I always wanted to shoot the Aurora (Northern Lights) . It has been a long-time subject on my to-shoot list. Sadly, as time went by, I realized that I would either have to wait till I am older and have fewer commitments and can take the travel or forgo that project all together.
UPDATE: Tyler has posted a complete how to on instructables if you want to go and make your own camera costume.
Photographer Tyler Card was just nominated and instantly won the most unbelievable Halloween costume for this year. (We started and closed the contest with this submission by Adam Barr – Tyler’s roomemate. Don’t think anyone can top this. Not even a band of Paparazzi) It is a fully functional Nikon Camera (The long awaited D800 maybe?). And by saying fully functional I actually mean fully functional. It has everything you would expect from a digital SLR costume like a fake real lens and a fake real shutter button. Miraculously enough it also has a fake real LCD display on the back and a Paul C Buff remote trigger (let me guess, Tyler hates on-camera flash 🙂
This costume takes great photographs, my only concern for Tyler would be that he will not do anything but stand there and shot the entire party. (
You can see the camera in action after the jump. [Read more…]
It is one thing to send a cell phone or a small HD camera into space with a weather balloon, it is a completely different thing to send a D300s equipped with a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens (about $2,200 combined) into space. And yet an even more courageous one to send it in a beer cooler.
Tech students Erich Leeth and Terry Presley did send their D300s + the Tokina lens into space in a Styrofoam beer cooler from Wal Mart. While they don’t have final altitude, they estimate the camera went as high as 100,000 feet. The case was equipped with a 22 foot helium weather balloon for elevation, a parachute for easy landing and n old cell phone for GPS tracking. [Read more…]
We love Aerial Photography, the high vantage point is really something that is hard to do if you don’t go very high. The one thing that all those tutorials have in common is that they require some sort of technical ability. The easiest one, getting your camera on a painters poll, require slight carpentry skills, but getting your camera on a helli or a plane gets kinda techie.
If the tech stuff was holding you back from aerial photography, designer Xiaofei Wang has some great news for you.
A camera Xiaofei Wang designed is built into an airplane slingshot. The camera is housed at the tip of a glider plane which you can sling. At first the plane’s wings are folded so it can get high, and then when it reaches top height, the wings fold back for a smooth photographed glide down. [Read more…]
I’ll admit it, I only saw Tron: Legacy for the first time a few days ago. (For what it’s worth, I think the first one was waaaaay better). The most impressive thing is that SHV 20905 digitizing laser that can scan real objects into the Tron system.
The camera sits on an Arduino enhanced turntable and spins at a constant speed and video-records the distortion coming created by the linear laser. [Read more…]
The guys over at inkodye came up with this cool color that is photosensitive. That means that the dye “develops” in the sun, and then gets fixed.
As a project showcase they made a hair ribbon featuring a “sun copy” of a developed black and white film roll.
I can’t wait for them to come up with a digital version.
Radio controlled camera vehicles are becoming quite common. We’ve seen them used for time-lapse, mounted on RC helicopters and even on RC planes.
What I have yet to see is a full array of cameras controlled by a midi keyboard.
Maker Josh Cardenas teamed up with turntablists DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist to bring the hidden mastery of cutting and spinning into front row. Using no less than 9 CCD security cams, a custom track, some RC servos and an over head rig suspended with the lighting equipment, Josh was able to share those intimate quiet moments at the DJs table.
Getting your camera up in the air is not a trivial thing. Not trivial, yet lots of fun. The photographs captured via this unique vantage point are rare and provide a unique view on otherwise regular landscape. A quick look at Vincent Laforet aerial photography or Charles ‘Cris’ Benton Gallery easily demonstrates the potential in such images.
But How do you get the camera so high? I think this is the main issue with Aerial Photography. Let’s explore some inexpensive ways (and some very expensive ways) to get that done. [Read more…]
Kite Aerial Photography (KAP) is something that has appealed to me for some time, and earlier this year I decided to build a KAP rig, buy a kite, and take some photos from up in the air.
Recently I posted my first KAP photos, and will be posting more in the future.
I intend to write post more information about my experiences with KAP over the coming months, but thought I would start off with a post describing what KAP is all about, and the equipment that is typically used. [Read more…]
UPDATE: as promised, here comes the tutorial.
This is pretty much in line with today’s concept of reusing old film cameras as light sources 🙂
Kirtsy is going to post a tutorial on how to make on of those in the following week, so stay tuned. (Or if you can’t wait you can try soliciting her to selling you one. I hear she loves coffee) [Read more…]