We had our cameras (with super duper lenses) all set at the vantage point for the aerial photo of Pink Dot 2010. But then a day before the event, we wondered what sorts of images we could capture if we simply attached a camera to one of our mega (36-inch) balloons?

It was no easy feat. The engineer among our midst did some calculations – it would take 3-4 big balloons to lift that 200g Canon compact camera high enough to capture Pink Dot in its entirety (around 20-storeys high).

We weren’t ready to go all the way with this experiment (should our army black tape fail us, the camera will seriously injure someone; not to mention, we’d be out of a perfectly good camera) and so, we went with just two balloons – enough to lift BalloonCamTM to a 5-storey height.

The camera was attached to one balloon with merely four pieces of tape (Our faith in the black tape has been renewed!); that balloon was attached to another mega-balloon; and both balloons were held in place by three long (pink) ribbons.

We did a test run at 4pm, before the start of the event. Preliminary footages looked promising. However, because the camera was attached to a lightweight balloon at the end of the day, we could only capture whatever the winds allowed us…

The camera was set to video mode. We recorded 2GB of data, and the image that you see above is a still from the video (at 640×480) – right before the event’s grand finale.

We’re quite happy with the result. The images aren’t as sharp as the ones captured by our professional photogs, but we think it provides an interesting (low-flying) bird’s eye view that complements the eagle view of our cameras way up there (on the 23rd floor).

Let’s see if we can refine our methods and improve on BalloonCamTM next year! Meanwhile, anyone with (constructive) suggestions… drop us an email or fill in the comments section below ūüôā

(The Pink Dot peeps would like to compliment Suiling Ng, Mohd Hisham & Adrian Ch for their wonderful pictures)
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TV host and writer Anita Kapoor, shot to fame as the clear favourite winner of a Discovery travel host search and has not looked back since. Insatiably curious and possessing a natural wit, this former magazine editor has explored the world for Discovery TLC, AXN, Lonely Planet, Channel News Asia and OKTO, and Starwood Asia Pacific channels, forever on a quest to pioneer the non-conformist stories and locations, especially to connect with the provocateurs who move their worlds.

She is an ambassador for the Singapore chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and her advocacies include Willing Hearts which feeds Singapore’s¬†marginalised, Magic Bus which empowers childrens’ lives in India through sports, and A Single Love which supports single parents. She has also spoken at TEDx Singapore Women 2012 on ‘Female to Female Misogyny in the First World’.

As a Pink Dot ambassador this year, Anita hopes to extend her voice on issues of equality as she firmly believes that everyone deserves equal rights, regardless of the hand they have been dealt in life.

‚ÄúI see the rights of LGBT people as human rights, really. Everyone deserves to be treated equally – in society, in employment and in the eyes of the law. I believe that as fellow human beings, it’s important to stand together ‚Äď to speak up for one another when we have the ability and opportunity to do so.‚ÄĚ

Anita continues: ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs a lot of work to be done, a lot of people we need to reach out to. Every one of us has the capacity to be a hero to someone else.¬†I hope more Singaporeans will join us at this year’s¬†Pink¬†Dot. Because¬†together, we can make this a more inclusive society for everyone.‚ÄĚ