Five-Years Ago (01-August-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 3: Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands).

The group did a high-speed RIB Safari boat tour to the islands around Vestmannaeyjar. We needed to get into arctic survival suits, and had  shoulder harness belts holding us in our seats. I strapped a camera to my chest with a fisheye lens and set it to automatically take images every few seconds. At times the boat was traveling at 40 knots with lots of heavy bouncing. We went all the way out to Surtsey island that I remember reading about as a kid rising from the sea as a volcano. At one point we saw a whale, so slowed down and stopped to take pictures. While stopped the boat rocked a lot, causing one or two passengers to lose their breakfast.

WARNING – THE TIME-LAPSE VIDEO MAY CAUSE MOTION SICKNESS

Friday (08-June-2018) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

The fireflies are back this year. I finally took time to set up three cameras to do a sequence of images that could be used to create composite firefly trails images and time-lapse videos.

Firefly Trails. Composite of 150 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 58 mm, f/8. 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 150 images taken with a Nikon D810a camera and 58 mm f/1.4 lens (ISO 800, 58 mm, f/8. 120 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 564 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 3200, 56 mm, f/8. 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)
Firefly Trails. Composite of 564 images taken with a Fuji X-H1 camera and 56 mm f/1.2 lens (ISO 3200, 56 mm, f/8. 30 sec). Raw images processed with Capture One Pro and composite generated using Photoshop CC (statistics, maximum). (David J Mathre)

Monday (01-May-2017) — New Jersey

Indoor Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

I noticed that one of my indoor succulent plants was starting to bloom. It put out some long shoots with many small buds. I set up a camera to attempt a time-lapsed series of the little flower opening. As you can see in the time-lapse slide show, the flowers just barely open.


Thursday (02-June-2016) — New Jersey

Backyard Springtime Nature in New Jersey.

Time-lapse side-show of a pink poppy opening. Even though this looks like it is happening in daylight, the poppy flowers start to open in the very early dawn. I set the camera ISO to auto and let it ride to the maximum. Individual images can be viewed here.