1. Landing on a remote 600ft airstrip in Quehueriono, Ecuador


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    Landing on a remote airstrip in the middle of the Ecuadorian amazon jungle. It was cloudy and rainy and the airstrip had a lot of mud. We slid around for a little bit but finally came to a stop. This was on the way to photograph an indigenous tribe that lives there.

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    • Machu Picchu 16 Gigapixels


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      See the image at http://www.gigapixelperu.com Why do you use GigaPan? I believe that a good photo is one that allows the viewer to see the world in a new way and gigapan does just that. I think that people get more out of the images by being able to explore them and discover things rather than just taking a quick look then moving on to something else. I also like the way that gigapan combines science and technology to create art. I love computers, technology and technical things, and I also like being creative, when I use gigapan I get to use the creative and analytical sides of my brain at the same time so its really fun! What inspired you to take this image? As soon as I purchased my gigapan and brought it back to Peru I knew that Machu Picchu would be a perfect target. I didn't know that it would be such an adventure to take the picture! What are your favorite parts about the image? I think that my favorite part of the image is a person standing on top of one of the mountains in the background. Before I explored the image I never even new that it was possible to climb up there. Did you have any challenges while shooting? I had a few challenge while shooting. Some of the software that I connect the camera to my computer froze and I had to restart the camera and the software then I had to find exactly where in the image the software froze then back up and reshoot the missed images. If I didn't capture all of the missing images the entire project would have failed. I also had security guards constantly asking to see my photo permits and some of the tourists blocked my view so I had to pause shooting and wait for them to move. Stitching such a big image was also a challenge because I only have a laptop. My friend Eric Hanson from Xrez Studios did the stitching for me. Paul Heckbert uploaded the picture for me and Susan Thesing was a great help by coordinating everything with gigapan. Without these people the image would not have been possible. Any advice or tips you’d like to share with other gigapanners? I think that gigapanners should go out there and shoot lots of images and upload them to gigapan.com. Gigapan is an amazing source of high-resolution images. I can’t wait to see what future programmers will be able to create using these images. Are there other images you have taken with GigaPan outside of Peru that you enjoyed taking? I haven’t really been outside of Peru with my gigapan although I would like to take a really high-resolution shot of the Miami skyline. It has already been done but I think that it just be a fun thing to do. Was there a specific timeframe (time and season) you chose to take this photo of Machu Picchu? I took this at the end of the dry season so I wouldn't get rained on. Just as the picture was finishing the clouds moved in. What do you hope to achieve by taking a gigapixel image of Machu Picchu? Machu Picchu is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and is often referred to as the "Lost City of the Incas", it is perhaps the most familiar icon of the Inca World. In 2008, the World Monuments Fund placed Machu Picchu on its Watch List of the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the world because of environmental degradation due to tourism. Beautiful, historical and threatened, I believe that this remarkable site deserved a remarkable photo. I think that this image can help preserve this amazing place and bring more awareness to the site, its history and its endangered state. Have you had any interesting feedback about the image? I haven’t shown many people the image but everyone that has seen it likes it. My parents especially like it. Since many of your images are taken in Peru, what do you love about the country? I moved to Peru about 6 years ago. I was only going to stay for 2 months then move on but once I started exploring the country I just kept staying and never left. Peru has everything from some of the driest deserts on earth to huge mountains that are over 22,000 ft tall. They also have the amazon rainforest where I work giving photography tours. They also have tons of culture from Quechua and Aymara “campesinos” in the highlands to indigenous tribes in the jungle. Do you have plans to shoot more gigapixel images in the near future? Where? When? I love hiking in the mountains so I would like to climb a mountain and take a huge panorama of the Andes. I might do this next year.

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      • Two Seconds in the Amazon


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        Two Seconds in the Amazon is a short film that I made to show some of the amazing flora and fauna that calls the amazon jungle home. Each cut is two seconds long.

