Aerial view of the Great San Francisco earthquake 1906

1906_EarthquakeOn the subject of early aerial photography, we should also take a look and marvel at George Lawrence’s panoramic view of the devastation that followed the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906.  No hot air balloon used here!  Lawrence used a string of Conyne kites to lift his handmade 49-pound camera panoramic camera 1,000 feet .

Today, needless-to-say there’s a website devoted to teaching you how to take aerial digital photographs from a kite.  If you are going to try this I suggest that you remember George Lawrence and his 49 lb camera and also Benjamin Franklin and his kite experiments,

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