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

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)

Five-Years Ago (05-August-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 7: Cape Ingolfshofdi (ingólfshöfði) Along the South East Coast.

Morning Reflections in Iceland on the way to Cape Ingolfshofdi (ingólfshöfði). A private nature preserve on an isolated headland on the coast half way between Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park and Jökulsárlón ice lagoon in Iceland. Composite of 3 images taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec) combined using AutoPano Giga Pro.

Morning Reflections in Iceland . Composite of 3 images taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec) combined using AutoPano Giga Pro. Nikonians Academy Iceland Photo Workshop with Mike Hagen and Tim Vollmer. (David J Mathre)
Morning Reflections in Iceland. Composite of 3 images taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/11, 1/640 sec) combined using AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (02-October-2013) — Colorado

Gone to See America 2013. Autumn Rocky Mountain Photography Safari in Colorado with Jason Odell. Day 2: Independence Pass.

Morning Reflections in a Pond at Independence Pass, Colorado. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3x and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/160 sec) combined using AutoPano Giga Pro 3. Day 3 on a Colorado Rockies Photo Safari with Jason Odell. (David J Mathre)
Morning Reflections in a Pond at Independence Pass. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/16, 1/160 sec) combined using AutoPano Giga Pro 3. (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (26-July-2008) — Colorado

Summertime in Colorado.

Summer Panorama — Cloud and Sky Reflections at a Lake in Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. The air was clear in northern Colorado, and the sky very blue.

Summer Panorama Cloud and Sky Reflections at a Lake in Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Summer Panorama Cloud and Sky Reflections at a Lake in Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. Composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D3 and 24 mm f/3.5 PC-E lens (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/16, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)