Large Lava Field - Kite Aerial (KAP)



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A larger area of the lava field than my first small test. It includes the same area as the small test, plus additional area off to one side. The patch of asphalt in the middle of this is a service road that cuts through the lava.

Again this was made using near-orthogonal images taken with a camera suspended from a kite line. Estimated height above ground was 50-100' for the bulk of the shots. At the bottom end of the synth is the trail of shots where I brought the camera down, so the altitude on those is considerably lower.

Equipment used:
Kite - Flowform 16
Line - #200 braided dacron
Rig - Brooks BBKK + Pan Gearbox
Camera - Canon A650IS
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Date Created 2/24/2009

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TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
Awesome. You should add a geotag so others know where this is precisely. Also, do you have a link to the type of kite and camera you are using, and how to set it all up?
tbenedict Over 1 year ago
I'll need to look into geotagging my synths.

For the gear, I got the bulk of my stuff from Brooks Leffler: For these sets I was using a full blown radio controlled rig, but for down-only stuff like this it's easier to use a lightweight rig. One of Brooks's BEAK rigs would be just about perfect.

The kite was a Flowform 16. It's a big parafoil kite that's more than capable of lifting a two pound camera rig. But depending on the wind I'll use the Flowform, a 6' rokkaku (six sided kite of Japanese heritage), or a Fled, which is a light wind kite designed specifically for doing aerial photography. Aside from the rokkaku, Brooks should carry most of them.

The camera is just a Canon A650IS compact camera. But if it can take pictures, it's fair game for KAP.

Here's a shot of the rig:
Here's a shot of a lightweight rig:

TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
Thanks for the info on the rig. Ill be checking those links out.

All you need to do to geotag your synth is click the globe icon next just to the right of the viewer. It will open a window with a map, all you do is find where you were and click.
dariusmonsef Over 1 year ago
Mahalo! :)
Marvin Over 1 year ago
Wow. You can really see the contour of the ground from here:

Turn off the images with 'p', and then press "enter" to fly over the terrain.
TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
Tom, This synth is would be great as a test for a new feature we have coming out, but it needs to have a geotag for it to work. Would you mind adding one? Thanks, Tony.
tbenedict Over 1 year ago
Done deal. Geotag is added. Can't wait to see what the new feature is!
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
tbenedict, I hope I'm not giving anything away, but you should watch if you've got a spare hour.

I think you'll find 40:28 - 47:10 particularly enlightening. :)
tbenedict Over 1 year ago
Hey, thanks for sharing this!

I did INDEED find 40:28-47:10 of particular interest. (I had a couple of heads pop in my office door to find out what I was whooping about.)

I also found the part right after that to be of interest, as well. I'd pry for details on timelines, but I figure that's pushing my luck. In any case I'm seriously looking forward to what the next two years brings!

And if you have anything in particular you'd like me to try from the air that would be of benefit for testing any of this, please let me know. I'd be more than happy to go fly a kite, so to speak.
Nathanael Over 1 year ago
Just so you're not waiting for a reply from me, I'm just another user, but I too am hugely interested in dense reconstruction etc. and wish very badly that I knew when we might see things release.

I'm thinking that something special for Photosynth's birthday would be pretty cool. I don't know if that would be November 9th (2006 Technical Preview) or August 20th (2008 Public End User Launch), but either one would be fine with me. :)

Anyway, I'll let Tony, Darius, 'Marvin', speak for themselves.

P.S. If you feel like saving the video, I linked a tool for it when I originally posted the link to the webcast here:

Cheers and congratulations for landing the 'Hero' spot!
TonyErnst Over 1 year ago
Thanks for adding the geotag Tom. Stay tuned, all shall be revealed in time...
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