One-Year Ago (08-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 4: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Now for something completely different. I wanted to do a time-lapse video of the sunset. However, while on a ship — even a big ship there is lots of motion due to the motion of the ships travel, waves, and wind. My camera is not able to correct for all of that motion. The first time-lapse video below is bouncing all over the place. I then processed the video using the Warping Filter in Adobe After Effects for the second time-lapse video. Although not perfect, it does a pretty good job stabilizing the image.

Sun Setting from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while crossing the Pacific Ocean. Images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 35 mm, f/16, 1/260 sec) at 3 second intervals. Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. The time-lapsed video was created using Photoshop CC. Stabilization of the time-lapsed sequence was performed with the Warp Filter in Adobe After Effects.

Sunset time-lapse video before warp-stabilization processing.

Sunset time-lapse video after warp-stabilization processing.

One-Year Ago (08-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 4: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God’s rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Semester at Sea, Spring 2016 Voyage — Day 4. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro.

The colors look weird on the first image because I was having problems with the camera. It didn’t matter what I set the white balance to, the camera processed the image at ~3480 °K (with a tint of -17). ARRG!!!

Fortunately, I could fix the problem while processing the image by changing the white balance to “sunny” 5550 °K. The second image looks much closer to how I remember the scene.

This is also the reason I take more than one camera with me while traveling. I was burned in Patagonia when the Leica T camera locked-up, and I couldn’t take pictures with the camera for the rest of the trip. Then in Antarctica the Leica T had this bad habit of freezing (no pun intended) when the outside temperature was below freezing (32 °F / 0 °). Once the camera warmed up, it worked again. I can’t believe that a camera designed and manufactured in Germany can’t take temperatures colder than this???? I also had a Nikon Df camera fail in Antarctica when the shutter buckled. This was the only camera on that trip that had a telephoto lens (80-400 mm) to take bird pictures. I had to make do with the Leica T, and Fuji X-T1. Many of the countries and places I visit do not have camera repair shops or even camera shops where I could purchase a replacement.

Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God's rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God’s rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God's rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (including correction of white-balance). (David J Mathre)
Morning sun and clouds with Crepuscular rays (God’s rays) from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 100, 23 mm, f/14, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (including correction of white-balance). (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (08-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 4: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

The Moon, Venus. and Mercury visible at dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean.  Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec).

The Moon, Venus. and Mercury visible at dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Moon, Venus. and Mercury visible at dawn from the deck of the MV World Odyssey while traveling across the Pacific Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 23 mm, f/2, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (08-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 13: Torres del Paine National Park, Chile.

Guanaco Running at the Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. We were working on taking landscape images when two Guanaco’s started chasing each other. At one point they ran right through our group, and I managed to take this picture. Two days earlier we had been practicing taking pictures of horses in motion, which helped me take this one. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). Later on there was a Guanaco framed on a ridge with the mountains behind.

Guanaco Running at the Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Guanaco Running at the Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)



Individual images in the slide show can be viewed here.