2016 Schedule
ES 555 Small Format
Aerial Photography

ES 555 will meet by arrangement, in the GeoSpatial Analysis (GSA) Laboratory, SH 16, and at other locations. On-campus weekly review and lab sessions are on Tuesdays at 1:00-2:20 pm. Dates below reflect these Tuesday sessions (except the last week). Much of the lecture and laboratory material is presented via World Wide Web. Readings (pdf files) and datasets for lab exercises are provided by FTP. Lab exercises will be done mainly during the first half of the semester, and field trips will take place mid September until early November.

Aerial eye blog.

Schedule – Block I fall, 2016

Week Topic Web lecture Readings Exercise Special
Aug. 23 Course introduction SFAP introduction Preface
Chap. 1
Set up email
Aug. 30 Basic cameras and film Photography basics Chap. 2
Lab 1
Sep. 6 Basic photogrammetry Photogrammetry Chap. 3
Lab 2
DJI workshop
Sept. 9-10*
Sep. 13 Light and composition Lighting Chaps. 4 & 5
Lab 3
3DR workshop
Sept. 16-17*
Sep. 20 Cameras & film, digital
cameras, film scanners
Digital imagery Chap. 6
Lab 4
Sep. 27 Camera mounts FTP comics1-3.pdf
Chap. 7
Lab 5
Oct. 4 SFAP platforms SFAP platforms Chap. 8 Field trips
Oct. 7-9
Oct. 11 Mid-term comics4-7.pdf Mid-term exam
Oct. 10-14

* On-campus students must participate in one workshop.

Schedule – Block II fall, 2016

Week Topic Web lecture Reading Exercise Special
Oct. 18 Ground survey
Legal issues
GPS applications
SFAP legal issues
Chap. 9
Lab 6
Fall break
Oct. 25 Photo interpretation Image interpretation Chap. 10 Complete labs
Nov. 1 Image processing Chap. 11 Prepare report
Nov. 8 SFAP applications Chap. 12 & 13 Prepare report Field trips
Nov. 11-13
Nov. 15 SFAP applications Chap. 14 & 15 Prepare report
Nov. 22 Draft report due Late labs due Thanksgiving
Nov. 29 SFAP applications Chap. 16 & 17 Revise report
Dec. 6 SFAP applications Chap. 18 & 19 Reports due
Dec. 12 Finals week Final exam
Dec. 9-13

Note: all lab exercises must be turned in by Thanksgiving.
No late exercises will be accepted thereafter.

SFAP field trips

All-day, field trips are scheduled on weekends beginning in mid September through early November (see above). One-day trips may take place, depending on weather, including Veterans Day. In addition, an overnight weekend trip to western Kansas is scheduled for Oct. 7-9. We will stay at Fort Dodge (near Dodge City). There may be a small fee for lodging and meals; details are still under development.

Each trip will depart from and return to the north "gray" parking lot (next to practice athletic fields). Students should bring their lunch/beverage and wear appropriate field clothing. For more details, check the course blog as the time draws closer. The purpose of trips is to gain hands-on experience with kite and blimp aerial photography. We will probably take three to four trips, depending on weather conditions—sunny sky, temperature >50 °F (10 °C), and zero to 20 mph wind. All local and nearby students are expected to participate in these trips. More distant students must make arrangements for their own aerial photography field project.

Our main theme for field trips will be water resources of the central Great Plains. Several of these sites have been monitored for many years by your instructor and ESU students for long-term documentation of water, soil, vegetation, and wildlife conditions during drought and flood episodes.

Selected SFAP sites
Fort Dodge state historical site and Kansas Soldiers Home. Left: Custer House, the residence for officers, constructed of Dakota sandstone. Right: dry channel of the Arkansas River which shows evidence of a recent fire. For more information, see Fort Dodge.
Horse Thief Canyon is the newest large dam and reservoir in Kansas, located in Hodgeman County in the Blue Hills physiographic region. After partial filling in the wet year of 2010 (left), the reservoir remained low until last year. Runoff of a single large storm in May of 2015 caused the lake to rise 11 feet overnight, and the floodgates were opened in the last week of May for the first time since the dam was constructed in 2009. Kite aerial photo taken on May 31, 2015 (right). For more information, see Horse Thief Canyon.
The dam at Finney Wildlife Area was built in the 1930s to impound a sizable lake, but most years the basin is dry nowadays. Left: small puddle of water during the wet year 2010. Right: substantial water body in 2015, an exceptionally wet year. For more information, see Finney Wildlife Area.
After being completely dry in the autumn of 2012 (left), the Nature Conservancy marsh complex at Cheyenne Bottoms was flooded by heavy rain and runoff in August of 2013, and remained full of water in 2014 (right). Similar views looking toward the northwest with Hoisington in the background. For more information, see Cheyenne Bottoms.
Lake Kahola, a small lake in the Flint Hills of east-central Kansas. Built in the 1930s as a water-supply reservoir for the city of Emporia, the lake is now privately owned for recreational purposes. Winter view with partial ice cover. Dam and spillway at the far end of view (left); shore ice and complete ice cover toward west end (right). For more information, see Lake Kahola.
Photos © J.S. and S.W. Aber

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