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Three Foxes (A Camera Trap Post)

So here is a post based on what the blog is named after, a camera trap in Cornwall. I had a lot of chicken pieces left over from dinner and...

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Bio-florescent Green Turtles

A few weeks ago I discovered green turtles bio-fluoresce under uv light. For those uncertain what bio-florescence is, it is when a light is absorbed and emitted as a different colour. Why turtle do it its not know. Scorpions more famously show the same characteristic. 

I went back this weekend with my camera at uv torch at the ready. This one was heading back to the sea so I tried and got these images. This phenomenon was only discovered in 2015 and then only with hawksbill turtle. These photos confirm green turtles too bio-fluoresce. You can see that the sand does not glow in any way (neither do I when I tried to see if I "glow"). Its not know if its the turtle or algae glowing with hawksbills.  Still so much to learn about nature.




Saturday, 3 December 2016

Ascension Island Green Mountain

So its been a while since I last posted here and with good reason. Very limited, expensive, slow internet. So I am living and working on Ascension Island, a British overseas territory dead centre of the atlantic ocean. Its about halfway between Gabon in Africa and Brazil in south America and just south of the equator. Its a small island with a population of around 800. My role here is the assistant warden for the 7 nature reserves and the national park. Green Mountain national park is an old volcano and unlike the rest of this island is a green and wet rainforest . The rest of the island is like a desert. The mountain was planted with vegetation, an idea by Charles Darwin and Joseph Hooker of Kew in the 1800's. It was to increase rainfall to supply water to the military based here. Today it is a national park. Due to the internet restrictions I have only added two pictures from the mountain. I will upload more at some point and when I am on leave in the UK will try get a video up. 

White Horse and Weather Post from Green Mountain


North East Bay Nature reserve from Green Mountain

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Cornwall Lane 360 Video!

So my last two posts have been 360 videos made from images. I go hooked and bought an LG360 camera (link). It's great and I gave it a quick test run last night down the local canal. Take a look around Bude in Cornwall and this little country lane by the coast. At the end, a flock of geese flew by. It's going to be great on Ascension. It's a bit graining but that's because it was getting dark. My clips from earlier in the day were crisp. 

Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)


Saturday, 16 July 2016

360 Video of the Congo Rainforest Flooding

In my last post, I showed you a 360 image I had converted into a video of Deadvlei (link). Now I have made one of the Congo. This one is a bit more interesting as it changes. Keep watching (its only 1 minute long) and you will see the forest flood as the rainy season arrives. I have also gone and bought myself this (link). It's a 360 camera by LG. I hope to use it to get some 360 videos over on Ascension which should be cool. Anyway, here is the congo clip.
Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)



Thursday, 14 July 2016

360 Video of Deadvlei, Namibia.

So now for something different. I have seen a few 360 immersive videos on youtube lately and wanted to make one. However I do not own a special 360 video camera so came up with an idea. Using an app called Photosynth on my iPod I take panoramic shots when I visit places. I wondered if one of these images could be made into a 360 video. Turns out it can. I won't go into huge detail but I made a video project in after effects that was 2000x1000. I added my image and a few effects such as a blazing sun, blowing sand and wind sounds. Then I exported it. Once exported I used the youtube tool for adding metadata which can be found on googles support here (link). Once the data is added a new 360 ready file is added and loaded to youtube as normal. Below is my first attempt. Take a look and move around the scene using WSAD, the onscreen arrows, dragging with the mouse or, if on a phone, just turning the actual device around. I may try more but would love one of these cameras (link) to make videos rather than stills.
(It doesn't work in some browsers, I know chrome supports it.)