The Wave - Coyote Buttes North - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
Below is a link to my custom more advanced route I hike to visit The Wave. Please note that you do need a BLM permit to enter.
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The Wave - Coyote Buttes North - Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
Below is a link to my custom more advanced route I hike to visit The Wave. Please note that you do need a BLM permit to enter.
Last week I was working on a project in Northern Arizona and found an exhibit of a sandstone that had actual dinosaur footprints on it on display outside the Glen Canyon Dam visitors center. In Utah and Arizona it is not unusual to find dinosaur footprints in rocks and sadly a recent amazing example located near Moab Utah was vandalized and lost forever. So how can we preserve these fossil records without purchasing expensive 3D scanning equipment? In this case I used my smartphone a iPhone 6 and its camera to capture a series of photos and then using the currently free Autodesk Project Memento and generated an accurate textured 3D model of the dinosaur's fossilized footprint.
|So here you see the series of 40 photos I took of the sandstone fossilized dinosaur footprints.|
So go install Autodesk Project Memento which is currently pre-release and free after a quick registration.
|Select to create a photo scene and upload and wait for it to alert you your model is done.|
Here is the resulting highly detailed and accurate 3D textured mesh of the dinosaur footprint and available for export to OBJ, STL, and many other formats and uses.
Now there is a digital record of this footprint to preserve it, 3D print it, study it, or display it online or use as a digital prop in a 3D game or animation. All it takes is a camera and you can generate highly detailed and accurate textured meshes of almost anything and in higher detail that the 123D Catch app.
In Project Memento you have many tools to study the mesh, retopo the mesh, and so much more. You can also export and modify the mesh in Autodesk Meshmixer.
What can you capture in 3D?
I had an amazing time this weekend, and hope you did too. I was practicing my radio controlled quad copter piloting skills on my new UAV quad copter a DJI Inspire 1 in preparation for future flights to capture 3D models using Autodesk Recap Photo and Project Memento. I flew up the Provo Canyon near the frozen Bridal Veil Falls and also flew at the amazing Diamond Fork Hot Springs with my oldest son and got in a nice hot soak as well. I was always following regulations for UAV and being safe.
I finally caught up with the Autodesk #3DRV in beautiful Moab Utah and TJ and his lovely wife and smart young energetic son. Here is a brief post made from a cold early Fall Moab Utah morning of yesterday's adventures.
Yesterday we had an action packed day starting with me driving 4 hours from Salt Lake to Moab then immediately with TJ and his family taking the Autodesk 3DRV to Arches National Park to meet with National Park employees Mary and Karen.
I presented the awesome park employees with highly detailed 3D prints of the Delicate Arch that I had laser scanned with FARO about 2 years ago and took a great deal of work to combine all the billions of laser points and photogrammetry using ReCap Photo data to build a solid and accurate model and ultimately 3D print. The 3D prints will be used in educational programs at the visitor center and the arch itself. The staff of the Arches National Park were awesome and loved the 3D prints.
The 3D prints and digital model are the most accurate representation of Delicate Arch and represent a slice in time as the sandstone arch is always changing. I would love to scan again soon and compare the changes like what the bush on top and puddle of water on top of the arch are doing in erosion and changes to the structure.
We hiked up to the real Delicate Arch. I took time to educate TJ's son Josh about the plans, geology, and of course fun stories and getting him to overcome his fear of standing on the edge of cliffs made of sandstone and appreciating the natural formations in Southern Utah. I even showed ancient petroglyphs in the sandstones hard mineral patina exterior from the Native Americans hundreds of years ago in the case of the Ute Indian which you can spot as they had horses which only existed in North America a couple hundred years ago from Spain and he sometimes odd petroglyphs of the ancestral pueblans from a thousand years ago in Arches National Park and in the Colorado River Parkway.
I just slept a couple hours in the 3DRV and am headed for my next event about 4 and a half hours away to the North while the 3DRV makes its way towards the South and the Grand Canyon and ultimately Autodesk University 2014 in Las Vegas December 2nd, 2014 at the Mandalay Bay. With only a couple hours of sleep in the 3DRV and no playing with the FARO scanner and Stratasys 3D printer in there as I was tired I have to hit the next event a few hours away.
I really enjoyed my time with TJ an his family and the Autodesk 3DRV and can't help but think we need to do this again.
I will write more and post more edited photos once I get back home next week!
