A glance from the past:
As humans we always get to see the vivid shades and different things that happen up above on to the sky. But ever wonder how the sky feels when it looks down upon to the people and activities that happen on the earth? Well it must be a spectacular view and totally worth a watch. But how is it possible to capture the sky’s view and be able to view the spectacular sceneries down there. With all these curiosities emerged the “Aerial Photography”. Aerial photography started as early as in 1858 by a French photographer and balloonist Gaspard-Felix Tournachon in Paris by using a hot air balloon called as “Nadar”. Over the years the aerial photography was done using various aerial supportive objects like balloons, kites, planes, aircrafts etc. In that era photographs taken with those huge cameras were not so clear, there were limitations with the heights to which they could capture etc. Still Aerial Photography was widely used and preferred during the World war, map making, archaeological research etc. during those times.
Current Trends in aerial photography - FLY360
Over the time with technological developments now we popularly see toy plane like drones being used for aerial photography. Although now the purpose of usage has changed quite a bit as they are being widely used in shooting movies, surveillance, search operations, capturing beautiful landscapes etc. Aerial photography trend has been adopted for capturing weddings and other occasions too. We at FLY360 not only make sure that we fly kites in events but also have ventured into capturing those wonderful moments we spend together from air too. Yes, we also cater to Kite Aerial photography services and of course we use kites to facilitate the same. The idea behind using kites is that there are some regions where the drones aren’t permitted to fly due to security and other regulation purposes. Hence kites help in that way to get the view from sky captured blissfully.
Our Aerial kites are designed in such a way that they are very stable and are able to pull through the camera attached to the string as high as possible. The cameras which we use are of high resolution which assures that the picture quality is just as perfect as our event. Also, the recording through Aerial camera with kites can be extended for hours whereas with drones it’s limited up to 30 – 40 mins only flight time. Although aerial photography with kites is very interesting and easily available, mostly allowed concept in all the countries except near airports, it also involves a few drawbacks associated with external factors like weather (good air is needed for the kite to fly and take the camera higher, also for stability of the kite and camera we need good wind pressure), it’s not very dynamic as we have the string attached to the camera which we are controlling manually and it cannot fly so easily in any direction, there can also be other aerial accidents or calamities which might take place where our control isn’t possible.
Panchgani Kite Festival - Aerial Photography Experience:
One interesting experience we had with Aerial photography at the Panchgani Kite Festival. We not only flew kites at the event but also tried Aerial photography at the event as the Table top land was very spacious giving us the scope to capture wider spaces and, we were very excited to capture the beauty of Panchgani from up above rather than just the land. Table top land in panchgani is one of the longest plateau in Asia and the view from the plateau is just amazing!We did Aerial photography for about 2- 3 hours where we were able to capture aerial pictures from about 200- 300 feet high.We also tried to capture the beautiful valley around it. Just then our Aerial camera suspended kite was cut in 2 parts by some fighter kites which were flown by the locals there. It was a ery saddening moment as we couldn’t get the camera part and our kite back. The kite was fluttering in the air for a while and then it went down into a valley so we couldn’t catch hold of it. The camera part of the string also went missing. For hours together, we tried to search it but there was no trace of it. Our team was very upset as we had captured some great shots from above. It was just a few hours away from getting darker when we were sitting back for a break, one of our team member realized that there was a small cave on the other side in the direction where the kite was flying and if could have a look there once for the camera. We soon hired 2 mountain climbers who knew the area well and were expert in mountain climbing to go and search around that area. After an hour or so when they reached the area near cave they found the camera part near the corner of the cave. Once they got it back to us we were glad that the camera wasn’t much damage and the memory card was intact. This was a joyous moment for us as we could get back all our pictures perfectly in the right condition.
A wonderful experience with aerial photography amongst our other experiences. The pictures captured at panchgani through aerial photography were truly worth all the pain and hard work we went through to get them back!