Thanks to all who come out to our show opening at the Unitarian Church. A big thanks to Carol for organizing the show and to Jen for baking the yummy treats.
We had around thirty images in the show. The quality of the images was quite high and it was challenging to decide which ones to vote on for our prizes.
Congratulations to the winners! The Best in Show award went to Nancy Ridenour (Macro Lotus)
We had a tie for the Most Innovative award:
Mark Malkin (Last Color)
Aubrey Kelly (Lady Bowen Falls)
The show will run until June 8.
by Paul Schmitt
Mike Goldstein offered some background on tools that he is currently using to prepare for a three week trip from Nevada up to Seattle. Using the internet (and presumably other) resources, he located potential photo locations and pinned them to a custom map in Google Maps. He also located lodging along the way and added those as pins. For each pin, he could color code it for priority plus attach links for details such as a hotel website, park website or phone number. Google Maps will also create driving routes to a selected next stop from the current location with drive time calculated.
A second part of the planning was locating apps which support a photographer both in preparation and then in the field. One favorite is PhotoPills which is currently on iTunes ($10) with plans for an Android version in the future. The range of features includes trip planner, sun/moon positions, night sky, DOF, FOV, time lapse and low light calculations. It seems to combine what has usually been scattered among a number of apps. The Photographer’s Ephemeris is another well respected app.
This spurred some more research by your editor. Further planning tools include the StuckOnEarth (free on iTunes ) which pulls up Flickr images for a huge range of worldwide locations. Try it for a place you are familiar with to see what it would offer in a new location. Unlike some other sources, it is rich in landscape and nature photos. Online, Sightsmap gives a world view which is colored like a heat map to indicate “hot spots” of posted images. One can zoom in to research a desired location. It is, however, weak on outdoor photos, and some hotspots lack photos to pull up .
The GPS data for a wide range of good photos are available on loc.alize.us. This can be used to pin locations on a custom Google map. You could then use a GPS navigator to lead you to the exact spot.
Predicting the precipitation, wind and clouds for the next day is another valuable resource that can be accessed in the field with a cell signal. Some good resources include the apps Wunderground and Storm, http://forecast.io/ for the weather patterns in the next week, and the National Weather Service. It has a powerful tabular feature that predicts accurately by the hour sky cover, wind, temperature and more.
I’m happy to report that I’m back from an amazing two weeks in Peru only slightly more worse for the wear. I opted to walk to Machu Picchu taking the less traveled and arguably more scenic Salkantay trail. My trek through the Vilcabamba Range took me through several ecosystems from cloud forests, high alpine valleys, and dizzying 15,200ft mountain passes. A once in a lifetime experience for sure.
Below is Nevado Salkantay, a 20,574 ft. rock we needed to walk around in order to get to our final destination of Machu Picchu on our 6 day journey. It’s pass lies at over 15,000 ft. to the west of its prominence and made for a vigorous and great day of hiking. Viewed from Machu Picchu’s main sundial, the Southern Cross is above Salkantay’s summit when at its highest point. The Incas associated this with concepts of rain and fertility, and considered Salkantay to be one of the principal deities controlling weather and fertility in the region west of Cuzco.
I’ll have more to share with CNP as the monthly themes allow, or keep an eye on my website, www.adambakerphoto.com