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Aerial photography Further reading
T.E. Avery and L.B. Graydon Interpretation of Aerial Photographs, Fourth edition (Burgess Publishing Company, 1985)
J. Bourgeois and M. Meganck (eds.) Aerial Photography and Archaeology 2003. A Century of Information (Archaeological Reports Ghent University 4. Ghent: Academia Press, 2005) ISBN 90-382-0782-4
K. Brophy and D. Cowley (eds.) From the air: understanding aerial archaeology (London: The History Press Ltd., 2005) ISBN 0-7524-3130-7
L. Deuel Flights into Yesterday (Harmondsworth, 1973). An early overview of the application of aerial photography to archaeology.
Col. Terrence J. Finnegan, USAF (Ret.) Shooting the Front: Allied Aerial Reconnaissance and Photographic Interpretation on the Western Front - World War I (Washington, DC: National Defense Intelligence College, 2006)
Review by Thomas Boghardt
William Garnett William Garnett, aerial photographs (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1994) Introduction by Martha A. Sandweiss.
D. N. Riley Air photography and archaeology (Univ of Pennsylvania, 1987) ISBN 0-8122-8087-3
J.K.S. St Joseph (eds.) The Uses of Air Photography (London, 1977)
Hilar Stadler, Eduard Spelterini: Photographs of a Pioneer Balloonist (University of Chicago Press, 2011) [ISBN-10: 3858811882, ISBN-13: 978-3858811882]
Hilar Stadler, Eduard Spelterini and the Spectacle of Images: The Coloured Slides of the Pioneer Balloonist (University of Chicago Press, 2011) [ISBN-10: 3858813036, ISBN-13: 978-3858813039]
C.E. Taylor and E.S. Richard Aerial Photographs in the National Archives (National Archives and Records Service, Special List No. 25, 1973)
Hatton Turnor Astra Castra: Experiments and Adventures in the Atmosphere (London: Chapman and Hall, 1865)
D. R . Wilson Air photo interpretation for archaeologists, 2nd edn. (London: The History Press Ltd., 2000) ISBN 0-7524-1498-4
Contemporary accounts of early balloon ascents
Hatton Turnor Astra Castra: Experiments and Adventures in the Atmosphere (London: Chapman and Hall, 1865). There were early attempts to take photographs from Balloons but the speed of the ascent or the spiralling of the basket seems to have made it difficult. In a balloon ascent from Wolverhampton (Sept 5, 1862) they "Tried Camera upon beautiful cloulds - failed; the balloon was spirating and ascending too quickly". (p.236).
Ascent from Wolverhampton by James Glaisher and Henry Coxwell which got to over 29,000 feet at which point Glaisher passed out and Coxwell almost did. It is possible than given the known rates of ascent and descent they may have reached 37,000 feet. (September 5, 1862)
"On emerging from the cloud at 1 h. 17 m. we came upon a flood of strong sunlight, with a beautiful blue sky, without a cloud above us, and a magnificent sea of cloud below, its surface being varied with endless hills, hillocks, mountain-chains, and many snow-white masses rising from it. I here tried to take a view with the camera, but we were rising with too great rapidity, and going round and round too quickly to enable me to do so; the flood of light, however, was so great that all I should have needed would have been a momentary exposure, as Dr. Hill Norris had kindly furnished me with extremely sensitive dry plates for the purpose." (p.234)
(Published in British Association Report, 1862, pp. 383-385):