Ever wondered what would happen if you tied your GoPro camera to 23 helium balloons? A GoPro adventure and awesome aerial photography!
Before drones became popular and aerial photography and Instagram seemed to work hand in hand, I decided to experiment with my GoPro to take aerial photos of my farm in Ireland. The experiment went very, very wrong and you can read all about what was almost a total disaster right here.
Apparently tying your very expensive action camera to 23 helium balloons then letting your infant cousin play with the string is not the cleverest idea in the world…or so I thought as it flew out of my cousins hand and high up into the clear skies over Ireland!
What you might not know about this crazy story is that I was stopping at nothing to get that camera back! I contacted the local radio station, and used the power of social media to get the word out to everyone in the area to keep an eye on the skies for a crazy contraption consisting of 23 balloons, a styrofoam mount and a tiny little camera!
On Good Friday I had an email from a girl my sister went to school with, Debbie Deane, saying her husband had found my camera in one of their fields, over 20km from my house! I was speechless. My parents did not know what was going on as I jumped up and down mouthing silently and pointing at the computer. We simply COULD NOT believe someone had found it. I jumped in my car and drove down to collect it, with a smile on my face that was not going to be leaving anytime soon.
I had a great laugh with Debbie and her husband as they told me about how they had been checking up on a sunburnt cow when they spotted the balloon in the field and went to investigate. They then went home, put the memory card in their computer and looked through the photos to see if they could recognize the owner but had no luck. Later, Debbie’s brother arrived, and recognized me straight away. An Easter Miracle!
When I arrived home I couldn’t wait to look at the photos and I was not disappointed! There were over 900 photos of the Cork country side, as the camera took a photo every 2 seconds on its crazy GoPro adventure in the sky. Next thing I knew I had National Newspapers contacting me, saying they wanted to publish the story! You can read the Irish Examiner article HERE, and the Irish Independent article HERE.
My friends could not believe my good luck and one remarked, “You come home for 1 week and you make the papers!”
Life really is one big adventure. Even for my camera!
Mapping the balloons journey from my house to Innishannon