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Voyageurs Northern Lights

In 8K!

Well, if you can even render 8K on your puny monitor that is.  This was taken up in Voyageurs National Park, way up in northern Minnesota, like, way up there on the border of Canada.  It’s not a place that’s easy to get to as much of the park consists of lakes and rivers, but that makes it unique in its own right.

One day I’ll make it to this park, hopefully it will be at a time when I can experience those beautiful norther lights in person!


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Bears walking

We’re at the last of my National Park’s for the Alaska trip, Katmai.  Famous for it’s bears and Brooks Falls.  However, we didn’t go to Brooks Falls though, we spent the time in the backcountry of the park looking for bears up Funnel Creek.  Unfortunately it was late in the year for that particular salmon run, we’d have to come back in a few weeks for the next one to start.  We still saw 5 different bears, all pretty far away though.

Here, watch this 360 video of it!

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Tiny1 Astrophotography Camera

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.


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Slow-Motion Infared Las Vegas

I love Infra-Red Photography.  I have a filter that I put on my camera, and a point and shoot that I modified to be IR.  I’ve gotten some pretty good photos with it, at least in my opinion.  Phillip Bloom loves my infra-red as much as me.  More so probably because he’s converted 3 cameras to be dedicated to the wavelength.  One of them is a Sony A6300 which has the ability to shoot at 250fps.  High speed photography is fun in itself, but shooting it in infa-red is even cooler.  I especially like the flickering of the neon lights on the billboards at that speed.

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Underground Camera

Camera View

Heinric & Palmer have set up this massive underground Camera Obscura in the hills of Essex England.  Camera Obscura is the basis for which all of photography was built upon, at it’s most simple is a hole in the side of a box (or in this case a room), that allows light through causing an inverted image to be displayed on the end.  The hole needs to be small, and the image needs to be focused, but it’s still basic principles.

Anyway, as I said above, Heinric & Palmer, with the blessing of Essex County England, installed a pipe in a hilltop where they placed a lens on the door to create this unique perspective on the beautiful rolling hills of the English countryside.

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Above was a photo of the inside of the camera and what the observer would see had they entered the room.  Below you can see what the camera is focused on through the lens built into the door.

Through the lens

You can read about how they installed the project on their blog, but basically, the burried an 8 and a half foot wide, by 11 and a half foot long pipe in the top of a hill, made the inside all pretty with wooden panels, and installed the lens on the door.  The nice thing about this is that it’s installed on a bike trail, or off to the side of one anyway, so it’s some place that people can frequent often, it’s not off the beaten path, or hidden from view.  I like that.

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London Day vs. Night

London based photographer Matel has come up with a creative way to show the passage of time in London.  Instead of a typical time-lapse with day to night transitions, he took two sets of videos shot in the same location, hours apart.  Then using hours of post processing and maliciousness alignment, he produced the above video.  I like it.


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Pinhole DSLR

A pinhole camera is the most basic type of camera there is.  Light enters a tiny pinhole and then exposes a light sensitive film. The above video shows you how to make a very simple adapter for your DSLR to turn it into a pinhole camera.  It’s nice, but I’m not sure if it’s really practical.  If you like the effect,sure, but me, I prefer the actual camera lenses.

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Sequoia & Kings Canyon

Sequoia Sky
I decided to drive down to General Grant and take some photos looking up with the Sequoias in the foreground. The trail wasn’t the best spot to take photo, but the parking area had some good views up with trees near by.

Last weekend I knocked off 2 more parks from the list of 59.  Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks in California.  Sequoia is the 2nd oldest park in the country, and Kings Canyon was once known as Grant National Park before the canyon to the North East was included in the park.  Giant Sequoias grow prevalent in both parks, but the largest, most prominent ones in Sequoia National Park.  Even

Buttress Tree
This Sequoia fell without warning in 1959. Because the root system of these giant trees is shallow, they can topple without warning for many reasons.


Most of Kings Canyon was closed due to the winter snow, but there was still plenty of hiking to do, including the 2.5 mile one way hike up to Panoramic Point.

Hume Lake
The Sierra Nevada Mountain range extends all along the Eastern side of the park. Down in the bottom you can see Hume Lake.

I spent just over 2 days in the area.  One day was spent exploring Kings Canyon, and the other I drove down to Sequoia.  Because the road was closed between the parks, I had to take a 3 hour detour out and around.  It wasn’t a boring drive though, Dry Creek Dr. was beautiful and covered in wild poppies, just look at it:

Poppy Fields
In order to get to Sequoia from Kings Canyon in the winter you have to drive out and around. I drove down Dry Creek Dr. and was greeted to beautiful fields of poppy flowers and rolling green hills

I haven’t quite finished going through all of the photos, I took about 800, including a sweet time-lapse.  I added that to my Instagram since it was easier to put it there right now.  Trust me though, I’ll get it up here soon.  Probably tomorrow.

Check out my two albums so far.

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17 years of DSLRs

For some reason, Jim Goldstein decided to do a head to head comparison of the brand new Canon 5DS R, and the 17 year old Canon D2000.  Spoiler, the brand new one wins in every category.  One things that I think is telling though is that the camera’s firmware and UI hasn’t changed much at all in 17 years.  That I think is the most sad part about it all.

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Nanoblock Nikon


Nanoblock is sorta like LEGO, except smaller.  And, it’s not LEGO, and it’s Japanese.  It’s smaller pieces, hence the name, that allow more detailed models to be made.  It looks cool, but I don’t think they will have any real dangerous impact on LEGO.  However, this small model is really nano, because it’s made up of 1,000 pieces.  That’s quite alot.  It almost begs the question, does Nanoblock have larger pieces so that the don’t need as many?

You can buy it from Nikon Direct, but it’s in Japan, luckilly, it only costs about $30, which isn’t bad.  Unfortunately, it will probably never see the light of day in beautiful America.

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