31-December-2011

What a Year — It Was Amazing!

As the year comes to and end, and I try to reflect on everything I have done and everywhere I have been — all I can say is WOW!. The year started out with a great photography trip to Patagonia with Thom Hogan. We will ignore the extra few days we were held hostage in southern Chile. This was followed by the Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop II on the Semester at Sea M/V Explorer lead by Michael Mariant. This started in San Diego, and then stopped in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama (including a transit through the Panama Canal), Costa Rica, Honduras, Belize, Mexico, and ended in Fort Lauderdale. My parents were along for this trip. I then attended a Nikonians workshop in Death Valley, also lead by Michael Mariant.

There have been a number of challenges at work. We shut down our San Francisco operations which included part of my group, and thus no more regular trips to California. We ended the year achieving (and exceeding) all of our objectives. I also attended a work sponsored executive retirement seminar. It is hard to believe that I have been working long enough to even consider retirement, but then again maybe I could spend more time working on photography.

This year I expanded beyond my Nikon cameras and lenses — adding a Leica X1 and Leica V-Lux 30 P&S cameara. NAS did add a couple of lenses to the kit (500 mm f/4 VRII and 600 mm f/4 VRII telephoto). Also at the end of the year I added a Nikon 1 V1 (mirrorless) camera body with the 10 mm f/2.8 lens, the 10-30 mm lens, 30-110 mm lens, and the 10-100 mm lens. I am looking forward to the FT1 lens adapter so I can use this camera body with a telescope.

Looking through my image database, it looks like I took something over 120K images this year — a new record for me. It also meant that I needed to update my digital asset management strategy. Lightroom is good, but can’t handle this many images. I’m currently testing Media Pro (Phase One). Capture One Pro (also Phase One) is now my primary image processing workflow, although I still am using Adobe Photoshop CS 5 and many Nik, OnOne, and Topaz plugins. I also needed to update my image storage and backup strategy after some hard drive failures. I’ve moved to a couple of Drobo disk arrays (16 TB) on and off-site.

Plans for next year? Thought about, but I didn’t sign up for the Semester at Sea Enrichment Voyage to the Carribean and Brazil (including a trip up the Amazon river). Thinking about a Hurtigruten cruise in Norway to see the Northern Lights, Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop III (San Diego, Central America, Peru – including Galapagos Islands), and also a trip to Cuba. If none of this works out, maybe it it time for a road trip out west. The White Ram (Roadtrek RV) is anxious for a road trip!

After dumping Facebook last year when my account was hacked, I joined Google+ this year. Google+ is a better platform for photographers. I really like the Daily Image Themes, and have been contributing a number of images.

 

Self Portrait in Death Valley. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Self Portrait in Death Valley. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

 

 

15-July-2011

Girl with Yellow Pants Running.

I just got word that “Girl with Yellow Pants Running” won First Place at the The Photographic Art Society of Florida exhibition last night. The theme of the show was “Black & White and One Color”. I took this image while on the Nikonians Academy Ultimate Travel Workshop (UTW-II) earlier this spring while returning by bus from a field trip to the Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala (02-May-2011) in the town of San Francisco de Sales. The image was processed with Capture One Pro 6 using the inverse color selection tool to select the yellow color of the pants and notebook and decreasing the saturation of all other colors to black and white. Other processing was performed with Nik Viveza, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. I thank my sister Kari Sheppard for for persevering while printing the image for the exhibition since it kept coming out too dark.

 

Girl with Yellow Pants Running into Building with UNE Party Sign in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Viveza 2, Nik Define 2 and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Girl with Yellow Pants Running into Building with UNE Party Sign in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Viveza 2, Nik Define 2 and Photoshop CS5.

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10-June-2011

White-tailed Deer in my Backyard. Wildlife in New Jersey.

I haven’t added new posts for the last week to keep the videos from the Ultimate Travel Workshop II. The post was viewed over 250 times from 10 countries. I still have many more images from the trip to post.

