Sunday (09-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey — Firefly Trails.

I repeated the firefly trails image shoot from last night. The moon was still out (waxing crescent) and it was pretty bright. This time I set up my night time camera Nikon D810a with a 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 400, 105 mm, f/16, 240 sec) to take a series of 40 images. Note that I changed ISO, aperture, and exposure time. I also pre-focused the camera while it was still light outside. As before the raw images were processed with Capture One Pro and the composite image generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). This time the focus was better and I didn’t need to use and post processing focusing tools. I’ve also provided a slide show with enlarged images where the original image was separated into a (6 x 6 ) 36 image grid. Next time I will try with a camera that doesn’t have as high a resolution sensor.

Firefly Trails. Composite of 40 mages taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 400, 105 mm, f/16, 240 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, NIK Color Efex Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 40 mages taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 400, 105 mm, f/16, 240 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, NIK Color Efex Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Daily Power Use (est 52 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (85.94 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. The power use is an estimate since there have been a number of data dropouts since Friday about noon. I am waiting on a response from Sense regarding the problem.

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Saturday (08-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey — Firefly Trails.

I noticed that the fireflies are out. I haven’t done a firefly trails image since last year. It wasn’t be best conditions since the moon was out (waxing crescent) and it was pretty bright. I set up my night time camera Nikon D810a with a 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 105 mm, f/8, 120 sec) to take a series of 174 images. Even though I tried to manually focus the lens, I didn’t get it right. The images were processed with Capture One Pro and a composite created using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). There was a lot of out of focus blur. I tried both Focus Magic and the “Out of Focus Blur” tool within Photoshop. This helped but I still wasn’t happy. I then tried the new Topaz Sharpen-AI tool. This did a much better job than I expected. Still it would be better if I got the focus correct to begin with. Tomorrow nights project.

Firefly Trails. Composite of 174 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 105 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated with Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 174 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 105 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated with Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 174 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 105 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated with Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). Focus correction with Focus Magic (20). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 174 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 105 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated with Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). Focus correction with Focus Magic (20). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 174 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 105 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated with Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). Focus correction using PhotoShop Fix Out of Focus Blur. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 174 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 105 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated with Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). Focus correction using PhotoShop Fix Out of Focus Blur. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 174 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 105 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated with Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). Focus correction using Topaz Sharpen-AI (focus, max). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 174 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 105 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 1600, 105 mm, f/8, 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated with Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). Focus correction using Topaz Sharpen-AI (focus, max). (DAVID J MATHRE)

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Daily Power Use (est 51 kWh) from Sense and Solar Production (80.63 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. The power use is an estimate since there have been a number of data dropouts since Friday about noon. I am waiting on a response from Sense regarding the problem.

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Friday (07-June-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I know, it has been a while. I’ve been dealing with Server Upgrades (running out of space to store my images), Lightroom Catalog Upgrades (needed to increase the size of the catalog images to match my new computer and monitor), home renovation, patio garden, and yard work. I am about caught up. I was taking pictures every day, which I will be posting. The wildflower gardens are starting to bloom. Lots of Red Poppy and Cosmos flowers. New flowers this year are Blue Spiderwort and a White Allium. I am starting to harvest Strawberries from the Grow Towers. Today’s bird pictures are a Female Cowbird. The Cowbirds have been laying their eggs in the Robins nests.

Tiny Green Grasshopper on a Daisy. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tiny Green Grasshopper on a Daisy. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)





Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Strawberry. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Daily Power Use (est 56 kWh) and Solar Production (64.95 kWh) from Sense. The power use is an estimate since there have been a number of data dropouts beginning about noon. I am waiting on a response from Sense regarding the problem.
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Thursday (18-April-2019) — New Jersey

Springtime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

I noticed the first of the tulips flowers was beginning to open. I set up a camera to take an image every 1 minute during the day to make a time-lapse video. It looks like several more tulips will be opening over the next few days. Now to keep the deer away…

Tulip Flower Opening. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tulip Flower Opening. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Tulip Flower Opening. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Tulip Flower Opening. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Daily Power Use (56.6 kWh) and Solar Production (47.8 kWh) from Sense.

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Wednesday (17-April-2019) — New Jersey

Indoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

While harvesting lettuce from my indoor hydroponic grow box, I caught a stink bug having lunch. I know that they are vegetarian, but I don’t need the extra protein in my salad.

Stink Bug eating my lettuce. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Stink Bug eating my lettuce. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Daily Power Use (61.6 kWh) and Solar Production (63.6 kWh) from Sense.

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