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Creating 360 Degree Timelapses of the Night Sky

Vincent Brady’s setup using 4 DSLRs creates some rather unique perspectives and adds a new dimension to the night sky timelapse genre.

While experimenting with different photography tricks and techniques back in 2012, I was shooting 360 degree panoramas in the daytime and long exposures of the stars streaking in the sky at night. It suddenly became clear that the potential to combine the two techniques could be a trip! Since the Earth is rotating at a steady 1,040 mph I created a custom rig of 4 cameras with fisheye lenses to capture the entire night-sky in motion. Thus the images show the stars rotating around the north star as well as the effect of the southern pole as well and a 360 degree panorama of the scene on Earth. Each camera is doing nonstop long exposures, typically about 1 minute consecutively for the life of the camera battery. Usually about 3 hours. I then made a script to stitch all the thousands of these panoramas into this time-lapse. I created my rig in January of 2013 while in my final semester at Lansing Community College before receiving an associates degree in photography. Given it was winter in Michigan, I didn’t get to chase the notorious clear moonless night sky as much as I had hoped as the region has lots of cloud cover that time of year. Though I was ready on the rare night to go experiment. After graduating in May I had built up quite the urge to hit the road. My rig has taken me to firefly parties in Missouri, dark eerie nights at Devils Tower, through Logan Pass at Glacier National Park, up the mountains of British Columbia, and around the amazing arches and sandstone monuments in the Great American Southwest.

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Watch this Mesmerizing Underwater Timelapse of Sea Life

“Slow” marine animals show their secret life under high magnification. Corals and sponges are very mobile creatures, but their motion is only detectable at different time scales compared to ours and requires time lapses to be seen. These animals build coral reefs and play crucial roles in the biosphere, yet we know almost nothing about their daily lives. By Daniel Stoupin

The most important living organisms that play the key functions in the biosphere might not seem exciting when it comes to motion. Plants, fungi, sponges, corals, plankton, and microorganisms make life on Earth possible and do all the hard biochemical job. Similarly to all living things, they are dynamic, mobile, and fundamentally have the same motion properties as us. They grow, reproduce, spread, move towards source of energy, and away from unfavorable conditions. However, their speeds happen to be out of sync with our narrow perception. Our brains are wired to comprehend and follow fast and dynamic events better, especially those very few that happen at speeds comparable to ours. In a world of blazingly fast predators and escaping prey events where it takes minutes, hours, or days to notice any changes are harder to grasp.

 ”Slow” marine life is particularly mysterious. As colorful, bizarre-looking, and environmentally important as we know corals and sponges are, their simple day-to-day life is hidden. We know some bits about their biochemistry, corals’ interaction with zooxanthella algae, their life cycles, and systematics. Unfortunately, it’s hard to tell what we don’t know about the rest, and particularly when it comes to interaction with other organisms happening over long periods of time.

Time lapse cinematography reveals a whole different world full of hypnotic motion and my idea was to make coral reef life more spectacular and thus closer to our awareness. I had a bigger picture in my mind for my clip. But after many months of processing hundreds of thousands of photos and trying to capture various elements of coral and sponge behavior I realized that I have to take it one step at a time. For now, the clip just focuses on beauty of microscopic reef “landscapes.” The close-up patterns and colors of this type of fauna hardly resemble anything from the terrestrial environments. Corals become even less familiar if you consider their daily “activities.”

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Why You Should Stop Taking Notes on Your Computer

Belle Beth Cooper explains why taking notes by hand may still be the best choice for retaining information.

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I take a lot of notes. Whether it’s for an article I’m writing or during a meeting, I’m always scribbling away. I tend to vacillate between talking scrappy notes on paper or trying to keep them organised in a text editor on my computer. I recently came across some research that suggests I should stick with a notebook, though.

Why taking notes on a screen is ineffective

Taking notes on your laptop probably seems more efficient. After all, it’s quicker if you’re a good typist, and your notes are easier to add to, change and organise. I’ve often felt bad for taking notes on paper instead, thinking I was sacrificing efficiency.

But it’s not that simple after all. Taking notes on a computer actually hinders our understanding and memory of the information. A study on computer note-taking versus paper and pen found that retention was lower for participants who typed their notes.

The study had participants take notes on paper or laptops from videos of TED talks or lectures, and followed up with a quiz on the content. Those who took notes on paper performed best on the quiz, even when all participants were able to review their notes for ten minutes prior to the quiz.

The study did seem to uncover a reason why taking notes on a computer is so much less effective: when we type our notes, we tend to transcribe a lot of the lecture or presentation verbatim. When we write notes by hand, we’re a lot slower so we have to carefully choose what to write. The authors of this study guessed that we process information copying it down word-for-word.

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The Ultimate Chinatown Filming Location Map of Los Angeles

Want to tour the sites of Chinatown? LA Curbed mapped out the shooting locations from this classic piece of LA noir.

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Roman Polanski’s Chinatown is the essential Los Angeles film for just about anybody who isn’t a science fiction obsessive (Blade Runner), a thirtysomething woman (Clueless), or an asshole (Swingers). For all the movies Hollywood has made about its hometown, this one captures a definitive combination of the city’s varied landscapes, its shiny veneer and sinister depths, its car-centric beauty (much of it’s shot through windshields or in rearviews), its greed, and its desperate relationship with nature, all in a self-reflexive (so Hollywood) take on noir (so LA).

The story of seedy PI Jake Gittes, played by Jack Nicholson, and his discovery of a plot to parch, then purchase, then annex, then irrigate the San Fernando Valley, is such a good myth that by now it’s just about replaced the real story of the Los Angeles Aqueduct and the birth of modern LA. (It’s not wildly off, but it’s not in any way a faithful history; it also takes place in the *1930s while the events it fictionalizes happened in the 1910s.) The movie was released 40 years ago tomorrow, on June 20, 1974, and to mark the day we’ve mapped out all of its real-life locations, with help from this old LA Times article, The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations, and Filming Locations of Chicago and Los Angeles. Take the Chinatown tour this way:

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