The Detroit Free Press has a feature on something we stumbled on the other day: a collection of aerial videos of the Lansing & Detroit areas taken with a model plane. In and around Detroit, there videos of Belle Isle (above), Ford Field and the surrounding area, Tiger Stadium, Woodward Avenue, the Detroit Yacht Club, the University of Michigan’s stadium and the Michigan Central Depot. In the Lansing area, check out the Michigan Capitol and the MSU campus.
The architect of these videos is Mitchell Dombrowski, chief of obstetrics and gynecology at St. John Hospital & Medical Center in Detroit and a professor at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. His equipment includes a battery-powered, radio-controlled Fly Dragon plane that weighs less than 1 1/2 pounds. The camera is a Pentax Optio S5z that shoots 30 frames a second. Dombrowski put it inside an empty Altoids mints tin with a hole cut for the lens.
Although the motion of the plane makes it a little choppy and after watching several, you may long for a soundtrack (attention: mashup artists – get busy!), we think you’ll enjoy these videos!
Read MOTOR CITY JOURNAL: Scene from above in the Freep.