Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I Love Trees!

These pictures are amazing! NPR reports that Michael Nichols, a photographer for National Geographic, has come up with a new method that allows him to take a picture of an entire Redwood tree at once, something I had previously thought impossible.

National Geographic sent Nichols to spend an entire year in California's redwood forest. His mission was to capture the majesty of some of the tallest trees on Earth, some of which date back before Christ. And if you've ever photographed in a forest, you'll understand the challenge this presented. There's no capturing the awe one feels before these monoliths that measure, in some cases, upward of 300 feet.

In a recent lecture at National Geographic in Washington, D.C., Nichols described his frustrations. Eventually, though, he devised a way to do redwoods justice. It involved three cameras, a team of scientists, a robotic dolly, a gyroscope, an 83-photo composite and a lot of patience.

For a short video and a really cool slide show, visit the article at NPR.org.

On a related note, here are two of my Twitter Tweets from yesterday:

"It took me 3 weeks, but I finally went for a walk in the park by my house in Omaha - Miller Park with a golf course, trees, & a pretty pond." "Don't take your local parks and trees for granted! Embrace them! It is out in "nature" that we humans got our start. That is our home."

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