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Whattisitgoodfor11 Apr 2006 2:05 p.m. PST

Hi all,

A friend is a printer and can print pretty much any image on any surface. I want to make a waterway (the sea coming to a shore) for DBM/R, and want to print a real sea and coastline onto acetate as an experiment.

With photoshop I can manipulate the heck out of any image, but I need a sufficiently hi-res image to start with.

I am looking for copyright-free hi-res (1 meg plus) vertical aerial images of seas meeting sandy shores on the net.

Does anyone know of any suitable sites? I have searrched NASA but not found anything yet (mind you, it's a huge site and I may just not have found the right cul-de-sac on the information highway.

Thanks in advance.

Strange Cargo Games11 Apr 2006 2:12 p.m. PST

Google Earth

paintingbird11 Apr 2006 2:31 p.m. PST

Just what I wanted to say: Google Earth.

Wim VdB

Farstar11 Apr 2006 3:07 p.m. PST

"hi-res (1 meg plus)"

That's a file size, not a resolution.

Here's a chunk of Bodega Bay. That's a good as most of the world is going to get for free.

The beach park at Alameda is available in higher resolution, but that's due to being in a recent aerial survey:

For the East Coast types, a bit of New Jersey coast:

Some still disturbing high-res (but not necessarily copyright free) images of the Banda Aceh area:
Getting that quality to order will require money and won't be copyright free. That's just the way it is.

CeruLucifus11 Apr 2006 3:18 p.m. PST

I'm not sure these are high resolution enough for you, but both Google Maps and Windows Live Local are free sights with street maps of large parts of the world that toggle to satellite maps. and

I'm looking at Santa Monica Beach right now from both sites and can see coastline with waves meeting a sandy beach. To give you an idea of the resolution, on Google Maps the painted dashed lane dividers on the Pacific Coast Highway appear as continuous lines. On Windows Live Local I can actually make out painted spaces in the beach parking lots.

Martyn11 Apr 2006 5:17 p.m. PST

How big an area do you want?? I work with imagery daily (ex Defence Senior Imagery Analyst – now run oiwn business) and I'm sure I'd have something.


Whattisitgoodfor12 Apr 2006 4:34 p.m. PST


Thank you. Your links were exactly what I was looking for.
Have a great Easter.

And thanks to all for other suggestions too.

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