Category Archives: photography

Going to Tristan the T. rex’s dig site

I guess it was kinda hard to miss that the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin is getting a real Tyrannosaurus rex. I’ll have much to say about the beast here on dinosaurpalaeo over the course of the next few years. … Continue reading

Posted in Aves, Botany, Dinosauria, historical buildings etc., insects, landscapes, Mammal pic, Maniraptora, non-palaeo, photography, Theropoda, Travels, Tristan, Tyrannosauridae, Tyrannosaurus | 7 Comments

Attempts at macro photography of minerals

Software for photogrammetric 3D reconstructions pretty much doesn’t care what scale the photographs are that you feed it. As long as there are pixels and EXIF data, all is fine. Without EXIF it requires a bit of fiddling; see for … Continue reading

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Absurd Addendum to Gut Check

Yesterday, I posted some pictures that I took with a fisheye lens. As mentioned, one has to be hellishly careful not to get into the picture by accident. Well, I mentioned lying down on the floor……. Note the camera under … Continue reading

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Sauropod gut check

In the past I have posted a few times on unusual perspectives of our MfN dinosaurs, especially the big sauropods Giraffatitan (ex Brachiosaurus), Diplodocus and Dicraeosaurus. There’s one view that I didn’t write much about before, and I won’t write … Continue reading

Posted in Dicraeosaurus, Dinopics, Dinosauria, Diplodocus, Giraffatitan, MfN Berlin, photography, Sauropoda, Sauropodomorpha | 10 Comments

AMNH Feb 2015

A short while ago I paid a rather unexpected and sudden visit to the AMNH in New York. American Museum of Natural History – that name stands for one of the greatest museums in the world, and it has much … Continue reading

Posted in AMNH, Digitizing, Dinopics, Dinosauria, Khaan, Maniraptora, Oviraptorosauridae, photogrammetry, photography, Theropoda, Travels, Tyrannosauridae, Tyrannosaurus | 12 Comments

snaphots

“snapshot” – that word is usually used to describe an amateurish photograph (unless you are talking about a screen capture on your computer). But the term is not so much tied to the low level of professional knowledge as rather … Continue reading

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Theropod Thursday 51: a Spechtschmiede

It’s been a very long time since the last Theropod Thursday post, and I promise to increase the posting ratio a bit in the near future. Theropods are cool – after all, they are the sister group to the really … Continue reading

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A more detailed take on Pinus macro photogrammetry

Previously, I described a few photogrammetry tests I did with a macro lens, but I didn’t go into the technical details much. Some people have asked me how exactly I took the photos, so here’s the detailed description. First of … Continue reading

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PHOTOGRAMMETRY IN PALEONTOLOGY – A PRACTICAL GUIDE

While I was on holiday my latest paper finally went online. It is a joint effort with Oliver Wings that details some good approaches for photogrammetric 3D modelling specimens. You can find the PDF at this link. The web version … Continue reading

Posted in 3D modeling, AMNH, Conferences, DigitalSpecimen 2014, Digitizing, Dinopics, Dinosaur models, How to, Khaan, Maniraptora, Open Access publishing, Oviraptorosauridae, papers, photogrammetry, photography, Theropoda | 5 Comments

Photogrammetry with a macro lens

So far, most of my photogrammetry efforts have dealt with specimens in the several centimetre to meter range. Bones, skulls, entire skeletons. The smallest models I created were of ammonites – more on that currently on-hold project later – with … Continue reading

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Photogrammetry tutorial 4: bulky stuff

Previously, I had much to say about photographing specimens that you can move around and nicely place on a turntable. However, the world of vertebrate palaeo holds many specimens that do not fit into that category. Specimens that just generally … Continue reading

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UV filters are useless?

Next guy who tells me that will see me laughing in his face. No, this is not a UV filter, it is a polarizing filter. But that’s beside the point – if this filter hadn’t been on my lens, a … Continue reading

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Does your camera have a wrist strap?

Well, does it? No, not your tiny point&shoot, but your DSLR with the 200 or more mm zoom lens. They all come with neck straps. Personally I find neck straps to be of good use, but limited carrying comfort. For … Continue reading

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