Introduction

The Look Straight Down customer pages are designed to help you specify exactly where you need aerial photographs taken.  You will create a shoot list and add specific locations on a map.  You can have any number of shoot lists, and each one should contain locations in the same general area that you will want photographed at the same time.  Once you have one or more shoot lists you create a mission order that will be fulfilled by Look Straight Down at the earliest opportunity.  After the mission has been flown you can review the pictures in context at a lower resolution, and download the full-resolution images.

Registration and Log-In

The customer registration page asks for contact information and allows you to choose a user name and password.  This contact information is kept strictly confidential and used only to facilitate communication with Look Straight Down.

Map Editor for Shoot Lists

This is the page you will use to specify groups of locations to be photographed.  When you first enter this page you will create a new list by entering a name and pressing "Create List".  You can specify a base name for a group of points by typing in the "Marker base name" field.  Now you can add targets by pressing "Add Target".  Note that the targets are named using your base name and a number which increments.  Move each target to the desired position on the map.  You can delete a target by clicking on it and pressing "Delete Selected".  You can change the marker base name and number at any time to help organize your targets.  When you are finished making target lists press "Done" to return to the main page.

Mission Requests

From the main page press "New mission request" to create a new mission request.  This will bring up a page to describe your mission.  At the bottom, you enable the target lists to be covered by this mission.

Review Pictures

After a mission is flown the pictures are made available in this map page.  Use the check-boxes to turn specific mission photo sets on or off.  The pictures are resampled down to 1024x768 and roughly located and sized using GPS information captured during the mission.  To get the full-resolution image: click on the pin, right-click on the link, and select "Open Link in new tab" or "Open Link in new window".  In either case the full 4416x3312 image is loaded.  You can use the zoom feature of your web browser to click and expand a specific area.

The images may be approximately positioned on Google Earth using GPS data.  This makes it easy to see the location of each image with respect to the map and the other images.

Click this link to start the demonstration

or this link:

Another demonstration

Install the Google Earth plugin if necessary.

This page will take a few minutes to load.  There is a whole lot of data here!  It starts out at the beginning of the flight, at the Wiscasset airport in Maine.  When it finishes loading you will see the airport clearly, along with a number of marker pins and the first few photographs.

 

Each marker is an individual image, and a low-resolution copy is superimposed on the Google Earth display.  The images will start out empty, and then fill in as the page finishes loading.  Note that the low-resolution images are approximately aligned with the earth based on GPS data.

 

To navigate, click the place you are interested in and drag it to the center of the view.  Follow progress of the flight by dragging the newer images through the center.  Zoom out to see more of the route.  You can zoom with the center roller of your mouse, or the zoom control to the right side of the page.

 

Click a pin marker to see a link to the full-resolution image.  Right-click this link and select "Open link in new tab" or "Open link in new window" to see that specific full-resolution image.

 

The pictures at Wiscasset will load first, but the best pictures are near the end of the flight as the plane slowed down in preparation for landing.  These are typical of the quality that can be expected when photographing a specific area.  Most of this flight was conducted at more than 150 mph.  The plane can fly safely at half that speed for optimal photo quality.

 

Focusing on a Specific Area

These examples focus on the center of town in Milford, New Hampshire.

Less zoom (larger pictures)

More zoom (smaller, higher-resolution pictures)

Please email or call to discuss your needs.

Michael Wilt
Look Straight Down
136 Castle Hill Rd
Windham, NH 03087
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(603)475-0736 (cell)

Look Straight Down provides vertical aerial photography based at Boire Field in Nashua, NH.  Our Cessna 210 will quickly travel to your site and then slow down to record stunning images from directly overhead.  The camera is gyro-stabilized to eliminate motion blur.  The GPS location is recorded with every image and this information is used to roughly align the image in Google Earth for viewing in context.

Here is a new demo targeting I-95N through the Hampton toll plaza.  Note the traffic speeding through the new high-speed transponder lanes.  Click here. The images overlaid on Google Earth are sampled down to 1024x768.  For full resolution, click on the yellow pin, right click on the link to the jpg file, and select "Open Link in New Tab" or "Open Link in New Window".  Click once in the picture to zoom to the full resolution, then use the browser scroll bars to move around.

 

"That vertical shot is awesome!"  - Jason Crosby www.flyingfotos.com

 
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