Larkin Carey

Larkin Carey

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Flying formation Alta 8's was an amazing exercise in inter-pilot communication and maneuvering skill; and opening up full throttle alongside a high-speed train at sunset was one of the top-piloting moments of the last 6 years... @skysightrc projects always crank it to the next level! A pleasure and an honor to provide dual @falkoraerials pilots on this project, on dual @freeflysystems Alta8 systems dual movi dual @reddigitalcinema cameras and push through 50 flight packs from dawn until dusk... a heck of a shoot! colorado freeflysystems octocopter aerialcinematography

13 Days ago
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Connecting the last optical fiber I took a deep breath and relaxed for a moment in my harness, easing stiff muscles and tight nerves from the hours of focused careful movement I had just completed. I turned onto my back and, WOW!! For the first time I could really see the magnitude of where I was: harnessed in over JWST's primary mirror, looking out at the view the telescope will see, as well as the reflection of myself and the whole system in the secondary mirror. I paused briefly to soak it in. This photo taken shortly after captures this, the most meaningful moment of my last 13 years working on JWST, as well as critical scientific info we needed before starting our final system cryo-vac test. To see more about the science side of this image check out the recent writeup from @nasawebb including a couple more really stunning images https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/self-portrait-of-nasa-s-james-webb-space-telescope-marks-critical-test As we continue moving towards final integration and launch of this mission, I find myself feeling so fortunate to get to continue working alongside the best team I've ever known to prepare and help JWST to begin it's next and most important scientific chapter... It's been interesting straddling being an optics engineer on this project as well as running @falkoraerials and being the primary pilot for all of our projects. I have shifted a bit since the release of ChasingCoral on netflix this summer and have been fully immersed in NASA work as we move to finish up JWST. We all balance things in our freelance life, and it's both difficult and wonderful to set down the aerial camera for awhile and put on the cleanroom suit and nitrile gloves. I miss the rugged adventures deeply, but am so fulfilled by putting my energy into this project. I am happy to trade hats for awhile. Wishing you all the best in your balancing or work/work/life/adventure/family/side-hustle or whatever it is you are sharing your time with.

34 Days ago
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What we do to deepen our perspective of the universe is the most worthwhile ingredient of all human experiences. It is the soul of each trip to a new continent, each new mountain climbed, river kayaked, friend made, adventure undertaken, and why we strive to create the most powerful film moments artistic vision, technology, experience, and ingenuity are capable of. Sunrise flight to the center of totality yesterday aboard a challenger300. But as wonderful as such a flight was (and to not say hi to TSA for once) the solar system stole the show with its eclipse antics, as nothing else I have experienced has given the kind of visceral perspective on how our little sun-earth-moon system works. What a day! What a life!

116 Days ago
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The unexplored in this world is so vast, so full of deep unknowns, future adventures, secrets waiting to be discovered... The team is back in Peru for losttempleoftheinca with a quiver of technology to document the science, explore the many unknown corners that exist there, dive new sites, and tell the complex story of that place. I'm not there this trip (and neither are a lot of us who have been in the past), but our thoughts are, as the team heads into the field, a difficult and beautiful lake at 16,000ft hiding many secrets, and the source of much belief and spirit in the Incan world. Follow along on this one, it's complex, and fascinating, and one of the most meaningful exploration stories of our world today. openrov explore natgeo natgeoadventure scuba drysuitdiving highaltitudediving underwaterphotography scubapro nauticam drone underwaterarcheology inca conservationfilm adventurefilm mountainfilmcommitmentgrant

122 Days ago
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Our friends over at @roam just put out this great RoamReport on chasingcoral. - Coral reefs are among the most diverse and important ecosystems on the planet—and they are dying before our very eyes. To uncover why, @ChasingCoral director @JeffOrlowski and a team of scientists and divers embarked on a three-year adventure to capture 500+ hours of underwater footage from reefs around the globe. In timelapses, the team documented how rising ocean temperatures cause mass bleaching of coral. Watch the results seen in the powerful new documentary @ChasingCoral available on @netflix. Healthy coral reefs support a quarter of all marine life, feed a billion people, generate $36 billion in revenue and millions of tourism jobs, and protect our coastlines from tsunamis, hurricanes, and floods. “We live at a unique moment in time where we can change history,” says Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who brought his expertise in climate change and coral reefs to the film. “It’s not too late for coral reefs.” Learn what you can do to help at Chasing Coral.com. @exposurelabs @50reefs @coral_buff @theoceanagency @viewintotheblue @falkoraerials