Thank you #3DRV and crew!
I live about 4 hours from Moab and will make the drive early for an action packed day of visiting with the fine people of Arches National Park and giving them a 3D printed Delicate Arch created from a laser and photogrammetry scan, hiking up for a visit to the beautiful natural sandstone Delicate Arch, seeing some ancient petroglyphs, flying some quad copters in the desert, doing some 3D captures using Project Memento and ReCap Photo, and exploring Moab.
If you cant meetup with us in Moab, plan to meet us at Autodesk University 2014!
Below is a quick video of the vie capturing photos of the USS Arizona and USS Utah as well as me albeit a little tired and exhausted unscripted during the project explaining how we at Autodesk were using photogrammetry using Autodesk ReCap Photo and 3D Printing as well as SONAR and LiDAR technologies to capture the iconic ships in 3D to use in education, preservation, and research.
It was truly a humbling honor to participate in this amazing and historic 3D survey project with the U.S. National Park Service and several amazing partners on this pro-bono project. I still cannot believe I played a small part in the first survey in 30 years of these solemn U.S. national landmark. I will be back there for the December memorial events.
Video by Brett Cote U.S. Navy Combat Camera
The 3D prints shown of the USS Arizona 3D captured artifacts that remain on the deck of the USS Arizona the 1941 Coke bottle and cooking pot were printed by Whiteclouds.com.
Read more about the project and a television report on the project:
USS Arizona and USS Utah 3D Survey Project
USS Arizona in 3D
3D Prints of USS Arizona Artifacts
USS Arizona in 3D Project Behind the Scenes
Just returned from another special project SCUBA diving and scanning the USS Arizona BB-39 and USS Utah BB-31 in Pearl Harbor Hawaii to gather more 3D data for the first comprehensive survey in over 30 years. We at Autodesk have many great partners involved in this pro-bono project last week we had the US National Park Service, US Navy, Deep Ocean Engineering, R2Sonic, and Gilbane Building Company.
I was underwater a great deal of time or without Internet which explains the rare silence on the blog. I have been working on this project for a year and many dives, many amazing photos, incredible data sets, and lifelong memories. It is truly an honor to be involved in this project and also even more of an honor knowing I have a relative on the USS Arizona.
We should have all the data needed now to finalize the 3D digital model of the the USS Arizona and provide an accurate digital model to be used for preservation, education, study/research, and create a 3D print.
Advanced scanning equipment used to map USS Utah http://bit.ly/1w8vIvH
Sonar mapping shines new light on USS Utah
Being interviewed by a photographer from the US Navy while still in my wetsuit after just having SCUBA dived the USS Utah.
I love hiking and climbing the rugged, beautiful and high mountains of Utah and I also love research and fun with drones also known as UAV quad rotor copters. So last Thursday I decided to combine both for an epic sunset flight.
<Queue the music Fly Like an Eagle by Steve Miller>
I flew my UAV a DJI Phantom Vision 2+ from the top of a 11,000+ foot mountain summit of Sunset Peak located up Little Cottonwood Canyon and several world class ski resorts like Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, Park City, Solitude, and many more where you can see both Cottonwood Canyons. There was some high wind gusts that concerned me when I reached the summit but I waited until it died down enough to fly. I flew within the FAA legal guidelines and common sense to assure everyone's safety so I did not interfere with commercial air traffic that do fly over the Wasatch Mountain range. I found the air is a little thin and harder to control the UAV at that elevation, but it was epic views and truly felt looking through the FPV goggles that I was an eagle soaring around in the 30 mph wind gusts.
I ran into only one other human on the summit and he was an AutoCAD user, and I was wearing my Autodesk shirt. Small world.
Here are two photos from the drone looking at Sunset Peak to the East and also a look straight down.
Here is an unedited video of a small portion of this crazy fun flight. You can see the spherical lens distortion which once edited will be corrected. Link to Video
More photos from the hike and also posted to my Instagram ShaanHurley. I am not sure if it is just me but a good Squatters Full Suspension Ale beer tastes even better on the summit of the 11,000 foot mountain summit. I ended up hiking down in the dark with my headlamp. I cant wait to get back up there.
Here is a photo from my drone/ UAV taken at the beautiful Kalaupapa Molokai the same location the movie Jurassic Park III opening sequence was filed. I will be editing and posting some video from these amazing flights.
