04-April-2013

Deer in My Backyard.

The deer right now are pretty scrawny, waiting for plants to start growing after winter. They don’t eat the daffodils, but will start going after shrubs and newly planted gardens. Image two was taken with a Nikon 1 V2 using FT1 adapter and the new 80-400 mm VRII lens. This was taken hand-held (ISO 160, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec), the FOV equivalent to an image taken with a 1080 mm lens on a FX (35 mm DSLR camera). This is the full image, not cropped. The third image of the same deer was taken with a Nikon D4 and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 560, 600 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) using a tripod to stabilize the heavy lens. The image was cropped to show approximately the same view.

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Deer in My Backyard, Early Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4, and 600 mm VR lens (ISO 320, 600 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Deer in My Backyard, Early Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4, and 600 mm VR lens (ISO 320, 600 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Deer in My Backyard, Early Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 160, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Deer in My Backyard, Early Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2, FT1 adapter, and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 160, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Deer in My Backyard, Early Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4, and 600 mm VR lens (ISO 560, 600 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Deer in My Backyard, Early Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4, and 600 mm VR lens (ISO 560, 600 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Deer in My Backyard, Early Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4, and 600 mm VR lens (ISO 560, 600 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Deer in My Backyard, Early Spring in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4, and 600 mm VR lens (ISO 560, 600 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec) (David J Mathre)

03-April-2013

Spring Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

A Male Northern Red Cardinal taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and the new 80-400 mm VRII lens (with the FT1 adapter). The lens is much bigger than the camera, but still easy to use hand-held. The field of view (FOV) with this lens is equivalent to 216-1080 mm on a 35 mm (FX) DSLR. The base ISO for the Nikon 1 V2 is 160, and at the base ISO the image of the red cardinal shows good colors and saturation. This image was taken hand-held. The new VR-II works well with this lens to stabilize the image. This combo should be good for birding.

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Male Northern Red Cardinal in the Sun. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 + FT1 adapter + 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 160, 400 mm, f/7.1, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Male Northern Red Cardinal in the Sun. Backyard Spring Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 + FT1 adapter + 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 160, 400 mm, f/7.1, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

10-January-2013

Morning Drive Through Merritt Island.

Before starting my drive back to New Jersey, I spent the morning on Merritt Island. First for sunrise at Playalinda Beach at Canaveral National Seashore, then for a drive through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — both along Bio Lab Road and Black Point Wildlife Drive. The previous day there was heavy fog in the morning so I didn’t go to Playalinda beach. This beach is favored by surf fishermen.

Rather that using the big telephoto lenses, all of the images on this day were taken with a Nikon D700 with a 28-300 mm VR lens, a Leica X2, or a Nikon 1 V2 and 18.5 mm f/1.8 lens. All hand-held, no tripod.

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Tern and Two Fisherman at Sunrise.  Playalinda Beach, Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 18.5 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 200, 18.5 mm, f/4, 1/1000). (David J. Mathre)
Tern and Two Fisherman at Sunrise. Playalinda Beach, Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 18.5 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 200, 18.5 mm, f/4, 1/1000). (David J. Mathre)

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Great Blue Heron on One Leg in the Early Morning Sun. Bio Lab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron on One Leg in the Early Morning Sun. Bio Lab Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Two Roseate Spoonbills in a Formation of Pelicans. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Two Roseate Spoonbills in a Formation of Pelicans. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

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Only the Eyes and Snout of the Alligator are Visible  View on a Canal along Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)
Only the Eyes and Snout of the Alligator are Visible View on a Canal along Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/6.3, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Can You Find the Alligator? Reflections on a Canal along Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000). (David J Mathre)
Can You Find the Alligator? Reflections on a Canal along Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000). (David J Mathre)

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Can You Find the Alligator? Reflections on a Canal along Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/640). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)
Can You Find the Alligator? Reflections on a Canal along Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/640). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)

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Florida Alligator Waiting for the Morning Sun to Get Warm in a Canal along Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 640, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)
Florida Alligator Waiting for the Morning Sun to Get Warm in a Canal along Black Point Wildlife Drive in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 640, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)

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Great Blue Heron on a Cedar. Looking Up Through the Sunroof.  Black Point Wildlife Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Great Blue Heron on a Cedar. Looking Up Through the Sunroof. Black Point Wildlife Road in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/9, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)

26-December-2006

Crab Spider Eating a Fly at Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida.

I was walking down a trail at Selby Gardens when I saw this red crab spider eating a fly that got caught in the spider’s web. I had never seen a crab spider before. It was hard to get a sharp image since the web was moving in the wind. I used a ring flash to try to freeze the motion.

Crab Spider eating a Fly at Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 105  mm  f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, ring flash). (David J Mathre)

Crab Spider eating a Fly at Selby Gardens in Sarasota Florida. Image taken with an Nikon D300 and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, f/11, 1/60 sec, ring flash).

21-December-2006

Winter Solstice: Birds in the Backyard.

I caught this white-throated sparrow eating a red berry in my backyard. The Nikon 80-400 mm VR lens is problably my most used lens. It is light enough to be hand held, and gives the reach to get images of small birds.

White-throated Sparrow with Red Berry. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/6, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)

White-throated sparrow. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 400, 400 mm, f/6, 1/160 sec).

Today (22-November-2012) — New Jersey

Happy Thanksgiving!

I wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. This is an image of three young wild turkeys in my backyard earlier this year.

Young Wild Turkeys. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Young Wild Turkeys. Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 500 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 800, 500 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (17-November-2007) — Colorado

Colorado Autumn Road Trip: Big Horn Ram Huddle.

I saw several Big Horn Rams along Colorado 14 while driving back to Boulder from Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Soon after I stopped and started taking pictures with a big lens, several other vehicles also stopped. Hard to believe, but one day later I was in Hawaii attending a workshop run by Thom Hogan.

Big Horn Ram Huddle. Along Colorado 14 near Sheridan in Roosevelt National Forest. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 200-400 mm lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Big Horn Ram Huddle. Along Colorado 14 near Sheridan in Roosevelt National Forest. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 200-400 mm lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

Today (11-November-2012) — New Jersey

Indoor Fall Nature in New Jersey.

As I was going out to try to do some night sky photography, this large brown moth flew into the house. After getting the camera on the deck going, I took the oportunity to use one of my macro lenses that was along on both of my previous trips, but never used. Also used a SB-910 flash that was along and not used — at least the batteries were still charged. This was all done hand-held while sitting on a ladder to get close. Auto-focus with the D4 even with low light and at f/29 was good.

Moth. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/29, 1/250 sec) with SB-910 flash. (David J Mathre)
Moth. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 100, 105 mm, f/29, 1/250 sec) with SB-910 flash. (David J Mathre)

Five-Years Ago (04-November-2007) — Colorado

Autumn Road Trip in Colorado: Rocky Mountain National Park

  1. Panorama at Storm Pass Trail head in Rocky Mountain National Park (along the road to Bear Lake). Composite of 8 images taken with a Nikon D2xs and  28-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 45 mm, f/11, 1/20 sec). Image processed using DxO, AutoPano Giga, and Photoshop CS5.
  2. Steller’s Jay in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 70-200 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec). Hand held, VR works! This was a new type of blue jay for me.
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)
Panorama at Storm Pass Trailhead, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado (David J Mathre)

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