Laurie Toby Edison

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Aerial Photography Re-imagined

Laurie says:

I’m back from Detroit and the Sojourner Truth archive in Battle Creek.  I’ll have a lot to say about this next week.  But I want to think about it for a while.

This post is about drones used for a new kind of aerial photography.  They have a far closer range and different perspectives then a small plane.  Like any vision opportunity the importance is the quality the work.  The tech only provides the tools.

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Rancho Seco, California

Rancho Seco, California

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BBC:   The arrival of cheap drone technology – and small, light high-quality cameras – has given rise to a new genre of beautiful aerial photography and film-making.

A new competition, sponsored by National Geographic (and Dronestagram), has highlighted some stunning examples of drone photographs taken in the past year.

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The Tamul waterfall in Mexico

The Tamul waterfall in Mexico

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The winner of the competition was a stunning view of an eagle soaring high above a national park in Indonesia.

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Eagle in Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia

Eagle in Bali Barat National Park, Indonesia

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I really like the three photos above, but I’m not knocked out by that many of the photographs I saw.  But the potential is fabulous.

2 Responses to “Aerial Photography Re-imagined”

  1. Mano Marks Says:

    Kite area photography and balloon area photography are two slightly older versions of this tech that are pretty amazing. Public Lab in New York has great tools for doing balloon imagery mapping.

  2. Laurie Says:

    Mano,

    Thanks. You’re absolutely right. Quickly looking at images it seems to me that kite photography is closer to drone images. But I’m going to have to explore this much more before I have a firm opinion on the similarities and differences. Do you have a good resource for fine art balloon images?

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