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Welcome to the Horizon Imaging blog. This page will be updated regularly with news, current projects, details of new services and with the odd nuggets of advice thrown in here and there for good measure. Newest posts appear at the top of this page. Whilst this website has been online since 2007, this blog was only added in July 2014. Click on a blog post heading, the image or the 'Read More' text to read a particular blog post. 
 
We live in a very exciting age of personal transport, and I believe this year (2017) will see the greatest surge in interest and demand for potentially the most important technological revolution this decade – the electric car. 
 
I have been fascinated by this technology since the first mass-produced pure-electric car was launched back in 2010 – the Nissan Leaf. This fascination took a big leap when, in June 2015, I took out a 2 year lease on my own Nissan Leaf – and I've never looked back! 
Our 100% electric Nissan Leaf tops up with renewably-produced electricity at an Ecotricity rapid charger
Earlier in the autumn we were commissioned by Kent-based scaffolding specialists Scaffolding Access to document a large and very complex installation on the roof of the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham, Kent. The existing roof had become too expensive to maintain, so a brand new roof would be installed in its place – but only once the existing roof had been covered by a scaffolding exoskeleton that would allow the building work to proceed regardless of the weather conditions. 
Mast aerial progress photograph of a complex scaffolding installation in Gillingham, Kent
One of the few certainties about Brexit is that the UK is not going to stop building. In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, relaxed the fiscal belt a notch or two in order that the country could remain economically active throughout the process of leaving the European Union. The UK’s property development and construction companies have performed particularly well during the last quarter, reinforcing this point. 
Drone aerial photograph of Coworth Park Hotel near Ascot, Berkshire
A few weeks ago we were contacted by a local industrial estate agent who deal with the sale and letting of industrials units and offices in the Hampshire and Surrey area. 
 
They were looking to create a listing for an entire site in Aldershot comprising of a number of small industrial units, and they were keen to show off the size and location of the site from the air. 
Mast aerial photograph of a set of industrial units in Aldershot, Hampshire
A few months ago we were contacted by Glatz Pioneer, a Bedfordshire-based company that specialise in the design and installation of bespoke, automated swimming pool covers. They had just finished installing one of their largest systems to date at the Olympic-sized swimming pools at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, and they were keen to have it documented for their website and to share with potential clients they meet at international trade shows via branded memory sticks. 
Certainty. That’s the one thing above all else that people want when they book their holiday rental property. Aerial photographs help to market a property and show that what you see is what you will get! 
 
The market for holiday rentals is a competitive one, especially in popular areas around the UK, for example, the Cotswolds. Although May through to September are peak times for holiday rentals in this country, people start looking for ideas in those ‘down days’ often between Christmas and New Year, 
National construction firm Willmott Dixon have used our services a number of times over the last few months to document some of their recently completed projects across the South East of the UK. 
 
The latest two sites to be filmed were Bohunt School in Worthing, West Sussex and Warfield School in Warfield, Berkshire. The brief for both of the videos was the same – produce a 2-3 minute promotional video comprising both aerial and ground-based footage, that would give someone who hasn't visited the site before an idea of the scale and complexity of the work that had been undertaken. 
We were recently commissioned by a building surveyor to take a set of inspection photographs of the roof of a terraced house in Hammersmith, London, and this shoot was a prime example of how our telescopic mast is perfectly suited to performing roof inspections in very cramped conditions where no vehicle-mounted mast could ever reach. 
Mast aerial inspection photo of a house roof in Hammersmith, London
Last month we were commissioned to take an updated set of aerial photographs of the beautiful Aldro School for boys in Shackleford near Godalming, Surrey. 
 
Since we last visited the school back in October 2014 they have built a brand new sports hall on part of the site, and this was one of the changes they wanted to capture in the new imagery. 
Drone aerial photograph of Aldro School near Godalming, Surrey
In August we were commissioned by Two Hoots campsite in Alresford, Hampshire, to produce a promotional video that would not only show off their accommodation and facilities, but more importantly their stunning countryside location. 
 
As in previous video shoots, we were given completely free reign over how to shoot and produce the video, and one sunny August afternoon we spent several hours on site capturing short video clips from multiple angles - using both our drone and ground-based video cameras. 
Drone aerial photo of Two Hoots glamping site in Alresford, Hampshire