Aerial & 3D Imaging_____________________________________________
Below are examples of the ways that aerial imaging is accomplished. The apps are endless. I will be adding to this page regularly as I gain more experience and have better examples of the many programs and processes available.
The video at left results from my first attempt at compiling a 3D object from 40+ still photos using AutoDesk 123D Catch. After the photos were compiled to a 3D image, I wrote the animation path for video. The 3D image can also be exported to Blender, AutoCad or other sofware for modification, etc. My poor results here are caused by reflective surfaces, busy backgrounds and inconsistency in my angles.
Shaan Hurly gives a really good explanation of what we are interested in here: Aerial Capture of 3D Geometry.
At left is a 360 deg panorama I built using I.C.E. and Photosyth. This was created from 10 overlapping photos. It is interactive. Use your mouse on the image to drag the view and zoom. Mapping of terrain from above can be done in the same way using MapKnitter or converted to 3D suface maps with Hypr3d or DroneMapper.