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    maroondah
    maroondah  11239 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 4:22 PM

    Hi everyone,

    I have been asked to photograph a set of carvings (approx size 40 inches tall, 16 inches wide and about 20 inches deep). The carvings are attached to a building 20 feet up and can't be removed. My task is to photograph them for later conversion to 3D by someone else. Each carving needs at least 8 images but I can't get into a position (even with a cherry picker) to cover the required angles. I have been unable to find anything on the internet which may help so I am hoping an ephotozine member might just have an idea that will work. Any ideas welcome

    Many Thanks
    Gerry

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    ikett
    ikett  3339 forum posts England
    15 Jan 2013 - 4:43 PM

    I had a similar job some time back, I used a telephoto lens from a distance, which reduced the distortion, depends on the location though.

    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72193 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 4:48 PM

    How about a scaffolding construction built to your spec?

    puertouk
    puertouk  21063 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 6:41 PM

    Why knock up a pole and attach your camera to it, then use a infra red remote? Or how about going up on ladders?

    lawbert
    lawbert  71701 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 6:55 PM


    Quote: Why knock up a pole and attach your camera to it, then use a infra red remote? Or how about going up on ladders?

    If it cant be done by Cherry Picker then I fail to see how this would work on any levelTongueWink

    Sooty_1
    Sooty_1 Critique Team 41195 forum posts United Kingdom196 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 8:05 PM

    Is there a window opposite? Or nearly? They must be in a real tricky position if you can't get a cherry picker or even a pole? Can you draw a diagram or take a pic so we know what we're up against?

    Nick

    maroondah
    maroondah  11239 forum posts Australia1 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 8:23 PM

    I have attached rough guide to the problem. The carvings are outdoors. Standard cradle on a cherry picker is square/oblong in shape and doesn't allow for moving acurately through the angles.view.jpg

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    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72193 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 8:43 PM

    I would still be thinking about having a solid platform built on a scaffolding that covered the circle of view, that allowed you to shoot the moulding from all the angles you needed.
    This would give you the space to set up camera/tripod at any point you wanted at whatever distance from the moulding you needed.

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    chalkhillblue
    chalkhillblue e2 Member 5143 forum postschalkhillblue vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 8:57 PM

    How about a tower scaffold, they are fitted with wheels and can be moved around the carving and locked in position whilst you photograph each aspect?
    David

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    lawbert
    lawbert  71701 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 9:24 PM


    Quote: I would still be thinking about having a solid platform built on a scaffolding that covered the circle of view, that allowed you to shoot the moulding from all the angles you needed.
    This would give you the space to set up camera/tripod at any point you wanted at whatever distance from the moulding you needed.

    Thats the answer without doubt....Scaffolders are superb nowadays in building a free form structure without the old need of tying in to the building....and a 20ft off the ground it should be super simple to erect.

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    mikehit
    mikehit  56297 forum posts United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    15 Jan 2013 - 10:27 PM

    Can't you move the cherry picker a couple of feet each way so you get the angle?

    cats_123
    cats_123 e2 Member 104009 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
    16 Jan 2013 - 11:30 AM

    can you abseil down from above?

    or


    sounds silly, but, am being serious - what about some stilts? Smile


    or

    camera on a boom tethered to a live view on a laptop? (not sure how, but am sure someone in the film industry must have overcome this problem before) Smile

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    Martin54
    Martin54 e2 Member 8497 forum postsMartin54 vcard United Kingdom
    16 Jan 2013 - 12:43 PM

    Would this do the job? Polecam

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