Unusual view of large kites
At one end, you have people who decide on a whim to hoist a cheap
digital camera — or even their phone — from a single line attached to a kite. Any old kite that
has enough lift, can be used. The 10 second timer goes off sometime during the kite's
climb, and hey! an aerial photo results!
At the other end of the spectrum, the KAPer might be a serious
photographer who patiently pans and clicks his expensive digital camera
via a radio transmitter.
The kite might be an enormous Dopero or Rokkaku, "nailed to the
sky" in a light breeze. A Picavet rig suspends the camera cradle and
radio gear from the flying line rather than the kite itself.
Somewhere in between is the approach I take — lofting a rig under a half-Picavet suspension. Between flights, I pan the camera to a new angle for a different perspective for the fixed sequence of shots. The sequence is typically 20 shots at 10 or 15 second intervals. Just the sharpest and most interesting images are used.