Saturday (13-October-2018) — New Jersey to Portugal

Gone to See Portugal. Street Photography Workshop with Steve Simon. Day -1: Travel to Portugal.

I took a red-eye flight from Newark to Lisbon on TAP (Portugal Airlines). The “fast track” pre-boarding security lines at Newark terminal B were not open, so I had to remove my shoes, put each computer, notepad, and phone in separate trays. I also had to remove all the cameras from my camera bag. This is the third time this year that the “fast track” lanes at Newark were not staffed. TAP uses the SAS lounge in Newark. Good Nordic snacks before the flight. The TAP flight left a bit after the scheduled departure time, but still arrived in Lisbon almost an hour before the scheduled arrival time. The dinner served by TAP was excellent. The only time I have had airline food this good before was while traveling Upper Class on Virgin Atlantic (back in the days I was commuting to Cambridge, UK while working on a chemical automation project).  After dinner, and most passengers fell asleep the cabin was dark enough that I could see the Big Dipper through my window. I was able to get a picture of the Big Dipper using a Fuji X-T3 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 3200, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1 sec). I held the camera up to the window for the long exposure. Manually focusing to infinity and holding the camera still for 1 second was a challenge.


Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed here.

Big Dipper from a commercial airline jet while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 3200, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Big Dipper from a commercial airline jet while crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 3200, 35 mm, f/1.4, 1 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)

Two-Years Ago (22-March-2016) — Atlantic Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 77: At Sea, Atlantic Ocean.

This was a classroom day (B19) as we traveled northwest off the west coast of Africa (Namibia). We were far enough at sea that we didn’t see land. Images of Dawn, Sunrise, Student Portraits including the Sunrise Breakfast Club, the Statues, and then Students and other Passengers “Viewing, and Holding the Moon”. Individual images from the slide-shows can be viewed here.

Catching Venus at Dawn. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens. (David J Mathre)
Catching Venus at Dawn. Image taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 35 mm f/1.4 lens. (David J Mathre)



Catching the Sun. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens. (David J Mathre)
Catching the Sun. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 23 mm f/2 lens. (David J Mathre)


Moon at Dusk over the Atlantic Ocean (Album Cover). Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Moon at Dusk over the Atlantic Ocean (Album Cover). Image taken with a Nikon 1 V3 camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (David J Mathre)
Reaching for the Moon. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens. (David J Mathre)
Reaching for the Moon. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 55-135 mm lens. (David J Mathre)


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Google Earth Map of  the GPS Track for Day 77. Contact me for the Route Coordinates. (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (20-December-2014) — South Atlantic Ocean

Gone to See Antarctica 2014/2015. Hurtigruten Christmas Voyage on the MS Fram. Day 5: At Sea.

Cape Petrel in Flight. From the Deck of the Hurtigruten MS Fram in the South Atlantic Ocean. These birds flew along the ship during most of the voyage. This image was taken before the shutter on my Nikon Df camera died. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

Cape Petrel in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. These birds flew along the ship during most of the voyage. This image was taken before the shutter on my Nikon Df died (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
Cape Petrel in Flight from the Deck of the MS Fram. These birds flew along the ship during most of the voyage. This image was taken before the shutter on my Nikon Df died (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (17-June-2014) — At Sea

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 17: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. At Sea.

Dawn and sunset while traveling from England to Portugal on the MV Explorer.

Pink clouds at dawn over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)
Pink clouds at dawn over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)
Silhouette of a student watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)
Silhouette of a student watching the sun set over the Atlantic Ocean from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera. (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (15-July-2014) — At Sea

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 45: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. At Sea.

Northern Gannet in Flight North of Scotland from the Deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC.

GNorthern Gannet in Flight North of Scotland from the Deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)
GNorthern Gannet in Flight North of Scotland from the Deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 200 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC. (David J Mathre)