Tuesday (19-April-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

First Dandelion of Spring. I noticed this spot of yellow in my driveway when getting home. An early dandelion — I’m sure many more will show up in the backyard soon. The local deer avoid eating dandelions and daffodils, but eat most any other spring flowers.

First Dandelion of Spring. Image taken with a Leica X1 (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
First Dandelion of Spring. Image taken with a Leica X1  Camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/250 sec).

Tuesday (12-April-2011) — New Jersey

Indoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Creepy Crawler on the Ceiling — Or Why I Can’t Sleep at Night. I saw this above my bed tonight (or is it this morning?). Out of focus image taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 (with flash). Raw image processed and converted to B&W with Capture One Pro.

Creepy Crawler on the Ceiling Above My Bed. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 (ISO 100, 19.2 mm, f/3.3, 1/125 sec) (David J Mathre)
Creepy Crawler on the Ceiling Above My Bed. Snapshot taken with a Leica D-Lux 5 (ISO 100, 19.2 mm, f/3.3, 1/125 sec)

Monday (11-April-2011) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Why Are You Pointing That Big Black Lens At ME??? As usual there were several deer in my back yard this afternoon. I took this image hand held with a Nikon D3x and 200-400 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). Image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and converted to jpg with Photoshop CS5. It was 85°F (unusual for this early in the Spring) and I am sure that the deer wanted to stay in the shade. They obviously have forgotten the one they lost in my garden last winter.

Why are you pointing that big black lens at me? Deer in my back yard. Spring in New New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 200-400 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Why are you pointing that big black lens at me? Deer in my back yard. Spring in New New Jersey. Image taken with a Nikon D3x and 200-400 mm f/4 VR lens (ISO 200, 400 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec).

Sunday (10-April-2011) — New Jersey

Springtime in New Jersey.

Snapshot of the CSX 7683 engine at a rail road crossing near my home in New Jersey. Getting a “grab” shot with a point & shoot camera is a challenge. After coming to a stop at the RR crossing, I had to get the camera out of my pocket, remove the lens cover, turn the camera on, adjust the zoom, and try to compose the image through the front window of my car. This was the second shot, and I was lucky get the train in the center. I didn’t get the best composition with the full rail road crossing sign being clipped at the top. Composition with a point & shoot camera requires a lot of luck with the delay between hitting the shutter button and the actual shutter release, and trying to compose the image with the rear LCD display. The other problem I discovered after the fact, was the camera was in “manual focus” mode, so focus for this image was just lucky.

CSX 7683 Engine at Local Rail Road Crossing in Skillman, New Jersey. Snapshot taken with Leica D-Lux 5 (ISO 100, 14.9 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
CSX 7683 Engine at Local Rail Road Crossing in Skillman, New Jersey. Snapshot taken with Leica D-Lux 5 (ISO 100, 14.9 mm, f/4.5, 1/800 sec).