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.