My primary love of photography is carrying my Sony ILC out and about on a hike. We’re starting our news coverage this week with three stories of capturing nature on camera — and only one of them concerns my neighborhood park, Yosemite.
Also up this week:
A camera aboard the International Space Station can be operated by kids.
Google goes grand — the Grand Canyon in an immersive online image collection, that is.
Photos from space
Aboard the International Space Station, Commander Chris Hadfield has been taking fantastic photos of out planet — and broadcasting them via Twitter on a regular basis, several per day.
Now he’s also helping students take photos from the space station while on Earth. Sponsored by NASA, EarthKAM — “Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students” — is an educational outreach program which allows middle school students to take pictures of our home from a digital camera on board the space station.
The project was initiated in 1995 and called KidSat. The KidSat camera flew on three space shuttle flights, and in 1998 was deemed successful and renamed ISS EarthKAM. The ISS EarthKAM camera flew on two additional space shuttle flights before moving to the space station. What model is used now? A Nikon D2Xs.
More information on EarthKAM is here.
Commander Hadfield’s twitter feed of photos is at @Cmdr_Hadfield
Google packs cameras into the Grand Canyon
“No matter where you are, you don’t have to travel far or wait for warmer weather to explore Grand Canyon National Park,” Google says.
The Google team captured the “breathtaking imagery collection” with its Trekker, an Android OS-running, 40-pound backpack system with a 15-lens camera.
Google is displaying new panoramic imagery “of one of the world’s most spectacular national monuments.” the company says. “These beautiful, interactive images cover more than 75 miles of trails and surrounding roads, making our map of this area even more comprehensive, accurate and easy to use than ever before.”
With the browser-based immersive imaging, you can “take a walk down the narrow trails and exposed paths of the Grand Canyon: hike down the famous Bright Angel Trail, gaze out at the mighty Colorado River, and explore scenic overlooks in full 360-degrees.”
More than 9,500 panoramas “of this masterpiece of nature” are now available on Google Maps.
Thirty filmmakers in Yosemite
Trying to convey everything that happens on a typical summer day in Yosemite National Park, thirty filmmakers on June 26, 2012 scattered throughout the park, focusing on “the more popular roadside attractions “that the vast majority of Yosemite visitors experience,” says one of the organizers, Steven Bumgardner.
On his yosemitesteve website, he’s presented a 15-minute video: “From thousands of photographs and hours of footage, we created this window into one day in Yosemite.”
The shots include hang glider pilots, climbers atop Cathedral Peak, and a helicopter rescue on Half Dome.
Anyone who’s done a lot of video editing appreciates what a time-intensive task it is. “I spent probably two full months off and on this fall and winter editing the project,” Bumgardner says, and it was only when I gave up the idea of a traditional documentary and started thinking of it as more of an art-doc that things began to fall into place. I was amazed that I was able to whittle it all down to under 15 minutes, keeping it quick and snappy and hopefully leaving the viewer wanting more.”