I may put together a Flight Fest in the Nevada desert during or after Autodesk University 2014 for people to come out and play and learn about them. Imagine a meetup away from Autodesk University in the Red Rock desert at a local RC airpark getting fresh air and having aerial fun. Are you interested as a drone manufacturer,expert, or interested party just post a comment to this blog post or email me?
"Use your camera to capture people, places and things around you as amazingly realistic 3D models. Capture friends, sculptures, buildings or anything else you can photograph. Automatically transform them into interactive 3D models that can be shared with friends, family, and an ever growing community of 3D photographers.
If you want a more higher resolution professional model try Autodesk Recap Photo, but the professional photogrammetry is not free.
Autodesk's Pixlr photo editor arrives on the desktop for Mac and Windows.
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This a good alternative for Photo editing software like Photoshop & FREE or you can subscribe to a low priced Pro version at only $1.99 a month.
Pixlr-o-Matic and this Desktop Pixlr contain the "Shaan" filter named after me put in Pixlr-O-matic. It a cool aged sepia treatment located in the filter set "too old."
This photo in Pixlr Desktop was taken during my hike in Utah at Stewart Falls this weekend.
"Pixlr has been a favorite online photo editor and mobile app for years. Now, you can get the same Pixlr experience with even more fun and powerful tools on your Mac or Windows computer."
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Cecret Lake in Little Cottonwood Canyon (40°34′12″N 111°37′19″W / 40.570°N 111.622°W) is located about 20 minutes from where I live, and is a great place to hike and chill before starting another busy work week. The amazing wildflowers are just now starting to bloom.
What are you doing this Summer, or for my friends down under what are you doing this Winter?
Autodesk partnered with the US National Park Service to undertake the most complete study of the USS Arizona in 30 years both above and below water using many 3D capture technologies. Two of the artifacts captured using photos and Autodesk ReCap Photo were iconic and historically significant as they had been in the hands or used by those onboard during the Pearl Harbor attacks of December 7th, 1941. The items were a cooking pot and a Coke bottle. The models created by Autodesk ReCap Photo were highly detailed given that we captured the photos SCUBA diving in very limited visibility water sometimes having to swim inverted upside down to photograph the objects and also prevent the silt from being stirred up.
Here is one of the project divers with a camera in an underwater housing taking photos. Easier said than done and definitely physically demanding capturing hundreds of photos in a orbiting sequence exercising good buoyancy and control. It was truly exhausting work and many of us found ourselves when resting on the dock falling asleep almost instantly after surfacing from a dive and doing this over 14 hours a day. I will never forget falling asleep in my wetsuit only to be awoken by tourists walking by and some taking photos of me under the dock as I lay there in a hot neoprene wetsuit.
After creating the 3D models and colleague Craig Barr touching up the model in Autodesk Mudbox, the models were so amazing we knew they had to be 3D printed. We could imagine the idea of people being able to hold accurate representations in 3D in their own hands of objects that currently rest on the deck of the USS Arizona. It was a natural and positive and beneficial use of 3D printing to be used in education and at the USS Arizona Memorial and World War II Valor in the Pacific.
I reached out to local Utah 3D printing company Whiteclouds.com and their amazing CEO Jerry Ropelato. Jerry immediately and without hesitation offered to 3D print the two artifacts in color and put me in contact with his 3D printing ninja Kyle Gifford who also uses Autodesk products like Autodesk Maya.
Here you can see a photo of the cooking pot as it rests on the deck of the USS Arizona covered in sponges and organic debris after over 70 years. This cooking pot was in the ships galley and used to cook meals for the service members onboard the USS Arizona. You truly feel the significance when down on the USS Arizona of all the lost lives and historical record of events and yet you still see objects the men used daily including the cooking pots, plates, coke bottles, shaving kits, shoe soles and more. These were items used by people not just another inanimate object under the water.
Here is the resulting 3D digital model of the cooking pot generated by Autodesk ReCap Photo. It was quite remarkable in detail.
Here you can see a photo of the 1941 Coke bottle complete with a US National Parks tag on it. It has remained on the deck of the USS Arizona since 1941.
Here is the resulting 3D digital model of the Coke bottle generated by Autodesk ReCap Photo and an image of the mesh in Autodesk Memento. It was another amazing result and you can even see all the organic life living on the bottle and the US NPS artifact tag.
