Ten-Years Ago (10-October-2008) — California

Gone to See America October 2008 Road Trip. Eighth Annual Nikonian Photography Adventure Trip. Day 6: Yosemite National Park.

On the last day of ANPAT 8, we did a walkabout in Yosemite Valley. First, we visited the smallest waterfall in the valley at Fern Spring. It is just off the road and in the shade. Well worth taking the time to visit and photograph. I also got some images of mushrooms/tree fungi. While I was busy with the mushrooms, the rest of the group tried to get a picture of a small brown bear running to the Merced river.

 (David J Mathre)
Fern Falls in Yosemite Valley. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 42 mm, f/16, 1/2 sec). (David J Mathre)
Yosemite's Smallest Waterfall at Fern Spring. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/16, 5 sec). (David J Mathre)
Yosemite’s Smallest Waterfall at Fern Spring. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 70 mm, f/16, 5 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tree Fungus in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/16, 4 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tree Fungus in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/16, 4 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tree Fungus in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/16, 4 sec). (David J Mathre)
Tree Fungus in Yosemite National Park. Image taken with a Nikon D3 camera and 24-70 mm f/2.8 lens (ISO 200, 35 mm, f/16, 4 sec). (David J Mathre)

Ten-Years Ago (04-October-2008) — California

Gone to See America October 2008 Road Trip. Yosemite National Park.

I arrived in Yosemite National Park a day before the beginning of ANPAT-8 and spent the afternoon driving around Yosemite Valley. A storm had just gone through and there were a lot of low clouds in the valley. The 3000 foot tall granite rocks surrounding the valley are impressive. Then realizing the small specks going up El Capitan are rock climbers.

El Capitan in Yosemite Valley on a stormy autumn day with low clouds. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/11, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)
El Capitan in Yosemite Valley on a stormy autumn day with low clouds. Image taken with a Nikon D300 camera and 80-400 mm lens (ISO 200, 80 mm, f/11, 1/800 sec). (David J Mathre)


Individual images in the slideshow can be viewed here.

Four-Years Ago (14-March-2014) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2014 – Winter Photography Workshop. Day 6: Golden Circle.

Return from the center of the earth. Fisheye view from behind Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall in southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. For the title, I like the B&W version better than the color one. There are also too many artifacts (purple fringing) in the color version. In either case, it was a difficult shot with the wide range of light, and the constant spray of water from the waterfall. The pathway to the back of the waterfall was covered with ice, and I was glad I had crampons for my boots.

Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon Df camera and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/10) using Capture One Pro and Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (14-March-2014) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2014 – Winter Photography Workshop. Day 6: Golden Circle.

Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter.

I decided that I like the black and white with one color version best. Let me know what you think. It may be better to crop closer (not showing the top of the waterfall).

Black and White with one Color. Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Black and White with one Color. Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)
Skogarfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. Only another photographer setting up his image (and his very patient wife in red at the base of the waterfall) would be still enough for a 10 second exposure. Image taken with a Nikon Df camera and 24 mm f/1.4G lens + 10 stop Singh-Ray Neutral density filter (ISO 800, 24 mm, f/8, 10 sec). (David J Mathre)

Four-Years Ago (30-July-2013) — Iceland

Gone to See Iceland 2013 Photography Safari with Mike Hagen. Day 1: Golden Circle.

Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. You can actually walk behind the waterfall. It is a challenge to get a wide enough view and encompass the full dynamic range of the scene. All the time being covered with a mist of water from the waterfall.

Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D800 and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/11) using Google HDR Efex Pro 2. Photo Adventure with Mike Hagen (David J Mathre)
Fisheye View From Behind Seljalandsfoss, a Waterfall in Southern Iceland. HDR composite of 3 images taken with a Nikon D800 and 16 mm f/2.8 fisheye lens (ISO 100, 16 mm, f/11) using Google HDR Efex Pro 2. (David J Mathre)