Ok, not glow in the dark in the traditional sense, Greed LED strips attached to the skis and poles of a professional skier. Some drone footage of him carving up the mountain side make for a pretty cool video. Being the actual skier though, that looks super dangerous, even with the guiding lights along some of the paths. Skiing through trees in the dark, no thank you.
Paul Richardson, a photographer from Manchester, UK took this beautifully edited series of time-lapses around Europe. The music really adds to the experience. I’ve seen (and made) time-lapses before, and adding music to them makes all the difference. Adding motion to the time-lapse is another great thing. I’m just getting started with that, it’s quite a bit of work though.
As the 8th entry into the More Than Just Parks series, Will Pattiz and Jim Pattiz went to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. For those of you unfamiliar with this series, they plan to visit all 59 National Parks and produce more of the awesome video footage you see above. Having been to Grand Teton National Park, I think it’s really cool and interesting to see all these places that I saw. Seeing it in 8K makes it really pop also. Those views of the mountain range with the flowers, I felt like I was there, and I felt like it was coming out of my computer (and I don’t even have a 4K monitor). I look forward to seeing the remainder of their film series.
I may or may not be in Katmai National Park right now. The physical location I will be in will be determined this week, and I have no way of really updating you as it’s a pain to do anything on my phone. So be content and just watch this live feed of Bears feeding at Brooks Falls. These are all courtesy of explore.org.
If you want, you can see more bears prancing around eating fish on this feed too:
This is similar to the live feed of Old Faithful that I posted about a few years ago. Except, you could have actually seen me on that feed. Hopefully I will not show up on the above videos. Bad things would happen if that were the case.
The Tiny1 is an interesting concept camera. Well, it’s about to become a real camera if the Indiegogo campaign is any indication. It’s billed as a dedicated astrophotography camera that’s small, lightweight, and connected to social networks and the mobile world. In practice, I’m not so sure what this camera offers that a traditional DSLR doesn’t but maybe it’s the price. I will say that being able to take videos at a decent resolution and stacking the photos would help. And the small size would make mounting it on telescopes much easier for balance. But I struggle with the focus. I’ve always had a hard time focusing cameras when attached to my telescope, and I don’t know if this will be any different. Also, having a backlit display will be horrible for the necessary night vision eyes you need to effectively do any type of astro work. But it’s a neat idea.
As I make my way across the wilderness of Alaska taking photos, it’s worth it to watch this video of documentary of Ansel Adams and his processes creating some of the most influential photographs of the National Parks. I wish I was able to say that I have fond memories of going through books of reproductions of his prints, but I don’t. I do love some of his work and I strive to have photos that are on the same level as his, hopefully some of my Alaska shots will approach his.