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Brandon Kopp
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Helsinki Cathedral | Helsinki, Finland

I was lucky enough to catch some small piece of sky on one night in Helsinki.  I even saw a bit of color at sunset. Even though the weather didn't cooperate, one thing that was spectacular was the lack of people.  I spent about 45 minutes out here on this night taking pictures from different angles. I saw maybe a dozen people in that time, mostly people heading home.  

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National Parks 

A fun byproduct of my assembly of National Park visitor statistics was a table outlining the names, locations, websites, and descriptions of 365 of the more than 400 properties managed by the National Park Service.

I haven't been the biggest fan of the new +Google Maps, but in exploring the new interface I've seen the option to upload a spreadsheet. I gave it a try today and just like that, a table of numbers and letters was turned into this colorful (hopefully useful) map.

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zqY-hEQcTB9Y.kyMi74mdHw4s

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Hi +Adam Hoke. There's not much detail here, but this should give you an idea.  Most of my maps were created using the old map system.  I'm not sure if some of the stuff I talk about in this article is even possible anymore (e.g., building a map in Google Maps and then opening it in Earth).  I should probably revise it.

http://www.brandonkopp.com/PhotoBlog/Entries/2013/3/12_Planning_Photo_Adventures_(My_Photography_Toolbox).html
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National Park Visitor Statistics

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I've posted about this several times recently, but this is big. I expanded my National Parks visitor dataset from the 59 national parks to 365 properties managed by the National Park Service.  

I started using the National Park Visitor statistics website to plot monthly averages for different parks so I could plan to travel at times that had a good balance of decent weather and fewer visitors.  Since then it's become a passion project to learn how to automate the retrieval of this information and present it in a useful way.  I made a quantum leap this week when I discovered the National Park Service offered access to these stats through an API.  I learned some new skills in Excel and automated the retrieval and combination of these data files.  Once I figured that out, it was easy to expand from 59 to 365.

I hope you find these useful and fun. Note that these show monthly and annual statistics.  Let me know if you have any questions. If you're interested in embedding these graphs in your website feel free. I can also help talk you through it.

http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=frcptga3dmm4s_&ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=recvisitsa&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=designation&idim=park:SHEN:BLRI:GRSM&ifdim=designation&ind=false

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Grand Teton National Park | http://nationalparks.brandonkopp.com

I've seen a lot of traffic coming to my National Parks blog lately, so I've been trying to spruce it up a bit.  This post is on a trip I took to the Grand Tetons a couple years ago. I added videos of a hike in Cascade Canyon and what it's like to take photos at Schwabacher's Landing.  I also added some info about where I stayed and where I ate while there. All of which I would highly recommend.

If you do visit the site and see anything missing or anything you'd like to see more information about, let me know. I have a lot more of these blogs left to write and I would like to improve them as I go along.

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One of the great things about Grand Teton National Park is that many of the iconic photo locations are along the main roads; Highway 191, Teton Park Rd., and Moose Wilson Rd. If you only have a couple days to spend in the park, you don't have to spend a lot of time hiking.
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Yellowstone National Park | http://nationalparks.brandonkopp.com

No national park blog would be complete without a post on Yellowstone. These are my experiences from a 4-day trip to the world's first national park.

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It might be hard to tell from the map below, but Yellowstone is huge. You definitely won't be walking around the park. I stayed at the Old Faithful Lodge and Cabins and mapped out quite a few spots around there (in the lower left). I also wanted to visit the Canyon area and Hayden Valley.
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National Parks Blog | http://nationalparks.brandonkopp.com

In May of 2013, I took a 5-day car trip around North and South Dakota. They are huge states and I spent almost as much time in the car as out of it, but it was a lot of fun. I grew up in North Dakota and never really appreciated the wonders around me until I moved to the densely packed east coast.  Now, I long for places where I can get away, enjoy nature and quiet.  

The main thrust of this trip was to see Theodore Roosevelt, Wind Cave, and Badlands National parks as part of my effort to visit the 59 National Parks.  Along the way, I saw some other great sites like South Dakota's Black Hills, Mount Rushmore, and others.  My blog posts on the three parks are linked below.

In these posts, I try to relay my experiences so that you have something you can build off of. Really, I just wanted another way to share my photos along with +Google Maps that I build for each trip and Google Public Datasets I built that show the average number of monthly visits to the parks and average weather conditions.

I hope you find these helpful. Feel free to offer comments on anything I can do to improve them. 

