In less the 48 hours we’ll be turning the FJ south and making a run down the I5 corridor with our sights set on Crater Lake National Park. It’s been over 30 years since my last visit and I’m looking forward to seeing this iconic volcanic crater and lake.

Crater Lake National Park

I was still in High School that last visit and shooting a Nikon FE with Kodak film. Last night I dug in my closet and found the old travel suitcase that has my slides from that trip. Not only were the slides there but my old photo logbook! How did I ever survive without Lightroom. I’m taking a couple of my select shots with me to see if I can duplicate them and then compare for changes.

Does anyone have a suggestion for scanning transparencies into a digital format?

 I’ll be armed with the latest technology in coastal beach debris surveying gear; my iPhone 6+

Oregon Coast

The plan, although I’m proposing keeping it open ended so as to take advantage of any opportunities that may come up, is to spend a couple of days on the volcano then head to the Oregon coast somewhere around Brookings. From there we’ve got 7 days to make our way north stopping at any beaches that look interesting. I made this trip once before but I’m sure there’s much I missed.

Beach Surveys and New Tools

While this is technically a vacation Theresa and I are embarking on, I do attend to make some time to conduct some beach debris surveys and compare the results of the Oregon beaches against those I’ve made on Washington and Alaska beaches.

However, instead of this time using a pencil, paper, GPS and clipboard, clumsy at best and inaccurate at best, I’ll be armed with the latest technology in coastal beach debris surveying gear; my iPhone 6+. Well, it’s the application BeachObserver that’s will give us the cutting edge.

In a nutshell, this app which was developed by the Coastal and Ocean Resources located in British Columbia, uses the iphone’s camera and build-in GPS to document debris and enter it into a global database. Counts can be estimated by our photographs and you do enter some high level data when making your observations. I look forward to giving the application a try.

I hope to post a short update nightly, but that will really depend on just how much time we’re spending in the field. Check back…

Steve Weileman

I've been lucky enough to have some of my work featured on CNN, Outside TV and, National Geographic. Join me as I continue to both learn the art of film-making and document the exciting new modern world of citizen-science. His work has been featured on CNN, National Geographic, and OutsideTV, as well as numerous local outlets.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Brad Miller

    Hey Steve be sure to post some of your astro photographs as soon as you can……I imagine your newest DSLR gear will make your old Nikon FE look pretty dated especially since ISO 2000 was not available for shooting the shooting stars way back then.

    1. I had a bit of technical issues with my laptop while I was out in the field but I’ll get some stuff posted as soon as possible. Keep an eye on home page.

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