ES 555 Small Format
|Aug. 23||Course introduction||SFAP introduction||Preface|
|Set up email ||Aug. 30 ||Basic cameras and film ||Photography basics ||Chap. 2 ||Sep. 6 ||Basic photogrammetry ||Photogrammetry ||Chap. 3 ||DJI workshop|
|Sep. 13 ||Light and composition ||Lighting ||Chaps. 4 & 5 ||3DR workshop|
|Sep. 20 ||Cameras & film, digital|
cameras, film scanners
|Digital imagery ||Chap. 6 ||Sep. 27 ||Camera mounts ||FTP comics1-3.pdf|
|Chap. 7 ||Oct. 4 ||SFAP platforms || SFAP platforms ||Chap. 8 ||Field trips|
|Oct. 11 ||Mid-term || comics4-7.pdf ||Mid-term exam |
* On-campus students must participate in one workshop.
|Oct. 18||Ground survey|
SFAP legal issues
|Chap. 9||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. 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 |
Note: all lab exercises must be turned in by Thanksgiving.
No late exercises will be accepted thereafter.
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.
|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.|
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