clipper453

I like to take aerial photos using my radio-controlled airplane. I shoot with a small Canon PowerShot camera in continuous mode.


Aerial View of Trailside Point (Laveen, Arizona)
Aerial View of Trailside Point (Laveen, Arizona)
clipper453 (Over 1 year ago)
Tony... I bought my downlink equipment from RangeVideo (http://rangevideo.com/), but there are many other vendors that sell this type of equipment. If you plan to use a radio-control system for any other part of the project, make sure your video transmitter equipment is in a different frequency range.

TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Clipper - can you send a link to what you're using for the downlink? I've been thinking about a project where something like this would come in handy. Thanks

clipper453 (Over 1 year ago)
By the way, you can kind of get a glimpse of how the plane and camera are set up in this video: http://vimeo.com/7751801

clipper453 (Over 1 year ago)
Nathanael... I just used a simple Canon PowerShot SD960 digital camera for this PhotoSynth, which has very little manual control. With continuous mode, it uses the exposure and shutter settings that are used on the first shot throughout the entire sequence. So the trick is in getting those set right with the first shot. When doing this, I point the camera 90 degrees from the sun, so I get an "average" exposure, and I move the camera a bit when partially pressing the button down so that it locks in a fast shutter speed. Then I just mount it to the plane and go. In my Sedona PhotoSynth, I had the camera pointed forward, but in this PhotoSynth, I pointed the camera out the right side of the plane. I could configure the camera to pan-and-tilt in flight, but I just go with a fixed mount for simplicity. I also have the capability to view live video from the camera using a wireless downlink, but that requires a spotter, and I was flying solo both days. - Matt

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
So was the camera simply set to continuous shooting, or did you have more control than that? Also, is it mounted to the plane in a fixed way, or does it swivel independently of the plane'e heading?

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Aerial Photos of Sedona, Arizona
Aerial Photos of Sedona, Arizona
clipper453 (Over 1 year ago)
Nathanael... I changed the slideshow order to by filename, per your suggestion. You're right, it does add to the illusion of flying through the air. If you like these aerial PhotoSynth's, then you might want to take a look at two videos I made from videos and stills I took that same day: http://vimeo.com/884704 http://vimeo.com/869509 Thanks, Matt

Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hey, you came back just in time to test out the new Photosynth integration with the Bing Maps Silverlight Beta. Lucky you! It's an excellent step up from the old geoexplore page. You might want to also consider switching the image order to filename in the synth editor. I've been using the fullstop [.] and comma [,] keys to manually step through the photos in order, but the feeling of flying is so great that everyone should experience that order by default. I hope we see many more synths from you in the weeks to come, clipper453. Cheers!

clipper453 (Over 1 year ago)
David... I know it's been almost a year since you made your comment about geotagging my synth, but I'm just now seeing it. I took your suggestion and added the geotag. Thanks!

David-Photosynth-Team (Over 1 year ago)
This is great. Please give us a geotag so that this will show up on our new Map explore page (http://photosynth.net/geoexplore.aspx)

polln8r (Over 1 year ago)
Wow, what a great result! amazing idea

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