Tuesday (16-August-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Clouds and Landscape in New Jersey.

After the Storm. It has been raining a lot since last Saturday night. The storm system is finally leaving. I hoped to get a rainbow, but had to settle for a landscape view from my backyard. But then again, it is not often I can take a landscape image with weather/clouds from my backyard. The image was taken with a Leica X1. The first version of the image is the “out of the camera” JPG. The next two were the Leica X1 version of RAW (Adobe DNG) that were processed with Capture One Pro 6 and Photoshop CS5. The main difference between these two images was the white balance). The final image was converted to B&W using Nik Silver Efex Pro.

Let me know which you like best.

Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Out of the camera JPG. (David J. Mathre)
Storm Departing — Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Out of the camera JPG.
Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J. Mathre)
Storm Departing — Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J. Mathre)
Storm Departing — Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.
Storm Departing -- Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. (David J. Mathre)
Storm Departing — Backyard Summer Landscape. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6. 1/800 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. Converted to BW with Nik Silver Efex Pro 2.

Tuesday (19-July-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Hot Summer Evening. While out sitting on my deck, I took some images of a Doe. I also caught an image of a distant commercial jet passing in front of a rapidly growing storm cloud.

Doe. Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro 6, and Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Doe. Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro 6, and Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.
Doe. Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro 6, and Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5. (David J Mathre)
Doe. Outdoor Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 400, 500 mm, f/4, 1/200 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro 6, and Nik Define, and Photoshop CS5.
Distant Jet Passing a Growing Thunder Cloud. Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Silver Efex Pro, and Photoshop CS5 (David J Mathre)
Distant Jet Passing a Growing Thunder Cloud. Summer in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 600 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 100, 600 mm, f/4, 1/1250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Nik Silver Efex Pro, and Photoshop CS5

Tuesday (22-March-2011) — California

Gone to See California. Day 3: Working in South San Francisco.

Before going to work, I took some images of a sailboat at anchor in Oyster Bay. Two of the images were combined using the Photoshop CS5 HDR module.

Sunrise with Sailboat at Anchor in Oyster Bay. Images taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/250 + 1/2000 sec). Two image HDR processed with Photoshop CS5 HDR module (photorealistic). Noise reduction with Nik Define 2.0. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise with Sailboat at Anchor in Oyster Bay. Images taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/250 + 1/2000 sec).

Sunday (20-March-2011) — New Jersey to California

Gone to See California. Day 1: Flight from New Jersey to San Francisco.

Aerial Photography — Somewhere over the middle of the country at 30,000 feet. I don’t know where we were, but it looks like a small town and farm land. This is the last day of winter. A lot of brown, not much green yet. I didn’t have a window seat, so only had this one chance to take an image while the person sitting next to the window was in the restroom. The flight was totally booked, and I was in the very last row. Sitting in the back row has many problems. I couldn’t lean the seat back and I now have a backache. They ran out of food, and I now have a bad headache, and I was right next to the very busy restroom. I prefer driving, even if it is all the way across the United States.

Middle America from 30k Feet. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
Middle America from 30k Feet. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/800 sec).