Real Earth-Zoom!

In our earth-zoom tutorial from 2007, I jokingly suggested one method of capturing aerial photography was to send a video camera into space with a weather baloon. Well, someone finally took one of my jokes too far and sent a real camera into space. Admittedly this project was just a coincidence but the fact that it is possible is quite cool and yet somehow frightening…

Hats off to those guys for the uplifting experiment.

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Now if only I could find a clip from the simpsons where Bart launches a weather baloon in the meteor episode… oh well.

March 17th, 2009 @ 1:39 pm
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:45 pm
Now that's amazing. I'd like to see all pics it took.
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:45 pm
Very cool
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:49 pm
crack up
March 17th, 2009 @ 1:55 pm
Unfortunately shot with a small nikon digital camera.

But I'm sure it looks great! lol :D
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:01 pm
well ar least it was a cheap camera and not a £300 one
of the cable snapped or the camera fell off i would be annoyed lol
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:02 pm
Haha, awesome. I wish i had one of those.
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:03 pm
haha :) stick it to the man!! :)
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:08 pm
S Gilbert
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:12 pm
Wait your were joking? What am I supposed to do with all this string and Helium ballons I bought?
Bayden Docking
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:16 pm
HAHA, I wonder if they could get it to work filming video. That would look cool.
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:18 pm
lol, how did they get the camera back?
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:19 pm
Awesome sauce. :P
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:20 pm
Big LOL...are there more pictures or videoclip they have capure?
David W.
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:23 pm
That's funny. Wow, two posts in one day!
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:24 pm
This is so cool
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:41 pm
uau!! they are from catalunya!! my country :D:D:D visca catalunya!!

wiii bye!
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
haha that's awesome
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
March 17th, 2009 @ 2:59 pm
Kramer is influencing the world... Render farm, now earth zoom :P

I hope none tries the demon thing in Face Warp tutorial...

Last thing i need is Lucifer washing my windows :P
March 17th, 2009 @ 3:21 pm
waiting for "Real Planet Explosion" ^_^
March 17th, 2009 @ 3:25 pm
So the Demon face is a no-no!! damn, I have a bunch of candles at home I have not idea what to do with them :D
This is awesome man, thanks for sharing AK....
March 17th, 2009 @ 3:25 pm
It's great to see we share a love for DIGG....but then again what else is there to do when you work in an office like
March 17th, 2009 @ 3:41 pm
March 17th, 2009 @ 3:46 pm
Balloons are fun! Like when you blow it up and then pull the lip apart and its makes that squealing sound.
March 17th, 2009 @ 3:56 pm
wow..imma gonna get me one of those hehe
March 17th, 2009 @ 4:14 pm
"waiting for “Real Planet Explosion” ^_^"

March 17th, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
Saw that on digg.
March 17th, 2009 @ 4:56 pm
Hmm... blueprints of the dummy... notarized photos of you making the dummy... and an alternate wording for the banner, "Buttzilla".
March 17th, 2009 @ 5:34 pm
why didnt they use a $100+ video camera...
anyway nice work!
March 17th, 2009 @ 5:52 pm
Having a RED camera attached and when the Ballon explodes, the fall back to earth would have been A REAL 2K EARTH ZOMM EXPERIENCE!
But that'd be just Experiments for the big bugs ;)
March 17th, 2009 @ 5:52 pm
lol, and they are gonna need some after effects tutorials to get rid of that string in the picture! rofl
March 17th, 2009 @ 5:53 pm
Cool !! but what about air traffic ? I guess all was fixed before lunch the baloon. :)
March 17th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
oh.... I didnt know you were joking. Attached my sony V1u to a balloon... the cord snapped.
All well.
March 17th, 2009 @ 7:13 pm
Photos on flickr from the project:
March 17th, 2009 @ 7:16 pm
I heard they almost forgot to load the batteries in the camera... :-)
March 17th, 2009 @ 7:30 pm

