Well what can we say but whoopee and wow wow wow…. we love Brinsop Court as you know, but seeing it from the air means we’ve fallen in love with it all over the again.

We recently commissioned the lovely Robert at RC Elevated Photography, to take a set of aerial photographs for us and I am sure you will agree they are a brilliant set of shots. We’ve stored them in an album on our Facebook page so just head over to Facebook to see the entire album. Or maybe you’d prefer to see them through Pinterest.

Aerial photography started in the 1850s and 60s but it really took off (ha ha) in the early part of the 20th century with the military using it more and more in the run up to and during World War One.

According to Wikipedia, the earliest surviving aerial photograph is titled ‘Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It,’ and was by James Wallace Black and Samuel Archer King on October 13, 1860.

Aerial shots today are possible for anyone to attempt and if you want to take your own then taking a balloon ride over Herefordshire might be the way to do it. There are lots of ballooning operators but probably the closest launch point is at Grove Golf and Bowl just 3 or 4 miles north of Brinsop.

We can’t guarantee it, but you may just drift past the estate and see it all live for yourself using Go Ballooning and your camera!

Anyway, back to our own photos – we needed the aerial shots done because we were concerned that the layout of the house was confusing to visitors as Brinsop Court is divided into wings of accommodation around a central courtyard. We chose RC Elevated Photography as they are a local Herefordshire based firm and we like to work with locals if we can.

bailey at brinsop taken from the air!

It was very exciting working with Robert, because he said he would have to just call when the weather was right and it could be any time! Within three days of commissioning the work, we got our ‘action stations’ call and whizzed over to Brinsop to meet up. The weather was great and Robert was really nice to work with as he quickly understood what we wanted and kept focused on the job in hand.

He used his van to drive to the right spot and then he set a camera onto a pole which lengthened itself automatically to the height he wanted and then adjusted its perspective. He could see on his laptop down in the van what the camera was seeing. If you are interested in a more technical explanation then according to Robert’s website they use a high resolution, remote controlled digital camera with an 8 x optical zoom which is mounted on a mast. That can be extended up to 100 feet in height and then the camera can be rotated horizontally in a complete circle and vertically through a 45 degree angle. The mast extension, rotation and zoom facilities enable them to capture images that would be impossible to achieve even with scaffolding or ladders!

But aside for the technical details, doesn’t the whole place just look beautiful from above? Book to come and see it all for yourselves soon.

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