There is not a huge call for photography when the world is on lockdown so I have been enjoying some time in my studio, the first thing was to clear out some old equipment that 'might get used one day' so Ebay has been a bit busy of late and the Royal Mail has enjoyed some increased patronage. I have also had some time to get back to some tabletop photography.
So the satellites have been flying through our skies with amazing visibility over the last couple of nights. Somehow I missed them but as it was a mild night I thought that I would stroll to the rugby field next to our house and see if any good images could be had.
I originally was just making pictures of the sky with no visual hook and this didn't seem to work, instead I recomposed nearer the goal posts and this is the final image. It would have been nicer if that very bright star was more rugby ball shaped but you can't have everything.
So Covid 19 has arrived with a vengeance and has closed down a large part of the world. Bill Gates gave a Ted Talk in 2015 saying that the next big crisis was not nuclear war, terrorism or conflict. It would be a virus and the result would remove three trillion dollars from personal wealth for the people that survive.
On the plus side I had the chance to take the drone out to one of my favourite churches and get a couple of new perspectives.
It was quite windy day but the skies were clear and dry. I hope to spend the next couple of weeks adding to my collection of views from above. If you are bored then check out that Ted talk by Mr Gates on Youtube.
A Field can be analysed in 12 minutes
Walking a field to determine areas for increased seed or nutrients used to take an hour or more and the results were sometimes as patchy as the field itself.
By deploying a drone a field can be photographed in as little as little as 12 minutes and then after processing the high resolution imagery the results can then be analysed to highlight areas of concern.
By flying at 400 feet over a controlled route plan images can be as detailed as five centimetres per pixel and once all imagery is stitched together to produce a detailed aerial view much clearer than satellite imagery.
I attended a Grow Agri event held at Pershore College sponsored by the European Union Development Fund with speakers including Drone Ag. The purpose of Grow Agri is to promote innovation and entrepreneurship by encouraging growth and diversification into the Agri-Tech sector through a combination of seminars and grant funding.
Agri-Tech is strategically important for the growth of the UK economy and promotes the development of processes and services to allow the agriculture sector to transition into a modern technology enabled sector to meet future demands.
The best camera is the one you have with you.
In the good old days I used to carry so much kit that a day trip became almost a mini expedition. These days, I minimise my equipment to just what will be required on the day and in addition to the good old Iphone 11 I often sneak in my Fuji kit. Here is a video on what I take.
You can create quite a diverse range of images with a very simple camera set up. The video is a few years old now but the equipment still works fine and despite sensor and camera technology advancing fast these X100s beasts still produce awesome images.
I am often asked about Drone services and up to recently relied on a 10 metre carbon pole to get to places that ground based photography cannot reach.
This month I achieved my UAV pilot wings from a great Company called UAV8. The achievement involved a written examination and practical flight assessment and after producing a required Operations Manual was awarded a Permission for Commercial Operations from the Civil Aviation Authority.
Once permission from the CAA was granted I also joined the Association for Remotely Piloted Aircraft (ARPAS-UK)
Left and Right Brain Thinking
Our brain is an intricate organ. At approximately 1.4 kilos, it contains roughly 100 billion neurons and 100 trillion connections. It is the command centre of all that we think, feel and do.
It is divided into two halves and within each half particular areas control certain functions. Although the two halves look broadly the same there is a huge difference in how they process information.
The left side of the brain is could be classified as Logical and the right side Artistic:
Sequential, Detail, Words, Logic, Numbers, Measurement, Recall, Grammar, Patterns, Literal Meaning, Content, Name Recall, Time Awareness, Components, Maths, Science
Simultaneous, Holistic, Pictures, Intuitive, Shapes, Motion, Imagination, Intonation, Emphasis, Accents, Abstract, Context, Recognition, Spatial Awareness, Objects, Art, Music
This is where the reticular activating system is based. A diffuse network of nerve pathways in the brainstem connecting the spinal cord, cerebrum, and cerebellum, and mediating the overall level of consciousness.
The RAS is the reason you learn a new word and then start hearing it everywhere. It’s why you can tune out a crowd full of talking people, yet immediately snap to attention when someone says your name or something that at least sounds like it.
Your RAS takes what you focus on and creates a filter for it. It then sifts through the data and presents only the pieces that are important to you. All of this happens without you noticing, of course. The RAS programs itself to work in your favor without you actively doing anything. Pretty awesome, right?
In the same way, the RAS seeks information that validates your beliefs. It filters the world through the parameters you give it, and your beliefs shape those parameters. If you think you are bad at giving speeches, you probably will be. If you believe you work efficiently, you most likely do. The RAS helps you see what you want to see and in doing so, influences your actions.
You can train your RAS by taking your subconscious thoughts and marrying them to your conscious thoughts. They call it “setting your intent.” This basically means that if you focus hard on your goals, your RAS will reveal the people, information and opportunities that help you achieve them.
If you care about positivity, for example, you will become more aware of and seek positivity. If you really want a pet turtle and set your intent on getting one, you’ll tune in to the right information that helps you do that.
When you look at it this way, the law of attraction doesn’t seem so mystical. Focus on the bad things and you will invite negativity into your life. Focus on the good things and they will come to you, because your brain is seeking them out. It’s not magic, it’s your Reticular Activating System influencing the world you see around you.
When photographing homes the images we present will encourage the viewer to confirm what they have seen and the RAS will seek to confirm the visual information already provided.
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