Low-level Aerial Photography

I am looking into various options for low-level aerial photography in order to achieve avatar scale. I contacted Southern Balloonworks to ask some specific questions. I am trying to make vertical images only. So I don’t need pan, tilt or even viewfinder capabilities. I just need for the camera to point straight down and level. I asked if they had a system to do this? How large of a ball would I need to work with a standard SLR camera? What I would need to tether the unit? If the altitude is limited by anything other than the range of the remote? What is the highest they have operated one of their units? What the FAA restrictions are? And, they are working with GPS at all?


About John Craig Freeman

John Craig Freeman is a public artist with over twenty years of experience using emergent technologies to produce large-scale public work at sites where the forces of globalization are impacting the lives of individuals in local communities. His work seeks to expand the notion of public by exploring how digital networked technology is transforming our sense of place. Freeman is a founding member of the international artists collective Manifest.AR and he has produced work and exhibited around the world including at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, FACT Liverpool, Kunsthallen Nikolaj Copenhagen, Triennale di Milano, the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Beijing, He has had work commissioned by the ZERO1, Rhizome.org and Turbulence.org. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, El Pais, Liberation, Wired News, Artforum, Ten-8, Z Magazine, Afterimage, Photo Metro, New Art Examiner, Time, Harper's and Der Spiegel. Christiane Paul cites Freeman's work in her book Digital Art, as does Lucy Lippard in the Lure of the Local, and Margot Lovejoy in Digital Currents: Art in the Electronic Age. His writing has been published in Rhizomes, Leonardo, the Journal of Visual Culture, and Exposure. Freeman received a Bachelor of Art degree from the University of California, San Diego in 1986 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1990. He is currently a Professor of New Media at Emerson College in Boston. Freeman writes, “If Andy Warhol set out to create a distinctly American art form in the twentieth century, I identify with those who seek to create a distinctly global art form in the twenty-first.”
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5 Responses to Low-level Aerial Photography

  1. Pedro says:

    I have a 55′ mask, is there anything which I can help?
    I am not try to sell you anything, just interested with your project.

  2. Thanks Pedro, I had looked at booms and masts and dismissed them for a couple of reasons, but maybe I was being hasty. I do allot of traveling to remote locations. You may already know this from http://ImagingPlace.net. So I need the aerial solution to be compact and mobile. The balloon rig can get the camera up higher than 1000 feet. Having said that however, Do you shoot vertical photographs from your mast? Can you send me some examples? Thanks for the help.

  3. paul says:

    Did you ever put together your blimp aerial system, would be curious to know if you proceeded and what you did. Thanks.


  4. Still working on fund raising, Thanks Paul.

  5. if you are still looking for a solution, I build all my own cameras.

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