Pole Aerial Photography Still Alive / by Tony Thompson

Just as drones for commercial use were getting more popular a few years ago I purchased a giant tripod for low altitude aerial photography. The tripod can reach up to 24 feet high. It's a bit ridiculous and borderline impractical. When it's folded up its about 6 feet tall and weighs a solid 27 pounds and isn't very fun lugging it around.

Drones for commercial use have become more regulated since I purchased the giant tripod and I don't regret my purchase. There are no rules, special insurance or licenses I have to get to use it. It's a niche piece of equipment that doesn't get used often.

I recently shot the brand new Liberty Waste Water Treatment Plant for the construction company's PR use. One of the views they wanted a twilight shot showing the plant. I thought the best way to show this would be to get an aerial photo just above one of the pools to show the reflection of the sky for a mirror effect to create more interest.

 

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Shot from camera, raised roughly 20 feet up. Remotely fired from iPhone.

Shot from camera, raised roughly 20 feet up. Remotely fired from iPhone.

Alternate view from hillside. 

Alternate view from hillside.