Saturday (15-September-2018) — New Jersey

Indoor Late Summer Nature in New Jersey.

In addition to all of the crickets making noise outside, I heard one in the house last night. When I woke up this morning, I found Jiminy in the laundry room. He stayed still long enough for me to grab a camera with a macro lens. Afterwards, I helped him find his way back outside to be with his friends.

Jiminy Cricket. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)
Jiminy Cricket. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 OIS macro lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec) (DAVID J MATHRE)

Four-Years Ago (06-July-2014) — Scotland

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 36: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Scotland.

Ten, Twelve, Eighteen, and Twenty One Year Old Glengoyne Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Image taken with a Fuji XT-1 camera and 32 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 800, 32 mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CC.

Scotch Whisky Tasting - Glengoyne Distillery. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 32 mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Scotch Whisky Tasting – Glengoyne Distillery. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 32 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 32 mm, f/1.8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (03-July-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Morning and afternoon walkabouts with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens. The afternoon set was after a thunderstorm leaving some of the flowers wet. I am really liking this lens. One note, when the lens is out of the camera, or attached to the camera when the camera is off there is an internal part of the lens that slides back-and-forth making a knocking noise. When the camera is powered on this does not happen. I have seen reports on the internet, but have been told that it is not a problem. Now that the Fuji X-H1 and X-T2 cameras have firmware updates that will allow the camera to do focus bracketing. I look forward to trying focus bracketing with this lens.


Steam rising off the street after a thunderstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Steam rising off the street after a thunderstorm. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)


Early Summer Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)
Early Summer Backyard Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (DAVID J MATHRE)

Friday (22-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Early Summer Nature in New Jersey.

The Yucca and Prickly Pear flowers are in bloom. There are several new wildflowers (and I am not sure of the ID). I also am seeing more poppies (Red, Icelandic, and California). Individual images from the slide-shows are available here.




Mourning Dove. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Mourning Dove. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Chipping Sparrow. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Chipping Sparrow. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Frog Eggs in a Pond. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Frog Eggs in a Pond. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 60 mm f/2.8 macro lens (David J Mathre)
Raccoon trap and bait. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)
Raccoon trap and bait. Image taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 100-400 mm OIS telephoto zoom lens (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (10-January-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Sky in New Jersey: Contrails at Dawn.

This is an in-camera panorama taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera. I don’t like the auto white balance applied and baked into to the jpg image. This limits the color corrections that can be applied during process. In full daylight the color correction is much better. I should have taken raw images.

Colorful Contrails at Dawn. Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey. In camera panorama (jpg) taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Colorful Contrails at Dawn. Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey. In camera panorama (jpg) taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/3.6, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)