National Geographic : 2009 Mar
INSIDE GEOGRAPHIC PHOTOS: SUSAN STERNER TOP ; TYRONE TURNER PEOPLE BEHIND THE STORIES ■ Matthew Teague The writer of this issue's "The Sinai" sum- mited Mount Sinai at dawn--- and nearly "lost his religion," he says, trying to do so. He was also beaten to the top by choir-singing nuns. "Only the irony saved me," says Teague. "But then the sun rose, the light washed over us, and everything seemed all right." ■ Kenneth Brower To write about blue whales in "Still Blue," Brower spent days and nights at sea. He says it was oddly calming, even in a storm. "In our bunks," he says, "we were in constant movement. For the seasick, it was awful. But I was 'seawell' and found myself soothed. I wondered how I ever slept without it." ON ASSIGNMENT Hot Shots Photographer Tyrone Turner wasn't doing anything nefarious. For this month's story on energy conservation, he used an infrared camera (below) to take pictures of heat leaking from houses, cars, and the Brooklyn Bridge (bottom). The camera, typically employed to find overheating machinery, shows temperature; red is hottest and blue is coldest. The problem is that it looks like a video camera, and to get the best pictures of houses, Turner had to work in the cold, some- times in the middle of the night. He also had to take dozens of pictures from the same spot, so he couldn't get up to explain when a neighbor at one house came out to write down his license plate number. "It's not like I was trying to hide from anyone," says Turner. "I'd be standing in the middle of the street." He managed to finish the story without being arrested. An infrared image made on a cold day shows Manhattan's sky as dark blue.