Thursday, June 17, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill Panorama Via Aerial 5D Mark II

Aerial photography is always cool as it gives people a completely new perspective on the world that only birds normally get to see. Now, an aerial rig consisting of a 5DII and a remote control helicopter have been used to get a unique perspective of the Gulf oil spill.

The idea was the brainchild of Perspective Aerials, a company that specializes in aerial photography. The toy helicopter sports a movable camera mount that allows the user to tilt and pan the camera a full 360 degrees. In this case, the camera was a Canon 5D Mark II, which is probably takes the title of0 best overall 20+ MP cam on the market today. No word as to what lens was used.

The camera was launched from the back of a boat positioned in the Gulf. Before this, no attempt had ever been made at a water-based launch. However, despite Gulf winds and the rocking boat, the camera-equipped helicopter was launched successfully and returned with stunning images.

Project idea:Got $150? Why not try to take NASA-like pictures of the Earth from space?

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