Sealand will once again be providing aerial photography at several prestigious events during 2014 including, The Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival, The Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot, The Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival Motorsport events and The Wickham Music Festival. These commissions not only provide the organisers with display images for marketing purposes but also provide a detailed coverage of specific areas for analysis after the event. For more information on this service please contact Malcolm on 02392 631468.
Last September Sealand moved into new purpose built eco-friendly offices within the same farm complex in Up Marden near Chichester. The move was part of ongoing development at Pitlands Farm, which now offers five star self-catering holiday accommodation in the heart of the South Downs National Park. So if you are an existing or future client of Sealand Aerial Photography why not come and stay with us. Details of all holiday lets can be found on the web site www.pitlandsbarns.co.uk and unsurprisingly the Sealand team undertook all photography featured on the site.
Sealand’s pool of professional pilots has recently been augmented by the addition of Nichol Benzie and Andy Darke. Nichol who is a fully qualified commercial pilot started his career in aviation in the Royal Navy and was an instructor on Chinook Helicopters. After retiring from the armed forces he is continuing his career in civilian commercial aviation piloting helicopters and light aircraft. Read about Nichol’s flying career here.
Andy Darke has had a long career in the Aviation industry and is a fully qualified light aircraft instructor. Andy has recently retired from Easy Jet having previously been a senior pilot with British Airways where he flew Boeing 747 and also the celebrated Concorde before it’s decommission in 2003.
Would your Boardroom or office benefit from a stunning mounted aerial image . . . several clients have recently ordered display images from Sealand. These usually depict areas of interest to the Commercial Agent or Developer and consist of a sealed aerial image mounted on MDF board. Displays come in various sizes up to 60” x 40” and are ready to wall mount using the supplied batons. If you are interested in this service please contact Malcolm on 02392 631468 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
On November 27th last year the Sealand Cessna took off from Goodwood to photograph a unique event on the sea front at nearby Hove in West Sussex. The photography was undertaken on behalf of 350.org which is an International campaign that are building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis. The 350 Earth project was the worlds first ever global art project. In over a dozen places across the globe, citizens and artists created massive public art installations. Each art installation was large enough to be seen from space and documented by satellites, ground and aerial photography.
The final event was the event at Hove, where Thom Yorke (the lead singer of Radiohead) assembled a few thousand of his closest friends and biggest fans to brave the cold on England’s coast. Together, they formed the image of the legendary King Canute attempting to hold back the waters.
To find out more about the international campaign follow this link www.350.org
Six cruise ships, including some of the world’s most famous liners were photographed on behalf of Associated British Ports by Sealand when they were all in port in Southampton at the the same time on January 5th.
Cunard’s newest ship Queen Elizabeth and its sister Queen Victoria were there along with P&O Cruises’ Arcadia.
Up to 20,000 passengers arrived in or departed from the city’s four cruise terminals during the course of the day.
The other three ships in port were Fred Olsen’s Balmoral and Black Watch, and Saga Cruises’ Saga Ruby.
Sealand transmitted images electronically direct to the marketing department at Southampton minutes after landing at Goodwood. Time was of the essence as the images were required by National and International News Agencies.
The Sealand Cessna 172 Skyhawk reached a milestone in it’s life in December. The engine realised the end of it’s permitted life span after 2,400 hours of flight. During the annual maintenance in January a heart transplant was necessary and a new Lycoming direct drive OHC engine replaced the old engine. The new engine was supplied by Nicholson Mclaren Aviation who are closely linked to the manufacture of the famous F1 Race Engines.
Sealand specialise in the supply of highly detailed digital images of outdoor events. These images are used by the organisers for a variety of purposes. At the time of writing The Sealand Cessna is just about to depart for The Cheltenham Horse Racing Festival. Commissions have already been confirmed for Badminton Horse Trials, The Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot. The Goodwood “Festival of Speed” and The Goodwood “Revival.”
Aerial photography has a wide range of applications and there are a number of companies offering aerial photographic services. Choosing the right company will not only dictate the quality of the work but will also make the difference between meeting your deadlines, complying with the law and receiving the correct advice and expertise to get the results you require.
One of the most important influences on choosing the supplier is obviously the end product you wish to acquire. Aerial photography is not a homogenous product and there are many variables involved with aerial photography which can influence the end result as well as the cost. Below is a list of some of the types of Aerial Photography available;
The end use for the image will also dictate the type of equipment used. For display size photography, Larger than A1 it is important that the quality and detail exists to be able to expand the image up to the required size. Most good companies will still offer a Medium Format Film service as well as a digital service, only in very recent times has the digital equipment begun to rival the quality of film for big enlargements.
If precision survey photography or vertical photography is required the company must be able to fulfil this requirement with accurate GPS equipment and often with a gyro-stabilised camera mounting system.
However you choose your supplier, be sure to shop around, make sure you receive the expert advice, a good reputable company will suggest the most appropriate type of photography to fit your budget and brief even if they do not offer the service themselves.
Beware of casual/part time companies or individuals, they may not have the expertise to advise you or indeed be operating within the bounds of strict air law. A specialist Aerial photography company will own its own aircraft and employ full time qualified pilots which allow the flexibility to react to the prevailing weather conditions and therefore produce the best possible photography.
A good indication of the extent of a company’s aerial competence is the existence and size of their aerial photographic library. If a company has an extensive library they may also already have an image which will be sufficient and thus reducing your cost as you can merely purchase the library image from them for a smaller fee.