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Packing for the National Honey Bee Survey by Dennis vanEngelsdorp

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Dennis vanEngelsdorp Dennis vanEngelsdorp
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0.27 Gigapixels
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Date added
Mar 28, 2011
Date taken
Mar 10, 2011
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Field work is major part of what our research lab does here at Penn State University. I have been helping to conduct honey bee disease and pest surveys for four years under the supervision of Dennis vanEngelsdorp.

Most of our field work is run in conjunction with the USDA Bee Research Lab in Beltsville, MD. A majority of it takes place in California but we have also done field work in Maine, Massachusettes, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Florida, Pennsylvania, North Dakota, Idaho, and Hawaii.

The traveling is great and I thoroughly enjoy the field work. There is a lot of coordination that goes into the field work we do.

Before we can leave for the sampling trips we must purchase plane tickets, reserve hotel rooms and rental cars, contact beekeepers, pack and ship equipment and supplies, and map out the areas we will be visiting to collect our samples.

This Gigapan gives you an idea of the kind of thought and organization that goes into a sampling trip. I took this panorama the night before we left for our trip to Northern California. This sampling trip was part of Aphis’s National Honey Bee Survey.

I may be a little obsessive compulsive but I don’t know if you can ever be too organized. Most of what you see here is electronic and camera equipment we use to document our field work.

On a typical sampling trip we bring 3-4 digital cameras and a video camera. Because all of the electronic equipment we have is run on batteries it is imperative that we also pack extra batteries and chargers so that we can be sure that we don’t miss anything.

You can never tell when an excellent photo opportunity will arise so it has been my experience to always come prepared (even if that means lugging around an extra 30 pounds of equipment).

Take a look at some of the snapshots to see what I have packed and why.

The one thing you won’t see in the image is my fishing rod (even though it definitely came with me on the trip).

Unfortunately the week we were in Northern California it rained from the time we got off the plane until the time we left. The Sacramento River was muddy and high and could not be fished. Oh well, maybe next time!

Mike Andree


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GigaPan Stitch version 1.1.1241 (Windows)
Panorama size: 269 megapixels (24476 x 11024 pixels)
Input images: 210 (21 columns by 10 rows)
Field of view: 77.7 degrees wide by 35.0 degrees high (top=3.4, bottom=-31.6)
Settings:
Vignette correction on: c1=-0.0531 c2=-0.00154
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-03-10 21:22:13 - 2011-03-10 21:43:14
Aperture: f/8
Exposure time: 0.6
ISO: 1600
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 77.1 to 81.5 percent
Vertical overlap: 75.0 to 77.0 percent
Computer stats: 3509.84 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 16:25 (4.7 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 2:37, Projection: 4:59, Blending: 8:49
(Preview finished in 10:34)

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