Today, I am posting some images of white-tailed deer in my backyard. The images were processed with Capture One Pro to get the single color and black & white effect.

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Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro. (David J Mathre)
Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro.

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Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro. (David J Mathre)
Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro.

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Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro. (David J Mathre)
Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro.

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Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro. (David J Mathre)
Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro.

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Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro. (David J Mathre)
Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro.

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Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro. (David J Mathre)
Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro.

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Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro. (David J Mathre)
Deer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 500 mm f/4 lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One 6 Pro.

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02-June-2011

1) Nikonians Final Show: The Rainforest, The Culture, The People. Plus 2) A Time Lapsed Video of the Panama Canal Transit.

Thanks to Michael Mariant two videos of images from the Ultimate Travel Workshop — Panama Canal and Central America Enrichment Voyage are now online. The first video includes a time-lapsed video from Howard as the M/V Explorer departs from San Diego, and a time-lapsed video from 7+ cameras as we traversed the Panama Canal over 8 hours as well as some of the best images from all of the Nikonians on the trip. The 2nd time lapsed video is just of the Panama Canal transit. My two cameras were the rear deck 4 fisheye view and the rear deck 4 looking up from the starboard side of the ship.

Nikonians Final Show: The Rainforest • The Culture • The People from Michael A. Mariant / M-Visuals on Vimeo.

All the photography, images and timelapse movies contained in this show are © Copyright 2011 UTW2 Collective, encompassing the copyright of all involved photographers, represented by M-Visuals.

Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse from Michael A. Mariant / M-Visuals on Vimeo.

“Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse”
All photographs, images and timelapse movies contained within this show/film are © Copyright 2011 UTW2 Copyright Collective. All Rights Reserved.

UTW2 Copyright Collective Members:
Jon Bloom
Albert Esschendal
Joan Hammond
David Hays
Richard Hulbert
Howard Ignatius
Jerry Kirkhart
David Mathre
Josef Smogursewski
Michael A. Mariant

Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse from Michael A. Mariant / M-Visuals on Vimeo.

Additional Images from the UTW-II Panama Canal and Central America Enrichment Voyage and Nikonians Academy Photography Workshop:

27-April-2011, 28-April-2011, 29-April-2011, 30-April-2011, 01-May-2011, 02-May-2011, 03-May-2011, and more to come.

31-May-2011

I am resisting NAS (Nikon Acquisition Syndrome) Today.

While reading the commentary on Thom Hogon’s site today, I saw that B&H (and other vendors) had received new Nikon 500 mm and 600 mm f/4 VRII Super Telephoto lenses and still have some available for sale. These have been in short supply for a long time, and may be in even shorter supply for a even longer time since the earthquake in Japan. I held out and did not place an order (and thus didn’t help the economy by spending nearly $20K). This was hard, since I missed many great photo opportunities while on the Enrichment Voyage/Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop (UTW-II) earlier this month. Several of the folks attending UTW-II had 500 mm and 600 mm lenses and were able to get some great images that those of us with lighter kits (70-300 or 80-400) missed.

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New images from the Ultimate Travel Workshop (UTW-II) this spring have been posted: 03-May-2011. More to come as I continue to work through the images.
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19-May-2011

Trip Complete.

Now that I have completed the Enrichment Voyage on the M/V Explorer through Central America and the Panama Canal, I can start posting again. The Internet connection on the ship was too slow to upload many images. I will begin to post the blog updates that I wrote while on the voyage.

This is a picture I took of my mother outside of Josefina’s Mexican Cooking Class. When I get a chance I need to post images from the cooking class.

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 (David J Mathre)

04-May-2011

Enrichment Voyage: Central America & the Panama Canal. Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop 2011 (UTW-II) Day 8 – Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua.

One of the more interesting places that Juleo took us in Leon was The Museum of Traditions and Legends. This used to be a prison.

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Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 720, 35 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 720, 35 mm, f/8, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.

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Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 360, 35 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 360, 35 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.

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Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 35 mm, f/8, 1/100 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 35 mm, f/8, 1/100 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.