This past Memorial Day was significant and emotional when Pete Kelsey and I got to meet one of the less than a dozen remaining survivors that were aboard the USS Arizona during the attack, US Navy veteran Don Stratton. Don Stratton's story of survival and loosing all his unit is a story one will never forget for as long as I live. Imagine burns over most of your body and diving into a harbor under attack with bombs and torpedoes with oil on the surface engulfed in fire, not being able to see, and pulling yourself to another ship by rope, and then after a long hospitalization re-enlisting back to active duty. What an amazing man that makes you just stand in awe and respect and truly a fine representative of America's finest generation. We handed Don the print of the artifacts that remain on the ship today.
When presented with the 3D print of the cooking pot for the first time, Stratton said, “That is amazing. I don’t know anybody in the galley that survived that day. At the time of the explosion, it was self-preservation. After that, it was extremely hard to return. Now, when I go back and remember, it’s a little easier. I think it [3D artifacts] will make an impression on a lot of people, I really do.”
We accompanied Don Stratton with a group of US Navy, US Coast Guard, and US National Park Service all dressed formal uniform out to the memorial with the flag flown at half mast and everyone silent but tears were almost audible as they streamed down faces and people made throat clearing sounds trying to not shed tears. I swear the sea level in the harbor rose that day from the shed tears and people thinking of lessons learned from the horrors of war. I will never ever forgot Don's facial expressions and demeanor at the memorial and wondering what he was thinking about as he peered down at the ships remains and at the memorial wall of names containing his shipmates and friends. I certainly wont ever forget his comment to a US Navy commander who was there with some of his young enlisted men "you take care of those young men." Another memorable quote was a NPS spokesperson and longtime friend of Don Stratton talked about how those that survived the attack have the option of being interned down on the ship after they pass but he said "Don would not be accepting that honor that as he was almost cremated once on the ship back in 1941, and did not want to be cremated again."
What a project and memory.
More on the USS Arizona Project:
Here is Autodesk's Pete Kelsey with USS Arizona survivor Don Stratton and the 3D print of the Cooking pot and coke bottle.
WhiteClouds Kyle Gifford and the 3D Print of the USS Arizona Artifacts.
Some of the facts on the 3D Prints from Whiteclouds:
The pieces were printed on the ProJet 660Pro by 3D Systems. This is a full-color 3D printer that uses powder jetting technology to build the object layer by layer. Each layer is 89 microns—slightly thinner than a human hair. The printer uses the CMYK spectrum of colors to produce realistic results. The objects are made of a gypsum-based powder that has been very precisely bonded together and colored.
The bottle took 5 hours and 24 minutes to print and has 959 layers. The cooking pot took 6 hours and 6 minutes to print and has a total of 1028 layers.
“We are continually amazed by the applications of 3D printing and now we can add underwater exploration to the list,” said Kerry Parker, VP of Business Development at WhiteClouds. “This really opens up possibilities. If you can imagine a classroom of students that will never have the opportunity to dive down and experience the remnants of the Arizona. Now, through 3D scanning and printing, it would be possible for them, or anyone, to hold and study a replicated artifact. This brings education to a new level. There’s something that’s communicated through physical objects that you don’t get with photographs or video. People and events, like the bombing at Pearl Harbor, become real.”
Photos of the 3D Prints in my hand. The Coke bottle is 1:1 scale and the cooking pot was print 1/3 scale.It was priceless each time someone held the 3D prints sand thought of the significance of them and their real counterparts on the deck of the USS Arizona.
Thank you WhiteClouds for the truly historic 3D Prints!
Now we at Autodesk are hard at work with the terabytes of 3D data we captured in hopes to produce a fully accurate 3D print of the entire USS Arizona. We wont be printing it to 1:1 scale of course, unless someone has a 400 feet x 200 feet x 150 feet build platform capacity 3D printer they would like to loan us.
While capturing 3D geometry with a standard digital camera is challenging and takes advanced technology, capturing 3D geometry underwater can be even more difficult. Difficult because of the optical changes and physical demand to operate in subsurface environment while trying to take photos. Over the past few months I have been involved in some of these projects that made use of not only photogrammetry but recently underwater Lidar (yes underwater laser, not mounted on a shark) and handheld sonar generating 3D point clouds which I will talk about later once the special project is revealed publicly.
