Thursday (26-December-2019) — Florida

Gone to See Florida — 2019 Road Trip.

Boxer Day — Dawn and Sunrise at Fort De Soto Park. Every year while visiting Florida I like to go to Fort De Soto Park to view the Sunshine Skyway Bridge at dawn and sunrise. My brother and I got there early, just as the and sky and clouds were starting to show some colors. I set up two cameras on tripods, and one handheld. When we arrived the Skyway bridge piers were still lit up with red overnight lights for the holidays.

Fuji X-T3 camera set up to record the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Fuji X-T3 camera set up to record the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1250, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Fuji X-H1 camera set up to record the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1000, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Fuji X-H1 camera set up to record the sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto park in St. Petersburg, Florida. Image taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1000, 23 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 sec). (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 13 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/8 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 13 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/8 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 13 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/8 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 13 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/4, 1/8 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 9 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 9 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/16, 1/250 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. composite of 11 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. composite of 11 images taken with a Leica CL camera and 23 mm f/2 lens (ISO 1600, 23 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 4 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/11, 1/20 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sunshine Skyway Bridge at Dawn from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 4 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens (ISO 400, 200 mm, f/11, 1/20 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 9 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 9 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)


Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 4 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)
Sun rising under the Sunshine Skyway bridge from Fort De Soto Park. Composite of 4 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 200 mm f/2 OIS lens with a 1.4x teleconverter (ISO 400, 280 mm, f/16, 1/80 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (DAVID J MATHRE)



Daily Electric Energy Used (52.2 kWh) from Sense and Daily Solar Electric Energy Produced (31.8 kWh) from SolSystems and Locus Energy. Overall a net deficit of 20.4 kWh. Most of the hydroponic gardens were off or only on for fewer hours. Also, the thermostat for the Geothermal heater and hybrid heat pump hot water heater were set for vacation mode.

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Seven-Years Ago (09-September-2012) — English Channel

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 17: At Sea, English Channel.

Dawn and Sunrise aboard the Semester at Sea MV Explorer off the Isle of Wight.

Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 30 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 800, 30 mm, f/4, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cargo Ships at Dawn on the English Channel. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Cargo Ships at Dawn on the English Channel. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 200, 24 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Dawn Colors from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 55 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Dawn Colors from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 55 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sun rising above the clouds from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Sun rising above the clouds from the deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec) (David J Mathre)
Shadow Photographer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Shadow Photographer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise on the English Channel from the aft deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sunrise on the English Channel from the aft deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
Chalk Cliffs on the Isle of Wrght at Dawn. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm VR lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/8, 1/60 sec). (David J Mathre)
MV Explorer and Morning Clouds. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)
MV Explorer and Morning Clouds. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/5.6, 1/500 sec). (David J Mathre)

Seven-Years Ago (30-August-2012) — North Atlantic Ocean

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 08: At Sea, North Atlantic Ocean.

The early dawn sky was full of pink jet contrails when I got out on deck. The contrails would be from all of the red-eye flights crossing the Atlantic ocean from North America to Europe. A sign we were getting close to the end of our first leg at sea. As the sun came up, the contrails changed from pink to yellow.


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Seven-Years Ago (29-August-2012) — North Atlantic Ocean

Gone to see Europe. Semester at Sea. Fall 2012 Semester Voyage on the MV Explorer. Day 07: At Sea, North Atlantic Ocean.

Lone deck chair at dawn and the sun rising through the clouds. I found out that one of the traditions before arriving at a foreign port was a special event for Academic staff and Lifelong-learners (LLL) where we could order appetizers based on the food of the country we would be visiting. I would order two, and skip dinner, because they were always good.

Lone Deck Chair at Dawn. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Lone Deck Chair at Dawn. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/2.8, 1/30 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sun Rising through the Clouds from the Deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm lens (ISO 100, 39 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sun Rising through the Clouds from the Deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm lens (ISO 100, 39 mm, f/16, 1/125 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sun Rising through the Clouds from the Deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Sun Rising through the Clouds from the Deck of the MV Explorer. Image taken with a Nikon 1 V1 camera and 30-110 mm lens (ISO 100, 110 mm, f/16, 1/200 sec). (David J Mathre)
Irish Meal. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)
Irish Meal. Image taken with a Leica X2 camera (ISO 100, 24 mm, f/3.2, 1/80 sec). (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (25-August-2009) — North Dakota

Gone to See North America Road Trip. Day 04: Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota.

I woke up early for a sunrise shoot. A thick fog enveloped the campground where I parked the RV. I packed up and drove the scenic drive towards the River Bend, and Oxbow overlooks hoping to get above the fog. It was still dawn when I arrived at the River Bend viewpoint where there is a stone building overlooking the Little Missouri river valley. The valley was still covered with fog, but the sky above had some beautiful pastel colors (Belt of Venus, and the earth shadow). I drove a bit further until the sun started to be visible, and got several shots of the sun rising above the fog filled valley. When I arrived at the Oxbow overlook, there was a faint rainbow because of the fog. I find rainbows always difficult to photograph. Then remembering something Winston Hall taught me “always look behind you, because that is where the best picture is” — and sure enough there was a Bighorn Ram coming over a grass covered ridge. Quickly switching for a camera with a telephoto lens, I got some great silhouette images including one with the Bighorn in midair as it started to run away. Once the show was done, I drove back to the park entrance. The fog was beginning to rise when I came upon some Bison crossing the road, and into the fog.


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Fog Rainbow and Photographer's Shadow. Little Missouri river overlook. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 14-28 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)
Fog Rainbow and Photographer’s Shadow. Little Missouri river overlook. Image taken with a Nikon D3x camera and 14-28 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 100, 14 mm, f/16, 1/40 sec). (David J Mathre)


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