Sunday, 26 February 2012

Aerial photography from a model plane

Something different this time. My son has always been into planes, he achieved a licence to fly a glider solo at 16 and is now into radio controlled models. A new interest is using a small video camera to video the views from one of these models.

The camerais attached at the moment with sellotape and kept away from the fuselage with a chunk of polystyrene foam. Otherwise the field of vision is spoiled by the propeller. You can see the edge of it in some stills from the video.

These shots were taken in a park just across the road to our house.

Ready for take-off, sitting on the grass in the park

The nearby canal is lined with mature trees

The traffic at the entrance to the park is the sunday footballers

A new development not far away

The other side of the park, we are on the edge of the urbanisation

The sunday footballers and the childrens, play area in the park

I may well be posting more but not really sure, the plane is extremely light and the vibratons from the engine and the buffeting of the wind affect the focusing. But it certainly made a difference from the usual stuff.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Arched Windows and Doorways

Architecture, especially arched windows and doorways is not something that I often consider as subjects for my photography. I have nothing against them or the subject of architecture itself but they don't seem to be high priorities for me. This raises the question of wether a photographer should have priorities but that is another story, and I will leave it for another day.

Anyway, on a recent trip I came across a building, quite a small house really, which had been built in the style of a medieval castle. It was on a quite road to nowhere and seemed quite an anachronistic find. Of course I had my camera with me and thought, "Why not?" The following few photos are the result.

It was quite difficult to get a decent angle to photograph the whole building and so after some contortions I grabbed this shot from the window of our hotel.

 Not well versed in architecture but a quick search showed this to be a Gothic style, some of the more extensive uses of this style can be seen in an article on Wikipedia.

The window here is a Box Bay style and can be seen in the first photo just to the right of the bottom of the telegraph pole. The Rustic (?) door seems to be in a tudor style. Don't you just love the door furniture?

Well who would have thought that taking a couple of photos could lead to so much learning, I can now differentiate between several architectural styles which I did not know before; cor luv-a-duc, you learn something everyday.