from Mexico to Hawaii.

This was our first full day at sea. I woke at 05:30. Both the moon and Venus were visible before sunrise. The seas were calmer than during the night. I was not impacted, but I know some of the folks were sea-sick. Like my previous Semester at Sea voyages (six Enrichment, two Semester), I made it a goal to take pictures at dawn, sunrise, sunset, and dusk on as many days as possible. It did mean missing a lot of sleep, but there is something special about sunrise and sunset at sea. I hope you enjoy some of these images over the next 100+ days. The first day at sea was mainly orientation sessions, and time for those that have not been to sea before to get used to the motion on the ship. Classes started on the next day. Latter in the afternoon while walking around the ship, I found one of the students working on watercolor painting in the late afternoon sun.

Moon, Venus, and clouds over the Pacific Ocean at dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 2 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 23 mm, f/2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Moon, Venus, and clouds over the Pacific Ocean at dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 2 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 23 mm, f/2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Grace working on a watercolor painting in the late afternoon sun. Aft deck of the MV World Odyssey crossing the Pacific Ocean. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 2 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Grace working on a watercolor painting in the late afternoon sun. Aft deck of the MV World Odyssey crossing the Pacific Ocean. Semester at Sea, 2016 Spring Semester Voyage. Day 2 of 102. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)


Signed prints and digital downloads of images in the slideshow are available for purchase at my image gallery David Mathre Photography

24-May-2013

Sunset on the English Channel. Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage Day 28.

Today was a day at sea aboard the M/V Explorer as we traveled from Dublin, Ireland to Dover, United Kingdom. Most of my time was spent getting images ready for the Ultimate Travel Photography Workshop IV final show. Spencer compiled all of the selected images from the workshop participants for the segment 2 final show and added appropriate music. The theme for the show was Street Photography and Travel Photography. After presentation of the show to the ship’s passengers in the Union, I quickly went to deck 7 to see if the sunset was going to be interesting. The clouds were developing an intense orange color, but due to high winds, I was unable to get outside to take images. I decided to run down to my cabin to pick up the Nikon D4 camera body and the 80-400 mm VRII lens. As soon as I got up to deck 7 at the rear of the ship, I could see a cargo ship may pass directly between us and the cargo ship. One nice thing about the D4 camera body and new XQD memory card is the ability to take many more images before the buffer fills up. The following is an image taken just as the cargo ship passed between us and the setting sun

Sunset on the English Channel. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage on the MV Explorer on the way to Dover, England. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset on the English Channel. Semester at Sea, Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage on the MV Explorer on the way to Dover, England. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

24-August-2012

Semester at Sea Fall 2012 Voyage Day 2: Atlantic Crossing

The main activity for the first full day at sea was an all-day orientation for the students in the Union. There are 477 undergraduate students attending the Fall Semester this year. In addition there are 47 Life Long Learners (30 full voyage and 17 partial voyage), 36 Faculty, 37 Staff & Family, and 181 Crew on board the M/V Explorer for this voyage.

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Halifax Sunrise, M/V Explorer Departure, Sunset at Sea (David J. Mathre)
Orientation for Students in the Union (David J. Mathre)

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Sunset (David J. Mathre)
Students Waiting for Sunset (David J. Mathre)

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Sunset (David J. Mathre)
Student Waiting for Sunset (David J. Mathre)

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Sunset at Sea on the M/V Explorer. Fall 2012 Semester at Sea Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 122 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunset at Sea on the M/V Explorer. Fall 2012 Semester at Sea Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 122 mm, f/11, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (20-November-2007) — Hawaii

Hawaii Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan: Day 3.

Three images taken four years ago today as on a photography workshop on the Big Island of Hawaii led by  Thom Hogan . The first image is two women running to the ocean at the beach at Waipi’o Valley. The second image is of a palm tree overlooking  Waipi’o valley, located along the Hamakua Coast on the  Big Island of Hawaii. The third image is a sunset over the ocean (location unknown).

Running to the Ocean Waipi�o Valley Beach. Big Island Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Running to the Ocean Waipi�o Valley Beach. Big Island Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 17-35 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/8, 1/125 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Palm Tree at Waipi�o Valley.Trail Overlook. Big Island Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens. (David J. Mathre)
Palm Tree at Waipi�o Valley.Trail Overlook. Big Island Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens. (David J. Mathre)
Sunset. Big Island Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 12 mm, f/11, 1/15 sec). (David J. Mathre)
Sunset. Big Island Hawaii. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 12-24 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 12 mm, f/11, 1/15 sec). (David J. Mathre)

One thing that Thom helped me with during the workshop was how to compose an image with at wide-angle lens. You can see an example at Waipi’o Valley beach with subjects near, mid, and far distance at the following link: 20-November-2007. The other lesson was to include a human subject to give perspective and scale to the overall image. The image at the link above includes Thom as the mid distance subject.