I got a call on Monday Aug 1st from a Commercial Real Estate Agent with a shopping center located at 7th Ave and Osborn in downtown Phoenix AZ with a short deadline for a promotional photo. In the past he has hired a photographer with a helicopter but FAA regulations has removed that as a option.
I have a Luksa Hi-View 46 Foot mast topped with a Photoshipone 3X Pro RC controlled Gimbal for Pan and Tilt control of a Nikon D700 with a 24mm wide angle lens. The camera is wired with a 50 foot Cat 5 Cable down the side of the mast to a Apple Lap Top running Camera Control Pro. Using the cameras Live View I am able to see the cameras view on the laptop and change the settings as well as focus and trip the shutter.
The client wanted the entire shopping center photographed so we had to move across the street. The Mast is a manual push-up that had not ever gone up any further than 35 feet. In exchange for a reduction in price the client was the labor that I normally would hire to supply the muscle to push-up the mast. That might have been a mistake, it was over 110 on the day of the shoot and the mast went all the way to its maximum height of 46 feet. Of course the higher you go the heavier it gets, not a lot of fun that day but the results were worth it.
After a little bit of pan and tilt adjustments to properly frame the photograph I switched to manual exposure and made the adjustments in Nikon Camera Pro then did a Auto Focus then took the photograph. A couple more were taken just in case and the quality of the photos were verified before the camera was carefully lowered back down to the 6 ½ foot level with all nine of the sections lowered.
Following is the final selected Elevated Aerial Mast Photograph with only basic exposure corrections made. Note the cars, people and traffic lights in the foreground of the image.
The final image was worked in photoshop to remove the distracting elements and the sky was darkened to deepen the blue and the photograph was tilted one degree to straighten the horizon.
Also converted the Photograph to Black & White.
The client was very happy with the Elevated Aerial Mast Photo of his Commercial Real Estate Property in Phoenix AZ and made his Friday Deadline for the final promotional literature.