Three-Years Ago (17-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 12: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Every morning the sunrise breakfast team kept enlarging. The yoga group reaching for the sun, and levitation practice in the sun.

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Panorama of the sun rising over the Pacific Ocean from the aft deck of the MV World Odyssey. Composite of two images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)



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Outdoor breakfast after shooting dawn and sunrise on the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/7, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)


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Concentration during levitation practice — Harry Potter would be proud. On the forward deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 135 mm, f/4.5, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Eight-Years Ago (15-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 20: Puerto Natales, Chile. Hostage Day 4.

Day four in Puerto Natales. The Chilean Red Cross and Military organized safe passage out of Puerto Natales for the departure for all of the tourists being held against their will in southern Chile. We first had to get to the Red Cross refuge center that was set up in the E3 elementary school to register. Then it was a lot of waiting as the Red Cross tried to organize lists and priorities to depart. There were nearly 1000 folks in the refuge center. A doctor gave me some antibiotics for my upper respiratory infection (that was turning into walking pneumonia. This also moved me up the list so I was with the 2nd group to depart. While at the refuge center, we got a certificate from the Gubernator of Southern Chile stating that we had been detained against our will. This is a series of snapshots taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera documenting the day. Freedom at last. I ended up sleeping in the Punta Arenas airport lobby before getting the first commercial plane to Santiago the next morning. The road between Santiago, and the Santiago International Airport were still being blocked by the protesters. I have to thank Thom Hogan, Rob Noonan, Wilderness Travel, the Chilean Red Cross, and the Chilean Air Force for getting us out safely.



Individual images from the slide-show can be viewed here.

Three-Years Ago (12-January-2016) — Hawaii

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 8: Honolulu and O’ahu Hawaii.

The first port on our Spring 2016 Semester at Sea voyage was Hilo in Hawaii. The real reason for the stop was to bunker to take on more fuel before continuing the voyage the rest of the way across the Pacific Ocean to Japan. The MV World Odyssey was only going to be in Hawaii for 14 hours so we were not allowed off the ship unless  with a Semester at Sea organized Field Trip. I originally signed up for the Pearl Harbor Memorial tour, but that trip was canceled. (The last time I was in Honolulu to give a talk at the Pacific Chemistry meeting, the US Government was shut down and the Pearl Harbor Memorial was closed. Same problem today!!!). I switched to the North Shore bus tour. In the 14 hours we had I managed to take over 3000 pictures. First stop was at the Byodo-In Temple. Then stops at some regional parks and beaches. Lunch was at a roadside shrimp shack. The last stop was at the Dole Pineapple Plantation.

Panorama of the Byodo-In Temple in Kaneohe on the island of Oahu. Composite of six images taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 10 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite panorama created using Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Panorama of the Byodo-In Temple in Kaneohe on the island of Oahu. Composite of six images taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 10 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 160, 10 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite panorama created using Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)


Litterbugs in paradise -- were they locals or tourists??? Malaekahana State Recreation Area on the north shore of Oahu. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/6.4, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Litterbugs in paradise — were they locals or tourists??? Malaekahana State Recreation Area on the north shore of Oahu. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/6.4, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)


Student being photographed with Mokoli?i (Chinaman's Hat) in the background. Kualoa Regional Park on the north shore of Oahu. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Student being photographed with Mokoli’i (Chinaman’s Hat) in the background. Kualoa Regional Park on the north shore of Oahu. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)


Green Turtle viewing the Sun at Sunset Beach. Image taken with a Nikon N1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Green Turtle viewing the Sun at Sunset Beach. Image taken with a Nikon N1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 90 mm, f/4.8, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)


Eight-Years Ago (12-January-2011) — Chile

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 17: Torres del Paine National Park to Puerto Natales, Chile. Hostage Day 1.

Roadblock Outside of Puerto Natales, Chile. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (ISO 80, 19.2 mm, f/3.3, 1/125 sec) from inside our bus. For what happened next you can check out an article written by Thom Hogan.
Little did we know at the time what those black flags represented. Not the way I wanted to end my wonderful Patagonia Photography Safari.

Roadblock outside of Pureto Natales Chile. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (David J Mathre)
Roadblock outside of Pureto Natales Chile. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 camera (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (10-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 8: Merritt Island.

On my last morning before heading back home I stopped at Playalinda beach. A couple of  folks were out fishing at sunrise when this tern flew past the sun.

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Tern and Two Fisherman at Sunrise. Playalinda Beach, Canaveral National Seashore in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 18.5 mm f/1.8 lens (ISO 200, 18.5 mm, f/4, 1/1000). (David J Mathre)