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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 or the 'Read More' text to read a particular blog post. 
 
Last Autumn we were commissioned by national construction firm Willmott Dixon to produce a short film which had to convey the important role played by apprentices in ensuring the continued success of their business. 
 
The film brought together footage from a number of different events including the 'Class of 2017 Graduation Ceremony' (for the latest group of apprentices who had successfully reached the end of the scheme) which took place at a large hotel in Greenwich, London, as well as numerous interviews with key members of staff which had been filmed at Willmott Dixon's Cobham office in Surrey in the months leading up to the Graduation Ceremony. 
Drone aerial inspection photo of the roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesden, Hertfordshire
We were recently commissioned to inspect the 1000 square metre roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. The imagery was required to support a condition report which had been commissioned by the potential new owner of the unit, as they wanted to know the state of the building before handing over their money! 
 
Our client was structural engineering firm Bond Davidson, and we worked closely with one of their structural engineers to make sure all areas of interest were captured in the survey — these were primarily the condition of the bolts fixing the roof panels in place, the general condition of the roof panels themselves, the condition of the gutters and the condition of the roof around any protrusions through the roof's surface, eg. chimneys. 
Drone aerial inspection photo of the roof of an industrial unit in Hoddesden, Hertfordshire
An increasingly popular use of drone aerial photographs is to combine them with computer-generated models of proposed developments — buildings which don't even exist but can be rendered so realistically that it becomes hard to tell where the aerial photograph stops and the computer-generated model starts. This type of imagery is especially helpful during the planning phase of new developments and for estate agents, allowing them to market as-yet-unfinished properties using highly realistic imagery of the completed projects. 
 
We have many years of experience working with property developers and 3D Visualisation Studios to do just this, and computer simulation software has become so advanced that it's almost impossible to tell where reality ends and the computer models start. Want to know more? Read on ... 
Drone aerial photo and computer-generated building montage used to market an extensive house renovation near Treyford, West Sussex
We were recently consulted about what it takes to start and run a successful drone aerial photography business by the money advice website 'Money Magpie'. The following article was written by our Director, David Hogg, as a guide for someone who likes the idea of using drones to make money, but doesn't know where to start, and it covers topics from equipment selection to business strategy, to our own experience of the explosion of demand (and supply) of drone-related services. There's also some history about the formation of Horizon Imaging and how it all began back in 2007 when David built his first drone from scratch! 
 
So grab a coffee, and enjoy the article!  
Our Inspire 1 Pro drone after completing a marketing photo shoot of a new development near Puttenham, Surrey
This is just a quick note to wish all our followers, sharers, likers, commenters, networkers, collaborators and customers a very happy and restful Christmas, and a peaceful start to the New Year — not long to go now!  
Happy Christmas and a peaceful start to 2018 from Horizon Imaging
The Malls Shopping Centre in Basingstoke have been struggling for years with the inflated roof structure above their main courtyard developing mysterious holes, triggering the roof's automated deflation alarms. After some investigation they discovered the culprit(s) — the local seagulls! For some reason they continuously peck at the clear outer membrane until they've punctured it ... and then they abandon their 'creation' and start afresh elsewhere! Numerous attempts have been made to scare the birds away using automated bird deterrents, but so far none of them have proved effective. As such, a quicker and more cost-effective solution was required for locating and identifying the severity of the holes. 
Drone aerial inspection photograph of the inflated roof of The Malls shopping centre in Basingstoke, Hampshire
Over the past 18 months we have been working with leading interior design and fit-out firm, FIVE Interiors, to help them document some of their latest projects for their website and other promotional material. 
 
These have ranged from two finely crafted estate agents in north London and Hertfordshire, a stunning modern office re-design for an investment firm in Central London, and the redevelopment of a multi-floor office block in a listed building in the heart of Nottingham town centre. 
Architectural photograph of a bespoke interior office space in London W1 by FIVE Interiors
Earlier in the year we were presented with one of our most challenging projects to date — capturing a 300 megapixel architectural photograph from 5 metres above the Grand Staircase inside the UK Foreign and Commonwealth office! Never a company to turn down such a challenge, we eagerly accepted the project. 
 
The ceiling above one side of the Grand Staircase was in need of renovation and the only way to achieve this was to completely scaffold the area from floor to ceiling. However, as the Grand Staircase is one of the most beautiful and photographed areas of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) — and one that is often used as a backdrop for photographs of official visits — the FCO understandably wanted to keep the unsightly scaffolding hidden as much as possible.  
100% crop from a 302 megapixel architectural photograph from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London
There aren't many other sites which look quite as spectacular from above as golf courses. From showing off the design and layout of the course, to the proximity to the countryside or local cities, to the challenges provided by individual holes — drone aerial photography and filming is revolutionising the way golf courses are being marketed. 
 
You invest heavily in the maintenance and upkeep of your course so it looks its best — make sure your marketing imagery is doing the course justice by investing in professional aerial photography. 
Drone aerial photograph of Woodcote Park Golf Club in Coulsdon, Surrey
A long-term family friend recently asked if we could create a short film about something very dear to his heart — a wooden bureau that took him many years of hard work during his spare time to design and build as a gift for his daughter. As he now lives very far from his daughter, he rarely gets the chance to enjoy the fruits of his handiwork and so this video would serve as a permanent reminder of the bureau which he can take with him everywhere. 
 
Even if one has no background in carpentry, it's hard not to be bowled-over by the beauty of this piece of furniture. The attention to detail is impeccable, the fit and finish is extraordinary, and the amount of thought that went into its design and execution is plain to see. 
Screenshot from short film about a hand-built wooden bureau