Thats really really really cool.
Flim By Tim Productions
March 17th, 2009 @ 7:33 pm
I can tell someone looks at digg, nice though.
March 17th, 2009 @ 7:40 pm
March 17th, 2009 @ 7:57 pm
I can post that requested clip of the Simpsons if you'd like... Let me know.
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:10 pm
hahahaha that joke came true....
March 17th, 2009 @ 9:54 pm
oh, so it was a joke!

anyone need a balloon maybe?
March 17th, 2009 @ 10:05 pm
Andrew U R RoOoCk man
March 17th, 2009 @ 11:35 pm
And I thought our earth zoom looked good. Dang! way to go guys. next stop better shots of the moon. LOL
March 18th, 2009 @ 1:19 am
Despite the fact that is great science, is no one wondering about the dangers attached to this whole event? Like the article said, they had to cross the commercial airline zone. The balloon could well end up in one of those aircraft engines. And second first thing I thought about was were is the equipment going to land? Maybe on someones car, house, chiwawa , or even your own head. Wind may have blown the whole piece many km's out of flight line, bizarre the equipment survived the fall at all!
March 18th, 2009 @ 3:36 am
I really need this tutorial. Thanks. Hope it will be available soon.
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:21 am
Catalonia to the world!!
March 18th, 2009 @ 8:23 am
lets just hope someone doesnt go into there back yard and pick up a pile of dirt and hold it in there hand with a small fire cracker so that when there hand blows off they can sue the fireworks company so they can then purchess particular like you said to do in Meteor Crash 3D p1 haha
March 18th, 2009 @ 10:02 am
Good to see students using their brain for something besides phone-texting and video-taping schoolyard fights. Big kudos to the students and teacher. If we had more students like these guys, I would have a lot more faith in the future of our youth.
March 18th, 2009 @ 6:01 pm
Are you serious?
I think that was the first tutorial I watched on this site (since then I've been hooked) and I actually believed you when you said how to get those pictures...

but still that experiment must've been awesome to execute!
March 18th, 2009 @ 9:34 pm
Well done! Just goes to show what a little imagination and alot of spirit can do in this crazy world...
March 19th, 2009 @ 12:17 am
HAHA, this is amazing!!
March 19th, 2009 @ 7:29 am
When I said I need this tutorial, I commented the wrong article :) It was a comment for previous one - lighting of 3D text.
March 19th, 2009 @ 7:30 am
Congrats Europe! The Americans got beaten another time xD
March 19th, 2009 @ 7:56 am
Bueno pues un orgullo para los jovenes de hablas hispana.
Y recuerda Andrés Kramer, la coincidencia , simplemente no existe.

Saludos buddy.
March 19th, 2009 @ 9:30 am
Please, don't make a Nuke joke.
March 19th, 2009 @ 9:36 am
They didn't forget to press the "REC" button! ;)

Beautiful result!
March 19th, 2009 @ 10:43 am
March 19th, 2009 @ 12:13 pm
Yes.... From cataluña...Spanish region.... and not catalunya as a country like somebody said before...
Muhammad Waseem Ata Attari
March 21st, 2009 @ 7:17 pm
Hi to all,
i have no words to share for this IMAGE yar exactally very nice.
March 22nd, 2009 @ 7:59 am

Here are the rest of the pictures :=)
Aitor CeReceto
March 24th, 2009 @ 12:22 pm
heyy im cataloniann and this is Awesome! :)

huges from Barcelona! :)
April 3rd, 2009 @ 1:19 pm
there is also this attempt that uses a videocamera. it is also impressive.maybe even more.
Atahan Kiltan
July 23rd, 2009 @ 9:05 am
Yeah that was funny
August 29th, 2009 @ 10:48 am
My brother launched a ballon as well, which captured both video and high resolution images:
November 22nd, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
how did you get the googel earth screnshots?
Robert maximus
December 6th, 2011 @ 11:17 am
James may off top gear did a better shot of the earth by balloon and string just saying.
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