How does photography connect us

David Griffin, Director of Photography at National Geographic, gave a great talk at TED about how photography connects us, and the stories that the best photos tell.

Jasper Dark Sky Preserve featured in Canadian Geographic

The recently announced Jasper Dark Sky Preserve is featured in the April 2011 Canadian Geographic with a 12 page spread. Read Preserving the night skies, Jasper takes the lead, on the Canadian Geographic website.


Tips on taking night photographs

Leading star and northern lights photographer Yuichi Takasaka gives some great tips on how to take successful night photos. Yuichi was the photographer for the recent Canadian Geographic article on Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve.

Jasper Dark Sky Preserve largest in the world

Jasper National Park was declared the world’s largest Dark Sky Preserve today. Dark Sky Preserves (DSP) are areas designated by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC) that promote responsible lighting, offer public observing sites for quality night sky viewing, and have active and engaging public outreach programs about astronomy and responsible lighting. They also demonstrate leadership in responsible lighting within their facilities. Including Jasper, there are currently 11 sites in Canada that have received DSP designation. This is more than all of the other DSPs in the world combined.

Jasper is not only the biggest DSP in the world, but also larger than all other preserves combined. The park offers great night sky observation opportunities, such as this halo around a moon on a cold winter night just outside of the town of Jasper. More information about observation sites, clear sky forecasts and maps can be found on

Halo around the moon over Whistler mountain, Jasper National Park.

Canadian Geographic issue on Parks Canada

Canadian Geographic is dedicating their April issue to Parks Canada’s 100th anniversary. Jasper is featured in one of the cover stories. Don’t miss the issue!

San Fransisco time lapses

I am a big fan of time lapse videos. Here are two very cool ones from San Fransisco. The first one is not all that different from the timelapse of Vancouver.

The Unseen Sea from Simon Christen on Vimeo.

Steaming City from Simon Christen on Vimeo.