Ten-Years Ago (09-October-2008) — California

Gone to See America October 2008 Road Trip. Eighth Annual Nikonian Photography Adventure Trip. Day 5: Yosemite National Park.

The Park Service recovered all of our belongings from the tent-cabins in Curry Village. We then checked into various Yosemite hotels and lodges (gratis). Much higher end lodging than the sparse tent-cabins. Before dinner, Michael Mariant as a special treat after all the weeks commotion took us for a walk along a quiet and peaceful section of the Merced river. The diffuse and sublime lighting made for some great images.


Merced River Walkabout (Color Version)


Merced River Walkabout (Monochrome Version)


Merced River Walkabout (Photographer Ghosts)

Ten-Years Ago (05-October-2008) — California

Gone to See America October 2008 Road Trip. Eighth Annual Nikonian Photography Adventure Trip. Day 1: Yosemite National Park.

Reflections on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Images taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/16, 1/30, 1/50, 1/80, 1/125, 1/200 sec). For many years I would take an exposure bracketed series of an image. For example with three images (-1 EV, 0 EV, +1 EV) or with five images (-1 1/3 EV, -2/3 EV, 0 EV, +2/3 EV, +1 1/3 EV). Then either pick the best exposure, or use a post processing program to combine two or more of the images to get a high-dynamic range (HDR) image. This allows more detail by recovering data from dark underexposed areas or blown-out overexposed areas in the image. This was especially important when dealing with digital images with 8-bits of dynamic range (i.e. jpg). The sensors in modern digital cameras are able to record images with 12 or 14 bit of dynamic range. This allows programs such as Capture One Pro to pull out more data from a single image to simulate a HDR image without needing to combine data from multiple images.


Raw image bracket (-1 1/3 EV, -2/3 EV, 0 EV, +2/3 EV, +1 1/3 EV)


Above images processed with Capture One Pro (Built in Style, Legacy, Landscape, Landscape Color 2)

Reflections on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (Built in Style, Legacy, Landscape, Landscape Color-2). Further adjustments with the High Dynamic Range Highlight and Shadow sliders. (David J Mathre)
Reflections on the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 14-24 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 14 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro (Built in Style, Legacy, Landscape, Landscape Color-2). (David J Mathre)

Best image with further adjustments using the High Dynamic Range Highlight and Shadow sliders

Six-Years Ago (08-August-2010) — California

Gone to See America August 2010 Road Trip. Day 8: Yosemite National Park.

Green Leaves and Grass Next to Moving Waters. Merced River in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 85 mm, f/14, 10 sec).

Green Leaves and Grass Next to Moving Waters. Merced River in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 85 mm f/2.8 PCE lens (ISO 200, 85 mm, f/14, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Green Leaves and Grass Next to Moving Waters. Merced River in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 85 mm, f/14, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (08-August-2010) — California

Gone to See America August 2010 Road Trip. Day 8: Yosemite National Park.

Peaceful Summertime view of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3s camera and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 85 mm, f/11, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Lightroom 4, and composite created with AutoPano Giga Pro.

Peaceful Summer View of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3s and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 85 mm, f/11, 1/30 sec). Raw image processed with Lightroom 4, and composite created with Kolor AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Peaceful Summer View of the Merced River in Yosemite Valley. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3s camera  and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 85 mm, f/11, 1/30 sec). Raw images processed with Lightroom 4, and composite created with AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Six-Years Ago (08-August-2010) — California

Gone to See America August 2010 Road Trip. Day 8: Yosemite National Park.

Moving and Still Waters. Merced river in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 2 sec).

Moving and Still Waters. Merced river in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 2 sec). (David J Mathre)
Moving and Still Waters. Merced river in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 2 sec). (David J Mathre)