BlimpShooter is an aerial photography service owned and operated by John T. Hrosko. He attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and Bowling Green State University, obtaining a B.A. in 2-Dimensional studies. His background also includes architectural illustration, printmaking, graphic design, drawing, painting and sculpture. John has worked for Howard Architectural Models since 2005, and continues to contribute aerial content for high resolution architectural renderings.

How It Works

BlimpShooter uses a helium filled blimp (aerostat balloon) and camera system that is tethered to the ground and floats up to 300 feet high to capture your photos. The blimp camera system utilizes transmitter and servo devices which allow the movable camera hovering above in the air to communicate with the ground station, all remote controlled from the ground. This ability to send back live video output to the ground while the camera rotates, tilts, and zooms in to snap your image, allows for those perfectly composed shots to be captured without any doubts.

Why Use BlimpShooter vs. Hiring a Plane or Helicopter?

Usually, the most desirable images can be achieved by photographing a subject from a distance of between 50 and 250 feet away. Whereas normal aircraft must remain 1,000 feet above ground level, and helicopters rarely wish to hover over one location for long, BlimpShooter can go where others cannot, as well as spend a much longer time photographing a site than other methods would allow. In addition, lower oblique aerial views can be difficult to obtain from an airplane or helicopter. The aerostat balloon’s position, stability, and angle relative to the subject provide a unique perspective that is more appealing to the human eye.

For architects, engineers, realtors, planners, developers, gardeners, conservationists, and for that matter anyone—most often times the best photos to explain an idea or facilitate planning are the low oblique shots which capture the true essence of a particular area within the context of its surroundings. What the low altitude blimp (balloon) photography is able to catch, quite simply, is detail, angle and the various views desired by customers. Any image from almost any angle can be captured up to around 300 feet (depending on winds). Because John is trained in recording these precise viewpoints for architectural renderings and photo montages, he is well versed in the thorough in-advance planning that is needed to be done days ahead of an actual photo shoot in order to achieve that “perfect shot.” This is done by first acquiring a site location; second, reading satellite imagery, maps, and terrain data; and third, setting views and ideal camera heights. When the weather and sun are ideal, the blimp is launched, and voila – superb professional aerial photos.

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