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Best Of 2012

(January 1st — December 31st, 2012)

Ralph Greene

Lower Antelope Canyon

James Gentles

Broch of Gurness

Mainland Orkney, Scotland, UK

September 9th 2012, 13:15local 12:15U

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Broch of Gurness is an example of a defensive tower and village dating from 100-200 BC, common for the time in Scotland. The tower would have been some 8 metres high, but enough remains to get a good idea of the layout.

The discovery of the broch is as interesting as the structure itself. In 1929 poet Robert Rendall was sketching on a grassy mound when of the legs of his stool sank into the ground. By removing some of the nearby stones he discovered a staircase leading down into the mound. Later that year a full excavation started leading to the discovery of the entire structure including defensive ditches.

Europe / UK-Scotland

Lat: 59° 7' 26.04" N
Long: 4° 5' 52.32" W

Elevation: 3m

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

4 GoPro HERO2 cameras, with a prototype camera cradle/rig, triggered by 4 gentWIRE camera syncronisers. Suspended below a Dan Leigh Cruiser kite with 8ft/2.5m span.

This technique produces two hemispheres, and a different workflow in PTGui from the classic ground pano technique. This results in extra effort BUT impossible angles!

See the rig, how Kite Aerial Photography is achieved, and the workflow.

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