Seminar 4: Aerial Images, Sunday, November 26, 2017


Aerial Images: How I record aerial images from drones, infrared imaging and high magnification macro images.
Speaker: Paul Illsley

Paul possesses over 35 years of photographic experience with a specialty in research imaging, photomicrography, and airborne imaging. Paul’s images have been published by National Geographic, used by The Royal Canadian Mint in the form of a coin and by Canada Post in the form of a stamp. His images have been featured in international publications, used by Parks Canada as well as other national and international government organizations.

Paul has served as imaging specialist on a NASA and National Geographic sponsored airborne laser mapping (LiDAR) project in the Peruvian Andes and as an instructor of Cartography, Remote Sensing, and Research Imaging on the Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) in Alaska. Paul is an award winning graduate and former Instructor of Remote Sensing and Digital Mapping in the Cartography department at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS) in Nova Scotia, Canada where he specialized in digital cartography as well as aerial imaging and remote sensing, he has experience developing compact airborne imaging systems and has been a cartographic consultant for the Discovery Channel and underwater imaging consultant for the History Channel.

In addition to his cartographic and research imaging experience Paul has served as a reconnaissance specialist with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and holds certifications in both parachuting as well as SCUBA diving. Paul possesses conflict resolution training as well as experience in group counseling programs in federal penitentiaries and enjoys free time activities such as kayaking, hiking and nature photography.

As a former member and formation counselor in an ecumenical Franciscan monastic community, Paul continues to benefit from his studies and experiences in monasteries throughout North America including a time of residency in Thomas Merton’s hermitage at The Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico, Little Portions and St. Elizabeth’s Friary in New York, Mount St. Frances Monastery in Alberta, Zen Mountain Monastery in New York, The Cistercian-Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Calvary in New Brunswick, St. Augustine’s Monastery and Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia.nciscan monastic community, Paul continues to benefit from his studies and experiences in monasteries throughout North America including a time of residency in Thomas Merton’s hermitage at The Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico, Little Portions and St. Elizabeth’s Friary in New York, Mount St. Frances Monastery in Alberta, Zen Mountain Monastery in New York, The Cistercian-Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Calvary in New Brunswick, St. Augustine’s Monastery and Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia.