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Best Of 2018

(January – December 2018)

Erik Krause

Skårvågen in Langøya on Vesterålen

James Gentles

Bucket List Airport

Barra Airport, Outer Hebrides, Scotnad UK

28th June 2018: 16:34local, 15::34U

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One of the world's most unusual airports, the only place where scheduled flights timings are determined by the tides.

Although marker boards in the shoreline dunes identify 'nominal runways' there are no runways, and pilots choose the best place to land visually on the pristine crushed shell sand which is washed twice daily by the incoming tide.

There is no perimeter fence for 'Airside', and within minutes of the planes departure, the windsocks are removed, the airport goes to sleep, and the runway becomes just another beach in the Western Isles of Scotland.

Look carefully in the sand, the plane left 30minutes ago, you can still see the marks from the landing gear on the sand to the left as you look as the Control Tower. The parallel tracks along the tide-line were made by the airside vehicle used to bring down the windsocks.. 


4 GoPro HERO3+ cameras, with a wooden camera cradle/rig to hold the cameras in exactly the correct position is triggered by 4
custom designed camera
syncronisers. Suspended below a Dan Leigh Cruiser kite with 8ft/2.5m span.

This technique produces two hemispheres, and a different workflow in PTGui from the classic ground pano technique. This results in extra effort BUT impossible angles!

See the rig
how Kite Aerial Photography is achieved, and
the workflow.

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