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Areal Lagoon Isle Mbe Kouen
New Caledonia

Ilot Mbe Kouen is a little island just inside the New Caledonia Great Barrier Reef. In fact, if you look SW you can see the long, narrow Barrier Reef in the sphere image. 

You would never think it, but on the weekends and holidays this miniscule sand bank with it's one solitary palm tree and some beach vegetation is a very popular destination for Noumea residents.

I took this image on Friday, before the flock of Easter holiday makers arrived,  flying my trusty kite from the deserted beach (well, deserted except for the sea birds, Freddy and I). 

My GoPro Hero3 Black was suspended by a pendulum mount from the kite and spun around using a small wireless controlled servo that rotates 360 degrees in about 2.5 seconds. I waited until the kite seemed momentarily stable, started the spin then did a burst of 30 images in 3 seconds using the GoPro wireless controller. Then I used the servo wireless controller to tilt the camera down to get the bottom view.

That's the Moira, our research vessel, anchored all by itself in the anchorage. By nightfall we had over 20 other yachts clustered around us and there were people camping on the island itself, some arriving from Noumea in a water taxi. 

Copyright: Richard Chesher
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 11812x5906
Taken: 29/03/2013
Uploaded: 31/03/2013
Updated: 26/05/2014
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Tags: aerial; kite; kap; gopro hero; gopro; island; lagoon; new caledonia; mbe kouen; lagoon island
  • Jaime Brotons almost 2 years ago
    Very nice Richard, i see the new gopro is good enough for this kind of panos
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