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EquipmentNikon 8400 with FC-E9 Lens. Home-made camera cradle / rig, triggered by a gentLED intervalometer. Suspended below a Flowform parafoil type kite with 30 square foot sail area.
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 at http://www.gentles.info/KAP/Rigs/index.htm?item=7 how Kite Aerial Photography is achieved at http://www.gentles.info/KAP/Overview/index.htm and the workflow at http://www.gentles.info/KAP/Gallery/Panotechnique/index.htm
Behind the scene : how this panorama was madeMaking these panoramas from cameras suspended from kites requires different techniques to ground panoramas, basically the camera platform isn't stable enough so this image consists of 2 hemispheres.
The NADIR hemisphere is taken from the kite offering the view looking down on the schene. The ZENITH hemisphere is taken from the ground, in this case it was taken about 40minutes later, from amongst the "line laundry" of tubes and crabs.
So, I've pushed reality a little but I hope you like the effect!