Four-Years Ago (24-October-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

Backyard Nisse with a Mushroom.

Backyard Nisse with Mushroom. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Nisse with a Fall Mushroom. Composite of 24 focus stacked images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 200, 60 mm, f/3, 1/640 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the image stack processed with Helicon Focus. (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (45.5 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (15.6 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy. Geothermal HVAC system turned on to heat the house. Forced air dehydrator on to dry end of season hot peppers. A deficit of 29.9 kWh.

Two-Years Ago (21-October-2020) — Portugal

Gone to See Portugal. Street Photography Workshop with Steve Simon. Day 7: Lisbon, Portugal.

I did not pose this shot. You get to imagine what they were shooting.

Street Photographers. (David J Mathre)
Street Photographer’s or Paparazzi’s. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/3.5, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (42.3 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (14.0 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy and rain. Geothermal HVAC system turned on to heat the house. Forced air dehydrator on to dry end of season hot peppers. A deficit of 28.3 kWh.

Two-Years Ago (19-October-2018) — Portugal

Gone to See Portugal. Street Photography Workshop with Steve Simon. Day 5: Lisbon, Portugal.

While walking around the LX Factory (a former fabric company transformed into a hipster hangout with graffiti, cafes and boutique shops) we came upon a commercial photographer shooting a model. As soon as he saw us with cameras we were chased away. A bit later I happened to catch the model talking on her cell phone.

LZ Factory. (David J Mathre)
LZ Factory Back Street – Little Planet View. Composite of 25 images taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 8-15 mm fisheye lens (ISO 110, 15 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and stitched together with AutoPano Giga. (David J Mathre)
Photographer. (David J Mathre)
Commercial Photographer. Afternoon Street Photography in the LX Factory. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 8-15 mm fisheye lens. (David J Mathre)
Model. (David J Mathre)
Model. Afternoon Street Photography in the LX Factory. Image taken with a Nikon D850 camera and 8-15 mm fisheye lens. (David J Mathre)

Daily Electric Energy Used (41.1 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (28.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Sun in the morning, some clouds in the afternoon. Geothermal HVAC system turned on to heat the house. A deficit of 18.9 kWh.

Two-Years Ago (18-October-2018) — Portugal

Gone to See Portugal. Street Photography Workshop with Steve Simon. Day 4: Sintra, Portugal.

Triton. (David J Mathre)
Triton over the Pena Castle Entry. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens. (David J Mathre)


Folks taking pictures of the Triton with phones and tablets. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (54.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (35.1 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Clouds and rain. Geothermal HVAC system turned on to heat the house. A deficit of 18.9 kWh.

Monday (14-September-2020) — New Jersey

Summertime Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

Morning at the Birdfeeders: Mourning Dove, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Gray Catbird, House Finch, Song Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


Morning at the Birdfeeders. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Contact me if you are interested in a Time-lapse Video of the Morning session at the Birdfeeders. My setup for the birdfeeder images is a Nikon D850 camera and 200 mm f/2 VR lens set to take one image every 5 seconds over a 5 hour period (~3600 images). The new time-lapse video format is 720p (1080 x 720 pixels) and 1 frame/second. The length of the video is about 1 hour in a 1 GB MP4 file. The previous time-lapse videos of the birdfeeders were at 12 frames/second, and to be honest were too fast to identify the birds.

Out on the patio, I planted some Garlic for next spring and watered the Grow Towers. Theta Z1 Camera set to record images using program auto mode (shutter, aperture, white-balance, JPG + RAW (DNG) every 10 seconds. Camera mounted on a tripod just above head level. The camera collected ~ 360 images (~ 1 hour) before running out of internal storage space. The DNG dual fisheye images were processed with Capture One Pro, saved in TIF format. Then converted to 360 degree equirectangular pano images with PTGUI (batch process). The Little Planet time-lapse video was created using PhotoShop CC (image converted to 1:1 format (7430 x 7430), rotated 180 degrees, converted to polar coordinates, then exported as a MP4 video (1920 x 1920, 10p). Rotation to the video was added using Premiere Pro.

Daily Electric Energy Used (48.6 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (51.5 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Lots of clouds. A surplus of 2.9 kWh.