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Best Of 2009 (January 1st - December 30th, 2009)

Philip Giles

Bonifacius Bridge

James Gentles

Los Hervideros (Boiling Waters)

Lanzarote, Islas Canarias, España

February 19, 2009, 14:51 UTC (15:51 local)

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Los Hervideros (or "Boiling Waters") are a series of strange shaped rock formations where molten lava solidified as it met the ocean. As the name implies the sea bubbles and boils in the lava caves, chimneys and arches created by erosion, especially when there are heavy Atlantic swells.

Looking inland you can see the post-volcanic landscape left after this part of the island was riven with huge volcanic eruptions in the 1730s, which lasted over 6 years. Whilst rendering the island almost uninhabitable at the time they have left a unique landscape here, and elsewhere a fertile soil.
See more Kite Aerial Photography at http://www.gentles.info/KAP


Europe / Spain

Lat: 28° 57' 16.71" N
Long: 13° 49' 58.72" W

Elevation: Sea Level plus 50m

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.


Nikon 8400 with FC-E9 Lens. Homemade camera cradle/rig, triggered by a gentLED intervalometer. Suspended below a Sutton Flowform 16ft^2 kite.

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.

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