Kite Pictures

Some Great Kite Photography Here

Full-size poster prints featuring kite pictures are not too common, but I have gathered a bunch of great ones here.

After the first image of a large stunt kite, there follow a series of single-liner images ranging from in-flight close-ups to mass formations taken at a large kite festival.

There's not really that many pictures of kites in this sample of kite photography, so this page shouldn't be too much slower to load than other pages on this site.

Hopefully the quality makes up for the lack of quantity...

Enjoy!





Stunt Kite

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Here's a large stunt kite in action. A lot of the visual impact comes from that long flowing tail which traces out every move on its aerial canvas. The best place for these is usually down at the beach where breezes are fresh and smooth. However, a wide, smooth wind-swept slope like the one pictured is pretty good too!

This Quantum Stunt Kite from Amazon is a typical modern design.




Kite Pictures Featuring Kids

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It's hard to run out of room down at the beach! These 3 Kids are having a great time showing off their colorful single-liners. Let's see, there's a Diamond with geometric pattern and a blue Delta. Bit hard to tell what the middle one is, since the girl is holding it side-on to the camera...

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Some great photos of kites have been taken late in the day, with the rays of the setting sun illuminating the sail and tail. Here's a 'boy and his kite' variation on that theme.





Other Single-liners

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Remarkably realistic bird kites have been made and flown in China for centuries. This old man might be on his way to or from a flying session, judging by that elaborate hand-made kite reel.




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A close-up of a modern large Delta in flight. These kites are typically made from fiberglass spars and rip-stop nylon material for the sail. Deltas are very efficient in light winds, holding a steep flying angle.

This 9-ft. Teknacolor Delta Kite from Amazon is a good example.



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Here's a couple of large inflatables, with a bit of humor designed in, I suspect! The largest of these are far too expensive for most individual kite fliers, but the same designs in smaller sizes are more affordable. Sea creatures are particularly popular subjects, since they tend to move realistically in the air.





Kite Pictures From Long Beach, U.S.A.

Long Beach is the venue for the large and spectacular Washington State Kite Festival in the U.S.A. Here are some fantastic images from that location...

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Hope you enjoyed those kite photos, which really cover just the tiniest portion of the wonderful world of modern kiting.

(And just for something different, why not check out some amazing photography where the kite picture doesn't necessarily feature a kite or kites in close-up!)




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This printable e-book takes you step-by-step through making a 119 cm (4 ft) wide Parachute kite. It's not quite that wide in the air since the canopy takes on a distinct curved shape when inflated. This 14-cell kite performs best in moderate to fresh wind speeds. That's 20 to 38 kph or 13 to 24 mph. In gentle winds, this kite will hang in the air at fairly low line angles. In fresh winds, it pulls firmly for it's size, so small kids should only fly it while supervised!

Every kite design in the MBK Soft Series satisfies the following points...

  • Materials are plastic sheet, tape and line – and nothing more!
  • Tools are a ruler, scissors and a marker pen - and nothing more!
  • All cuts are along straight lines.

For the greatest chance of success, I make recommendations regarding the materials. For example, the type/weight of plastic, type/width of tape and line type/strength. Close enough should nearly always be good enough, since the design is well-tested and should be tolerant of small differences from my original.

Get the e-book for making the MBK Parachute kite. After making your first one in plastic and seeing how it performs, you can try soft Tyvek or rip-stop nylon for your next build.

The e-book is a PDF file - which means printable instructions to refer to while you make the kite. It also means convenient off-line access if that suits you better.



What's New!

  1. The Classic Cody Kite

    Aug 23, 17 06:00 AM

    This previously published page gives a quick insight into the structure and materials of the original 'War Kites' by Samuel Cody. Plus some history and photos of course. Intriguing stuff...

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Testimonials
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"Love the easy to understand step by step instructions, made from next to nothing materials and above all so much fun to fly... cheers Tim for sharing your well thought out pdf kite designs with the whole world.

Very satisfying making your own and watching them get air-born for the first time."

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"30+ years ago, I tried making a kite using the 'instructions' in a free kite-safety booklet. What a disappointment for a young boy.

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Wind Speeds


Light air
1-5 km/h
1-3 mph
1-3 knots
Beaufort 1

Light breeze
6–11 km/h
4–7 mph
4–6 knots
Beaufort 2    

Gentle breeze
12–19 km/h
8–12 mph
7–10 knots
Beaufort 3    

Moderate breeze
20–28 km/h
13–18 mph
11–16 knots
Beaufort 4    

Fresh breeze
29–38 km/h
19–24 mph
17–21 knots
Beaufort 5    

Strong breeze
39–49 km/h
25–31 mph
22–27 knots
Beaufort 6

High Wind
50-61 km/h
32-38 mph
28-33 knots
Beaufort 7