Aerial Imaging - Obliques vs Verticals

Drone camera angular drawing to show difference in vertical vs oblique aerial photography.

There are many applications for aerial photography all requiring a specific visual capture…construction progress, traffic and roadway investigation, environmental impact surveys, accident occurence documentation, property development and land use studies, boundary disputes and mapping, agricultural and landscape recording.  Each benefits from one or another type of view or sometimes a combination of both.  

I work with my clients to determine the use and scope of the aerial imagery they want to capture and provide the proper aerial perspective and that will aid in their project needs. The first step is determining whether the image should be Vertical or Oblique.

  • Construction progress

  • Traffic and roadway investigation

  • Environmental impact surveys

  • Accident occurence documentation

  • Property development and Land use studies

  • Boundary disputes and mapping

  • Agricultural and landscape recording

Here is the difference between these two types of aerial perspectives.

Vertical Aerial Photo

(taken from the air straight down onto the subject, aerial photo appears like a terrain view on a map)

Vertical aerial photographs show the placement of buildings, streets, land plots and open spaces.

Covington Catholic High School construction aerial photo - Vertical Aerial Photograph

Oblique Aerial Photo

(taken at an angular perspective showing sides of buildings often with horizon in view )

Oblique aerial photos are valuable in capturing the appearance of buildings or other vertical features that rise from the ground such as stadiums, topography, etc as they are shot from an angle and show perspective in relation to the ground and horizon.

Covington Catholic High School construction aerial photo - Oblique Aerial Photograph

2018 Homestake Steep Creek move to Dowd Chute...


When covering the GoPro Mountain Games one of my favorite events to capture is the Homestake Steep Creek Championship kayak race.  Due to lower water levels this year, the event was moved from its original location on Homestake Creek to Dowd Chute on the Eagle River, near Eagle-Vail.

Now aptly named the Oh Chute Kayak are a few shots from the event.  

IFSC World Cup

I had the pleasure again to photograph this years Mountain Games and the IFSC World Cup in Vail Colorado this year.  Here are a few photos from the finals of the World Cup of Bouldering featuring this years winner Rei Sugimoto!

Now offering Ortho Mosaic and Ortho Rectified Aerial Images

Excited to be now able to offer my aerial photography clients  Ortho Mosaic Aerial Photography

We can now generate Ortho mosaic Maps, Digital Elevation Models, aerial 3D models, point clouds and digital surface models (DSM) from aerial data. 

For those who aren't familiar, an ortho mosaic, orthophoto, orthophotograph or orthoimage is an aerial photograph geometrically corrected (“orthorectified”) such that the scale is uniform: the photo has the same lack of distortion as a map. Unlike an uncorrected aerial photograph, an orthophotograph can be used to measure true distances, because it is an accurate representation of the Earth’s surface, having been adjusted for topographic relief, lens distortion, and camera tilt.

Put simply, an orthomosaic map is a detailed, accurate photo representation of an area, created out of many photos that have been stitched together and geometrically corrected (“orthorectified”) so that it is as accurate as a map.

Here are a few examples of ortho rectified aerial surveys & 3D aerial models.

Contact us to see how we can help with your aerial mapping and photography survey needs.

Aerial Ortho Rectified 3D Model
Aerial 3D Model

Covington Catholic High School takes KHSAA Basketball State Title 2018

It's a good day to be a Covington Catholic Colonel!

Ok Colonels Fans...As Promised...Here are the photos from today's KHSAA Championship Basketball Game at Rupp Arena in Lexington where the Covington Catholic Colonels of Park Hills defeated the Scott County Cardinals! CCHS 2018 State Champions!!

So very proud to have witnessed my Alma Mater's second State Championship victory, led by Scott Ruthsatz - Head Coach.  

Congratulations to all the Players, Coaches, Trainers, Staff and Volunteers who gave their all this year to make the season a success.  We are all blessed to be a part of such a wonderful institution.

Without further ado, here are a few photos from the game and a link to the full gallery where you can download the photos and share them as you like.  No Charge, No Watermarks, All Free.  My small way of giving back.


For directions on how to download one or all of the images...scroll to the bottom of this post before clicking link above....

See below graphics for instructions on how to download one or all of the images from this game.  Graphics show where links to download are located once you open the

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