Looking Down (from above)
Today, I have launched a new group for participation by aerial photographers who are also members of Fine Art America.
Promote your aerial images to the art buying community by becoming a member of the group.
This is an aerial photography group. Low level aerial photographs and photos from ‘high places’ are permitted.
Red Covered Bridge by Rob Huntley – at Fine Art America
Looking Down includes views from above using:
– Kite Aerial Photography
– Pole Aerial Photography
– UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles – model planes, quadcopters, drones)
– any other equipment which lifts your camera
– or simply from a high place such as a tower, rooftop, hillside, an apartment balcony or even a step ladder.
Images can include abstracts, documentary style photographs, etc as long as the camera is in an elevated position … not merely pointed down from your normal terrestrial vantage point. In other words, if the lens is less than 6 feet (2 m) above the ground it does not qualify.
Any amount of creative editing is permitted but the source of the image should be a photograph.
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I set myself up with Pole Aerial Photography equipment about 2 years ago but prefer to do kite aerial photography so rarely to I bring out the pole. This week it came in handy as I did my first PAP session of 2011.
I’ve been a member at the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue for over 20 years, primarily in the Masters Swimming Program. I have also had the pleasure of working at the membership desk for about 18 months. Regrettably the property has been sold and at the end of next summer (2012) the doors will close with the expectation that the building will be flattened and a retirement residence will be built in its place.
I’ve been thinking for some time that I would like to do aerial shots of the building before it is gone using Kite Aerial Photography. However, the criteria I was seeking to do this have been a bit restrictive due to circumstances. I’ve been planning for the fall when the trees concealing the front of the building have lost their leaves but there is still some colour around. At this time of year morning light between 10:00 and 11:00 am is required to illuminate the front so that the sun clears the apartments across the road but has not slipped too far westward to leave the front in shadow. A SW wind would be required to fly my kite from the neighbouring schoolyard towards the front of the building. This would have to be on a weekend so that I could avoid children in the schoolyard.
So over a 4 week period there would be 8 days when I need 15 to 20 KM winds from the SW between 10:00-11:00 am on a sunny day. This was just not happening. So one weekday this week I just went with a 20′ pole and did Pole Aerial Photography instead.
I was spotted by former work colleagues during the course of shooting and was commandeered into trying a group shot of a small portion of staff and children.
Here’s the results. A number of the building shots have been stitched to produce a panoramic view.
The images in this gallery were taken with a remote controlled camera atop a 20 foot pole. (Pole Aerial Photography – PAP)
Aerial photograph of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario. Several images have been stitched to provide a larger, panorama-style view.
Aerial photograph of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario.
Aerial view of a few of the staff and members of the Carlingwood YMCA-YWCA on Lockhart Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario.
You can see additional pictures in the Pole Aerial Photography Gallery – Carlingwood YMCA – November 2, 2011.
© Rob Huntley
New in my Getty Images portfolio:
A man engaged in pole aerial photography. Sawtooth National Recreation Area in Idaho.
Click on image to go to the same image in my Getty Images portfolio.