135 Days ago
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Here we go! Now streaming on Netflix, chasingcoral is released to the world. This one is a conversation starter, and we're very curious what it brings up for you. The process of making the film changed my life significantly over the last couple years, my views, my appreciations and concerns for our world. I suggest watching it with friends (link in profile) and then engaging with each other on what you love, hate, do and don't care about, what changes might be possible, and aren't possible. I wish one of us for the team could be there in each of your living rooms, but the next best is to engage after. Feel free to comment, email, call if you feel the driving desire to chat. I hope you enjoy our journey and feel more alive afterwards. ❤🌎🌏🌍 coralbleaching netflixandcoral greatbarrierreef

155 Days ago
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When we first got to Australia the @chasingcoral team didn't truly comprehend the magnitude of what we were going to witness; the greatbarrierreef was still happy and healthy, our spirits were high, we were working hard, exploring, scouting, diving daily in a stunning underwater environment; we were making a movie! Five months later the team had witnessed the distruction of the northern part of the reef, spirits were battered, equipment was battered, humans were battered, but I know there is no place @coral_buff or @jefforlowski would have rather been during the bleaching. Making a film about something the team deeply cares about is that way, it changes the soul to witness such an event, and chasingcoral is as much about the changing underwater world as it is about the humans who change with it. Netflix release in three days! And I'm so excited to hear your thoughts on the film.

159 Days ago
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JWST is suspended in Chamber A at NASA-JSC as this photo taken by @thelightandthelens shows. A few minutes ago we closed the doors and are now going through the final checks before starting the 100 day cryo-vac test that verifies end-to-end telescope capabilities prior to launch. I'm here as an optical engineer for most of the Spring, Summer, and Fall helping with the testing and readiness for our 2018 launch. It's an environmentally harrowing test at vacuum and almost -400F as we put everything through the paces and begin the most thorough preflight-check NASA can dream up. This incredibly long road (since 2004 for me and much longer for humanity), gets more and more exciting as we continue to move closer to putting this amazing telescope into space. universeaerials engineering JWST space science ESA CSA arianespace workingsaturdays 24/7 spaceishard

161 Days ago
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The tech and science involved in @chasingcoral was astounding sometimes. Here we are in a dry lab at @heron_island_research_station in 2016 prepping gear while the team scouts for a location to install the first underwater long-duration time-lapse camera on the greatbarrierreef. Custom everything, aerial cameras, underwater systems, scientific systems, lasers, underwater time-lapse systems, electronics and power systems to keep everything running, as well as the specialists to turn the whole room full of scientific gadgets into a meaningful story. netflixoriginal release in nine days! heronisland octocopter chasingcoral aerialcinematography climatechange heronislandresearchstation underwatercinematography freeflysystems nauticam netflix drone

164 Days ago
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Eleven days until we get to share @chasingcoral with the world! It's been powerful to see the response so far, the appreciation for the great work of @jefforlowski and the rest of the team across the planet, the story of @coral_buff and film and science efforts to document the changing oceans. aerialcinematography reddragon shotonred octocopter freeflysystems netflix netflixoriginal flykde alta8 freeflyers

166 Days ago
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The high country on the outskirts of bearsearsnationalmonument and canyonlandsnationalpark is full of amazing ruins from the people who were here long before we started climbing and running cattle on that land. What will future generations see when they go there? Will the remnants left by climbers and cowboys join the ancients as memories? Or have we reached a sustainable stewardship of the delicate land? Aerial shot of home-base for the cowboyandtheclimber with @jamesqmartin and @m_attredd earlier this month, two men who on paper are very different, but out in the desert are obviously hewn from the same gritty stuff that makes up that special kind of human who gets and loves The West in a way that comes from learning most of your life lessons alongside the sunrises and open starry nights of the Southwest. utah aerialcinematography aerialphotography patagonia clifbar nikonnps nikon drone indiancreek

181 Days ago
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Where the Wild Things Play releases today! Check out @krystlejwright's spot-on vision and creative grit! One of the favorite up-beat short pieces at @mountainfilm this year, and shooting the aerials was pure backcountry-fun! outdoorresearch @cakemusic ski snowboard highline aerialcinematography basejump

