Lee poses some great ideas in his blog and I am a huge fan of pole photography and remote controlled helicopters such as the Parrott A.R. Drones. We have also tried using helium balloons with the GoPro Hero 2 HD video camera and that was a ton of fun.
This takes "pole-cam" to a whole new level.
NPR's "The World" Ran a Story on This
Well, I've taken many aerial photo's of homes for sale in the Black Hills near Rapid City. Especially horse properties and land for investment. I take some photo's from 1,000 feet above ground using my ultralight airplane. And many of my advertisements for listings include aerial views taken with pole cams. Sure does differentiate my sellers' listings because so few realtors use aerial photography.
So, here are these mountain climbers on a trek to the top. But how do you get a pole cam to stretch that high?
Why Not a Regular Helicopter?
The NPR story teller asked the Dedicam folks (www.dedicam.tv) why not use a regular helicopter. Well, duh. They carry their 'copter in a back pack to the scene. And they can get a -lot- closer to people and rock faces without so much life and money at risk.
Watch It in Action
Here is the (a-hem) "meta-video" on vimeo. Enjoy.
Hmmm... maybe I should take up model airplanes again.
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