Four-Years Ago (13-March-2014) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2014 – Winter Photography Workshop. Day 5: South East Coast.

Grass covered unmarked graves surrounding the sod covered Hof church (Hofskirija) in Eastern Iceland. Composite of 3 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/16, 1/20, 1/40, 1/60 sec). Image processed using Google HDR Efex Pro.

Grass Covered Unmarked Graves Surrounding the Sod Covered Hofskirija in Eastern Iceland. Composite of 3 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/16, 1/20, 1/40, 1/60 sec). Image processed using Google HDR Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)
Grass Covered Unmarked Graves Surrounding the Sod Covered Hofskirija in Eastern Iceland. Composite of 3 images taken with a Fuji X-T1 camera and Zeiss 12 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 12 mm, f/16, 1/20, 1/40, 1/60 sec). Image processed using Google HDR Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (31-July-2013) — Iceland.

Gone to See Iceland 2013: Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 2: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).

We spent the day on the island of Vestmannaeyjar. Puffins, sheep, and landscapes. The main town on the island was nearly destroyed by volcanic activity in 1973.

Puffin with Fish in Flight. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Puffin with Fish in Flight. Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence. Icelandic Sheep Attempting to get its head through the fence on the summer pastures in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. I think the fence was to keep the sheep from the Puffin Nests. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). Nikonians Academy Iceland Photo Adventure Tour. (David J Mathre)
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence. Icelandic Sheep Attempting to get its head through the fence on the summer pastures in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. I think the fence was to keep the sheep from the Puffin Nests. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/160 sec). (David J Mathre)
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence. Sheep grazing on the summer pastures in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/9, 1/500 sec). Nikonians Iceland Photo Adventure Tour. (David J Mathre)
The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of the Fence. Sheep grazing on the summer pastures in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/9, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lupins at the Edge of the Lava Field in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. The volcanic equption back in 1973 almost swallowed the town - there are homes buried under those rocks. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). Nikonians Iceland Photo Adventure Tour. (David J Mathre)
Lupins at the Edge of the Lava Field in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. The volcanic equption back in 1973 almost swallowed the town – there are homes buried under those rocks. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 6.7-13 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 6.7 mm, f/4, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Grass Seed and Driftwood on a Black Volcanic Sand Beach. Vestmannaeyjar Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 69 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Nikonians Academy Iceland Photo Adventure. (David J Mathre)
Grass Seed and Driftwood on a Black Volcanic Sand Beach. Vestmannaeyjar Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 69 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Icelandic Grass Seed and Driftwood on the coast of Vestmannaeyjar Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 39 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). Nikonians Academy Iceland Photo Adventure. (David J Mathre)
Icelandic Grass Seed and Driftwood on the coast of Vestmannaeyjar Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 39 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Friday (29-August-2014) — New Jersey

Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Lone Stalk of Grass at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 80-400 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 5600, 260 mm, f/11, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

Late Summer Grass at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 80-400 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 5600, 260 mm, f/11, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Late Summer Grass at the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 80-400 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 5600, 260 mm, f/11, 1/4000 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (31-July-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 2: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).

Icelandic Grass on the coast of Vestmannaeyjar in Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 39 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec).

Icelandic Grass Seed Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 39 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Icelandic Grass Seed on the coast of Vestmannaeyjar. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 39 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (10-August-2013) — New Jersey

Backyard Summertime Nature in New Jersey.

Single Stalk of Grass. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec).

I took a similar image in the autumn six years ago using a macro lens. This time it was with a hand-held telephoto lens.

Single Stalk of Grass. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, /1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Single Stalk of Grass. Backyard Summer Nature in New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D4 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)