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        • High Speed Photography - Photographing Flying Insects in Tambopata, Peru


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          Combining Science, Nature and Technology to Create Art in the Peruvian Amazon August 12, 2011 Tambopata, Peru Peru Photo Tours, Rainforest Expeditions, Cognisys and Linden Gledhill teamed up to explore the incredible biodiversity of the amazon rainforest and push the boundaries of insect photography through the use of high speed camera equipment. A seven-hour boat ride took photographers Jeff Cremer and Linden Gledhill 150 kilometers up the Tambopata River where Rainforest Expeditions hosted them at the 18-room Tambopata Research Center (TRC). TRC is located in a half-hectare clearing on the uninhabited frontier of the Tambopata National reserve. It adjacent to the Bahuaja-Sonene National Park and 500 meters from the world’s largest macaw clay lick. This Connecticut-sized area of pristine forest contains 600 bird species, 32 parrot species (10% of the world’s total), 200 mammal species, 1200 butterfly species over 10,000 species of vascular plants and an estimated 50,000 species of insects. The high insect diversity offers endless and incredible photographic opportunities and hundreds insect species were observed during imaging sessions. A prototype high-speed shutter with an opening time of 5.7ms was used in combination with a dual beam laser system developed by Cognisys Inc. to provide rapid and pinpoint imaging of insects in flight. The video shows the combination of the equipment mounted on a portable rig using a Canon 5D Mk II and a Canon 100mm macro lens. The equipment is fully automated and controlled via a Cognisys StopShot module and is capable of rapidly imaging hundreds of flying insects within an evening. Even the best professional DSLR cameras react too slowly to capture fast moving insects. An external shutter with an opening time of 5.7ms was utilized with the camera in bulb mode. This is 10 times faster than the internal shutter of a DSLR. When and insect passes through the intersection of the two laser beams the external shutter, controlled by a StopShot module, is triggered. The controller then fires two flashguns, which are set at minimum power settings resulting in a flash duration of approximately 25μs. This is sufficient to stop the motion of the insect and its wings, providing crisp clear images of the insects in flight. After the image is taken the StopShot module refreshes the cameras frame and readies the system for the next exposure. In the face of harsh operating conditions including high humidity and temperature, the equipment held up for several days of imaging and captured over 30 gigabytes of images. “It was fascinating to see the diversity of organisms coming to the light source,” says photographer Linden Gledhill “This is the first time that this technology has been used in this way and we came away with images of insects in-flight that have never been seen before.” “Peru Photo Tours and Rainforest Expeditions has established a variety of photographic capabilities including focus stacking, gigapixel imaging, extreme macro photography and large telephoto lenses, which amateur and professional photographers can gain access to in this unique environment,” says company founder Jeff Cremer. “When I heard about the high speed camera equipment from Cognisys and saw the work that Linden was doing I knew that they were a perfect match.” http://www.PeruPhotoTours.com - Peru Photo Tours provides all-inclusive photography tours in the Peruvian Amazon and other parts of Peru. Clients have access to professional grade photography equipment and are taught how to combine science, nature and technology to create art. All workshops include a mix of in-the-field instruction as well as some formal classroom, teaching and critique sessions and in-depth discussions on the ins and outs of photography. http://www.facebook.com/jeff.cremer2 http://www.perunature.com/tours-expeditions/tambopata-research-center-7-days-6-nights-photography-expedition#0 - Rainforest Expeditions (est. 1989) operates three award winning Amazon lodges: Posada Amazonas, Refugio Amazonas, and Tambopata Research Center. Each Amazon lodge provides access to a unique set of ecotourism experiences in the jungle of southeastern Peru. Rainforest Expeditions invites anyone who's passionate about photography to take a photo tour with us and document one of the most bio-diverse places on the planet. http://www.facebook.com/Rainforest.Expeditions http://www.cognisys-inc.com - We specialize in helping photographers capture moments that escape the rest of the world. Whether you are trying to capture two colliding water drops or bring the smallest of insects into focus we can help. Our mission is to design and develop electronic products that will assist you in capturing the impossible and in the process differentiate your photographs from the rest. http://www.flickr.com/photos/13084997@N03/ - Linden Gledhill - I’m completely enchanted by the physical world around me and obsessed by its natural beauty. My career in science has magnified this feeling of awe. For me, photography is a way to capture this physical beauty and to pass this feeling on to others. http://www.JeffCremerPhotography.com - Jeffs work has been displayed in galleries around the world and published in numerous books and magazines. His gigapixel photography work was recently published in "EARTH Platinum Edition", the worlds largest atlas. Each page spread of this limited edition book measures a breathtaking 6 feet x 9 feet (1.8m x 2.7m). Only 31 copies will be printed and will retail for $100,000 a copy. http://www.facebook.com/jeff.cremer2

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