"These aerial images of White Sands National Monument [top] and Glen Canyon Dam [left] were taken by a Canon SD30 carried on a radio-controlled model airplane [right], using CHDK to operate the shutter."

IEEE Spectrum magazine on the great CHDK software, which allows you to control Canon cameras remotely. The whole piece is long and interesting, so read it all, but here's a bit about what CHDK is:

"The CHDK firmware resides on the camera's memory card, but the original Canon firmware remains on the camera's internal flash memory. So you're not likely to "brick" your camera by using CHDK inappropriately. Indeed, you can return your camera to its stock configuration merely by restarting it without CHDK on its memory card or by switching the locking tab on the card to its unlocked position. (CHDK loads only if the card is locked, and once this firmware is loaded, the camera can still record images.) The CHDK firmware is described fully on the wiki athttp://www.chdk.wikia.com, which includes a "CHDK for Dummies" section and plenty of pointers for getting up and running."

(via Adafruit)

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Comment by Lew Payne on November 30, 2010 at 5:43pm
Those are really stunning pictures... which most photo buffs (such as myself) never get to take. I may just have to do a presentation to some of our local photography groups, and get them interested in aerial photography! I'd love to have prints like that hanging on my wall.
Comment by Sky Monkey on December 1, 2010 at 8:26am
CHDK it totally cool! Here are some more images it made possible:

Comment by T.D. Gonzales on December 1, 2010 at 10:33am
Nice just remember White Sands missile range security has no sense of humor and they hate your fun.
Comment by Tim Michals on December 1, 2010 at 4:07pm
Can you get photos and live video over the USB port?


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