“Dragonfly” takes photos of Church Roof

Close-up photos of St Peter’s Church roof have been taken by a radio-controlled camera mounted on a 50ft tripod!
Photographer Dave Bond said, “My hobby is flying radio-controlled helicopters, so I mounted a camera on a helicopter and use it to photograph buildings from the air. But when the helicopter is in the garage, I use this tripod.”
The tripod is made steady with adjustable feet and the telescopic sections are pumped up with a hydraulic pump. The digital camera can be moved round and focused by a radio-controller, which also has a switch to take the shots.

Photo: The camera mounted on its telescopic tripod

The camera mounted on its telescopic tripod

Photo: The tripod half-way to its full height

The tripod half-way to its full height

Photo: Austin and Sheila watch as Dave Bond adjusts the

Austin and Sheila watch as Dave Bond adjusts the “dragonfly”

Why did we want to photograph the church roof? – to assess the damage to the tower, which is too high for inspection from a ladder. The shots reveal loose slates, some of them dangerous. The photos will be used by our architect in his report to English Heritage.

Photo: Aerial view of the church

Aerial view of the church

Photo: Loose and missing slates on the church tower

Loose and missing slates on the church tower

This entry is dated Sunday, October 7th, 2007 at 6.29pm and is filed under News.

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