Friday (09-November-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

I noticed some yellow color out my window just before sunrise. I ran out with my Leica CL camera to catch some of the color before it faded. The prediction is more rain today and tonight. The county already sent out local flooding warnings until Saturday morning.

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Autumn Sunrise Panorama. Composite of seven images taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 18 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)


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Autumn Sunrise. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 18 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (20-October-2018) — Portugal

Gone to See Portugal. Street Photography Workshop with Steve Simon. Day 6: Lisbon, Portugal.

We had free time in the morning to go out and shoot on our own. After a quick breakfast, I headed down to the river to catch the sun rising over the Tagus river. I made it just in time. Police blocked access to the; main square for more movie filming. This time for real, not practice and rehearsal. I managed to catch a bit of the motorcycle action from a block away before being chased off. The new Fuji X-T3 camera stayed focused on the motorcycles even though the security guy with the orange vest kept waking toward me. I spent the rest of the morning getting high-resolution images using the Nikon D850 camera and 8-15 mm fisheye lens for high-resolution 360 degree panorama, little-planet view, and tunnel view; images. I only had time (and the computing horsepower) to process a few of these while in Portugal. The locations included areas I passed on the long walk from the subway station on Wednesday. I also found a large indoor farmers market in the Time Out building. After lunch we reviewed yesterday’s images, then attended a dinner with Fado performance. I nearly fell down the narrow stairs at the restaurant but was saved when Sean grabbed my shoulder. There were several signs in the restaurant forbidding photos and videos. I didn’t record the dinner or Fado performance. Funny thing, at least six other folks at other tables did record the Fado performance with their smartphones.

Sunrise Panorama over the Tagus River in Lisbon. Composite of eight images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga. (David J Mathre)
Sunrise Panorama over the Tagus River in Lisbon. Composite of eight images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 200, 23 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga. (David J Mathre)


Movie Crew Filming Motorcycle Action. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 160, 80 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)
Movie Crew Filming Motorcycle Action. Image taken with a Fuji X-T3 camera and 80 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 160, 80 mm, f/4, 1/250 sec). (David J Mathre)


Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of the Morning Walkabout. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.






Time-Lapse Video (360 degree Pano, Tunnel View and Little Planet View) of the Morning Walkabout. Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.

Five-Years Ago (03-October-2013) — Colorado

Gone to See America 2013. Autumn Rocky Mountain Photography Safari in Colorado with Jason Odell. Day 3: Leadville.

Turquoise Lake Early Morning Panorama. Near Leadville, Colorado. Composite of three image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens and SingRay neutral density filter (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated with AutoPano Giga Pro. Let me know if you like the color or monochrome (sepia) version.

Turquoise Lake Early Morning Panorama. Near Leadville, Colorado. Composite of three image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens and Singray neutral density filter (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated  with AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Turquoise Lake Early Morning Panorama. Near Leadville, Colorado. Composite of three image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens and Singray neutral density filter (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 30 sec).  (David J Mathre)
Turquoise Lake Early Morning Panorama. Near Leadville, Colorado. Composite of three image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens and Singray neutral density filter (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro, and the composite generated  with AutoPano Giga Pro. Sepia conversion with NIK Silver Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)
Turquoise Lake Early Morning Panorama. Near Leadville, Colorado. Composite of three image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 85 mm f/2.8 PC-E lens and Singray neutral density filter (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 30 sec).  Sepia conversion with NIK Silver Efex Pro. (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (16-May-2018) — Japan

Gone to See Japan. Street Photography Workshop with Steve Simon and Soichi Hayashi. Day 0: Tokyo.

Red Poppy Flower at Shinjuku Chuo Park in Tokyo Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/5, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)
Red Poppy Flower at Shinjuku Chuo Park in Tokyo Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/5, 1/1000 sec). (David J Mathre)

I woke up early trying to adjust to the 13 hour time change and spent the morning doing a walkabout near the Keio Plaza hotel. One thing I noted on the map of the area was “Niagara Falls” in Shinjuku Chuo park. The waterfall is not as big as the one on the New York/Canada border. I found a woman walking her turtle (tortoise?) to the waterfall. On the way back to the hotel, I took a 360 degree series of images in Citizen Plaza. At 09:30 the  two observatories on the 45th floor of the Tokyo Metropolitan Building open. There is no admission fee, but a quick bag check before entering the elevator.  I chose the south tower, since the line was a bit shorter. The elevator going up is really fast bringing you to a large room with viewing windows all the way around the building. There is a toy store in the center, and a cafeteria/bar along one side. I took a series of images from each of the windows (except the ones in the restaurant area with restricted access) to see if I could generate a 360 degree panorama and/or little planet view of Tokyo. I did not see Mt. Fuji which is visible from the observation towers on clear mornings.

In the afternoon, I returned to Shinjuku Chuo park and found some Poppy flowers. Which was good since I don’t think I will have many (or any) back home this year. I then did another series of images in Citizen’s Plaza and from the North Observation tower — this time with a wider angle lens.t

The images from Citizen’s Plaza and the Observation towers were processed with AutoPano Giga Pro to create composite 360 degree panorama, fisheye, mirror ball, little planet, and tunnel view images. Individual images from the slide-shows can be viewed here.







Monday (09-April-2018) — New Jersey

Early Springtime in New Jersey.

Colorful clouds at dawn, rye bread, chipping sparrows, and a local cat. When the cat showed up, the small birds disappeared.


Hearty Whole Wheat & Rye Bread Recipe: Whole Wheat Flour (1 cup); Sprouted Wheat Flour (1 cup); Rye Flour (1 cup); flax seed (1/4 cup); chia seed (1 tbs); caraway seed (1 tbs); fennel seed (1 tbs); anise seed (1 tbs), dill seed (1 tbs); brown sugar (2 tbs); dry milk (1/4 cup); salt (1 tsp); instant coffee (1 tbs); cocoa powder (1 tbs); egg (1 large); flax oil (2 tbs); water (1 1/3 cup); molasses (1/4 cup). Above ingredients minus the molasses added to Panasonic Bread Bakery. Yeast (2 tsp) added to yeast hopper and the unit set for Whole Wheat Bread (Rapid) and started. Once the unit started mixing the ingredients the molasses was slowly added. Three hours later, the loaf of bread was removed and allowed to cool.



Black & White Neighborhood Cat. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 720, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black & White Neighborhood Cat. Image taken with a Nikon D5 camera and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 720, 400 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)