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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Jul 28, 14 05:06 AM
This was an experiment with mounting a camera directly onto the kite. With winds gusting to over 30kph up high, the Fresh Wind Barn Door kite was selected...
In a word, it was tricky. I mounted the camera as close as possible to the center of gravity of the kite, but it still ended up quite a few cm closer to the trailing edge than I would have liked. It was only practical to mount he camera - on its bendy tripod (!) - near the diagonal spars crossing point. Electrical tape secured 2 short tripod legs to the diagonal spars, holding the camera upright with the kite sitting on its trailing edge.
It was a struggle to get enough lift to gain much height, and the kite swung dangerously from side to side. Might try the drogues next time! I did my best to urge the kite higher in mid-swing.
Eventually, for a few seconds, the kite got to around 100 feet on almost 200 feet of 200 pound Dacron.
A video clip will of course be forthcoming on Facebook. And only seasoned kite fliers will bother watching it all the whole way through, possibly wrestling with sea-sickness all the while. Hence the title of this post. Still, it was an interesting, if slightly nerve-wracking, outing! At shoulder level, the breeze measured around 9kph gusting to 18.5kph. Some low cloud over the hills was absolutely tearing along, perhaps up around 40kph.
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