Humboldt State Park, California
The California Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is the tallest living thing on Earth reaching record heights of 379 ft. Paleobotanists think their extreme height was an evolutionary adaptation to avoid foraging dinosaurs that decimated other plant populations and to remain king in the ongoing struggle for sunlight in the some of the world's largest forests. This collection contains gigapixel panoramas, stitched together from thousands of images, and other photographs from a three-day astrophotography trip to Humboldt State Park, 20 August 2012.
NASA Ames Research Center leads the charge in small satellite innovation and development while evoking the Viking spirit of exploration and adventure. NASA Ames Center Director Dr. Simon P. Worden poses alongside the Vikings of Bjornstad for this photograph to personify that spirit and highlight NASA leadership in the modern space age. The next generation of small satellites, known as CubeSats, float above and herald a new era in space exploration and science. These CubeSats can be launched into Low Earth Orbit at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems, allowing more frequent, and more accessible scientific missions.
Photographer: Ved Chirayath
Producer: Michael Bush
Makeup Artist: Inna Mathews
NASA Ames Center Staff: Dr. Simon P. Worden, Center Director, Karen Bradford, Chief of Staff, and Carolina Rudisel, Executive Secretary.
Vikings of Bjornstad: Jack Garrett, Kay Tracy, Victoria Parker, Patricia Petersen, Brian Agro, Henrik Olsgaard and Ed Berland
CubeSats: Pumpkin Inc.
Volunteers: Andrew Elmore, André Sales, Katie Zacarian, Heather Kline, Zhirjian Qiao, Katheryn Bradford, James Schalkwyk, Sahadev Chirayath
Welcome to the vedphoto Samasource gallery! Browse the gallery to hear from Samasource's workers directly and see photographs from their workplace and home.
Ved is proud to help support the Samasource mission and provided complimentary services for these photo shoots on location. If you would like to support this kind of work in the future, consider purchasing some framed artwork or prints of mine from one of the galleries. All proceeds from this page will go to future Samasource imagery and videography by Ved.
Portraiture photo-shoot of Estelle by Ved.
Grammy award-winning R&B singer-songwriter Estelle poses for Ved in support of the 2012 Samasource Give Work Charity Gala at the Regency Ballroom, San Francisco. These photographs include a private portraiture session, Give Work promotional shoot for Samasource and selected event photography from Estelle's amazing performance at the Gala. Special thanks to Estelle for helping Samasource to raise over $0.75 million that evening at the Gala!
A proud support partner of the Gala and Samasource supporter, Ved has provided over $35,000 in prints and services to help promote the Samasource mission over the last three years.
Terrafirmament offers a perspective of our solar system, life and perceptions of temporal and spacial scale. For this photography exhibition, I pioneered new imaging technologies to capture unprecedented high-resolution views of celestial events over the past year and the tallest organisms on Earth, Sequoia sempevirens (Coastal Redwoods) of Northern California. 2012 indelibly marked our generation as heavenly bodies forged their orbits in the sky, blocking out the Sun and staging a spectacular performance for our planet. An exceptional Supermoon event illuminated a summer night and served as a prelude to the Full Solar Annular Eclipse over North America less than a fortnight later. The grand finale of celestial crossings, the Venus Transit over the Sun, ended the performance as it transfixed the collective human gaze just as it had hundreds of years prior when astronomers used such transit events to determine, to their surprise, the enormity of our solar system.