Parking garage light viewed through “Night Spectra Quest” viewer.
Nighttime isn’t colorful, and was even less so in the days before artificial lighting. Human color vision decreases the darker it gets, eventually reaching
true black and white .
However, with a
spectroscope in hand, there are rainbows Continue reading
No matter what happens during the night, the sun always returns. Pretty much every human who has ever lived has seen it burst over the horizon.
It’s a strange combination of being common enough to ignore and so incredible there is nothing else like it: the perfect recipe for a cliche.
The inside of a garden hose. Taken with the Aardvark HD Inspection Camera, 2016.
What hard-to-reach places can an inspection camera reveal?
An inspection camera, also called an endoscope or a borescope, is a camera attached to the end of a flexible tube. It can go places a larger camera wouldn’t dare.
Two images of the noonday sun above 47th Street, Oakland, CA. Left: Seek Thermal camera image. Right: iPhone. 2016
The thermal camera is the fourth in my series of extra-sensory cameras (after
underwater, micro, and trail cam), and it comes closest to actually extending the senses: you can literally see something that would otherwise require the sense of touch. Continue reading
The Aggressor on the fence. Photo by Brian Brooks.
While gathering photos from my 2011 Bushnell hunting camera for my
most recent post, I was overcome with desire to start placing a camera outside again. Had the animals in the yard changed? How could I use the camera differently? Continue reading
This is the third post on unusual cameras that extend the senses. The first two posts explored an and a underwater camera . micro lens
Typical photo of me in the morning retrieving my motion sensor camera from the backyard. Bushnell Trail Camera, Oakland, CA, 2013.
One of the best ways to observe nature is by being very still for a very long time:
Spiderwebs on a dead bee’s wing, 48th Street. Taken with 15X Micro Phone Lens, Oakland, CA, 2016
I have a small collection of unusual cameras that extend my senses.
In my last post, I wrote about my underwater camera. This week, I’m focusing on my Micro Phone Lens. It makes me feel like both a bug and a giant. Continue reading
Me and my camera joking around at Asmara restaurant, Oakland, CA, 2008. Photo by Brian Brooks.
I love my underwater camera. It is a
Pentax Optio W60. It is completely waterproof. I bought it eight years ago and I still use it all the time.
Swimming with the camera’s strap around my wrist,