187 Days ago
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These are working horses: they spend their days riding hard in the heat up near the bearsearsnationalmonument helping to pull cattle out of canyons and work them up into the high country for the summer. It's too tight of quarters for anything but a horse, and so they, plus a couple dogs, and a few experienced cowboys have been the tools of choice for ranching for generations. I spent the week with @jamesqmartin and @m_attredd exploring this country filming for their amazing story TheCowboyandTheClimber learning a few of the secrets of this beautiful land and recording some of the most stunning desert aerials I've been a part of. Leaving with a new appreciation for this country and the people, animals, and life who have made it their home for thousands of years. utah aerialcinematography climb ranch patagonia nikon yeti clifbar

188 Days ago
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Mountainfilm has become a bit of an annual reminder of why the F&$ are we doing this?! The inspiration of this place, the art, the story telling, is infectious in the most amazing way... let's get out and make, tell stories, create movements, have adventures! It's been quite a journey since telluride last year. Memories of a morning aerial mission with @skysightrc @mattsegal and @cedarwright in a different life just one year ago mix with a few favorites over this past year with @krystlejwright and @chasingcoral specifically. Check out films by both with our aerials in them this weekend. Say hi! Let's get inspired together! ❤🌎 octocopter alta8 freeflysystems movipro shotonRED mountainfilm aerialcinematography

205 Days ago
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Off-grid time is so important. We spend much of our lives on phone calls, paperwork, prep, shoot, organize, unpack, clean, pack, fly, logistics of running a business in the modern world. It's essential to unplug everything and drop into a place where friends, good shoes, lunch, location of the escape, and how long the next rappel is are the important details. Enjoying our amazing planet on a few days off in the Utah desert. canyoneering secretcanyon adventure

220 Days ago
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This image, friend and NASA photographer Chris Gunn ( @thelightandthelens ) took of JWST shows me deep in my "other world" examining the primary mirror from a lift a week and a half ago during a lights-out inspection. I'm out in Washington DC for the spring helping with verification testing and final integration of the optical systems before thermal-vac and (finally) getting it ready for its trip to space. This image captures the mood of long days flowing into late nights, into early mornings as we move things towards completion on by-far the most ambitious project I've ever been a part of! since2004 hasselblad notaerials lightpainting

276 Days ago
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At NationalGeographic last night, @ladzinski doing what he does best (besides taking photos), making friends... Inspiring a packed house of newly minted adventurers and grizzled photographers; we're in for a whole new wave of @mikelibecki s and @paulnicklen s to help preserve, document and explore the planet; and I'm sure excited to see what we can accomplish when we go at life with the enthusiasm and hard work Keith does! natgeo natgeolive

282 Days ago
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'Denali' an amazing piece by my friend @rachel.pohl. internationalwomensday The aerial cinematography field (and my life) straddles two very male dominated careers: engineering and film. And the women in both of these stand out as exceptional, as humans, as engineers, filmmakers, photographers, artists, thinkers, strong members of our world, as friends. I am thankful today for each of the women that I look up to for your brave creativity and powerful minds. I got this print from Rachel after falling in love with the original hanging in her parents livingroom, because for me it represents the colorful, beautiful, adventurous way the feminine sees and experiences the wilderness, the universe, and each moment. It is a reminder to be that, appreciate it, and support it every day, because without its brilliance this existence would be a far dimmer experience. ❤️ aerialcinematography NASA falkoraerials JWST

283 Days ago
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Blizzard-Vision memories from a couple weeks ago as currently the snow continues to pile-up in the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies. @joshpovec captured this image of me and @krystlejwright discussing how exactly to accomplish* what we had set out to do. *accomplish in the extreme limit-pushing world of adventure photography means assembling a kick-ass team for an extremely difficult goal and then adapting it to fit the scale supported by nature in the moment. In this case working in -15F required an immediate re-plan, reframing to fit the conditions of the location. The whole team worked hard to tweak the strategy and jumped into the next three days of hard work with the fired-up energy of a team that thrives on working towards things that are on the the edge of possible. @calstrin @jeffreyshapiro @brianszymanski @whitmagro @3stringsproductions aerialcinematography aerialphotography alta8 freeflyers canonusa freeflysystems iceclimb shotonred canada

295 Days ago
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Dueling top-notch aerial setups pre-shoot checkout this week on one of the most technically exciting projects we've ever been on! w/ @skysightrc two alta8 two movipro redweapon6k redhelium8k airtoair aerialcinematography freeflyers octocopter paralinx connex

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