Thursday (22-November-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature and Thanksgiving in New Jersey.

Blue Jay, Water Droplets, and Thanksgiving Dinner.



Three-Years Ago (21-November-2015) — Cuba

Gone to See Cuba 2011 People to People Cultural Exchange. Day 3 of a Street Photography Workshop led by Steve Simon.

One thing you notice in Havana is that many/most of the taxis are vintage American vehicles imported into Cuba before the revolution. I did a time-lapse video of the traffic out my hotel room window with lots of the classic taxis. The group then went out for a morning photo shoot in three classic convertible taxis. Our local host told us that medical doctors in Cuba make more driving the taxis than they do practicing medicine.


Individual images from the slideshow can be viewed here.

Sunday (18-November-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

I thought there may be some colors at dawn and sunrise so set up the Garmin VIRB-360 camera about half an hour before sunrise. I also went out at sunrise with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens.

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Backyard Sunrise Panorama. Composite of 10 images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

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Backyard Sunrise Panorama. Composite of nine images taken with a Fuji X-T2 camera and 16 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 200, 16 mm, f/11, 1/60 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and AutoPano Giga Pro. (David J Mathre)

Thursday (08-November-2018) — New Jersey

Home Cooking: Apple – Pomegranate Crisp.

A friend told me she just made Apple Crisp, and ate the batch in one sitting. It made me hungry. I checked the kitchen, and found the ingredients. The recipe is modified from many sources: First I peeled, cored, dewormed, and sliced eight slightly bruised apples. I added the juice of one lime to prevent the apples from browning, then the seeds from one pomegranate. The apple slices and pomegranate seeds were layered into a buttered glass casserole dish (8 x 13 inch). While preparing the topping, the oven was preheated to 375° F (190° C). I prepared the topping from sprouted wheat flour (3/4 cup), rolled oats (3/4 cup), maple syrup (1/2 cup), walnut oil (1/4 cup), cinnamon powder (1 tbs), clove powder (1 tsp), ginger powder (1 tsp), and nutmeg powder (1 tsp). The topping ingredients were mixed by hand and then layered over the apple slices and pomegranate seeds. The batch was baked in the preheated 375° F oven for 45 minutes (until the topping was brown and crispy). I had a hard time waiting for it to cool down to eat.

Time-Lapse Video (Little Planet View): Preparation of Apple-Pomegranate Crisp.  Images recorded with a Garmin VIRB-360 camera.

Thanks to Chloé for the suggestion to use Maple Syrup and Walnut Oil.

Sunday (28-October-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Autumn Nature in New Jersey.

It rained on Saturday, total accumulation just under an inch (23 mm). When I woke up Sunday, the clouds were beginning to clear, so I put the Garmin VIRB-360 camera out to see if I could catch some dawn cloud colors. I ended up leaving the camera out for 12 hours, connected to an external USB battery. I’m starting to play around with Adobe Premiere Pro for processing videos. The eight-bit range of colors and light recorded in the jpg images does limit the amount of processing going from the dark predawn to some sunlight. In the end, I compressed 12 hours to 1 minute time-lapsed video displayed both as a 360 degree panorama, and side by side little-planet and tunnel views. Bottom line, I can do better with the dawn cloud colors with raw images, but don’t have the time to individually process nearly 9000 images. A lot more to learn with Premiere Pro (and maybe After Effects).