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Late in the Afternoon

James Gentles

School Family

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.

Caption

For 6 years my son has been part of the family at The Royal High School in Edinburgh, a school that can trace its roots back to 1128, although it has only occupied this site since 1968.

In just over a week he will leave school for the last time. In the opening view of the panorama, towards the left, there is a flight of steps out of the building leading to a paved area beside the playing fields. Once a year the door here, it was added after having been taken from the previous school building, which opens into the School Hall, is used.

On the last day of School he will shake hands with the Rector in the School Hall and symbolically leave schools forever by passing into the world through the door and down the steps.

He will still be part of the family, but now an alumni.

Additional Caption: Behind the scene : how this panorama was made ▼


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Location

Europe / UK-Scotland

Lat: 55° 57' 50.4" N
Long: 3° 17' 4.2" W

Elevation: 70m ASL + 40m AGL

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

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Equipment

Nikon 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 made

I'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!

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