Data Mining the Silver Peppermints

Camera Station #8. Simulated one month exposure biased towards UV light.

Camera Station #8 looks at a grove of Silver Peppermint Eucalyptus trees at Windgrove.  Windgrove’s name may have come from this grove – at least it is very windy there and the sounds and movements of the trees in the wind are beautiful. I ended up with almost 400 images from this station taken over 5 weeks. I am using this as a way to experiment with “data-mining” the information (images). What I mean is that I am biasing the final image by emphasizing certain images that have matching attributes: wavelength, time of day, weather, etc. This next image is an overlay of the almost 400 separate images.  It is simply the mean (average) of all of them.  Other forms of stacking can showcase the brightest, darkest, or median at each pixel’s location. Other times, only layers with a certain attribute can be activated.

The following images and their captions give some examples of emphasizing certain aspects.

I should note that I agree with the old adage that artists seek and embrace ambiguity in their work, whereas scientists spend most of their careers trying to remove ambiguity from their work.  This slow exposure work may draw on aspects of visualization science, but in the end Artistic License will usually win out over the Scientific Method.  I use the word “bias” because it helps give the impression that subjective judgment is in play here.

Camera Station #8. Simulated one-month exposure biased towards deep infrared.
Camera Station #8. Simulated one-month exposure biased towards windy days.
Camera Station #8. Simulated one-month exposure biased towards golden hours (sunrise and sunset).

And here is a typical snapshot from the camera’s location.

Camera Station #8. Typical snapshot from the camera’s location.

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