Four-Years Ago (31-March-2016) — Ghana

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 86: Depart Tema, Ghana.

This was our last day in Ghana. Prior to departing the ships chef and cooks created an artistic display of carved fruits and vegetables. Rooky mistake on the images, I had the ISO cranked up to 6400 from my early morning Sunrise Breakfast Club photoshoot. As a result, the aperture was nearly wide open with a shutter speed of 1/4000 second. Significant noise reduction via Nik Define, and tonal adjustments via Nik Color Efex.

The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/2.8, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/4.5, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/4.5, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/3.6, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Cooks display their creative food art. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35mm f/1.4 (ISO 6400, 35 mm, f/3.6, 1/4000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (28-March-2016) — Ghana

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 83: Takoradi, Ghana

While docked at the port in Takoradi, Ghana I saw this large crow like bird with a white chest and neck. Later identified as a Pied Crow.

Pied Crow on the MV World Odyssey while docked in Takoradi, Ghana. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 212 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pied Crow on the MV World Odyssey while docked in Takoradi, Ghana. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 212 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pied Crow on the MV World Odyssey while docked in Takoradi, Ghana. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 212 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Pied Crow on the MV World Odyssey while docked in Takoradi, Ghana. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 212 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (14-March-2014) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2014 – Winter Photography Workshop. Day 6: Golden Circle.

One of our stops along the “Golden Circle” was to see Strokkur, a geyser in the Haukadalur geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in southwest Iceland. It should be noted that there are many tour buses and lots of people that do the “Golden Circle” every day. Unlike, Old Faithful in Yellowstone, you can get quite close to Strokkur. Also, this geyser erupts more often than Old Faithful. I have several sets of images (slide shows and time-lapse video) from a distance where you can see the people coming and going, and then up close where you can see the clear blue “Bubble Burst” as the geyser erupts.

The Bubble Burting. Strokkur, a geyser in the Haukadalur geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in southwest Iceland. Images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 70 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Bubble Burting. Strokkur, a geyser in the Haukadalur geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in southwest Iceland. Images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 lens (ISO 100, 70 mm, f/8, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)




Individual images from the above slide shows can be viewed at my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Four Years Ago (06-March-2016) — Indian Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 61: Neptune Day while crossing the Indian Ocean.

Neptune Day celebration. Time-lapse video of the shellback initiation for those crossing the equator their first time. Over 50 of the students and life-long learners had their heads shaved.

I feel for the Semester at Sea voyagers this year as they miss several ports to avoid the COVID-19 virus. I wish them well, and hope the program is able to continue in the future.

 

Friday (14-February-2020) — New Jersey

Valentine’s Day Special

German Chocolate, Strawberries, and Hot Peppers. The Strawberries were grown in my indoor AeroGarden hydroponic farm. Also the flowers (Dianthus, Snapdragon, Coreopsis, Zinnia) are growing in the hydroponic farm. The Red Poppy flower didn’t quite open in time.

Valentine Special -- Chocolate, Strawberries, and Hot Peppers. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 35 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 35 mm, f/16, 1/320 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Valentine’s Day Special — Chocolate, Strawberries, and Hot Peppers. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 35 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 35 mm, f/16, 1/320 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)


Click on the above image to access my PhotoShelter Gallery with the individual images in the following slideshow.


Images from Valentine’s Day Past

Turkey Vulture. Image taken with a Nikon D5 Camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Turkey Vulture. Image taken with a Nikon D5 Camera and 600 mm f/4 VR lens. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunrise Breakfast Club. Photographer looking into the sun for birds. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sunrise Breakfast Club. Photographer looking into the sun for birds. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sunrise Breakfast Club. Silhouette sunrise portrait. MV World Odyssey At Sea. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/10, 1/4000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sunrise Breakfast Club. Silhouette sunrise portrait. MV World Odyssey At Sea. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/10, 1/4000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Reflections of the Sunrise Breakfast Club. MV World Odyssey At Sea. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/15 sec) (David J Mathre)
Reflections of the Sunrise Breakfast Club. MV World Odyssey At Sea. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/16, 1/15 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sunrise Breakfast Club. Silhouette sunrise portrait. MV World Odyssey At Sea. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/10, 1/4000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sunrise Breakfast Club. Silhouette sunrise portrait. MV World Odyssey At Sea. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/10, 1/4000 sec) (David J Mathre)
Lonely Trees on Balsfjorden Near Tromsø. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 1/100 sec). In camera B&W. (David J. Mathre)
Lonely Trees on Balsfjorden Near Tromsø. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 1/100 sec). In camera B&W. (David J. Mathre)
Northern Lights in Norway. Image taken with a Nikon D800 and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 3200, 16 mm, f/2.8, 2 sec).. (David J Mathre)
Northern Lights in Norway. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 3200, 16 mm, f/2.8, 2 sec).. (David J Mathre)

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