Some Typical Images
Kite photography enthusiasts set out to capture interesting or historic
scenes from the air. Maybe an unusual landscape with features that can
only be seen from the air. Perhaps a famous castle or an interesting
modern building complex.
With a light enough camera, you could even use a home-made kite like the Dowel Rokkaku or other kites in those eBooks over there on the right.
Web-surfing for aerial photos one day, one photograph really caught my eye...
It was an air-to-air shot of a big flow-form kite at a kite
festival. The flying kite takes up most of the frame, with the beach and
ant-like crowd far below. This is a reversal of the usual 'people on
the sand, with kites far away in the sky'!
The book Saltscapes: The Kite Aerial Photography of Cris Benton
on Amazon shows how great photography can be performed from the vantage point of a flying kite. The reviewers loved this book!
Looking around at some KAP images on the web, I found that many hobbyists have a fascination with photographing themselves from the kite while it is still very low!
Another quite common class of shot is the architectural view. Nice
buildings from unusual angles in other words! Or perhaps spectacular
buildings, extremely old buildings, buildings in magnificent settings.
And so on. Aerial photography using kites is open to a lot of
Others are even more creative and try hard to make artistic
statements with their best pictures. For example, a collection of
brightly colored sailing boat sails on the beach, with the boats
themselves largely hidden. Sometimes, fish-eye lenses are used to good
effect, and filters can completely alter the tone of the scene. The
artistry can be more important than the subject matter, in some cases.
Talking about boats, here's an interesting aerial shot of hulls from an unusual angle...
Photo courtesy of G. F.
Digital cameras are widely used in aerial photography using kites. In fact,
their use in KAP has pretty much stayed in step with their popularity
with the general public. Initially, the cheaper cameras just couldn't
take a decent picture compared to a 35mm film camera. As we all know,
that is not the case now! A large and growing number of people
world-wide are enthusiastically snapping digital pictures.
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Aug 20, 14 03:30 AM
A new page going up soon on this site will feature some discussion on using a Kite Log. Just as pilots of all types of aircraft log their hours, so do some fliers with kites at the larger end of the scale. According to one site visitor who contacted me, more of us should be keeping logs!
Accordingly, I have put together a small PDF and called it a Kite Log Book Sheet. Today, with a log sheet printout in a pocket, I went out with the Multi-Dowel Diamond kite to test it. The log sheet that is, not the kite ;-)
The breeze was very light to begin with and the big Diamond had a brief flight to about 100 feet before sinking back to the grass.
On a second attempt the kite managed to stay in the air. But not without a lot of help from the guy working the line down below! With plenty of weak convection going on, there were periods of faster air and areas of rising air coming through occasionally.
Eventually I worked the kite up higher and managed to get 75 meters (250 feet) of line out.
Some video was taken as the Multi-Dowel Diamond kite drifted slowly this way and that at about 50 degrees of line angle. A tension test revealed that the kite was only pulling 2.5 kg at most.
In fact, on my first attempt to measure the tension, the kite sank out to within a meter (3 feet) of the ground. I promptly put down the scales and hauled the Diamond back up again!
Time was limited, as usual, so the kite was soon being pulled down. Otherwise, it might have stayed up for another 20 minutes or so without any intervention.
About This Post: These days, most flight reports are in the short format you've just seen, above. However, longer format reports are done occasionally, which also feature photos and video taken on the day. Here is a link to all those full flight report pages on this site.
Apologies for this site's current lack of video when viewed on mobile devices...
For now, please view this site on a Desktop or Laptop computer to see the videos. And there's plenty of them!
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