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Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.

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Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 35 mm, f/8, 1/80 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Prison Mural. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 35 mm, f/8, 1/80 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.

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Hanging Skeleton Doll. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 140, 35 mm, f/2, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Hanging Skeleton Doll. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 140, 35 mm, f/2, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.

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Skeleton Doll. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 80, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Skeleton Doll. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 80, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.

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Native Mask. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/2, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Native Mask. Museum of Traditions and Legends in Leon, Nicaragua. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 100, 35 mm, f/2, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.

03-May-2011

Enrichment Voyage: Central America & the Panama Canal. Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop 2011 (UTW-II) Day 7 – Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Tarrales Bird Watching Tour.

We had to get up early in order to depart for the Tarrales Bird Watching Tour at 05:30 AM. On the bus ride to Tarrales I got a grab shot of some school girls waiting for the bus to school. A good fraction of the folks on this tour were part of the Rhodes Scholar contingent attending the Enrichment Voyage. As such the average age was higher, and we knew that we would not be hiking as far as we did yesterday to the volcano. Even though we left early, it wasn’t early enough for best bird viewing. Also, my 70-300 mm lens did not have the reach to get good images of the birds we did see. Our guide was good at finding the birds in the canopy. I only have one image of a midget owl, and it is a crop zoomed to 100%. It would have been a bit better if I took my D3x body with double the sensor size vs. the D3s body. I took the D3s because of the better low light capabilities coupled with the 70-300 f/5.6 limits. Jon got some better images with his 400 mm f/4 + TC.

After the Owl, I then switched to my 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens and focused on closer objects. In addition to close-up images of insects and flowers, the 105 mm lens is also great for people. Even with its small depth of field, it is very sharp. The remainder of the following images are of a small girl in Tarrales, a local jail, a close up of a China Berry, and of a flower with a bee. Then images from the bus ride back to the M/V Explorer. A school girl, Guatemalla mass transit, a coconut vendor with his machete, limes at a produce stand, woman walking past a produce vendor, a cross-eyed guy next to a “Prohibido Estanciona” sign, woman vendor cutting coconut, her son, and several images from an open market produce vendor.

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School Girls Waiting for the Bus. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/3.5, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
School Girls Waiting for the Bus. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/3.5, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Midget Owl in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Midget Owl in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Young Girl in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Young Girl in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Jail in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/5000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Jail in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/5000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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China Berries in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
China Berries in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Bee in Red Flower Bloom. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Bee in Red Flower Bloom. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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School Girl Walking Past ShuKitos. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
School Girl Walking Past ShuKitos. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Guatemala Mass Transit. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Guatemala Mass Transit. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Coconut Vendor with Machete. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Coconut Vendor with Machete. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Outdoor Produce Stand with Limes. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Outdoor Produce Stand with Limes. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Fast Walker at Open Air Produce Market. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Fast Walker at Open Air Produce Market. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Prohibido Estanciona. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Prohibido Estanciona. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Coconut Vendor. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Coconut Vendor. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Coconut Vendor Son not Working. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Coconut Vendor Son not Working. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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02-May-2011

Enrichment Voyage: Central America & the Panama Canal. Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop 2011 (UTW-II) Day 6 – Dust Devil in Guatemala.

While riding the bus to the Pacaya Volcano we noticed what looked like a tornado just off the highway. It turned out to be a large Dust Devil. I got the following images from the rear of the bus using a Leica V-Lux 20 point & shoot camera. For another view, check out Jenny’s shot from the front of the bus.

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View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 19.5 mm, f/4.4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 19.5 mm, f/4.4, 1/500 sec)

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View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 100, 29.9 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 100, 29.9 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec)

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View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 29.9 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)
View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 29.9 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec)

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View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 19.5 mm, f/4.4, 1/500 sec) (David J Mathre)
View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 19.5 mm, f/4.4, 1/500 sec)

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View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 19.5 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec) (David J Mathre)
View of a Dust Devil in Guatemala from a Bus along Highway CA9. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 80, 19.5 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec)

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02-May-2011

Enrichment Voyage: Central America & the Panama Canal. Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop 2011 (UTW-II) Day 6 – Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Pacaya Volcano Hiking Tour.

