03-May-2011

Enrichment Voyage: Central America & the Panama Canal. Nikonians Ultimate Travel Workshop 2011 (UTW-II) Day 7 – Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Tarrales Bird Watching Tour.

We had to get up early in order to depart for the Tarrales Bird Watching Tour at 05:30 AM. On the bus ride to Tarrales I got a grab shot of some school girls waiting for the bus to school. A good fraction of the folks on this tour were part of the Rhodes Scholar contingent attending the Enrichment Voyage. As such the average age was higher, and we knew that we would not be hiking as far as we did yesterday to the volcano. Even though we left early, it wasn’t early enough for best bird viewing. Also, my 70-300 mm lens did not have the reach to get good images of the birds we did see. Our guide was good at finding the birds in the canopy. I only have one image of a midget owl, and it is a crop zoomed to 100%. It would have been a bit better if I took my D3x body with double the sensor size vs. the D3s body. I took the D3s because of the better low light capabilities coupled with the 70-300 f/5.6 limits. Jon got some better images with his 400 mm f/4 + TC.

After the Owl, I then switched to my 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens and focused on closer objects. In addition to close-up images of insects and flowers, the 105 mm lens is also great for people. Even with its small depth of field, it is very sharp. The remainder of the following images are of a small girl in Tarrales, a local jail, a close up of a China Berry, and of a flower with a bee. Then images from the bus ride back to the M/V Explorer. A school girl, Guatemalla mass transit, a coconut vendor with his machete, limes at a produce stand, woman walking past a produce vendor, a cross-eyed guy next to a “Prohibido Estanciona” sign, woman vendor cutting coconut, her son, and several images from an open market produce vendor.

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School Girls Waiting for the Bus. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/3.5, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
School Girls Waiting for the Bus. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 50 mm f/1.4G lens (ISO 200, 50 mm, f/3.5, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Midget Owl in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Midget Owl in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Young Girl in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Young Girl in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Jail in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/5000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Jail in Tarrales Bird Sancturary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/2.8, 1/5000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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China Berries in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
China Berries in Tarrales Bird Sanctuary. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/5.6, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Bee in Red Flower Bloom. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Bee in Red Flower Bloom. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/3.2, 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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School Girl Walking Past ShuKitos. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
School Girl Walking Past ShuKitos. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.

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Guatemala Mass Transit. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Guatemala Mass Transit. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2500 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Coconut Vendor with Machete. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Coconut Vendor with Machete. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Outdoor Produce Stand with Limes. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Outdoor Produce Stand with Limes. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Fast Walker at Open Air Produce Market. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Fast Walker at Open Air Produce Market. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Prohibido Estanciona. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Prohibido Estanciona. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Coconut Vendor. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Coconut Vendor. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Coconut Vendor Son not Working. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Coconut Vendor Son not Working. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/2000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/320 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Open Air Produce Shop. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 105 mm f/2.8 VR macro lens (ISO 200, 105 mm, f/4, 1/1600 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, NIK Color Efex Pro (Tonal Contrast), and Photoshop CS5.
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Friday (22-April-2011) — New Jersey

Springtime Nature in New Jersey. Sourland Mountain Preserve.

I found a Canada Goose nesting near the pond at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. This was the first time I visited this spring, and only had a small Leica point & shoot to take any images. The bird is well hidden, and has filled the nest with a bed of feathers. I’ll need to get back and check the nest out with a DSLR with a telephoto lens.

Nesting Canadian Goose, Sourland Mountain Reserve. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 200, 49.2 mm, f/4.9, 1/125 sec) (David J. Mathre)
Nesting Canada Goose, Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 20 camera (ISO 200, 49.2 mm, f/4.9, 1/125 sec)

Four-Years Ago (24-February-2007) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey: Turkey Vulture and Using Focus Magic to Remove Motion Blur.

I often use Focus Magic to sharpen images. I prefer using this program since it uses a deconvolution algorithm to sharpen the image, rather than unsharp mask (USM). Here is an example where I used Focus Magic to remove motion blur. On the down side, Focus Magic has not been updated for some time and only runs as a 32-bit application. I can only use it as a plugin in Photoshop CS5 when running the 32-bit version of CS5. For this example I am using an image of a Turkey Vulture in flight (from four-years ago). I tried to improve the sharpness of the head, eye, and beak. The 2nd and 3rd image are 1:1 zooms of the head — first without removing the motion blur, and the second with the motion blur removed (350°, 9 pixels). The results are not perfect, but better than the original image. One of the reasons I do not delete images — new software can sometimes be used to recover and image that previously would have been rejected.

Turkey Vulture in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm Lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed using Capture One Pro 6, and Photoshop CS5. Motion blur reduced using Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm Lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed using Capture One Pro 6, and Photoshop CS5. Motion blur reduced using Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm Lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed using Capture One Pro 6, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm Lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed using Capture One Pro 6, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm Lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed using Capture One Pro 6, and Photoshop CS5. Motion blur reduced using Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)
Turkey Vulture in Flight. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 80-400 mm Lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). Raw image processed using Capture One Pro 6, and Photoshop CS5. Motion blur reduced using Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (29-December-2010) — Argentina

Gone to See Patagonia 2010/2011. Photography Workshop with Thom Hogan. Day 3: Buenos Aires to Estancia Helsingfors.

We flew from Buenos Aires to El Calafete, where we met up with our driver Martin and his bus. The bus is our mode of transportation for the rest of the workshop. Martin drove us to Estancia Helsingfors, which is in the western region of Glaciers National Park along Lake Viedma. Helsingfors was built as a sheep ranch in 1906 by the Finnish Pioneer Alfred Ramstrom. We stay at Helsingfors four nights. On the drive from El Calafete to Helsingfors we stopped to several times to photograph the lake and wildlife. I’ve included images of the Southern Crested Caracara and Piche (the local armadillo).

Thom Hogan Checking Out the Lenticular Clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/11, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Thom Hogan Checking Out the Lenticular Clouds in Patagonia. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/11, 1/2000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Carancho (Southern Crested Caracara - Caracara Plancus) at a rest area along the southern edge of Lago Viedma, Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec.) (David J Mathre)
Carancho (Southern Crested Caracara – Caracara Plancus) at a rest area along the southern edge of Lago Viedma, Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec.) (David J Mathre)
Piche (Armadillo) at a rest area along the southern edge of Lago Viedma, Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec.) (David J Mathre)
Piche (Armadillo) at a rest area along the southern edge of Lago Viedma, Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 70-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec.) (David J Mathre)
Thom and Thomas Discussing the Photography of Wind Blown Trees in Patagonia. Estancia Helsingfors in Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 16-35 mm f/4 lens (ISO 125, 26 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Thom and Thomas Discussing the Photography of Wind Blown Trees in Patagonia. Estancia Helsingfors in Argentina. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 16-35 mm f/4 lens (ISO 125, 26 mm, f/11, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)