I'm starting to see DIY aerial photography showing up more and more often in day to day life. Here are two examples from this week:
The above image, taken from a tethered blimp, is from this BoingBoing report: "Activist MIT cartographers aid Peruvian squatters"
"This MIT Media Lab project worked with activists on Friday to make maps with a community of Shipibo who've taken up residence on the bank of the river Rimac in downtown Lima - a city of 11 million people. Using only helium balloons and a cheap camera, the GrassrootsMapping.org team, part of the Center for Future Civic Media, took pictures of the extralegal settlement from ~500 feet up. The images were rectified and the resulting map may help the Shipibo in their legal battle to gain deeds to the land. GrassrootsMapping.org is a project which supports communities in cartographic dispute by creating low-cost mapping tools."
Meanwhile, this guy
got his kite photos actually into the official Google Earth/Maps database, which is impressive indeed:
Needless to say, a UAV could have done either of these. The applications of "anytime, anywhere access to sky" are limitless!