Five-Years Ago (10-January-2013) — Florida

Gone to See America. January 2013 Florida Road Trip. Day 7: Merritt Island and Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse.

Before starting my drive back to New Jersey, I spent the morning on Merritt Island. First for sunrise at Playalinda Beach at Canaveral National Seashore, then for a drive through Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge — both along Biolab Road and Black Point Wildlife Drive. The previous day there was heavy fog in the morning so I didn’t go to Playalinda beach. This beach is favored by surf fishermen. While driving north I also stopped at the Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida.

Rather that using the big telephoto lenses, all of the images on this day were taken with a Nikon D700 with a 28-300 mm VR lens, a Leica X2, or a Nikon 1 V2 and 18.5 mm f/1.8 lens. All hand-held, no tripod.


Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 40 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 40 mm, f/11, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lighthouse Replica at the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill. It is right across the street from the real Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/13, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lighthouse Replica at the Hidden Treasure Rum Bar and Grill. It is right across the street from the real Ponce de Leone Inlet Lighthouse near Daytona, Florida. Image taken with a Nikon D700 and 28-300 mm VR lens (ISO 200, 300 mm, f/13, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (31-July-2013) — Iceland

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

Motocross Rider Descending the Stairway of the Urða Lighthouse. Located on a lava field on the eastern point of Heimaey in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec).

Motocross Rider Descending the Stairway of the Urða Lighthouse. Located on a lava field on the eastern point of Heimaey in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). Nikonians Academy Photo Workshop. (David J Mathre)
Motocross Rider Descending the Stairway of the Urða Lighthouse. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera and 10-100 mm VR lens (ISO 160, 100 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Three-Years Ago (22-May-2013) — Ireland

Gone to See Europe. Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage on the MV Explorer. Ultimate Travel Photography Workshop IV with Michael Mariant. Day 26: Dublin, Ireland.

North Bull Lighthouse at the Entrance to Dublin Harbor at the End of Bull Wall (most of which is now underwater). Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 6 camera (ISO 100, 17.7 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec).

North Bull Lighthouse at the Entrance to Dublin Harbor at the End of Bull Wall (most of which is now underwater). Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 6 camera (ISO 100, 17.7 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
North Bull Lighthouse at the Entrance to Dublin Harbor at the End of Bull Wall (most of which is now underwater). Image taken with a Leica V-Lux 6 camera (ISO 100, 17.7 mm, f/2.8, 1/320 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (28-July-2014) — Russia

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 58: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Saint Petersburg, Russia.

Lighthouse at dusk in the Gulf of Finland Near Kronstadt Island from the deck of the MV Explorer as we departed Russia. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 300 mm f/2.8 VR lens (ISO 1600, 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, Nik Define, and Photoshop CC.

Lighthouse Departing Russia. View from the deck of the MV Explorer while departing St. Petersburg. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)
Lighthouse While Departing Russia. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-300 mm VR lens. (David J Mathre)

One-Year Ago (08-June-2014) — Iceland

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 8: Semester at Sea, Spring 2014 Enrichment Voyage. Reykjavik, Iceland.

Garðskagaviti (The Lighthouse on Garðskagi). The old lighthouse on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Composite of 3 images taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/6.3). Raw image processed with NIK HDR Efex Pro, Capture One Pro, and Photoshop CC.

Garðskagaviti (Lighthouse) (David J Mathre)
Garðskagaviti (The Lighthouse on Garðskagi). The old lighthouse on the Reykjanes Peninsula. (David J Mathre)