This is another one of my favorite all-time photographs. Unlike the past three photographs where I was standing on the roof of the school, this is photographed using a drone. It took hours of preparation and was called off several times.
Technology has really improved in just a few years. The photograph is by Scott Stoll with Tim Spanagel of MasseyGreenAVP. Tim needed two licenses to fly the drone. One from the FCC and another to fly over or come within 500 feet of people. Nonetheless, I said, “Play it safe and don’t fly overhead.”
This photograph was the most difficult to arrange. We needed permission from every parent and the school district. Plus, the weather wasn’t cooperating. We had to cancel several times, including March 17th which meant that instead of wearing green for St Patrick’s Day, the kids were all wearing orange and black. (There was a lot of Cincinnati Bengal’s gear that day.) Below you can see more preparation. In the first picture, using Google Earth, I plotted out two potential locations. Unfortunately, the grassy field is muddy all spring, so we used the roundabout at the school entrance.
The second photo is the final location. The footprint of the butterfly is about the same size as the other three photographs. I made a much more careful measurement using the scale in Google Earth and the circumference of a circle to estimate about 2 people per meter.
Update: Project coordinator Nuria Lopez donated a 24×36″ framed class photo to the principal Dr Simmons. I hope it will be a timeless piece of art for the school office. Also, as you can see above, we made the front page of the local newspaper.