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Passenger Pigeon

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Passenger Pigeon is a project/concept for collecting aerial imagery from passenger plane windows with handheld digital cameras. To make a map, just take photos out the window of your commercial flight. Then use to align the images with a map as soon as you land.


Tips for photographers

  • point the camera as straight downwards as possible
  • hold the camera as stably as you can - brace it against the window
  • try not to sit behind the wing, where the engine exhaust blurs the air
  • take note of where the photos are, if you anticipate difficulty in placing them on a map later


Some Public Lab folks have done multispectral imaging from a plane window -- see for near-infrared