Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Aerial Photography For Best Aerial View Of Your Project

How does Aerial Photography help with your construction projects?  I have photographed many projects in Melbourne over a long period of time.  At the moment I have been shooting the construction of the Eastland Shopping Centre in Ringwood since November 2013 on a monthly basis.
As well as other locations I usually shoot the construction progress shoots at the end of each month.  Some projects require that the interval be increased to twice monthly as the project nears the end and the progress gains some traction.  Clients use the images in various ways, some to keep their investors updated, some to keep their customers updated and some for planning purposes.    In the future the series of images will make an excellent historical reference as they do from 100 years ago today.   Obviously throughout the winter months the weather can be an issue so I set the flight to take place anytime during the last week of the month.  Sometimes this is pushed back if the weather is severe, but somehow Melbourne always delivers that one sunny day each week.    Another interesting part of the monthly progress shoots is being able to see how the surrounding land changes during the seasons in Melbourne.  From baron and dusty in the summer to leafless and getting greener in autumn to green and wet in winter.  Wouldn’t it be great if Melbourne had some snow during the wintertime?
I have also had many shoots where the client has sent me an aerial photograph they had taken ten to twenty years earlier.  Usually these are farms or schools but sometimes they have been factories.  This is even more interesting as you can really notice the changes that have occurred in the area.   Changes in the landscape help the farmers monitor erosion and changes in the city help show how fast Melbourne has progressed. 
Twenty percent of what I have been doing over the last 18 months are level views.  This is where a developer needs to show what the potential view will look like for their marketing material.  These occur all over Melbourne from Richmond to Brunswick and Preston.    These shoots are carried out in Cherry Pickers and can take up to 3 hours.  It’s a long day up there especially if it cold and windy.   

The best shoots by far are the low level over water shoots of shipping vessels.  Usually carried out in a Robinson 44 or a Bell Jetranger, we can get as low as 150 feet above the water.   You are sp low you can smell the sea and have a clear view of the vessel.   This is one part of my service I am going to push more over the next 18 months.  

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