There are plenty of ways to get a camera in the air—but few are cheap. Even fewer of them are as clever and (downright pretty) as cinematographer Tom Guilmette's floating balloon and fishing rod contraption. And it's HD!
The setup, a rig Guilmette uses to go "skyfishing," requires mostly inexpensive parts—stuff, he says, you can find at any WalMart. All that's required is some cheaply hacked styrofoam, helium, party balloons, and, of course, a camera. Guilmette uses a GoPro Hero cam for 720p video, but any lightweight shooter would probably work.
The results—after some patience-intensive balloon inflation—are pretty great. The video is smooth, and the view is, of course, killer. Plus, controlling the entire outlandish thing with a fishing rod is an experience in itself. [Tom Guilmette via PetaPixel]