Theodore Roosevelt: http://www.brandonkopp.com/National_Parks/Entries/2015/2/14_Theodore_Roosevelt_National_Park.html

Wind Cave: http://www.brandonkopp.com/National_Parks/Entries/2015/2/13_Wind_Cave_National_Park.html

Badlands: http://www.brandonkopp.com/National_Parks/Entries/2015/2/6_Badlands_National_Park.html

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Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral | Helsinki, Finland

When I arrived in Helsinki on a Monday and found nearly everything closed, including the churches, I looked at the outside of them and thought "I bet there are some great interiors for vertoramas." It's been a long time since I've done a vertorama. I'd forgotten how rewarding and frustrating they are.  It's so difficult to make things symmetrical from bottom to top.  Some day I'll figure out a better way, but for now I'll be proud that I walked away with this one.

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National Park Visitor Stats 

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Have you ever wondered what is the busiest national park? Has visitation to my favorite park gone up over the years? 

You may have seen my previous post about Google Public Data Explorer and visitor statistics from the National Park Service.  I have been playing around with the construction of these datasets using the park service API and I updated the stats and added the ability to look at annual totals because it's much easier to see time trends.

My next goal is to scale this up to include more than just the 59 national parks.  The Park Service keeps visitor stats for 330 of its 400+ managed properties.  Now that I know how to use the API, it's a couple additional steps to bring in all the other parks.  

Feel free to ask me any questions about how this was constructed, how you can embed these interactive charts in your website, or anything else that comes to mind. I've had a lot of fun learning these things and would love to pass on some of the knowledge.

http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=l200laad515tp_&ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=recvisitsa&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=park&idim=park:ACAD:YELL:GRSM:GRCA:YOSE&ifdim=park&ind=false

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Acadia National Park | http://nationalparks.brandonkopp.com

In 2013, I spent 5 days in Acadia National Park during the government shutdown. I managed to catch the height of fall color and the park had a fraction of the visitors it normally does at that time of year. It was a great experience. In this article, I share my experiences there including where I stayed, where I ate, what I photographed, and where I hiked.

Please leave feedback in the comments below. I am always looking to improve. As I visit more parks, there will be plenty more of these write-ups, so I want to make them as useful as possible.

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National Park Visitor Statistics

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Have you ever wondered how much variability there is between the on and off season at a National Park? How visitation has changed over time? How one park compares to another? Well, most probably haven't.  For those of you that have, I compiled the visitation data for America's 59 flagship national parks into a single dataset.  The National Park Service keeps these stats, but they don't present them in graphical form.  

Feel free to play around with the data at the link below. Feel free to embed the data in your website. I plan on updating it once a year or so to keep it fresh.  If you have any questions about it, let me know.

http://www.google.com/publicdata/explore?ds=am9i9ocr0gjn7_&ctype=l&strail=false&bcs=d&nselm=h&met_y=recvisits&scale_y=lin&ind_y=false&rdim=park&idim=park:ACAD:YELL&ifdim=park&ind=false&icfg
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Glacier National Park | http://nationalparks.brandonkopp.com

It's been a productive weekend for blog writing. I am trying to catch up on writing articles about my past national park travel experiences before I embark on any more. I have a few posts left to write, but this one of a trip I took to Glacier with a friend back in 2012 is my favorite. We spent an amazing 4.5 days there. We had close encounters with grizzlies, saw amazing landscapes, and hiked nearly 50 miles.

There is information about where we stayed and what we managed to fit into each day. I hope you find it helpful. 

Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions.

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I love photography.  More specifically, I love the experiences that allow me to take pictures, the fun I have finding and framing pictures, the technical skill required to choose the appropriate settings, and the sense of pride I get when I show my quality shots to my friends and family.  Now, I'm looking to share my photos with the world by widening my presence on social media.

I got started in 2004 when, prior to a military deployment to Europe, I bought my first digital camera (a Canon Powershot A70).  That year I took more than 2000 pictures of everything from the Eiffel Tower to Army training.  I began to appreciate the ability to document and share my experiences in such an easy and inexpensive way.

Since then I've accumulated new equipment (I currently use a Nikon D300) and some new skills (I love HDR and have recently started doing some timelapse).  Photography really became more than just a hobby for me when I moved to Washington, DC and had an endless array of amazing places to photograph.  I've spent most of the last year and a half taking pictures of the sites in DC, going back to some places over and over until I get pictures I'm satisfied with.  Over this time I've accumulated knowledge about where and when to go, where you'll get hassled about having a tripod, and other things.  I started a blog where I pass along this information and post information about upcoming photography events in DC.  The blog is called http://www.PhotoTourismDC.com

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