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)

Seven-Years Ago (08-January-2011) — Patagonia

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 13: Estancia Lazo to Hosteria Lago Grey.

We stopped for a few minutes at the entrance to Torres del Paines National Park while our guide paid the entrance fee. There were a number of Guanaco (South American Camels) milling around. All of a sudden two males started chasing each other. I caught this one as it ran right through our group.

Guanaco Running at the Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Guanaco Running at the Entrance to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (28-October-2013) — New Jersey

Indoor Autumn Nature in New Jersey: Mutant House Pet

Macro image of a Scutigera coleoptrata (House Centipede) found wandering in my house. This one must have been breathing radon in the basement 😉 . Too bad it didn’t come out for Halloween.

Autumn Indoor Nature in New Jersey. Scutigera coleoptrata House Centipede (Not a Silverfish). Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro (ISO 400, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) with SB-900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture NX2, NIK Color Efex 3, Photoshop CC, and Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)
Autumn Indoor Nature in New Jersey. Scutigera coleoptrata House Centipede (Not a Silverfish). Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 105 mm f/2.8 VR Macro (ISO 400, 105 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec) with SB-900 Flash. Raw image processed with Capture NX2, NIK Color Efex 3, Photoshop CC, and Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)