On Mt. Russell

Test Go Pro

My flickr contact Lady on a Rock (Christy Rosander) took this great panorama with a GoPro Hero 3 camera. I think it turned out quite well and gives a great sense of the exposure on that ridge which as I remember is significant (I was there over 30 years ago).

I follow her hiking blog (one of the better ones) at Lady on a Rock. Here’s her post on her Mt. Russell climb: Climbing Mount Russell: The Beast.

Christy isn’t a climber and Mt. Russell doesn’t involve roped climbing, but traversing that exposed ridge to get to the summit is quite an amazing feat as you can see in her images of the hike. Mt. Russell is just north of Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the “lower 48” and both Russell and Whitney are over 13,000 feet which means you really feel it when you’re up there.

Christy and her family are extremely strong hikers as you’ll get a sense of in reading through her hiking weblog.

In my youth, I climbed the east face of Mt. Whitney (an easy but long roped climb) and Mt. Russell by the same route Christy took and I remember having an altitude headache for much of the time.

Go Christy!

Climbing icebergs in Greenland

Hop aboard La Louise as we venture through the arctic waters of Greenland’s Disko Bay in search for the ultimate iceberg to summit with professional ice climbers Klemen Premrl and Aljaz Anderle. The icebergs are very fragile and unstable and to make it to the top the climbers must learn a valuable life lesson.

In another life I was a rock climber but never went in for ice climbing. However, I totally get why people love it.

This video is one of the most amazing climbing videos I’ve seen in years, not just because it’s novel to climb icebergs but because the quality of the video is so good.

If you can watch it on a big screen, zoomed out.

Brilliant production using GoPro Hero 4 cameras on the climbers and on a drone. Wow.

[via Devour]

Experience and memory in the age of GoPro

Experience and memory in the age of GoPro

Nick Paumgarten has written a great piece for The New Yorker on the history and significance of the GoPro camera. This is really worth reading, whether you have or use a GoPro camera or not.

Woodman had the good fortune to invent a product that was well suited to a world he had not yet imagined. The ripening of the technology in his camera, after a half decade of tinkering, coincided with the fruition of broadband and the emergence of YouTube, Facebook, and other social-media platforms for the wide distribution of video. GoPro rode the wave. What might have been just another camcorder became a leading connector between what goes on in the real world and what goes out in the virtual one—a perfect instrument for the look-at-me age. Its charm lies perhaps in its sublimated conveyance of self, its sneaky tolerable narcissism. GoPro footage is related to the selfie, in its “Here I am” (or “was”) ethos, and its wide view and variety of mounts often allow the filmmaker to include himself, or some part of himself, in the shot. But because it primarily points outward it’s a record of what an experience looks like, rather than what the person who had the experience looked like when he stopped afterward and arranged his features into his pretested photo face. The result is not as much a selfie as a worldie. It’s more like the story you’d tell about an adventure than the photo that would accompany it.

Logging your life’s photographic memories with Memoto

Have you ever had the thought/dream of what it would be like to have enough of a photographic memory so that you could rewind through a day and replay a particular part? Something like “neural photography” where the mechanism is built into a brain (eyes as lenses), maybe with the ability to replay on a screen outside the brain. My fantasy is a continuous movie but it could just as well be stop action.

The GoPro camera is a step in that direction and it’s extremely popular. But, one still has to edit a lot of raw video.

Here is another early step toward that: the Memoto Lifelogging camera.

You wear a small, clip-on camera that takes two pictures a minute continuously on its own and embeds time and GPS information in each image. At the end of the day you plug the camera into your computer via USB and it recharges and uploads the images to the Memoto servers which organize the images into days, hours, and make the GPS information available as well so you can see where you were.

You can then rewind a day, labeling things like: “trip to New York” or “playing with dog” to more easily go back and find things. Watch the video, read down the first page of the Kickstarter post, read the comments and consider the idea.

I’m not sure it will be a success as a business but it’s a very well designed system and a fascinating project.

Many people who take pictures have a huge mess in their photo library collections, like a large, unsorted box of prints, and for them finding things is difficult. Those very people tend not to fully appreciate and use the tagging and searching capabilities that tools like iPhoto, Aperture, and Lightroom provide for sorting by date, place, or even lens used to take a picture. I’m not sure those people need even more photographic memories. On the other hand, this may be exactly the kind of photographic memory they need: automatic and seemingly easy to use.

It will be fun to watch.

[via Jon Moss]