Image of the Week: Aerial photography


This Image of the Week includes two images for the same great price.
OpenStreetMap contributor Mala holds the OSMcopter, a kite used to
collect aerial imagery. OSM contributor balrog-kun took the photo and
created the imagery server.

The OpenStreetMap logo printed on a 350 cm (11.5 ft) Sutton
Flowform-type kite made for making aerial imagery. These kites are
produced by IKAR in Poland (among others). On the right is an example
picture taken on 2010-10-20 over Praga district of Warsaw

See more details in the full size photo or on the aerial imagery
server. I keep looking for the pilots on the ground.

This is a Featured image, which means that it has been identified as
one of the best examples of OpenStreetMap mapping, or that it provides
a useful illustration of the OpenStreetMap project.

If you know another image of similar quality, you can nominate it at

2 thoughts on “Image of the Week: Aerial photography

  1. Andrew Zaborowski

    geografa: So far I used ground control points manually placed against Yahoo imagery or GPS traces. Knowing the lens properties, you need three control points per picture to determine camera position and orientation. I considered attaching a GPS, but this only saves you one control point — you still need to add two points to caluclate orientation.(You can see that the seams between pictures are not always exact, perhaps I should have used more GCPs or placed CPs between pictures, instead of between picture and map everytime — this things are still something to work on)

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