Things you will need:
- A GPS capable device
- A camera (preferably 10 + megapixels) with at least a 28mm lens. You don’t need a fancy DSLR to take good photos.
- Prints of the historic photos in the area you are planning on traveling in.
- And of course, all the other personal and safety gear necessary for traveling in the backcountry.
Before leaving home:
- Visit the sections on repeating photographs in either the Sierra Nevada or the Andes
- Find the area you will be traveling in and download the photo documents.
- These documents contain the historic photograph, information about its location, and the GPS coordinates for the photopoint.
- We also have .gpx files to download these coordinates onto your GPS unit.
- Print these photos out on standard paper. We like double-sided as it’s lighter to carry in the backcountry.
Check out this video for some more specific information on the process of repeating photos in the field.
In the field:
- Navigate to the photo location using a GPS and looking at the historic photo. Pay attention to the landscape, you should be able to see roughly where the photo was taken from.
- Once you find it, get excited! You are looking at a view of the past, standing where someone else stood maybe a century ago…
- Take the photo!
- We have included the approximate time of day for each photo as it is great to match up the shadows. If you are not at a photo point at the right time, don’t worry, we still really appreciate the data.
On returning home:
- Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com your photo as an attachment.
- Please include the name of the photopoint, and any other notes about weather, time of day, changes you notice, etc.
- Let us know how your experience repeating a historic photo was. We’d love to hear what you think about seeing these differences in these alpine regions!