25-June-2011

Moth or Butterfly? Backyard Nature Early Summer in New Jersey. 

I saw this insect while sitting out on the deck this evening. It landed at just beyond the minimum focus distance of the lens. Two images with slightly different depth of field (f/4, 1/125 sec) and (f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Both shot “mirror up” with 30 sec delay to allow the lens to stabilize.

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Moth or Butterfly? Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Moth or Butterfly? Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.

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Moth or Butterfly? Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Moth or Butterfly? Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 600 mm f/4 lens (ISO 200, 600 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.

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25-June-2011

Morning Views of Summer in New Jersey. 

Two views of a local farmer’s wheat field this morning. The sun was just comming out from behind some low clouds and there was still a bit of mist. Then two reflection silhouette views across a lake in Sourland Mountain Reserve.

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Wheat Field at Morning in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Wheat Field at Morning in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.

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Morning Reflection Silhouette at Sourland Mountain Reserve. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Morning Reflection Silhouette at Sourland Mountain Reserve. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.

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Wheat Field at Morning in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Wheat Field at Morning in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.

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Morning Reflection Silhouette at Sourland Mountain Reserve. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Morning Reflection Silhouette at Sourland Mountain Reserve. Early Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.

24-June-2011

Yellow Prickly Pear Flower after Rain. 

Image of a Yellow Prickly Pear Cactus flower taken just after an early summer thunderstorm. Unlike the White Yucca flowers, the deer don’t appear to be interested in the Prickly Pear Cactus flower.

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Yellow Prickly Pear Flower after Rain. Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 (ISO 80, 19.2 mm, f/3.3, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Yellow Prickly Pear Flower after Rain. Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 (ISO 80, 19.2 mm, f/3.3, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CS5.

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23-June-2011

The Panama Canal Time-Lapsed Video is now also on You-Tube.

(The Vimeo version of the Panama Canal Time-Lapsed Video is still available on my 02-June-2011 post)

“Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse” is a multi-camera timelapse, created using sequential photography from 10 cameras at 8 different camera locations/angles onboard the passenger ship MV Explorer, for a total of over 5,500 photographs, pulled from 30,000 photographs during the 8-hour transit of the canal on May 8, 2011.

This timelapse was created as part of the Ultimate Travel Workshop II (UTW2) Central America & The Panama Canal: April 27 – May 17, 2011, a Nikonians Academy workshop operated by faculty member and workshop instructor Michael A. Mariant/M-Visuals in conjunction with the Institute for Shipboard Education’s Semester at Sea & Enrichment Voyage programs.

The eight camera position angles were scouted in advance, as well as mapping out the transit of the canal down into six different zones. Four cameras were shooting continuously in all six shooting zones for the entire 8-hour transit, while the other four camera positions were scripted for certain zones based on the storyboard and schedule.

Technical Specs:
• All cameras (a mix between Canon and Nikon DSLRs) operated on either internal or external interverlameter control.

• The forward (bow) facing camera and the aft (fish-eye) facing camera were shooting at 10-second intervals. The remaining side-facing cameras were shooting at 5-second intervals. This was due to the perceived perception of speed of objects coming towards/away from the camera (timed with greater intervals) versus side-motion perception of movement (timed with shorter intervals) to allow for a similar perceived perception of speed in the final multi-camera edit.

• All cameras were synchronized together via the camera’s internal clocks, to provide a simulated ‘timecode’, via the metadata, in the final edit.

• Exposure changes at each camera location (weather was a mix of clouds, rain and sun) during the 8-hour transit were timed to scripted camera cuts in the storyboard.

• All the photographs were sequenced in QuickTime Pro 7. Final edit/grading in Final Cut Studio.

“Panama Canal: A Transit in Timelapse”
All photographs, images and timelapse movies contained within this show/film are © Copyright 2011 UTW2 Copyright Collective. All Rights Reserved.

UTW2 Copyright Collective Members:
Jon Bloom
Albert Esschendal
Joan Hammond
David Hays
Richard Hulbert
Howard Ignatius
Jerry Kirkhart
David Mathre
Josef Smogursewski
Michael A. Mariant

M-Visuals is the acting representative of the UTW2 Copyright Collective

“Panama Canal: A Transit in TImelapse” is an M-Visuals Film,
produced and directed by Michael A. Mariant

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Panama Canal Lock. Image Taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm) (David J Mathre)