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June 29, 2012.      To create the time lapse sequences for “Looking Up: The Sky Over Penland,” a high and very stable platform was needed.   This platform will hold 1-3 cameras during any type of weather and will be used for the next 8 months.  That means through January, winter and high winds!

The pillar that holds the cameras is mechanically isolated from the platform so vibrations of people walking will not affect the camera’s position.

The fifteen foot height is required to clear the view of nearby trees.  It also helps (a little) to keep people, insects and animals from wondering into the shots that will go for hours.

For the gear heads out there, the platform is constructed so that the major pillar that holds the cameras is mechanically isolated from the standing area so that vibrations and swaying caused as the photographer moves around does not effect the camera’s position.

Following are more images of the platform being prepared and tested for shooting. Click on any image to see it larger.