Aerial Photography at Burning Man 1996

The basic idea: loft a camera into the sky above the burning man: take pictures from an unusual perspective. The camera, its motor drive, a Radio Shack CB radio, and some random glue electronics were strapped into a wooden crash box, which hung by a thin nylon string from a "8-foot diameter weather balloon" ordered from American Science and Surplus. Altitude was controlled by a tether attached between the balloon and the crate. Composing a photo was a chancy matter of observing the wind and walking around on the playa until the camera appeared to be pointing at something interesting.
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