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Near-Infrared (850 nm) Pictures of the Nasca (Nazca) Lines in Peru

The Astronaut, Nasca, Nazca, Peru, Visible and IR images, (c) David Prutchi PhD

My daughter Abigail and I recently took a trip to Peru.  Along my Canon 6D, I took my modified Canon T1i so that I could take UV and IR pictures.  For our flight over the Nasca Lines I built a bracket to hold the cameras side-by-side, and rigged them to fire simultaneously when one of the shutter releases was depressed.

David Prutchi PhD with Visible and Infrared Cameras rigged for simultaneous shutter release Nazca Lines, Peru

Here I am with my cameras mounted on a diy bracket to take pictures simultaneously in visible and near-IR

Abigail and David Prutchi, Nazca Lines, Peru

We flew on board a Cessna Grand Caravan, and the movements over the lines are quite brisk, so I wasn’t able to focus and tweak exposure.  As such, I simply set focus to infinity, exposure to something that seemed reasonable, and hoped for the best.  Below are my results.  The only thing that I was not satisfied about is that I was not able to get good pictures from simultaneous shots.  By the way, no aliens were spotted anywhere  😉

The Hummingbird, Nasca (Nazca) Lines, Peru. Visible Light Image (c) David Prutchi PhD

The Hummingbird, Nasca (Nazca) Lines, Peru. Visible Light Image

The Hummingbird, Nasca (Nazca) Lines, Peru. Near-IR (850nm) Image (c) David Prutchi PhD

The Hummingbird, Nasca (Nazca) Lines, Peru. Near-IR (850nm) Image

"Hands" and "Tree" Nasca (Nazca) Lines next to observation platform and Panamerican Highway. Visible light Image. David Prutchi, PhD

“Hands” and “Tree” Nasca (Nazca) Lines next to observation platform and Panamerican Highway. Visible light Image

"Hands" and "Tree" Nasca (Nazca) Lines next to observation platform and Panamerican Highway. NIR Image (850 nm). David Prutchi, PhD

“Hands” and “Tree” Nasca (Nazca) Lines next to observation platform and Panamerican Highway. NIR Image (850 nm).

 

"Trapezoids", Nasca (Nazca) Lines, Peru. Near-IR image (850 nm). (c) David Prutchi PhD

“Trapezoids”, Nasca (Nazca) Lines, Peru. Near-IR image (850 nm)

 

The "Whale", Nasca (Nazca) Lines, Peru. Near-IR (850 nm) image. (c) David Prutchi, PhD

The “Whale”, Nasca (Nazca) Lines, Peru. Near-IR (850 nm) image.

 

More of my Nasca Lines pictures at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskrdsxCu