Woman snapped sunbaking by real estate drone

In one hot off the press...

A BOARD showing a G-string-clad woman has been removed after she became the accidental attraction in a real estate advertising campaign for a house sale in Victoria, Australia.

An ambitious agent enlisted a drone to take an aerial photograph of the property, which includes a sweeping image of the beach.

“I heard a noise and then I saw this odd thing flying around and thought it was a kid’s toy. It hovered around and luckily I was face down at the time,” Ms Lingard said.

But Steve Walsh of Eview real estate defended the use of drones for aerial photography and says he did not realise Ms Lingard had ended up on the sale board.

“It’s something that Google does and people use that everyday,” Mr Walsh said.

More here: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/mt-martha-woman-snapped-s...

Mod notes: Privacy concerns aside, this touches on the use of drones by uncertified operators and flouting the regulations that genuine operators must abide by.  In all the reporting on the incident, none of the media has focused on this.  Also, this follows on from a recent television program that flouted the rules and let one of the presenters fly in an area where it shouldn't have happened.  CASA are investigating this as well, with one could only imagine, some serious repercussions for the operator.

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Comment by Euan Ramsay on November 17, 2014 at 2:16am

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Comment by Darrell Burkey on November 17, 2014 at 4:26am

See, this is why you need to use a professional. They know how to use the 'topless sun bather' filter in PhotoShop.

Comment by Euan Ramsay on November 17, 2014 at 4:33am
I come from Scotland (originally) so I'm not familiar with "Sun" per se. But is there a difference between sunbaking and sunbathing?
Comment by Darrell Burkey on November 17, 2014 at 4:37am

@Euan - I'm in to Open Source software so I use the GIMP instead of Photoshop. The terms are slightly different. :-)

Comment by Jerry Hatrick on November 17, 2014 at 4:42am

This spells trouble for Australian UAV operators. I have a beach house next to where this woman was photographed, and regularly fly fixed wing and multi copters in the area. Now that CASA is involved, that won't last long. 

Comment by R. D. Starwalt on November 17, 2014 at 4:46am

I claim the term 'collateral imaging' as the phrase to employ in this situation.

A++ for Gimp. I process all my ancient mag scans for my Jack Headley research with it.

One day my skill and its capability will get in sync.

-=Doug

Comment by Darrell Burkey on November 17, 2014 at 4:52am

@Jerry - Unless you have been flying illegally there's no reason this would effect your flying. Keep it safe and all should be fine. Indeed, the article doesn't mention anything illegal either. Although, as the moderator mentioned, it's likely the operator wasn't certified for commercial operations. 

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 17, 2014 at 8:41am

Oh no!  Somebody captured a CGA quality image of you!  Good heavens.  Hopefully none of your neighbours have a decent camera.  Considering their vantage point over your fence, they're more of a threat to your privacy.

Lady, nobody actually cares about watching you.

Comment by TBD on November 17, 2014 at 9:22am

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