Five-Years Ago (12-February-2014) — Florida

Gone to See America. February 2014 Florida Road Trip. Day 12: Big Cypress National Preserve.

Foggy Morning along the Loop Road in Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve.

Crow Waiting For the Sun at Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 160 mm, f/8, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Crow Waiting For the Sun at Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 160 mm, f/8, 1/20 sec). (David J Mathre)
Big Cypress Swamp at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 25 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Big Cypress Swamp at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon D800 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/8, 25 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro 7. (David J Mathre)
Dew Covered Spider Web at Sunrise. Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dew Covered Spider Web at Sunrise. Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in Florida. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dew Covered Spider Web at Sunrise. Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in Florida. Composite of 3 Images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 140 mm, f/8, 1/50, 1/13, 1/3 sec). Raw image processed with Google HDR Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)
Dew Covered Spider Web at Sunrise. Big Cypress Swamp National Preserve in Florida. Composite of 3 Images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 100, 140 mm, f/8, 1/50, 1/13, 1/3 sec). Raw image processed with Google HDR Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)

Tuesday (05-February-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Nature in New Jersey.

A bit of a heat wave after the cold temperatures last week. Colorful morning clouds at dawn. It was warm enough during the afternoon to completely melt the ice in the bird bath, allowing the solar-powered fountain to start working. After it got dark I made a time-lapse video of the fountain.

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Fulll Sky View. Colorful Clouds at Dawn. Composite of 26 images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 8-16 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro (Inverse Little Planet). (David J Mathre)
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Colorful Clouds at Dawn. Composite of 12 images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 8-16 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)


Three-Years Ago (22-January-2016) — Pacific Ocean

Gone to See the World. Semester at Sea Spring 2016 Voyage on the MV World Odyssey. Day 17: Crossing the Pacific Ocean.

Some kind of wonderful!!! You had to be there to take in the dawn view of the sky over the Pacific Ocean. Someday I’ll be able to make a large format print of the full panorama. The day before had been windy and some wave action. Unlike many others, I didn’t get seasick, and didn’t need to take any of the anti-nausea medications. The aft decks 6 and 7 provide some wind protection that allowed me to get out and take images  of the dawn sky and the and sunrise. It was still a couple of days before we would arrive in Yokohama.

Colorful Dawn Panorama at Sea from the Aft Deck of the MV World Odyssey While Crossing the Pacific Ocean. Composite of 6 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn Panorama at Sea from the Aft Deck of the MV World Odyssey While Crossing the Pacific Ocean. Composite of 6 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 1 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 1 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 2 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 2 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 3 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 3 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 4 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 4 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 5 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 5 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 6 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colorful Dawn clouds over the Pacific Ocean from the deck of the MV World Odyssey. Image 6 of 6 taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and 23 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro. (David J Mathre)

Friday (11-January-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

It was really cold out last night with a clear sky. When I woke up at 05:30 both Venus and Jupiter were bright lights in the sky. A bit later, just before sunrise a few of the clouds near the horizon lit up.

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Colorful Clouds at Dawn. Composite of 11 images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 8-16 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)


Individual images in the slide-show can be viewed here.

Monday (07-January-2019) — New Jersey

Backyard Wintertime Nature in New Jersey.

Although it was cold this morning when I woke up, I noticed some colorful clouds developing just before sunrise. I went out with a Fuji X-T2 camera and a 8-16 mm f/2.8 wide-angle lens. I took a number of shots to create this dawn panorama.

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Colorful Clouds at Dawn. Composite of ten images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 8-16 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/8, 1/50 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)