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Welcome to the vedphoto blog! Here you can keep up-to-date on research (Fluid Lensing), exhibitions (Physics In Vogue and Reactive Reefs) and photo-shoots. Learn about the techniques and stories behind my images by searching for a location or keyword. That picture of fruit bats from Northern Madagascar - I had to wade waist-high in bat guano to get it! Always a humbling experience.

DATAVIZ ART + TECH Exhibition October 3 @ San Francisco Geekdom

October 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Celebrate DATAVIZ Art +Tech @ Geekdom this Thursday, October 3, in San Francisco! Learn about the Fluid Lensing technology I developed to image through water and turbulent media at high-resolution and the massive amount of data that are crunched to produce my images.

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I will have five large-format pieces on display featuring my latest work on brushed aluminum. Come on out, have a drink and support the Arts in Tech through these nonprofits! Info and event tickets available here:

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Samasource USA in Bayview and Samasource Annual Gala November 1st featuring my work

October 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

The latest worker portraits commissioned by Samasource features SamaUSA workers in Bayview. The Uganda field portraits shall be ready soon!

Several of my worker portraits from Kenya, Uganda and California will be on display as one of the Samasource Give Work Gala 2013 sponsors. Learn more about how to give work and not just aid this November 1st at The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. Tickets for the event below. Last year's entertainment and model for me: Estelle.

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Preliminary Reactive Reefs Exhibition Material & Depth Map of Coral Reef (October 2013)

October 02, 2013  •  1 Comment

The latest preliminary Reactive Reefs exhibition material and aerial maps, including depth data taken from our quadcopter coral reef mapping using Fluid Lensing as of October 2013. More to come soon!

Front page of Samoa News:

Quadly at work:

Reactive Reefs Quadcopter in flight mapping (vedphoto)-quadly2

Preliminary depth interpolation using the moving quadcopter as a stereographic baseline - 

Original:

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Interpolated depth (a work in progress, but should be able to resolve 5-10 cm in z):

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And the now famous Coral Rap feat. Trent & Tamaki:

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Preliminary Coral Mapping Slice (1/2000)!

August 23, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

August 22, 2013

Ofu Island, American Samoa

Below is a quick first look at the coral mapping from 4 seconds of flight data from today (over 15MP!). This image is without HiMARC Fluid Lensing, so expect another 4-10 fold increase in resolution. 4 seconds of flight data out of the 30,000+ seconds we expect to generate!

Finally, I feel like I am making a contribution to science. The highest resolution coral map to date. SCIENCE!

Learn more about our Reactive Reefs project here.

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Close up:

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Reactive Reefs Preview from Ofu Island, American Samoa

August 21, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Latest updates on Reactive Reefs from the field in American Samoa:

Reactive Reefs is an interdisciplinary coral reef imaging and mapping project that features award-winning advanced imaging techniques to provide centimeter-scale optical aerial maps and underwater gigapixel panoramas of at-risk coral habitats. Using a technique we developed called Fluid Lensing, we are able to use perturbations and small waves in the ocean’s surface to image shallow subsurface marine targets with minimal artifacts and distortion from an aerial platform with enhanced angular resolution. Summer 2013, our team is travelling with the Palumbi lab to Ofu island in American Samoa to generate maps of coral reefs of interest using Fluid Lensing from a small electric quad-copter equipped with our imagers. The effort will provide Stanford’s Palumbi and Pringle labs with valuable scientific data on coral health and distribution as well as one of the highest-resolution optical maps of a subsurface marine target to date.

In addition to its scientific mission, Reactive Reefs is a collaboration with Stanford’s Arts Institute and will culminate in an immersive science outreach exhibition that aims to transport the public beneath the ocean’s surface and convey firsthand how the world’s coral reefs change as a result of both natural and human pressures. Further information about Reactive Reefs, preliminary imaging results and Fluid Lensing is available at: www.vedphoto.com/reactive-reefs and www.vedphoto.com/himarc

Remember, all of this work is supported by people like you through my exhibitions. My latest exhibitionAbove, Below & In-Between closes August 28th at the Sacramento Contemporary Art Gallery!

Latest:

August 19, 2013 in Fagatele Bay, American Samoa

Fagatele Bay Marine Sanctuary August 20, 2013 on Ofu Island:

Ofu Island, American Samoa - Pool 400 1000+ year old coral with Olosega in the background:

An underwater panorama preview:

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The first quadcopter imaging test over coral!:

Quadcopter Coral Reef Imaging Test

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