This post is about photogrammetry being used by the US National Park Service and marine researchers and how technology like Autodesk Recap Photo can convert photographs using mathematical algorithms to textured 3D geometry. ReCap Photo is an Autodesk 360 service designed to create high resolution 3D data from photos to enable users to visualize and share 3D data. One great object of interest to scientist is coral and what is occurring on coral reefs around the world where colonies are dying due to many potential causes.
Despite their crucial role, coral reef research and education are still in their infancy. One major challenge that has plagued coral reef scientists for decades is the inability to accurately measure the surface area of corals, which represents the living portion. The ability to quantitatively track the growth of a coral colony is an extremely basic and essential parameter for understanding the health of a coral reef ecosystem. Current methods are incredibly imprecise and rely on simplistic two-dimensional (2D measurement.
Further, humans rely heavily upon visualization for comprehension, and corals are difficult to see first-hand. Most corals are inaccessible to anyone who does not SCUBA dive, especially children. Until now, the only way to visualize corals has been to view static pictures or non-interactive films. As a result, public understanding and interest of the complexities of coral reefs pales in comparison to other charismatic megafauna such as sharks, whales and dolphins.
This project aims to utilize Autodesk Reality Capture to generate incredibly detailed 3D models of corals for a novel scientific study and produce revolutionary educational tools.
Sylvester (Sly) Lee is a Marine Toxicologist and Science Communicator. He works at the Kalaupapa National Historical Park and is the founder of the non-profit, The Hydrous, which aims to communicate marine science through beautiful and intuitive visualizations. Interactive 3D coral models can be viewed at www.thehydro.us.
Blowing Bubbles in the name of Science and Technology, Dive Dive Dive!
As a technologist at Autodesk and advanced SCUBA diver it will be my absolute pleasure and honor to work with the Park Service on another project over the next few weeks capturing coral in 3D models for study and future studies on the isolated remote Kalaupapa National Historical Park located on the island of Molokai. I will also play the vital roles of not only safety diver, photographer, BBQ cook, comedian, but I am sure I will play the role of tiger shark bait or underwater rodeo clown to keep the other team members safe while capturing photos for creating 3D models. Autodesk's Pete Kelsey will also be a diver, photographer, and modeler on the project.
Who knows, maybe the team can even host a short Google Hangout from the remote project location and answer questions on coral and capturing underwater objects in 3D.
Another amazing example of the US Park Service using Autodesk Recap Photo Pro!
The video below of a 3D model was created by National Park Service Submerged Resources Center A/V Production Specialist / Deputy Chief Brett Seymour using Recap Photo Pro. Brett is one of the world's top professional underwater photography and videographers. It is really quite amazing to see how he operates with all the gear while SCUBA diving as he is a consummate professional and master. Just over a week ago I saw Brett diving with a large and expensive RED digital 4K cinema camera in an underwater housing and two big strobes which made it appear as if Brett was diving with the front of a small expensive car and maintained a fluid dive and controlled buoyancy throughout the dive.
Brett captured this WWII Corsair aircraft crash last week located just off Hawaii's Waikiki Beach in about 100 feet water depth.
Anyone that has attempted to create a 3D model of something on land and ran into challenges can appreciate how well both of these National Park Service professionals have mastered the process to get good results in such a challenging underwater environment.
Sly Lee is a Marine Ecologist and Toxicologist that has been exploring the use of technology to document coral and the marine ecosystem. Currently Sly is using photos of corals to generate 3D models using Autodesk Recap Photo to document coral and examine changes over time.
Sly is currently based on the island of Molokai Hawaii but spending much of February in Guam, Saipan, and Palau. I will be doing some underwater research work with Sly in May and am really looking forward to it.
Sly Lee's video of the coral 3D capture project.
You can explore a couple of the coral models interactively.
If you will be in San Francisco on February 6th, 2014 and love design and movies like me, then you better grab a ticket to one of the hottest monthly events in the city, Autodesk Design Night. The tickets go really fast for Autodesk's Design Night events.
The February 2014 Design Night theme is Making Movie Magic. Expect to learn about all wicked cool magic that is used behind the scenes with guest speakers like Rich McBride, VFX supervisor on the movie Gravity.
Get your tickets now before they vanish! http://autode.sk/movies
Lights, Camera, VFX (and popcorn)!
I will be there and hope to see you there.
