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Aug 11, 2014 23:59 |  #2116

Fog is always going to be an issue this time of year. You'll have better chances of clear skies during wintertime.


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Aug 13, 2014 11:57 |  #2117

Not sure if this is right place to post but...
I am planning a 9 day car camping trip to Yosemite, eastern Sierra and perhaps HW1 during last week of Sept. Can anyone recommend good places for photography especially around eastern Sierra. I am planning to shot from sunset to sunrise with Milky way shots.


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Aug 13, 2014 12:18 |  #2118

http://www.amazon.com …age_o06_s00?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

http://www.amazon.com …age_o05_s00?ie=​UTF8&psc=1 (external link)

These two books are fantastic for finding shots in Yosemite. If its more general are you need, start with these and look around for a book or two. Its worth the $20 or whatever.




  
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Sep 05, 2014 08:06 |  #2119

Adam, I've got both of those books (and probably a few others too).
Just picked up the book for shooting Death Valley. I feel a road trip coming on.......


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Sep 05, 2014 08:06 |  #2120

Anyone heading up to Reno this weekend to shoot the Hot Air Balloon "Races"?


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Sep 06, 2014 16:22 |  #2121

Does anyone know what kind of data these vehicles are collecting?

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I live in Santa Clara and In the past I'd see these vehicles once in a great while. Now I see these vehicles driving up and down my street (and neighboring streets) multiple times (day & night), almost every day.

Sometimes two vehicles will be driving down the street, back to back. They always go up and down the streets.

My research indicates it could be for google earth / maps, wireless coverage, etc.

Does anyone know what kind of data this particular vehicle could be collecting?

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Sep 07, 2014 01:17 |  #2122

I know BING and Navteq also have mapping cars but I haven't seen them unmarked like that one. Maybe it's a mapping service to TomTom or one of the other navigation systems.


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Sep 07, 2014 21:25 |  #2123

Dept. of Homland insecurity.


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Sep 08, 2014 13:04 |  #2124

meh_meli wrote in post #17141282 (external link)
Dept. of Homland insecurity.

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Or the NSA


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Sep 08, 2014 18:16 |  #2125

Yesterday I talked to one of the drivers (waved him down lol). He said they're testing software. Something to do with weather, bugs, and emissions. The top of the white thing on the car are little fans which are connected to a vacuum. The license plate was from Oregon. Friendly guy. After he drove away, another one of these vehicles came out of nowhere and was right behind him.

All I know is that we're seeing these vehicles everyday now. They go up a street and make a u-turn to go back to where they came from. Then they go to another street, etc. They even go into the courts / dead ends. If they're just testing software, do they really need to go into courts?

If anyone is curious I live in Santa Clara (95051). Warburton and Bowers ave + neighboring streets is where I see them a lot. YMMV


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Sep 09, 2014 01:13 |  #2126

Hmmm... Interesting. The could be running different versions of the software to see which is more accurate or they could be looking for a source of something in the air. The EPA used to have panel vans that drove around with what appeared to be a satellite dish pointing straight up in a stored position. They would drive around collecting air samples to see what was in the area. A neighbor got busted for painting a car in his garage by those EPA vans.


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Sep 09, 2014 12:54 |  #2127

Killjoy wrote in post #17136947 (external link)
Adam, I've got both of those books (and probably a few others too).
Just picked up the book for shooting Death Valley. I feel a road trip coming on.......

hell ya, I am down. I know a guy with a 27' motorhome who likes to shoot... :p




  
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Sep 09, 2014 12:56 |  #2128

I wouldnt mind a job with Garmin/TomTom or any of those, just to drive around everywhere. I could dig it.




  
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Oct 02, 2014 03:29 |  #2129

Fleet week's almost upon us! The air show looks a little lacking compared to two years ago though...




  
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Oct 11, 2014 20:15 |  #2130

Anybody fighting the crowds for Fleet Week today?


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