Nuno Souto: This same nonsense was tried here in Australia. It's nothing more than pure consolidated revenue raising.There is no way that "license" money will ever be used specifically to improve o help anything with the parks. It's pure bureaucracy.
In that case, the NFS's FY2015 budget looks like it'[s well north of $5 BILLION.
John Crawley: Oh, we'll let you drill your oil wells there, just don;t take any pictures. What a bunch of BSers.
You wanna drill a oil/gas well on Federal Land? Be ready to go through a REAL permitting process, and pay a REAL fee/lease!
Edymagno: Tell them to stop the launch of ten Tomahawks and be done for the next 5 years.
I think the FY2014 NPS budget is about $2.5 Billion...
forpetessake: Outrageous intrusion of government. Ansel Adams must be turning in his grave. First they annexed the land for the 'public' use, and then that government bureaucracy made themselves judges and de facto owners prohibiting that same public from the free use of the land.
And Ansel had a beautifull Wilderness area named for him. His photography was one push toward establishing these wonderful areas, and he would most likely be saddened that Congress didn't go far enough.
Please pass the Soylent Green...
steelhead3: Interesting reading comments about Wilderness areas from non native responders. Wilderness areas are set aside areas to be entered on foot or horseback only. They are not Parks, just set aside areas that you can hunt fish or run naked. Commercial enterprises are allowed (hunting guides for instance) but no permanent man made structures are allowed unless they were grandfathered in (trapper's cabin for instance). Some Wilderness areas are bigger than some EU countries and some are only a few thousand acres. The USFS wants to control visitors and how they use the wilderness but are running into 1st Amendment problems whether free speech or freedom of the press.
The Feds don;t seem to have much problem with the Constitution keeping unauthorized personell out of "Area 51".
I wonder how much the "Naming Rights" for Yellowstone would raise....
Hmm... three years for the "Coca Cola Yellowstone National Park", then they could switch to Nike...then...
Who gave the Pope the deed to South America?
Turbguy1: The foundation of a Wilderness Area is based on the concept of:
“An area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain".
Commercial activity of ANY type, can be trammeling! It is just a matter of degree on a case-by-case basis. That explains the reason for a permit.
Ask appropriate questions about the activity (what are you going to do, and for how long?).
Issue a permit that places reasoned restrictions on the activity. (No more than 4 persons in a party, no overnight camping within 500 feet of a waterway or lake).
Deny a permit if it is found to be reasonable to do so.
What don't you get??
YOUR Congress created these areas, and have imposed the restrictions on use into law. And they have imposed the responsibility of enforcement onto the Forest Service.
You got a problem with that...complain to Congress.
There are roads in the National Forests that are closed to vehicular traffic. You want to hold a non-profit horse event that atrracts nationwide attention and attendance, you gotta have a permit.
You want to fly a cam over Old Faithful (THAT would be neat)...expect to loose your equipment to the NPS, UNLESS you ask, first...
The foundation of a Wilderness Area is based on the concept of:
LarryLatchkey: The first sentence represents quite an America-centric perspective ;)
Ignat Solovey: These images should have been seriously edited in terms of constrast and saturation, not to mention downscaling with sharpening applied. Age-old uncoated Tessar just hasn't enough contrast and linear resolution to produce such images on modern small sensor... although the lens here works with very central part of it, and given the sample is good, that seems more or less possible, when it comes to sharpness (precise focusing is not the issue here, I guess). ILC is yet the only way to squeeze absolutely anything from any kind of lens. I think that some time I'll do something like this with EOS 5D Mk3 and Speed Graphic :) Although I was not even slightly impressed when I tried to do something similar. Recent (5-6 years) achievements in lens building render contraptions like this perfectly impractical, except very special occasions when you need non-telephoto lens with telephoto FOV, but I can hardly imagine such case.
You could have fooled me if you said they were obtained with a D800 and a micro-nikkor.,.
Tidewater: Go to Google earth then to streetview. There are miles of empty parking lots in the northeast side of the river. The downtown and suburbs look fine. These shots do not convey much of anything but I suppose the book does.Kodak had nearly 100 years with one basic product. They were the largest manufacturing company in the fortune 500 that did not make cars or oil.
At one time, they were also the largest chemical company, as well.
...and to think they INVENTED digital photography. A Vision, missed by top management.
War is hell...even worse since we now have weapons so devastating that you cannot stand back far enough from them to avoid effects on the user!
I have been waiting for a wearable viewfinder for a decade! Why not bluetooth it to a "real" cam??
Makes my head spin...
I doubt they would be allowed in National Wilderness Areas either, given that their definition is:
"an area where the earth and community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain, and, an area of undeveloped Federal land retaining its primeval character and influence, without permanent improvements or human habitation, which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural conditions".
Joshua Zakary: Can someone explain to me this whole Megaray thing? This article says that 40 million Megarays = 5 Megapixels. I must be missing something here. $1600 for a 5 megapixel camera?
I know there is a lot of new technology which is amazing, but is the image resolution large enough for professional photography applications??
Lets just say it has 5 million microlenses on the sensor, and there are 8 sub-pixels behind each microlens. Each subpixel "records" light coming in at different angles through the microlens. Thus 8 x 5 million = 40 million "rays."
While not quite exact, that's probably near true...
The small effective interocular distance obtainable for stereophotography with this technique limits the apparent depth to very close objects (say a foot from the cam). Once you have objects of interest say 6feet away, the depth efect is quite small.
This is useful for macro stereo photos, but is a hinderance for a lot of other scenes.
Also, there seems to be a softness to these photos, as if they were taken with a pinhole instead of a lens.