Riding around (in Tiny Planets)


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Here’s a striking image taken from an iphone suspended in a kite. It was created by regular iPhoneographyCentral artist Aaron Davis whose experimental works first caught my attention with his amazing underwater iphone photographs earlier this year. Below, Aaron takes us through the whole process with the "techie kite bit" at the end of this tutorial.


Apps used – Gorilla Cam, iDarkroom and Tiny Planets. 


Taking the photo

1. Take kite aerial photograph, using interval function in camera app GorillaCam. The iPhone is suspended from the kite line and takes a photo every ten seconds, this can be varied.




2. Use Hi cross process in iDarkroom to intensify grass colours.


3.Transform image in Tiny Planets, then rotate in Crop Suey to get the final image.


 The final result




The Techie bit……



The iPhone sits in a Snap (brand name) tripod mount that I sourced from the states. The suspension system that hangs off the line is called a picavet and it allows the phone to always remain level in the sky. The structure that the iphone sits is made from materials that I got at the local hardware store. The iphone is positioned manually and the set-up allows full 360 degree rotation and 90 degree tilt.  


You can also purchase remote controlled rigs on the Internet that don’t need to be adjusted manually, something to try later down the road. There are plenty of great resources on the Internet if you type Kite Aerial Photography into a search engine, Flickr also has some great Kite Aerial Photography groups. I would be happy to provide more info to anyone that may be interested. Talking to a kite specialist can really help with picking and sourcing the right set-up (not always easy to find), I use a French Military Kite. (shown below)






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