Horizon Imaging was recently commissioned to take some aerial photographs of the grounds at Kingswood House School in Epsom, Surrey. From the roadside, the school only appears to consist of a few relatively small brick buildings. However, as soon as you walk behind these buildings, you are greeted by enormous open playing fields, tennis courts and several newly constructed buildings. The school was keen to advertise this fact, but without an aerial perspective it was hard for them to convey the full extent of the grounds in a single image. 
Horizon Imaging was recently commissioned to take some aerial photographs of the grounds at Kingswood House School in Epsom, Surrey. From the roadside, the school only appears to consist of a few relatively small brick buildings. However, as soon as you walk behind these buildings, you are greeted by enormous open playing fields, tennis courts and several newly constructed buildings. The school was keen to advertise this fact, but without an aerial perspective it was hard for them to convey the full extent of the grounds in a single image. 
 
As our telescopic mast is fully portable, we were able to carry it through the school grounds and erect it in one of the playgrounds behind the school buildings to capture the wide sweeping panoramas shown on the right (top and centre). These two images are comprised from 6 individual high-resolution photographs which have been overlapped and then seamlessly stitched together on the computer. Image stitching allows very wide views to be captured in single ultra-high resolution images, perfect for blowing up to billboard size with no loss of detail. 
Panoramic aerial photographs of the grounds at Kingswood House School, Surrey, as captured by our telescopic mast
Panoramic aerial photographs of the grounds at Kingswood House School, Surrey, as captured by our telescopic mast. Click to enlarge. 
Panoramic aerial photographs of the grounds at Kingswood House School, Surrey, as captured by our telescopic mast
Panoramic aerial photographs of the grounds at Kingswood House School, Surrey, as captured by our telescopic mast. Click to enlarge. 
Aerial photograph of the grounds at Kingswood House School, Surrey, as captured by our telescopic mast.
Aerial photograph of the grounds at Kingswood House School, Surrey, as captured by our telescopic mast. Click to enlarge. 
There are two methods for stitching images – cylindrical and equirectangular. Cylindrical stitching allows you to stitch images together with a field of view of up to 360 degrees, but with the disadvantage that any horizontal straight lines will become curved (see the top two images on the right). Equirectangular images do not suffer from this distortion, and all straight lines are kept straight. However, the maximum field of view for an equirectangular image before the corners become overly stretched is about 90 degrees (see the bottom image on the right). Both these stitching methods have their benefits, and both offer quite different perspectives despite being produced from the same original photographs. 
 
The school was thrilled with the resulting images captured by our mast, and they recently sent us the following testimonial: 
 
"We contacted David at Horizon Imaging as we wanted to illustrate how our school grounds extend far beyond the footprint of the small brick building visible from the roadside, and this just wasn't possible with ground-level photos. We were very impressed with David’s efficiency, professionalism and skill in getting exactly the kind of shot we wanted and we were thrilled with the results. We are already planning other ways in which we can use David’s services for our website and we look forward to working with him again." 
 
Are you struggling to capture the size of your estate from the ground? Talk to us today to see how our drone and telescopic mast imaging services can take your marketing up a level! 
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