Wednesday (02-February-2011) — New Jersey

Winter Nature in New Jersey: Freezing Rain.

The storm was forecasted. The township and the power company sent e-mail warnings for everyone to be prepared. When I woke up the power was going off and on, and finally at about 08:30 stayed off. I don’t know how long the power will be off and if I will be sleeping in the RV tonight where I have a propane heater. In the morning I  took a number of images with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera. Later as it warmed and turned to rain, ice and branches started falling. There will be a lot to clean up this spring.



Individual images from this slide-show can be viewed here.

Saturday (27-February-2010) — California

Photography Workshop “Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast” with Michael Mariant. Day 3: Yosemite National Park.

Images from Day 3 of the 2010″Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast” photography workshop with Michael Mariant. Most of the day it snowed and rained in the valley. At the end of the day, several of us were working on images in the recently renovated Curry Village Lounge. Someone came in and said go outside at look at Half Dome as it was being lit up with a sunset glow. The only camera I had with me was the D3x that had been acting up with electronic problems. I had minimal control of aperture and shutter speed, but still got some amazing images.

Half Dome at Sunset from Curry Village in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, f/4, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)
Half Dome at Sunset from Curry Village in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, f/4, 1/250 sec) (David J Mathre)

Friday (26-February-2010) — California

Photography Workshop “Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast” with Michael Mariant. Day 2: Yosemite National Park.

Several images from Day 2 of the Workshop.

Nikonians "Yosemite in Winter"2010 Workshop. (David J Mathre)
“Yosemite in Winter”2010 Photography Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Nikonians "Yosemite in Winter"2010 Workshop. (David J Mathre)
“Yosemite in Winter”2010 Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Nikonians "Yosemite in Winter"2010 Workshop. (David J Mathre)
“Yosemite in Winter”2010 Photography Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Nikonians "Yosemite in Winter"2010 Workshop. (David J Mathre)
“Yosemite in Winter”2010 Photography Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Nikonians "Yosemite in Winter"2010 Workshop. (David J Mathre)
“Yosemite in Winter”2010 Photography Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Nikonians "Yosemite in Winter"2010 Workshop. (David J Mathre)
“Yosemite in Winter”2010 Photography Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Nikonians "Yosemite in Winter"2010 Workshop. (David J Mathre)
“Yosemite in Winter”2010 Photography Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Nikonians "Yosemite in Winter"2010 Workshop. (David J Mathre)
“Yosemite in Winter”2010 Photography Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View Into Ahawhnee Hotel Wedding Dinner Setup. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 800, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View Into Ahawhnee Hotel Wedding Dinner Setup. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 800, 16 mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec). (David J Mathre)

Thursday (25-February-2010) — California

Photography Workshop “Yosemite in Winter: A Season of Contrast” with Michael Mariant. Day 1: Yosemite National Park.

I was the last person to occupy this cabin in Curry Village while attending the Nikonians ANPAT 8 (Annual Nikonians Photo Adventure Trip) in October of 2008 — Led by Michael Mariant. On that day, just after lunch we heard a loud noise. It first sounded like thunder or a very loud freight train, but the noise  continued and kept getting louder. The sky was clear when we were at lunch so I knew it couldn’t be a freak winter thunderstorm. Michael in the cabin next to me yelled “rock slide, run”.  The next thing we knew, Yosemite Valley was enveloped in a cloud of rock dust. Eighteen months later, the cabin still exists but stands empty in a closed area of Curry Village.

Curry Village Cabin #228. Nikonians 2010 Yosemite Winter Workshop Day 1. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Curry Village Cabin #228.  Yosemite Winter Workshop Day 1. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/100 sec).
Curry Village 2008 Glacier Point Rockfall Notice. Nikonians 2010 Yosemite Winter Workshop Day 1. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Curry Village 2008 Glacier Point Rockfall Notice.  Yosemite Winter Workshop Day 1. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/400 sec).