My friend and Autodesk Colleague Tatjana Dzambazova, Technology Whisperer & Senior Product Manager IPG - Reality Capture sent me a great article she had written. It is great to see the www.africafossils.org evolved with more functionality and more comprehensive information. –Shaan
For six decades and three generations, the Leakey family has dedicated themselves to uncovering, understanding and promoting the story of our origins. They have been systematically discovering evidence of our ancestry in East Africa. The Leakey team have collected thousands of fossils of human ancestors and other animals, as well as stone tools and other artifacts that are stored permanently in the National Museums of Kenya and at the Turkana Basin Institute (www.turkanabasin.org).
Aware of the general inaccessibility of these national treasures in their current locations, Dr. Louise Leakey, a third generation of the ‘fossil hunter’ family, took it upon herself to find a way to make them globally accessible for educators, kids, and science enthusiasts. Inspired by the possibilities presented by new capture and digitization technologies, about two years ago Dr. Louise Leakey began a fruitful collaboration with Autodesk (www.autodesk.com). Together, the team captured 3D digital models of the most significant fossils, and built a beautiful, interactive web site to host them.
The dedicated web site www.africafossils.org hosts the collection of fossil models in a virtual laboratory, and allows for an interactive 3D viewing experience of the individual fossils (currently leveraging www.sketchfab.com).
The virtual lab allows the user to explore and pick up the displayed artifacts interactively
Additionally, one can search for specific specimens by categories such as species or age and compare them
Search by category, specimen or age
The 3D fossil can be interactively manipulated in browser, allowing for ‘digital touch’
Interactive comparison of modern human skull and early hominid skull in 3D
MAKING PHYSICAL REPLICAS OF THE OLD FOSSILS
The visitors can download the 3D digital models of the fossil,s for the purpose of making physical replicas under a creative commons license.
Downloads include 3D digitized models for 3D printing, as well as cardboard patterns (generated with Autodesk’s 123D MAKE http://www.123dapp.com/make) for recreating low cost physical replicas of the fossils using laser cutting or simple printer and scissors.
Digital 3D models and Cardboard patterns can be downloaded for creating physical replicas at home or at school
Cardboard assembly of a skull made from the downloadable cardboard patterns created with 123D Make
The 3D digitized fossils can be downloaded for 3D printing
In addition, the site is linked to social networks and has an inbuilt community forum where users can comment and share their creations and experiences.
The currently displayed 3D models have been digitized using Autodesk software (Autodesk’s ReCap Photo http://recap.autodesk.com and 123D Catch http://www.123dapp.com/catch ) The team is now complementing that capture with laser and structured light scanning.
www.africanfossils.org is under continuous development but it already hosts 3D digitized replicas of over 50 fossils. More fossils will be regularly added, as well as other planned improvements to the site.
Science can be accessible and fun, and thanks to the vision of Dr. Leakey with the support of Autodesk and the National Museums of Kenya, we now have a fantastic new way learning about our origins!
Kean Walmsley a friend and colleague of mine here at Autodesk wrote a nice blog post on his Through the Interface blog about something near and dear to my digital heart - capturing 3D geometry with textures using a aerial drones.
I remember as if it was just yesterday but it was actually a little over a year ago when myself and Gonzalo Martinez went to remote Northern Kenya to pilot Autodesk's octo copters and capture aerial imagery.
Autodesk has offices all around the world, but the crown jewel is the One Market office in San Francisco with it's beautiful view of the Ferry Terminal, Embarcadero as well as the Bay Bridge. For 5 years and at a cost of around 6.5 billion US dollars the new span has just been completed to replace the aged old span that was prone to potential failures during earthquakes, something the Bay Area is known to experience.
Experience the over 42,000 hours of construction of the 2.2 mile span in under four minutes. http://youtu.be/GDUIYZKlknk
In many cases architecture, engineering, design, and construction are art!
Check out more examples including a behind the scenes exhibit on the Bay Bridge at Autodesk Gallery at One Market (http://usa.autodesk.com/gallery/) that is open to the public every Wednesday and Friday.
An updated Autodesk ReCap Photo is now available. Create high quality professional grade 3D models from photos including high resolution TIFF images. http://bit.ly/12j2Zph. This is the product that is the professional higher resolution version of the extremely popular consumer focused Autodesk Photofly which then became the current Autodesk 123D Catch which is free.
