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3D Camera Technology and Filming Tahoe

3D works best for scenes that show depth, action, and a sense of awe. Flying between mountains, skimming the surface of the lake, or going deep underwater are the quintessential 3D shots. Shooting these aerial scenes used to require a crazy and highly skilled camera person with an equally crazy, skilled pilot. But given the demand for 3D video, it’s no surprise that inventive people created gadgets where once dangerous shots can now be safely taken with remote controlled hexacopters.

For our new 3D movie about Lake Tahoe, we’re able to collaborate with people who can get these beautiful, dynamic shots.  The next 3D experience at TERC will feature Tahoe underwater.  As our own Heather Segale noted in her article for Lake Tahoe News, we’ll still use tried and true divers to get many underwater shots.  Brant Allen and Katie Webb will dive into Tahoe with 3D cameras (generously donated by Go Pro) this spring to give viewers a unique look into Lake Tahoe’s depths.  They will be guided by Steve Andersen, a 3D movie specialist based out of Tahoe.  He created a weighted 3D camera that can sit in a shallow stream and film Kokanee salmon as they swim past. This simple device doesn’t compare, though, to his other wickedly cool 3D camera gadgets that can get beautiful aerial shots without risking life and limb (pictured below).  He attended our winter meeting at the Tahoe Environmental Research Center in Incline Village, NV, to show them off!  We were all very impressed with his creative solutions and ability to get the perfect shot.  We look forward to working with our collaborators and hope we can create a fantastic experience for the visitors to TERC.

IMG_3845Above:  Steve shows off an interchangeable camera stabilizer for his hexacopter (on the right).  The hexacopter can fly for up to 10 minutes on a charge and take breathtaking aerial 3D movies without putting life and limb in danger. (On the left, below Steve’s elbow, you can see the weighted underwater camera.)

Below:  Steve shows off cameras that are ideal for shooting 3D time lapses.
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Lake Viz Projects and Team Members in the News!

Wired Magazine Features the Shaping Watersheds Exhibit
Wired Magazine wrote a wonderful piece on our Shaping Watersheds exhibit, a.k.a. the AR Sandbox. It highlights what we think is the strength of the exhibit: the whimsical simplicity of playing with sand while layering complex, computational information on top of it. Although our visitors see cool topographic lines, bright colors, and water flow, the seamless integration between the sand, Kinect, computer, and projector makes this exhibit a tour de force of computational sophistication and an imaginative user interface. This Augmented-Reality Sandbox Turns Dirt Into a UI

New York Times Interviews Geoff Schladow
The New York Times interviewed our own Geoff Schladow for a piece that addressed the ongoing controversy between Nevada, California, environmentalists, and real estate developers. Since Tahoe straddles the state line, California and Nevada form a legal compact to mitigate human activity and development on the lake’s health. Nevada finds itself in a hard place as a lack of tourist dollars from the last economic downturn aren’t coming back as anticipated. Many feel that the new compact, a compromise between all parties, will impact Tahoe’s health negatively and could lead to over-development. Dr. Schladow focused on the lake’s health and provided the piece’s notable quote: “The lake is going to do what the lake is going to do,” Mr. Schladow said. “The water flows where the wind and the currents move it, and it doesn’t know about a state line.” A Balancing Act Around Lake Tahoe