Wednesday (12-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America 2014 Road Trip. Day 12: Clyde Butcher’s Swamp Cottage.

Little Blue Heron at Clyde Butcher’s Front Pond. Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens. Black and White + One Color using Capture One Pro 7.

Little Blue Heron at Clyde Butcher's Front Pond. Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Black and White + One Color using Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Little Blue Heron at Clyde Butcher’s Front Pond. Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 1600, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Black and White + One Color using Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)

Author: David Mathre

I am a scientist by training (Eckerd College, BSc; Caltech, Ph.D.). I worked for 27 years as a Chemist in the Pharmaceutical Industry developing processes to manufacture medicines for human and animal health. I now spend my time as a photographer and world traveler. My interests in photography include the natural world, wildlife, landscapes, skyscapes, and seascapes. I have traveled to over 50 countries over the last 10 years, often on Semester at Sea voyages. While at home in New Jersey, I spend time on a home renovation project and expanding my wildflower garden/meadow.

10 thoughts on “Wednesday (12-February-2014) — Florida”

  1. +Albert Esschendal The Df is great. It is my new travel camera body – smaller and lighter than the D800 (let alone the D4). Down side, small battery and only one memory card slot. I always liked the first generation 80-400, and think this one is better. Granted, it is not as good as the prime telephoto lenses. For UTPW-V I am torn between taking the 80-400 or lighter weight 300 mm f/4.

  2. +Mary Bucklew This is a Little Blue Heron, not a Great Blue Heron. The image was processed as follows: 1) Raw image converted using Capture One Pro 7; 2) Selected the blue color of the feather in Capture One, then de-saturated the inverse of the blue color (turns every other color B&W, and removes other colors from the bird); 3) transfer to Photoshop CC (as a 16 bit TIFF in the ProPhoto color space); 4) Focus Magic 2 to sharpen the bird; 5) Nik Define 2 to remove noise; 6) Convert to JPG for the Web (maximum, sRGB); 6) upload to G+ using Picassa — note that I did not allow G+ to auto enhance.

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