National Geographic : 2009 Oct
• INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOS CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT : MICHAEL NICHOLS, NG STAFF; MARK THIESSEN, NG STAFF; NATHAN WILLIAMSON IONAAWEBCAMADOG GLIBAARCADEAIBI ODDSANDENDSASOL REROUTEACESAREA SNERDAALUNULAAA AAAB I TSANDP I ECE AFRATOURAAAALOV GOODSANDSERV I CE ETTUAAAAAT I EAOR SOCKSANDSHOE SAA AAAEDD I ESAARASP HEADSETSAB I ENN I ACROAPROSANDCON TR IMAT I TTLEATON SUDSASCOLDSAAPA E D E N A S E S E A Y A SIR GeoPuzzle Answers ON ASSIGNMENT Team Redwood "The world is going to wonder how we got that picture," says Nick Nichols about the foldout photograph in this month's issue (a two-by-six-foot fine art print is now available for purchase at PrintsNGS.com). "It was a total team effort." After a year of talks and planning, photog- rapher Nichols, National Geographic Senior Editor Ken Geiger, and several additional team members figured out how to shoot the massive, 1,500-year-old redwood: They tethered a rope between two trees and from it hung a pulley system carrying three cameras. As the cameras descended, Nichols---on the ground nearby---shot pictures remotely from a laptop computer. It took three weeks of predawn attempts, but finally, in one morning, they captured the 84 images that make up the foldout. After the shoot Geiger spent more than 120 hours digitally stitching them together to create what Nichols now lovingly calls "the collaborative composite." Sporting helmets since branches can break and fall, an expert crew (top) helps Nick Nichols and Ken Geiger (above) solve a redwood photo riddle. Society Updates NG EXHIBITIONS Tickets are on sale now for "Terra Cotta Warriors: Guardians of China's First Emperor." Performance artist Cheng Chi Chang (above) toured Washington, D.C., this spring touting the exhibit, which opens on November 19, 2009, and runs until March 31, 2010, at the National Geographic Museum. Visit warriorsdc.org for exhibition details. NG CHANNEL What secrets lie in the past--- and future---of the world's tallest trees? National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay and Humboldt State University's Steve Sillett find out in Climb- ing Redwood Giants, airing September 29 at 10 p.m. on the National Geographic Channel. NG FILMS Former NG All Roads grant recipient Cherien Dabis's Amreeka is the humorous but tender tale of a Palestinian mother's immigration to the United States. Amreeka, a National Geographic Entertain- ment film, is in theaters now.