Royal High School, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Monday, June 20, 2011, 19:46 local, 18:46 U
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© 2011 James Gentles, All Rights Reserved.
EquipmentNikon 8400 with FC-E9 Lens. Homemade camera cradle/rig, triggered by a gentLED intervalometer. Suspended below a Dan Leigh R8 Cruiser 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 madeI've had permission to shoot here for a couple of years, it was a matter of getting the weather, and access, to match up with time I was free. When the Family theme was announced I just had to make this happen!
The challenge with WWP is getting the right wind and the right light within the shooting window.
The shoot finally took place in the evening, on my third visit to the site that day - waiting on the wind!
With large playing fields on the windward side of the school the kite finally lifted into the air. Once high in the sky it 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.
Let out more kite line and the camera climbed above the school.
The camera automatically took over 200 images, many were rejected, only one was used for the final picture - hopefully you like the results!