When it comes to professional real estate photography, detailed construction images and gorgeous marketing shots of businesses in and around Palm Beach, drone photography is hard to beat for quality as well as for dramatic angles and panoramic beauty. But aerial photography dates back long before the invention of drones.
Up, Up and Away
According to Mental Floss, “The first aerial photograph was taken in 1858 by Felix Tournachon, known as Nadar, from a tethered balloon over the Bievre Valley in France.” While we know the photos were taken, sadly, copies of them no longer exist.
The honor of being the oldest surviving aerial photograph, Mental Floss reports, goes to a somewhat fuzzy black and white shot of Boston taken by James Wallace Black in 1860. To reach the heights used in taking the photo, Mr. Black used a tethered balloon.
Early aerial photographers experimented with other means of getting their cameras aloft. “In 1903, Julius Neubronner attached small cameras to homing pigeons, with timers set to take a picture every 30 seconds. The resulting Bavarian Pigeon Corps were reliable soldiers, but were occasionally shot and eaten by hungry troops during wartime,” Mental Floss reports.
A few years later, George Lawrence used a string of nine kites to hoist a 49-pound camera into the skies over San Francisco in order to capture images in the weeks following the devastating earthquake of 1906. The kites managed to lift the huge camera to an altitude of 2,000 feet. From there, Mental Floss tells us, “The camera took many shots to form panoramic images on negatives that were 48 inches wide!”
More Firsts in Aerial Photography
The Wright brothers not only played a pivotal role in the development of manned flight, when the first photograph was taken from an airplane in 1908, Wilbur Wright was flying it. According to Mental Floss, the photographer was L. P. Bonvillain.
In 1909, Mental Floss says, “Wilbur Wright also piloted the plane for the first aerial movie, over Italy. Afterwards, aviation photography was put to use for science, mapping, and military reconnaissance.”
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