An Aerial View of Denmark

See our digitised aerial photos from our extensive collection. You can also help us place them on the map of Denmark.

Aerial photo of Danish country estate

Sylvest Jensen

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How to place aerial photos on the map of Denmark:

1. Register as a user

If you are not already registered as a user at Det Kgl. Bibliotek or have not been logged in after 19 November 2019, you must register online by clicking on Login in the upper right corner of the screen on An Aerial View of Denmark (https://www.kb.dk/en/find-materials/services/aerial-view-denmark). Here you have to select NEM ID (private users) and follow the instructions on the screen. Login ID and PIN code for loans is only important if you also need to borrow books from Det Kgl. Bibliotek.

After you have first logged in using NEM ID and registered your e-mail address and created a password, you can log in using only your e-mail address and self-selected password in the future. If you experience problems with your online registration, you can contact the Ask the library (kb@kb.dk).

2. Zoom in on the area you want to work on

First select the part of Denmark you want to work with in the drop-down menu Select area. Once you have selected a region, you can zoom in on the local area you are interested in. Each zoom has its own URL that you can bookmark. Each time you zoom in, you limit the number of displayed images. For example, if you only want to see photos of a single property, simply zoom in on the property.

Green markers show aerial photos that are positioned correctly. Red markers show aerial photos that have not yet been placed correctly. Blue markers show aerial photos no one has yet been able to place despite countless attempts. Orange markers show protocol pages.

3. Find a photo you can place

Once you have zoomed in on the area you want to work with, you can see all the photos from the area on the left side of the screen. If you only want to see photos that have not yet been placed (red markers), click on the gear wheel to the left of the search field, and in the unfolding menu, select Not correctly placed in the Location field. Once you have found a photo that you can place, click on the image to go to its landing page. Here you can place the photo and edit its information.

4. Correct or add information

All information in the fields Title, Person, Building name, Note and the address can be corrected. Just enter the information in the fields, check the square box in front of You must accept the Det Kgl. Bibliotek's Rules, and then click the floppy disk icon just above. All information you add or correct in these fields is searchable and can be corrected by other users.

If you do not already know the exact address, you can find it in Google Maps by zooming in on the property, right-clicking on it and selecting What's Here? The more information you correct and/or add, the better An Aerial View of Denmark will become.

5. Comments

Information you add as a Comment is not searchable. A comment cannot be deleted by other users, but only by the user who added it. If you want to delete a comment you have added yourself, click on the small green x next to your username above the comment.

6. Work with one series at a time

All photos in a series are, with a few exceptions, basically taken in the same area and are connected (flight route). Because of this, working with one series at a time is most optimal. The IDs of the photos are based on the original numbers for the negatives and are composed of a serial name and a serial number. If you want to search for one specific series or one specific image in a series, you can search in the free text search field in An Aerial View of Denmark.

For example, if you have placed the image AAL_BL45-145_001, you can search AAL_BL45-145 in the free text search field to find the remaining images in the series. Now click on the small arrow next to No sorting (the field just below the free text search field) and select File name ascending for example - now you get the whole series in the order the photos were (probably) taken, and if you have placed AAL_BL45-145_001 first, AAL_BL45-145_002 will likely be one of the neighbouring properties.

7. Use the orthographic maps and the topographic maps

Farm names and other information about the individual photos are taken from either the protocols of Sylvest Jensen Luftfoto or from the back of the sample photos, so there may be errors! Therefore, do not blindly rely on a given farm or property owner name, but instead use the orthographic maps to find the correct location of the image. The orthographic and topographical maps can be found in the menu Load maps of An Aerial View of Denmark. Only a few properties have retained the same appearance from the mid-1950s to today, so if you want to place a photo from 1955, for example, you can use the orthographic map from 1954, where you can see the whole of Denmark. If you want to find an older property or farm name, you can use the topographic maps.

8. Where can I get help?

An Aerial View of Denmark has its own user forum. Here you can get answers and advice from other users. You can also find user tips, read the latest news from An Aerial View of Denmark, and you can find others who are interested in the same local area as you. If you do not get an answer to your questions in the forum, you can contact us via Ask the library.

How do I sign up for user forum?

  1. Click on User Forum in the top line of An Aerial View of Denmark
  2. Click Login, and then click Sign Up
  3. Click I agree to these terms
  4. Fill in the page with your information - feel free to use your full name as Username . NOTE! DO NOT use your CPR number
  5. Finally enter the letters and/or numbers you can read in the box at the bottom of the page, then click Finish.

You will subsequently receive an email stating that your account is not activated but is awaiting approval from an administrator. You can expect your account to be activated the next working day after your registration. If this does not happen, you are very welcome to contact us via the Ask the library.

Can I download a photo?

You can. Click on the photo you want to download until you reach the photo's landing page. Click on the download icon on the far left of the photo and it will open on a new page. Place the cursor on the photo, right-click and select Save image as…

Can I purchase a high-resolution scan or a printed copy of an aerial photo?

You can. Write to Ask the library with a link to the photo you want to buy a scan of. The price for a digital high-resolution scan is 225 DKK excluding shipping and VAT. If you want the image retouched (like having the "Sample" stamp removed), the price is 400 DKK excluding shipping and VAT. If you want the photo printed, you can see the prices under Print from archive at the bottom of the Photo Prices page.

Can I use aerial photos on my website or print them in an article or book?

You may. All aerial photos from An Aerial View of Denmark may be used freely when crediting Det Kgl. Bibliotek and the photographer - for example: Sylvest Jensen Luftfoto; Det Kgl. Bibliotek.

May I edit a photo I want to publish?

Feel free to change the contrast or lighting, as long as it does not change the image itself. You are also welcome to remove any sample stamps and notes written with a ballpoint pen, as this is something that was applied later and not part of the original image. We can not, however, give you permission to remove cars, buildings, people or anything else that is part of the original image.

Where can I read more about Det Kgl. Bibliotek's Aerial Photograph Collection?

You can read more about our collection at Det Kgl. Bibliotek's Aerial Photograph archives (in Danish). Here you can read about the difference between oblique photos and vertical photos, and get answers to what the L in L-series and the H in H-series stand for.

How many aerial photos have been digitised?

You can see the answer under Statistics.

Why are there no aerial photos from my local area?

There can be three explanations for this:
1) Aerial photos from your area have not yet been digitised.
2) Aerial photos have been digitised but have not yet been placed correctly.
3) There are no aerial photos from the area in question in the Aerial Photograph Collection. We encourage everyone who has knowledge of historical aerial photograph collections to contact the Collection of Prints and Photographs via Ask Library.

Are there protocol pages for all aerial photos?

No, there are only protocol pages for the series that come from Sylvest Jensen Luftfoto. Sylvest Jensen kept a careful record of the aerial photos that the company took and sold. For each roll of film, a neat protocol page was kept that could tell where and in what year the photograph was taken and to whom it was possibly sold.

How do I search a protocol page for an aerial photo?

All aerial photos have an ID, which can look like the following example: ID L0822_34.tif. If you search for the first part of the number (in this case: L0822) in the search field, you will find all aerial photos and the protocol page for that series. All protocol pages have an _i_ in the file name. If you only want to find the protocol page, then search for L0822_i_.