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06-04-2010 12:48 PM  8 years agoPost 1

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Hi all

In a moment of utter boredom at work yesterday, I thought ... "I bet the weather will stay bright and sunny well into the evening ... I'd like to do some APing!".

So with the current competition-theme (on RCGroups) of 'Local Culture' on my mind, after supper I set off for a spot in Surrey that I've always wanted to photograph – Leith Hill Tower.

Information from the National Trust (who own the tower)
More info from Wikipedia

It's normally teeming with hikers, tourists and cyclists, but fortunately yesterday evening at around 2000 it was completely deserted! So with the sun licking the top of the tower I set the heli up and sent it up ... and the views speak for themselves

I accidentally underexposed the shots by about 1 stop (should have shot with twice the ISO speed, or half the shutter speed), and on top of that, I had to *really* boost the shadows in Photoshop to get any useful detail back. The shots were taken at ISO400 so the dark areas were pretty noisy when I brightened everything up. Still, for web purposes they're just fine

I'm so glad I made the effort to go out when I saw the weather was nice - I'm thrilled with the results and I'm sure the National Trust would be interested to use them Being the philanthropist that I am (not often mind ), I might donate the images to them in return for a credit on their website .... will see

Cheers all, I'm off to bed!


PS. I will upload smaller photos soon ...

06-04-2010 12:56 PM  8 years agoPost 2
Chris Lupa

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This is stunning. Makes me want to get involved in the whole aerial photography thing! Thanks for sharing!

p.s. Definitely see if the NT would be interested - I'm sure they would be.

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06-04-2010 05:35 PM  8 years agoPost 3


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yeah a little dark in the shadows, but I like the way it contrasts the light on the top of the tower.. kinda of fitting actually... some more great shots from you as usual hog man!

What is your platform these days?

JR GSR260 - Mark IV Cam Mount
Trex 600NSP
Trex 600 to 700 Stretch
Trex 450SE
Hornet X3D

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06-07-2010 09:49 PM  8 years agoPost 4

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My local tower:

The Luray Singing Tower: The largest bell weighs 7,640 pounds and is six feet in diameter. Recognized as one of the country's major carillons, it is situated in a park opposite Luray Caverns, VA.

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