Thursday (24-September-2020) — New Jersey

Early Autumn Colorful Clouds at Dawn.

Things seem to be aligned near the spring and autumn equinox that the clouds to the east at dawn light up with intense colors. High level smoke dust from the forest fires out west may also be contributing to the colorful displays this year. I’ve been checking early every morning, but the skies were clear. This morning it was different, so I ran out and disturbed the deer in the backyard to get this panorama (11415 x 4520 pixel = 38″ x 15″ print @ 300 dpi) .

Backyard Panorama: Early Autumn Morning Colorful Clouds. (David J Mathre)
Backyard Panorama: Early Autumn Morning Colorful Clouds. Composite of seven images taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 18 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)


Backyard Panorama: Early Autumn Morning Colorful Clouds. Individual images in the slideshow are available in my PhotoShelter Gallery.

Daily Electric Energy Used (36.0 kWh) from Sense. Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (25.6 kWh) from Sense and SolSystems. Cloudy day. Geothermal HVAC system off. A deficit of 10.4 kWh.

Five-Years Ago (26-November-2014) — Florida

Moon, Palm Tree Silhouettes, and Orange Contrail Clouds at Sunset.

Another case of “the best camera is the one with you”. I’d never seen contrails lined up like this before with the added bonus of happening just after sunset. View from the Old Northeast section of St. Petersburg, Florida.

Moon, Palm Tree Silhouettes, and Orange Contrail Clouds at Sunset in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/6.4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)
Moon, Palm Tree Silhouettes, and Orange Contrail Clouds at Sunset in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica T camera and 11-23 mm wide-angle zoom lens (ISO 400, 18 mm, f/6.4, 1/640 sec). (David J Mathre)

Eight-Years Ago (26-November-2011) — Pennsylvania & New Jersey

Autumn Nature in Pennsylvania & New Jersey.

Colorful dawn from the Lambertville – New Hope bridge over the Delaware River. View from the bridge looking  east toward New Jersey. Back when I still worked at the Merck  facility in West Point Pennsylvania I crossed this bridge every morning very early trying to avoid traffic on Route 206. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16). HDR composite from 5 images using Nik HDR Efex Pro.

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Dawn from the Lambertville – New Hope Bridge over the Delaware River. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16). HDR composite from 5 images using Nik HDR Efex Pro.. (David J Mathre)

Twelve-Years Ago (26-August-2007) — Colorado

Summertime Nature in Colorado.

Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec).  Three versions — as originally processed, reprocessed three-years ago (Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, Focus Magic, and NIK Color Efex and NIK Define), and reprocessed today. Let me know which you like better (or why I save all images — to learn from my mistakes and to used newer image processing tools).

Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/22, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/22, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, Focus Magic, and NIK Color Efex and NIK Define. (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Photoshop CC, Focus Magic, and NIK Color Efex and NIK Define. (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (Still Life), and Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)
Summer Morning Reflections at Lily Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 14 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 140, 14 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (Still Life), and Focus Magic. (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (17-August-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Night Sky Over New Jersey.

Night Time Thunderstorm. Two minute time-lapse video. Moon, Clouds, Lightning. Approximately 3000 Images taken between midnight and 4 AM from my backdoor using a Nikon D810A camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/4, 4 sec). At one point I had to move the camera away from the door during a heavy downpour. Time-lapse video created from the in camera jpg images using Photoshop CC. This was the fourth night in a row that we have had thunderstorms.