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We arrived at San Francisco de Sales, a small hamlet in Pacaya Volcano National Park. As soon as we got off the bus we were mobbed by children selling (or renting) wood walking sticks. The price started at $1 US per stick, and quickly dropped to 2/$1. Before starting the hike we had lunch (chicken or beef with rice and vegetables). We were also given the option to ride a horse for $10 US. I decided to take this option since I had a good experience riding horses earlier this year in Patagonia. Unlike the ride in Patagonia, each horse had guide lead the horse up the trail. My guide was Antonio, and the horse I rode was named “Champion”. Much of the trail was in the clouds. Each time the group stopped to rest, the horse guides without riders yelled “taxi taxi”. Rob soon decided that he needed a taxi. At one point it started to rain, and I got to wear an authentic poncho. Near the end of the trail, we got off the horses and did the remainder of the trail on foot. We went past some hot vents — warm enough for some of the folks to roast marshmallows. There was another large tunnel that the more adventurous entered. When we got back to San Francisco de Sales, the kids that had earlier sold the walking stick looked to get them back. There was a real pecking order, with the larger boys retrieving more of the sticks. Some of the passengers did take the walking sticks back to the ship. There was a concern that the kids guiding the horses and selling the walking sticks should have been in school.
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Guarding the Pepsi.  Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 (ISO 200, 49.2 mm, f/4.9, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Guarding the Pepsi. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 (ISO 200, 49.2 mm, f/4.9, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. .
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Little Girl Watching the Volcano Hikers Arrive San Francisco de Sales.  Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Little Girl Watching the Volcano Hikers Arrive San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. .
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Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales..  Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 (ISO 800, 4 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales.. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 (ISO 800, 4 mm, f/4, 1/160 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. .
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Antonio Getting Champion Ready for the Trail to the Volcano in San Francisco de Sales.  Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Antonio Getting Champion Ready for the Trail to the Volcano in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. .
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Rob Documenting his Lunch in San Francisco de Sales.  Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Rob Documenting his Lunch in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. .
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View of the Trail in the Mist from on top of Champion. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.2, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
View of the Trail in the Mist from on top of Champion. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.2, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Trees in the Mist on the Trail to the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Trees in the Mist on the Trail to the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Jenny on her Horse on the Trail to the Volcano.  Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Jenny on her Horse on the Trail to the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. .
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Hiker taking an image of the lava in the mist. On the trail to the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 24 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Hiker taking an image of the lava in the mist. On the trail to the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 320, 24 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Jenny entering a tunnel in the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 450, 24 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Jenny entering a tunnel in the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 450, 24 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Not really Glowing Lava. Wood Burning in Heated Lava Vent. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 125, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Not really Glowing Lava. Wood Burning in Heated Lava Vent. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 125, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Solar Starburst with Silhouette of Hikers on the Trail to the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Solar Starburst with Silhouette of Hikers on the Trail to the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Silhouette of Jenny on the trail to the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Silhouette of Jenny on the trail to the Volcano. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Champion After Completing the Trail to the Volcano back in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 1600, 24 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. . (David J Mathre)
Champion After Completing the Trail to the Volcano back in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 1600, 24 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. .
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Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 400, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Guardabosque (Park Ranger) in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 720, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W  with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Guardabosque (Park Ranger) in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 720, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 560, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 560, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Waking Stick Vendor in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 24 mm, f/1.4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Outdoor Stairway in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 500, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Outdoor Stairway in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 500, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.
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Girl with Yellow Pants Running into Building with UNE Party Sign in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Viveza 2, Nik Define 2 and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Girl with Yellow Pants Running into Building with UNE Party Sign in San Francisco de Sales. Pacaya Volcano National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 280, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/200 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Viveza 2, Nik Define 2 and Photoshop CS5.