Friday (25-March-2011) — California

Gone to See California. Day 6: Death Valley Spring 2011 Photography Workshop with Michael Mariant.

We started the day before sunrise walking out to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes near Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley National Park. The objective for this location was to focus on lines, shapes, and textures as the sun rose and the shadows moved across the dunes. The first image is of morning shadows on the sand dunes. The next two are the same image of the dunes taken by Michael Mariant using my Leica X1 camera. The first is the “out of the camera” jpg, the 2nd the raw (dng) image processed with Capture One Pro attempting to minimize the amount of the upper right being blown out.

Sand Dune Morning Shadows, Death Valley NP. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4 G lens (ISO 100, f/8, 1/500 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and converted for web with Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Sand Dune Morning Shadows, Death Valley NP. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 50 mm f/1.4 G lens (ISO 100, f/8, 1/500 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and converted for web with Photoshop CS5.
Sand Dune Morning Shadows, Death Valley NP. Image taken by Michael Mariant with my Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/10, 1/60 sec). Out of the Camera jpg. (David J Mathre)
Sand Dune Morning Shadows, Death Valley NP. Image taken by Michael Mariant with my Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/10, 1/60 sec). Out of the Camera jpg.
Sand Dune Morning Shadows, Death Valley NP. Image taken by Michael Mariant with my Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/10, 1/60 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and converted for web with Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Sand Dune Morning Shadows, Death Valley NP. Image taken by Michael Mariant with my Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/10, 1/60 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro.

Thursday (24-March-2011) — California

Gone to See California. Day 5: Death Valley Spring 2011 Photography Workshop with Michael Mariant.

Before the workshop started, I joined Michael as he reconnoitered and GPS tagged a path to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes in Death Valley National Park. We would be going out to this location Friday and Sunday morning well before sunrise in the dark. The following images are of Michael going out to the sand dunes taken with a Leica X1 camera. The temperatures were cool by Death Valley standards, notice Michael wearing a green vest.

Michael Mariant Marking a GPS Trail to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/800 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and converted to jpg for web with Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Michael Mariant Marking a GPS Trail to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/800 sec).
Michael Mariant Marking a GPS Trail to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and converted to jpg for web with Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Michael Mariant Marking a GPS Trail to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec).
Michael Mariant Marking a GPS Trail to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1000 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and converted to jpg for web with Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Michael Mariant Marking a GPS Trail to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1000 sec).
Michael Mariant Marking a GPS Trail to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/800 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and converted to jpg for web with Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Michael Mariant Marking a GPS Trail to the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Image taken with a Leica X1 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/800 sec).

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Tuesday (22-March-2011) — California

Gone to See California. Day 3: Working in South San Francisco.

Before going to work, I took some images of a sailboat at anchor in Oyster Bay. Two of the images were combined using the Photoshop CS5 HDR module.

Sunrise with Sailboat at Anchor in Oyster Bay. Images taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/250 + 1/2000 sec). Two image HDR processed with Photoshop CS5 HDR module (photorealistic). Noise reduction with Nik Define 2.0. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise with Sailboat at Anchor in Oyster Bay. Images taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/250 + 1/2000 sec).

Monday (21-March-2011) — California

Gone to See California. Day 2: Working in South San Francisco.

A couple of images from my office while working in San Francisco on the first day of Spring. Although there was heavy rain last night and this morning, the sky cleared later in the day. The site where I am working near the UCSF campus looks over a large construction site for a new Hospital. I needed to work on the white balance since the image was taken through a window tinted green (auto white balance within the camera 6008 K) . The 2nd version has the white balance corrected (6514 K). Later on when I returned to my hotel I saw this sailboat at anchor in Oyster Bay.

View of Hospital Construction Site Looking Toward San Francisco Bay. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/11, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
View of Hospital Construction Site Looking Toward San Francisco Bay. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/11, 1/160 sec).
View of Hospital Construction Site Looking Toward San Francisco Bay. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/11, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
View of Hospital Construction Site Looking Toward San Francisco Bay. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/11, 1/160 sec).
Sailboat at Anchor in Oyster Bay. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sailboat at Anchor in Oyster Bay. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 1/320 sec).