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02-09-2008 06:12 PM  10 years agoPost 1
UfferrNovice - Stockholm, Sweden - My Posts: All  Forum  Topic

We got a nice job last week. One of Sweden's biggest construction companies wanted balcony views of the four cardinal points from 24, 64 and 61 meters. When I was doing the picture processing afterwards I played around with some merging in Photoshop. In 20 minutes I'd made a decent pano even though the 18mm Nikon lens caused some distortion.

I offered the company panos in four directions from each height, 12 panos all in all, expecting each would take 45 min at the maximum. They gladly said yes to a fixed price. When I proceeded with the remaining 11 ones it showed that I'd been extremely lucky with the first pa no (showed here). These first pictures must have been shot right between two gusts and seemed to fit to each other perfectly. The other ones where far more difficult and took 2-3 hours to merge. All in all I spent over 20 hours with the Wacom board, moving houses and cars with the stamp tool and getting payed for 9. Anyway, the lady who'd ordered the shots felt sorry for me having done so much work so instead of delivering by FTP she asked me to come to the head office where she introduced me to the boss of the marketing department who gladly received my business card. So the lesson of this job was: Don't use wide angle lenses when shooting panos, shoot between the gusts and don't underestimate the time needed to merge.

http://www.helikopterfoto.se

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02-09-2008 11:17 PM  10 years agoPost 2
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Syros Island - GREECE

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Nice job Uffe,
What kind of equipment do you use in order to estimate your camera's altitude while shooting?

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02-10-2008 10:05 AM  10 years agoPost 3
Paul_Atreides

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Arad, Romania

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Excellent job !
How you stabilize the heli at that altitude? Even above 30 m it's hard to see it...

P.

I'm not driving fast, I'm flying low...

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02-10-2008 08:45 PM  10 years agoPost 4
Uffe

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Stockholm, Sweden

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Thanks!

EagleTree Seagull and Robbe Helicommand. We did a shooting from 130 meters just for fun the other day, while the EagleTree system still was in the heli (borrowed it from a friend). The Helicommand does an excellent job leveling the helicopter and the camera was as stable as ever.

http://www.helikopterfoto.se

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02-10-2008 10:23 PM  10 years agoPost 5
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rrApprentice

Syros Island - GREECE

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Very well Uffe, thanx.
May I ask which Helicommand do you use?

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02-10-2008 10:38 PM  10 years agoPost 6
snurre

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Sweden, Stockholm

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Nice work Uffe!

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02-11-2008 01:51 PM  10 years agoPost 7
Uffe

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Stockholm, Sweden

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I have the 3A and my colleague has the 3D. I don't know if he planns to fly inverted with the camera rig on

http://www.helikopterfoto.se

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