and West Lothian Aerial Archaeology
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Kite Aerial Photographer
Retired Research Radiation Biophysicist
Armadale (Scotland) &
Aerial Thermography and Near Infrared
I have been
interested in photography since the 1950s. In the
1960s and early 70s (working with fully manual
cameras) I enjoyed capturing night scenes, one of
which won a national competition, the prize being
an auto-exposure SLR. Wet streets after rainfall
were often a key ingredient of the scenes. My
training and profession have involved a range of
image gathering techniques ( X-ray
crystallography, photomicroscopy, corona discharge
photography and autoradiography etc).
methods of investigation often involve gathering
soil resistance or magnetic data points to form an
array of 'pixels', which is then refined through
appropriate processing to form an image. Both
within and outwith the visible spectrum, image
capture is mass data point collection and should
performed under optimal conditions (for the technique of choice)
and the resulting images
processed to extract the maximum amount of
inherent information. Standard photographic
visualisation is only a limited starting point.
and the late Rosie
Wells are the yellow dots (Cairnpapple 2011)
The Register of Kite
Aerial Photographers and Kite Remote Sensing
Archaeological Trust 2012-2019 Archive
Rathbarna Quadrivalleted Enclosure Complex, Co. Roscommon,
by SNAPS recipient Christy Lawless.
Scottish National Aerial
Photography Scheme (SNAPS - UK & Ireland)
Family outing in a
helicopter over our village, Bussage, Gloucestershire, in
Archeoscan Excavation of a
Roman building at Nesley Farm, Gloucestershire, in 2011.
John is on the right and
Rosie is out of shot flying the kite.
(click on image for
We Started Doing Kite Aerial Photography
2006 - 2012
section from one of six West Lothian Council display
boards on our work.
West Lothian Aerial
West Lothian Aerial
Archaeology Archive 2007-2018
to Right - Rosie, Cade and John Wells, Jim Knowles and
Heidi (Wells) Walker on Cairnpapple.
Peace Knowe hillfort
viewed from the northern side.
with Heidi Walker
A field east of Coaley: Google
data, Houseprices Lidar Map and the same emphasised
example, load the image into GIMP. Go to the drop-down
menu headed FILTERS. Go down to EDGE DETECT and select
DIFFERENCE OF GAUSSIANS. Deselect INVERT and
wind up RADIUS 2 until you can see the feature in the
preview box and click OK. Then go to the COLOURS
drop-down menu, select AUTO and click on EQUALISE.
Then go back to the COLOURS menu and go down to LEVELS
and select AUTO.
When out and about, you can use DETAILS or ACCENTUATE
(several times) in Snapseed on your phone to produce a
Parch marks at Gyde House,
Painswick, emphasised with GIMP by manipulating the
Way to Take Aerial Photos
Simple Approach to Aerial Thermography
simplest way to start kite aerial photography is with an
ActionCamera, selfie stick (2) and ~1m2, or larger,
kite. A larger ~3m/9ft delta with fuzzy tail is a good
general purpose kite, eg 1 & 2.
type set-up and variant for a phone, with or without a
Flir One thermal imager which must be secured, eg with PVC
tape. The larger stick has lockable sections.
Heidi, John and Cade.