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Welcome to the Horizon Imaging blog. This page will be updated regularly with news, current projects, details of new services and with the odd nuggets of advice thrown in here and there for good measure. Newest posts appear at the top of this page. Whilst this website has been online since 2007, this blog was only added in July 2014. Click on a blog post heading, the image or the 'Read More' text to read a particular blog post. 
 
Earlier in the year we were commissioned by national construction firm Willmott Dixon to take a set of aerial photographs and produce an aerial and ground-based promotional video of one of their latest flagship projects — the 'Sibson' building at the University of Kent. 
 
The extraordinary W-shaped building is likely to be entered in for a number of awards, as the project has met / exceeded a number of stringent requirements in terms of energy efficiency and sensitivity to the surrounding environment, and Willmott Dixon were keen to have some striking imagery to represent the project. 
Screenshot from aerial video of the Sibson building at the University of Kent
Last week we had the opportunity of giving a short talk on drones to a gathered audience of over 100 property professionals at the Penningtons Manches Property Professionals Lunch at the West Surrey Golf Club near Godalming, Surrey. 
 
The talk was intended to provide a general introduction to the applications of drone technology and some of the regulations which govern their use in the UK. The talk was followed by a brief demonstration of the drone flying outside, culminating in taking an aerial group photograph of all the attendees! 
Screenshot from talk on drones at West Surrey Golf Club
Over the last few months we have been photographing a number of sites for digital marketing agency OneAgency on behalf of their client Bailey, specialists in roof and general building cladding products. 
 
The work involved capturing a mixture of ground-level and aerial imagery of a number of sites where Bailey's products have been used. So far we're only able to show photos from two of these projects, but we will be sharing more once permission has been granted. 
Architectural photograph of a block of flats in Clapham, London
Last month we were commissioned by national construction firm Willmott Dixon to produce a number of interview videos which were to be used as supplementary material during the judging process for the 2017 SECBE Constructing Excellence awards. The videos would act as supporting evidence for the nominated teams / individuals in the categories of Apprenticeships, Sustainability and Young Achievers — after all, it's a lot more convincing to listen to someone else describe how amazing you are than to say so yourself! 
Screenshot from an interview video filmed for Willmott Dixon
Since December 2016 we have been documenting the progress at a soil remediation site in Tipner, Portsmouth, Hampshire for national remediation experts SoilFix. 
 
During each visit we have been capturing plan-view progress photographs of the enormous 6-hectare site, which we have had to split up into 3 separate sections — even when using our widest-angle lens and flying at our maximum permissible altitude of 400ft the site doesn't fit in a single image! 
Drone aerial photo of a soil remediation site in Tipner, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Last month we were commissioned by Corniche Builders to photograph one of their latest projects — a brand new flint-clad church hall in Redhill, Surrey. Justifiably proud of the beautiful design and execution of this new building, Corniche were keen to show it off to its best using professional ground-level and elevated photographs. 
 
The church hall was built directly next to the existing 19th Century St John the Evangelist Church, and it was key that the design and appearance of the new hall matched the church as closely as possible. 
Mast aerial photo of a new church hall next to St John's Church in Redhill, Surrey
The following blog post has been adapted from a new case study which can be found in the Case Studies section of our website. 
 
Planning your big day, or know someone who is? One of our favourite applications of our aerial photography services is providing professional, discreet, 'fly-on-the-wall' (or 'eye-in-the-sky' if you prefer!) aerial perspectives of wedding ceremonies and receptions. 
Drone aerial photo of a wedding ceremony at St Mary The Virgin Church in Send, Surrey
The following blog post has been adapted from a new case study which can be found in the Case Studies section of our website. 
 
One of the prime applications / benefits of aerial photography — be it from our drone or mast — is the ability to capture the size and setting of a site in a single image. 
Drone aerial photo of Claremont Fan Court School in Esher, Surrey
A few weeks ago we were commissioned to take some inspection photographs of a building in Cricklewood, London, where a roof-level facade of bricks appeared to be sagging under its own weight, as well as bowing inwards towards the rest of the building. The building's owners, understandably concerned, called in a structural engineering firm to investigate. 
 
The roof itself was inaccessible without using a cherry picker or scaffolding, so the only option for performing a visual inspection of the facade was either to use a drone or a telescopic mast. As this building was on the corner of a very busy road junction, using the drone was not an option — so it was our mast to the rescue! 
Mast aerial inspection photo of a roof in Cricklewood, London
In the lead up to Christmas last year (yes it does feel a long time ago now!), we were commissioned by the Bombay Sapphire distillery in Whitchurch, Hampshire, to take some architectural and candid 'people' photographs at one of their many Christmas themed events. 
 
The photographs had to capture the glitz and glammer of the venue (which had been especially decorated for the event), the guests enjoying both themselves and Bombay Sapphire's special cocktails which were flowing freely for the duration of the event (!), as well as the general ambience of the event — helping to convey what it's like to attend one of their functions. 
Event photography at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Whitchurch, Hampshire