Eleven-Years Ago (04-July-2007) — Colorado

Summer in Colorado. Railroad to Pikes Peak.

Eleven-years ago on a lark I drove from Boulder to Colorado Springs and then to Manitou Springs to take the Cog Wheeled Railroad to the summit of Pikes Peak. Little did I know that you needed reservations for the cog rail trip to Pikes Peak, and that all trips were sold out for the day. I was very lucky that someone in line before me was unhappy that their party was not all sitting together and turned in their tickets. Once I got on board the train, I realized that I won the lottery since my ticket was for the front seat. This allowed me to set up a tripod and camera to capture images for a time-lapse video for the train ride. So as not to annoy the other passengers on the train I used a small Gitzo travel tripod, my smallest camera body, and a small lens. Going up the mountain I used a 18-200 mm lens at 18 mm. Going down the mountain my seat was now in the rear of the train looking back. For this I used a 10.5 mm fisheye lens. This was a case of being in the right place at the right time!!!

Steam Engine at Pikes Peak Cog Railroad. Image taken with a Nikon D200 and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 10.5 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Topaz Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Steam Engine at Pikes Peak Cog Railroad. Image taken with a Nikon D200 and 10.5 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 10.5 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Topaz Define, and Photoshop CS5.

Seven-Years Ago (30-June-2011) — New Jersey

Summer in New Jersey. Independence Day Fireworks Video.

DSLR video of the 30-June-2011 Montgomery Township Fireworks display. The Nikon D3s camera is limited to 5 minute HD (720P) video segments. I ended up with three 5 minute segments. I left the in-camera sound recording on to get the sound effects of the fireworks. I also got commentary about the fireworks from a family sitting in front of my tripod. At one point you can hear a train whistle. The other clicking sound is the shutter of my other cameras. I used Adobe Premiere Pro to combine the first and third segments, zoomed in a bit so the firework display takes up more of the image, and increased the volume. I also used Premiere Pro to add a title page to the video.

Four-Years Ago (27-June-2014) — Spain

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 27: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Bilabao, Spain.

Maman the Spider at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Selfie in the upper left corner. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Bower 8 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens.

Maman Spider outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 8 mm Fisheye (ISO 200, 8 mm, f/?, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)
Maman Spider outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 8 mm Fisheye (ISO 200, 8 mm, f/?, 1/320 sec) (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (24-June-2014) — Portugal

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 24: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Lisbon, Portugal.

Cooking School in Lisbon, Portugal. Images taken with a Fuji XT1 camera and 60 mm f/2.4 macro lens or Leica X2 camera. Individual images from the slide show can be viewed here.

Cooking School in Lisbon, Portugal. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)
Cooking School in Lisbon, Portugal. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens. (David J Mathre)


Eleven-Years Ago (24-June-2007) — Colorado

Summer in Colorado. Front Range 2007 Air Show.

P-51 Val-Halla and F-15 Eagle. Heritage Flight at the Front Range 2007 Air Show outside of Denver Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Both pilots appear to be looking my way since I was standing at the turn marker on the field.

P-51 Val-Halla and F-15 Heritage Flight at the Front Range 2007 Air Show outside of Denver Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
P-51 Val-Halla and F-15 Heritage Flight at the Front Range 2007 Air Show outside of Denver Colorado. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm VR lens (ISO 110, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)








Individual Images from the slide shows can be found here.