Wednesday (08-November-2017) — New Jersey

One of the backyard Nisse/Trolls out hunting for the elusive red mushroom. Only found in the autumn before the first frost. He claimed this one as a “Troll Stool”.

Troll hunting for the elusive red mushrooms. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 560, 28 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Troll hunting for the elusive red mushrooms. Autumn Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 28 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 560, 28 mm, f/8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (08-November-2016) — New Jersey

Tipsy Nisse Viking Warior wanabe in the late afternoon sun asking the question “Do I eat the magic mushroom, or watch the election results tonight?” Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 320, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/200 sec).

But one has to ask the question — did he vote? One-year later he woke up wishing that it was all a dream…

Viking Nisse Wanabe asking the question "Do I eat the magic mushroom, or watch the election results tonight?" (David J Mathre)
Viking Nisse Wanabe asking the question “Do I eat the magic mushroom, or watch the election results tonight?” (David J Mathre)
Night sky looking south from my backyard. Composite of 100 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens  (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec) (David J Mathre)
Night sky looking south from my backyard. Composite of 100 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/8, 300 sec) (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (18-October-2016) — New Jersey

Travel Souvenirs and Selfie

I saw this sand painting while visiting the temples in Bagan, Burma (Myanmar).  I am not often tempted to purchase souvenirs, but the birds on the tree reminded me of a Navajo “Tree of Life” wool rug. We were only part way through the Spring 2016 Semester at Sea voyage when I purchased the sand painting and I wasn’t sure it would make the trip without being damaged . Two months later when I finally got home, the painting  was still in good condition.  I had it framed  locally using non-reflective glass, and it is now next to the Navajo “Tree of Life” wool rug.

Birds on a tree. Sand painting from Burma. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec) (David J Mathre)
Birds on a tree. Sand painting from Burma. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/2.8, 1/13 sec) (David J Mathre)
Troll and "Tree of Life". Composite of 72 stacked images using Helicon Focus. Images taken with a Nikon D800 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec) with 3 SB700/800/900 flashes. (David J Mathre)
Troll and “Tree of Life”. Composite of 72 stacked images using Helicon Focus. Images taken with a Nikon D800 and 200 mm f/2 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec) with 3 SB700/800/900 flashes. (David J Mathre)

Every Year or so, the Beard Falls Off

Self image without the beard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/8, 2.3 sec). (David J Mathre)
Self image without the beard. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16-55 mm f2.8 lens (ISO 200, 55 mm, f/8, 2.3 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (13-June-2017) — Florida

Walkabout in an urban farm & garden in St. Petersburg, Florida. After below normal rain at the beginning of the year, they are now in the daily monsoon season — with heavy thunderstorms and rain every afternoon. My troll got a chance to get out and sit on a large mushroom. The red chicken manages the location, as well as providing an egg every morning.

 

Troll with a purple wildflower on a big mushroom. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 138 mm, f/5.6, 1/170 sec). (David J Mathre)
Troll with a purple wildflower on a big mushroom. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 138 mm, f/5.6, 1/170 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

Old Red Hen -- Garden Manager. Backyard urban garden in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Old Red Hen — Garden Manager. Backyard urban garden in St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

 


 


 

03-January-2014

Winter in New Jersey

It started snowing last night, and was still snowing when I got up. The temperature stayed cold enough to keep the snow as a very fine, light powder, and the high winds kept the snow from building up on the tree limbs. Several of my trolls went out to play in the snow — reminding them of their home in Norway.  Later in the day I dug my car out and made a path from the house to the street. Not too much of a problem since the snow was so light.

Troll out Skiing in my Backyard. Winter in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 58 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 900, 58 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7 and Nik Color Efex 4. (David J Mathre)
Troll out Skiing in my Backyard. Winter in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 58 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 900, 58 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7 and Nik Color Efex 4. (David J Mathre)

 

Trolls Playing in the Snow. Winter in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 58 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 2200, 58 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Trolls Playing in the Snow. Winter in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 58 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 2200, 58 mm, f/8, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)

 

 

 

04-September-2011

Family Portrait Session.

I need to redo this with Helicon Focus so I have greater depth of field and the trolls are in focus.

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Family Portrait. Father Mother + Trolls. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 3 sec) and SB-900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Family Portrait. Father Mother + Trolls. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/16, 3 sec) and SB-900 flash. Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)

Saturday (29-November-2008) — New Jersey

“The Caretaker” A Henning Hand Carved Norwegian Troll.

One of the many trolls that takes care of my house. I never know where I will find him, typically avoiding doing any work. You can find more of his friends at the Henning site in Norway.

The Caretaker, Henning Hand Carved Norwegian Troll. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 200 mm f/4 macro (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, flash). (David J Mathre)
The Caretaker, Henning Hand Carved Norwegian Troll. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 200 mm f/4 macro (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, flash).