Recently I visited with my friend Brock down at Fossilogic and captured some of his rare fossils in 3D using only my digital camera and then processing the photos using Autodesk ReCap Photo. One was of a Woolly Mammoth and the other a spiral tooth shark. Both of these as well as many others Brock works on for museums are the original fossils. The Spiral Tooth Shark (Helicoprion) was found stuck in a coal seam in a Utah coal mine and I am told many fossils are found in these coal mines after all coal is remnants of ancient plant material.
Using only 38 high resolution TIFF photos to automatically create a highly detailed 3D model and export the 3D geometry with textures to OBJ format and open in 3ds Max in minutes is amazing. There is no way I could accurately model some objects in 3D and texture them in the short time it takes to photograph and process them in Autodesk online image based modeling service Autodesk ReCap Photo.
Here is the Spiral Tooth Shark Tooth in 3ds Max showing the geometry and and a rendered frame.
Here is the Wooly Mammoth Skull model created using photos and ReCap Photo.
If you look closely, it even captured the geometry of the remnants of the mammoths left tusk.
You can capture many more things as textured 3D models using ReCap photo even out of this world items like meteorite specimens to most things around you provided they are not shiny and you properly photograph them following the instructions.
Create intelligent 3D data from photos and scans
Autodesk® ReCap™ delivers powerful and easy to use workflow on the desktop and in the cloud to create intelligent 3D models from laser scans and captured photos.
It is Summer for most of us in the Northern hemisphere which is time to for vacations, barbeques, and getting outdoors and doing things like hiking camping fishing etc. We have hit the mid-point of Summer and technically headed for the Fall next so every minute counts. I recognize some readers live in areas where the seasons are only “Hot and Hotter” or “Wet and Dry” instead of the four seasons. I do love having four seasons as each season has such unique things to enjoy, experience, and love.
Are you making the most of your Summer, or doing anything amazing? How are you readers down under spending your Winter time and are you ready for your impending Spring?
My last week’s activities in Utah included climbs totaling over 9900 vertical feet, tubing 16 miles of river, and sliding down natural granite waterfall slides. I don’t want to waste a minute of the warm (actually been very hot) Summer time.
Upcoming there is more hiking, climbing, holidays, Burning Man, Foam Fest 5k, Dirty Dash 10k, and so much more before Fall rolls in and I can slow down a little. I am trying to post photos to my Flickr Photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/btl/
OK, Back to Summer!
It is that time of the year again and fireworks are used for many events not just the US holiday Fourth of July. If you have a camera and have tried to photograph fireworks then you know how tricky and frustrating this can be. Here are some nice tutorials for capturing photos of fireworks.
While photos of the fireworks are awesome, don’t forget to set the camera aside and enjoy time outside the viewfinder with your friends and family as well.
Be safe and have a great 4th of July.
Fireworks photo credit Jeff Tamagini http://www.tamaginivisuals.com/
I am still getting back to speed after returning this week from 5 amazing days on Cozumel Island in Mexico. Cozumel is one of the top scuba and snorkel diving locations in the world, with the worlds second largest barrier reef. I had a ladder into the Caribbean located just 10 steps from the condo where I was staying in the Northern region of the island. I found the amazing Marazul condo on AirBnB.com which was all new to me but I will most definitely use the service more often as the location was like living in a fully furnished home instead of a hotel or resort experience. There was Wi-Fi, food, even beer in the fridge. It was a great deal of fun to go snorkeling on the reef within 5 minutes. I did swim and snorkel other locations up and down the island, but honestly preferred the abundance of coral and sea life behind the condo units. I took many underwater photos using my iPhone in a special Seashell case that was rated to 100 feet depth, luckily there were no leaks.
One of the highlights of the trip was getting to see the self-contained submarine Atlantis II. I helped design and fabricate this vessel about 16 years ago while working for a large metal fabrication company in Portland Oregon. The submarine was currently in Cozumel in dry dock for some maintenance before going back to work on the reef to the delight of tourists wanting a unique experience.
I took the ferry over to the mainland to Playa del Carmen which had amazing sandy beaches where the heat and beverages must have got to me. I found myself getting my feet made baby smooth by a tank of doctor fish that were setup in a special tank at a shop along the tourist trap lined street. I can’t remember when my feet were this soft.
Alas, nothing reminds you that you have returned from a tropical location and brings you to a screeching and stinking reality more than a fist sized dead crab in your backpack. Yes, I had a dead crab that made its way into my clothes before he decided to expire during the journey home…I have already heard all the jokes on this experience.