How its made

From  ancient times, man watched the birds and wanted to fly.  People had always looked enviously at the birds,  soaring freely through space on the infinite highway of the air.

Modern technology provides us with an opportunity to observe the earth from the bird`s eye view.

The website -  is the only website in the world, representing all Lithuanian cities from the bird`s eye view!  Over 2,000 photographs of cities, golf courses, road plans, status of constructions, also art photographs are already placed on the website.

The website aims to provide both-documentary and art photographs of Lithuanian cities from a bird’s eye view.

The website was founded on 2 November  2009.

The creator of the website and  the photographer is Kestutis Fedirka.  The website is not being supported by any government institution.  Not a single cent of the tax payers money has been used for creating and developing the website, that is promoting  Lithuania.  The website has been visited not only by hundreds of thousands of Lithuanians, but also tens of thousands of foreigners from all over the world. According to the website statistics, viewers are spending more and more time in the website, admiring  pictures of Lithuania. The plan is to complete the project  in the end of 2010.

The majority of you probably thought that the pictures are made from air balloons,  gliders or other flying objects, but only few have guessed that actually the photos are made using much more sophisticated equipment .  Radio-controlled aircraft “Šarka “(Magpie) is the main  contributor to this work. Mantas Butkus has constructed this model, which was  improved and lifted skywards by Kestutis Fedirka,  the photographer himself.  The plane flies very quietly, it  is small and hardly noticeable. Each photo session lasts about 30 minutes, during which  an average of 150 photographs of objects from different perspectives are being taken, and only 4-5 of them are selected.

The radio controlled air-planes allow to take pictures even when there is 20 degrees below zero.  It is much more advanced way of taking pictures then using any other aircraft, because radio controlled air-planes can fly at any conditions, at any angle, there is no restrictions regarding the height, trajectory or territory.

Almost all the photographs are made with RC model “Magpie”, using different cameras: Fuji F100fd and the Casio EX-Z300a.

A little bit about the air-plane model itself

It is electric-powered airplane, that can fly relatively high. Height of one kilometre it’s not a problem. Model can fly up to 30 kilometres, operated from the remote control up to 5 kilometres. It’s weight – just one and a half kilograms. It easily fits into a car trunk.

Flight stabilization system is installed into the airplane, which keeps the model stable even under conditions of high wind.

Video transmission system that sends live video to a pilot, transmits not only images, but also the entire aircraft telemetry. Airplane is equipped with GPS system, that shows the exact position of the model,  home direction, so it is difficult to get lost in the area. The view is  observed through special 3D glasses, that creates a sensation of a real flight. All these features put the model ahead of a number of paragliders, because they can fly where the real planes would not be able to with regards to the speed and height.

Another advantage of RC models – they perfectly  fly at night.

More over, what other aircraft would be able to fly so low?

Besides the pictures of Lithuania, in the website there are presentent important moments of events, art photographs, constructions’ status of important objects, road plans and other views.

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Comments: 20

  1. Absolutely amazing photos and technology. I can’t wait to visit my parents homeland.

    Well done! you are doing a fantastic thing promoting the beauty of this special country and its people. Makes me very proud!

  2. Absolutely amazing photos and technology. I can’t wait to visit my parents homeland.

    Well done! you are doing a fantastic thing promoting the beauty of this special country and its people. Makes me very proud!

  3. no comment, great work!! absolutely fantastic!!
    federico from Italy

  4. That is an outstanding job, both from an artistic and technical perspective.
    I had no idea Lithuania was so beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Cheers from Brazil.

  5. There are a most beautiful pictures made from RC which I ever seen !!! Good job !

  6. Great Job..
    Gooc Luck
    Greetings from Turkija

  7. It’s great! Night video of Kaunas like a tale.

    Just want to ask if there any restrictions for RC-models according to rules of civil airplanes?

  8. This is the most impressive work I have ever seen !!

    I know so much more about this beautiful country now that I cannot see any reason why not to visit the nice places..

    Great work !!!

  9. Absolutely fantastic, this is my goal to be able to take films like this from a steady AP ship. I’ve got to make a “Magpie” like yours.
    Best regards Poul.

  10. Stunning imagery! beautifully captured. Check out my site, any advice?

  11. hi its very good idea guys to see how lithuania is beautiful,thanks from colchester,uk

  12. wonderfull work!!!!!!1

  13. excellent work. Special compliments

  14. WOW – Absolutely brilliant – both the photos and the way that you have done it. Two thumbs up.

    ACT, Australia

  15. You are amazing. My cousin has your Book “Fotoskrydis” and I have been searching for a copy to purchase but have not been successful. Can you suggest a source?

    I would also like to purchase a print of the “Hill of Crosses” in “Fotoskrydris” to display in my home. Is this possible?

    Thank You from Tampa, Florida

  16. It is amazing work! So beautiful are our countries from sky view!

  17. This is a super achievement covering this beautiful country. Thanks for all those who contributed in realizing this dream.

  18. Beautiful pictures, and I loved the music. Who is the compositor and what is the title of the music?

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