Just a small number of images are presented for each year the
festival was held, but I have been more generous with the sizes this
Due to jetty renovations, no festival was held in 2010. Also, in
2009 all imagery not already published was unfortunately lost in a hard
drive crash. We had backups for the other years.
Our camera in 2007 was originally bought for around $400 some
years previously. And it was quite pathetic compared to current models
in both resolution and capturing color!
However, from 2008 onwards we have been using a Canon Powershot
A460 with 4x optical zoom. Not impressed? Well, it might be a very
modest low-end digital camera, but in brightly lit conditions it has
produced a tremendous amount of great kite imagery! It has been well
worth the $160 or so we paid. We snap our own kites from time to time as well.
When the weather's good and you have the time, it's great to get out with a kite or 3. But what about on bad weather days? Then it's time to pull out...
"Kites Up!" - my downloadable kite-flying board game! Apart from towing indoor kites, doing a spot of imaginary flying is the next best thing :-)
Kite Images From 2007
A couple of these are on a tilt. This is a technique my wife favors for taking kite photos. In fact she may have taken all of these, although I have cropped them a little. This was the old camera.
Long kite train in a very fresh breeze
Another Taiwanese kite train, plus a few large inflatables
Some of the more impressive show kites
Another perspective of one of the kite trains
Kite Images From 2008
The following sequence of photos starts with a close-up of an unusual
kite design. It shares some similarities with a Rokkaku, but has curved
leading and trailing edges, and quite a few light horizontal spars.
From there, the sequence steps back further and further away from
the kites. The last one says 'there's a kite cloud over there...'
Unusual - many horizontal spars
Some large 'soft' kites
All very nautical - including a sail-boat on the sea
Satisfaction for the festival organisers - kites of all shapes and sizes
Kite Images From 2011
A fairly random selection of shots here, including a couple of stunt
kites for a change. I'm hardly ever satisfied with the shot as
originally framed. Hence most of these are cropped down to improve the
composition and sometimes to highlight detail in the kites by enlarging
them a bit.
The lolly-dropper kite - excitement for the kids
Dual line stunt kite hovering over the sand
A 2-liner posing with a single-liner - both Deltas
One of the coolest large inflatables, a frill-necked lizard
There was a more serious photographer snapping kite pics while we were on the Semaphore jetty in 2011...
I had noticed this guy using a
mono-pod to steady his pricey-looking digital camera. Is that what you
call a tripod with one leg? Do photographers remove the legs one at a
time as they get better? I don't need any. Anyway ;-) there I was, a few minutes later, with all thoughts of mono-pods gone...
I was concentrating on zooming in on a high-flying kite. KA-CHEESH (fake shutter sound, sampled from a real
camera) ... BZZZZZZUP (noisy cheap zoom mechanism) ... KA-CHEESH
KA-CHEESH (rotate to portrait orientation) KA-CHEESH KA-CHEESH KA-CHEESH
Pausing for a moment, I looked across to see the same guy, giving
me a slightly bemused look... Was he thinking 'so much enthusiasm, what
a crappy camera...' I don't know, and never will. One day we will
invest in a more capable camera! We will continue to add to the sum of
interesting kite photos on the Web.
Just to add a bit of movement, here's a video from the 2008 event....
It's fun to photograph your own kites from time to time too. I've been re-creating the classics for many years. For example, diamonds and deltas.
As mentioned earlier, there's another alternative to towing indoor kites if it's just not possible to fly outdoors...
"Kites Up!" is my downloadable board game. It's a PDF file which has all the documentation for the game plus images for all the components. Tokens, cards, the board itself and so on. Anyway, just click that link to see more info :-)