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(January – December 2015)

Ralph Greene

The Baths

James Gentles

Lochranza Castle

Lochranza Bay, Isle of Arran, Scotland, UK

10th June 2015, 13:45U 14:45BST

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Located off the southwest coast of Scotland, Lochranza is at the northern tip of the Isle of Arran. The island is known as "Scotland in Minature" because of the diverse range of landscape, castles, ruins etc which summerise all of Scotland in appearance and culture.

Lochranza Castle (13th century) sits on a promentary in Loch Ranza. Owned variously by the MacSweens, the Earl of Menteith, then Robert II. James IV used the castle in his campaign against the Lord of the Isles. Later it had a Cromwell connection.By 18C it was owned by the Duchess of Hamilton's estate before being sold to the Blackwood-Davidsons and falling into disuse. The castle is now in the care of Historic Scotland.

Europe / UK-Scotland

Lat: 55° 42' 19.08" N
Long: 6° 18' 27.2" W

Elevation: 3m ASL, camera 50m ASL

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

4 GoPro HERO2 cameras, with a wooden camera cradle/rig to hold the cameras in exactly the correct position is 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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