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EquipmentNikon 8400 with FC-E9 Lens. Homemade camera cradle/rig, triggered by a gentLED intervalometer. Suspended below a Dan Leigh Trooper kite with 6ft/2m span.
This technique produces two hemispheres, and a different workflow in PTGui from the classic ground pano technique. This results in lower resolution BUT impossible angles!
See the rig, how Kite Aerial Photography is achieved, and the workflow.
Behind the scene : how this panorama was madeThe week before WWP I had visited the farm site and discounted a more picturesque farm steading because of overhead power lines. This location still had buildings that were over 200 years old but it was less busy with less equipment to see outside.
The challenge with WWP is getting the right wind and the right light within the shooting window. With the weather closing in I choose my day and arrived with a much stronger wind that I would have liked. I choose to fly the "Trooper" kite, specially designed for high wind, with a 50foot tail to help stability.
Once high in the sky the kite became stable enough to attach the camera that weighs 1.4Kg (3lbs). Always a nervous time as the fisheye lens has no protection should it touch the ground.
The camera automatically took around 150 images, hopefully you like the results!