German translation: Aufnahmen aus niedriger Höhe / Höhenaufnahme
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English to German translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Photography/Imaging (& Graphic Arts)
English term or phrase:low level / high level photos
Aus einer E-Mail zwecks excavation einer Kaserne:
The Ministry sent me some ***high level*** photographs of the airfield taken by the British in March 1945. The wanted me to identify the Bunker entrances from those photos. I sent them the good ***low level photos*** that I have showing precisely where the Bunker entrances are.
Geht es hier um die Höhe, aus denen die Fotos aufgenommen wurde???
Explanation: I've just spoken to a contact in the DLR who specialises in aerial photography, and his reaction was "that's a good question!"
In point of fact, BOTH your terms are "Luftaufnahmen", as this is one area where German is less precise than English. There is no generally-accepted term meaning "low-level aerial photography", so I guess you'll have to get by on "Aufnahmen aus niedriger Höhe" and "Höhenaufnahmen". But Bodenaufnahmen they ain't...
He did, however, suggest that you might get away with "Aufklärungsaufnahme"; this is a term used for (relatively) low-level aerial photography which is used particularly for geographical survey purposes. One problem is that with the enormous strides made in photography, the detail in the pictures taken by the RAF in 1945 from 20,000 feet will be of vastly inferior quality to those a satellite can take today from the best part of 20,000 miles up; we don't know the altitude at which "the good low level photos" were taken either.
Ich habe mich für Davids Antwort entschieden, weil ich mit Bodenaufnahmen auch so meine Schwierigkeiten hatte. Denn man kann nicht so einfach auf ein Militärgelände spazieren und warum bei Bodenaufnahmen noch Bunkereingänge markieren? Daher finde ich Aufnahmen aus verschiedenen Höhen sehr plausibel. Danke David, Anne und allen agree-ers! 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer