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(January 1 – March 31, 2020)

Erik Krause

Frosted Rosehips

James Gentles

The Great Polish Map of Scotland

Barony Hotel, Eddleston, near Peeblles

9th January 2020 around 14:00U

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The Great Polish Map of Scotland is the largest relief (3D) map in the world at about 40 x 50metres. Constructed by grateful Poles in the 1970s to thank the Scottish people for their hospitality during the second World War,

Unfortunaely within 20years it had completely dissapeared, covered in weeds and bushes in the grounds of the Barony Castle Hotel, Eddlestone, Southern Scotland. Rediscovered partly due to aerial mapping, in the last 10years volunteers have carefully re-instated its concrete structure and repaired the water supply which allows the Atlantic and North Sea to surround Scotland.

This is amazing, you can even see the map using the satelite view on your on-line maps! We stayed a little closer to the ground with the camera flying from a kite.


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 synchronizers.

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!

The camera rig: http://www.gentles.info/KAP/Rigs/index.htm?item=16

how Kite Aerial Photography is achieved http://www.gentles.info/KAP/Overview/index.htm
and the workflow http://www.gentles.info/KAP/Gallery/Panotechnique/index.htm

Mapa Scotland


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