Tuesday (15-May-2018) — Japan

Gone to See Japan. Travel New Jersey to Tokyo.

The direct flight from New Jersey to Tokyo was long. I’ve never been on a 12+ hour flight before, and upgraded so I would have more leg room. I selected a window seat since the polar route was going over Canada, Alaska, and Russia — and hoped to take some images of the ground (weather permitting). Unfortunately, my “window seat” didn’t have a window. ARRG! One interesting note is that the seats on the plane had shoulder seat belts that we were supposed to wear during takeoff and landing. Once we arrived at the Narita Airport, the queues through immigration and customs were quick and efficient. It appeared that women got an extra metal detecting hand wand exam looking for gold bullion while passing through customs. I got a limo-bus ticket from Narita to the Keio Plaza hotel in the Shinjutu district of Tokyo (3100 Yen). The bus ride took a little over 1 hour. After arriving and checking in at the hotel I did a short walkabout where I saw many Azalea flowers in bloom. I used to have Azalea shrubs and flowers around my house, but the deer ate them to death.


Red Azalea Flowers. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)
Red Azalea Flowers. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens. (David J Mathre)

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

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

More power lines viewed from a bus on a winter day in Iceland. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/7, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Focus Magic (to remove some of the motion blur).

More Powerlines from a Bus on a Winter Day in Iceland. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/7, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Focus Magic (to remove some of the motion blur). (David J Mathre)
More Powerlines from a Bus on a Winter Day in Iceland. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/7, 1/250 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro and Focus Magic (to remove some of the motion blur). (David J Mathre)

Saturday (03-March-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Winter Nature in New Jersey.

It took all night before the power line burned through the tree. I was fortunate that my power was restored after about 2 hours. Those further down the street had to wait. Later on, as the sun was setting the western sky lit up. It looks like light from the sun came in under some remnant clouds from the Nor’easter just before setting. I don’t really have a good western view from my backyard. I ended up going all the way back to the section I have cleared for a wildflower meadow. After all the rain and snow for the storm the section is now a muddy field. The sunset panorama is a composite of six images taken with a Leica CL camera and stitched together using AutoPano Giga Pro. Best viewed in full screen mode.

Tree after being burned by power line. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 133 mm, f/4.5, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tree after being burned by power line. Image taken with a Leica TL2 camera and 55-135 mm lens (ISO 100, 133 mm, f/4.5, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Colored Clouds at Sunset. Composite of six images taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)
Colored Clouds at Sunset. Composite of six images taken with a Leica CL camera and 18 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 18 mm, f/2.8, 1/25 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and the composite created using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Two-Years Ago (31-July-2014) — Sweden

Gone to See Europe 2014. Day 61: Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Semester Voyage. Stockholm, Sweden.

Power Lines into the water while traveling through the archipelago to Stockholm. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VRII lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014.

Power Lines into the Water. Departing Stockholm, Sweden. Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VRII lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)
Power Lines into the Water. Departing Stockholm, Sweden. Semester at Sea, Summer 2014 Voyage. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 70-200 mm f/4 VRII lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/5.6, 1/125 sec). Raw image processed with Capture One Pro, Focus Magic, and Photoshop CC 2014. (David J Mathre)

While editing the above image I realized that I posted an almost identical image taken 13 months earlier from the same ship.

Power Lines into the Water. Departing Stockholm, Sweden. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera FT1 adapter and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 80 mm, f/7, 1/500 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)
Power Lines into the Water. Departing Stockholm, Sweden. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V2 camera FT1 adapter and 80-400 mm VRII lens (ISO 800, 80 mm, f/7, 1/500 sec). Semester at Sea Spring 2013 Enrichment Voyage. (David J Mathre)

Wednesday (08-June-2016) — New Jersey

Springtime in New Jersey.

Clouds and Power Lines Along the Northeast Corridor. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm f/7, 1/1250 sec). In camera B&W.

Clouds and Power Lines Along the Northeast Corridor. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm f/7, 1/1250 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)
Clouds and Power Lines Along the Northeast Corridor. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm f/7, 1/1250 sec). In camera B&W. (David J Mathre)