Photographer's Note

It was a cold day in Boston with chunks of ice floating on the Charles River, far less inviting outside than in the cozy atrium of the Boston Museum of Science where I took the photo. We were there to tour the exhibition, "Da Vinci: the Genius." Leonardo (1452-1519) was the quintessential Renaissance Man, master of all fields and an ornament to our species. The exhibition featured over 140 replicas of the great Florentine's inventions, notebooks, and a reproduction of his dozen or so paintings.

Most of us on Trekearth shoot photos of file size from a few Megapixel up to 16 Megapixels. The specialized camera invented by the French engineer Pascal Cotte shoots photos of 240 Megapixel file size. It peers into 14 different regions of the electromagnetic spectrum — from the ultraviolet to the infrared, as well as in the very short x-ray region. The camera was employed in studying the Mona Lisa. Previously unknown features were revealed, such as the under-drawing and Leonardo's habit of changing the design as he worked and the question of the missing eyelashes and eyebrows. They had originally been there but removed inadvertently by the cleaning of the painting's surface during the past 500 years.

The technology that went into displaying Leonardo's creations would have pleased the great master. The combination of the sun peaking between the clouds, its reflections on the Charles River, and seen through the tinted glass makes a compelling vision. It is my New Year's Greeting to all my friends at Trekearth. May 2017 signal health, happiness, prosperity and peace to all, and may it surprise us all with a return of common sense.

I shot the photo with my iPhone 6 Plus that would have even impressed Leonardo.

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