Kite Pictures

A Small But Wide-Ranging Selection

After the first homey image of my small son flying an even smaller diamond kite, there follow a series of single-liner kite pictures 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!

Keep in mind that the images will appear in much higher resolution (quality) when you are on a device with a large screen, like a desktop PC or laptop computer.

Kite Pictures Featuring Kids

Our son Aren when he was barely old enough to walk. But he could grasp a small plastic winder! The kite is flying low since the little fella had briefly trotted towards it as it flew. Downwind! At least that situation made it easier to frame up the picture.

This photo belongs to the popular 'kids towing kites' genre. :-)  The image was taken at a public event in the South Parklands of Adelaide, our home city in South Australia. Tall trees were everywhere, blocking the breeze, so a little towing was necessary from time to time. The kids had fun.

Other Single-liners

This colorful swallow-tailed bird kite was snapped at the local kite festival one year. With not a cloud in the sky, the sunshine was at full strength. Ideal weather for photographing colorful kites.

A close-up of a fairly big kids' 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.

Here's a couple of mid-sized 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. See if you can spot a few of these in the background.

"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."

"I decided to run kite making as an elective again on this camp in the past week - so I bought all your e-books, a bunch of materials, and then took a group of 10 high school students through making the kites over 4 days. We built a diamond, a Barn Door, a Delta, and two skew delta kites. Again - every single kite flew."

More Kite Images From The AIKF

AIKF? The Adelaide International Kite Festival, held annually (almost!) in South Australia. Here is a selection of images from several years, in no particular order...


See over there on the right... Were you expecting to find a usable version of that little picture somewhere? This was an old page and - guess what - I didn't have the rights to that image and several others! Hence they have all been replaced with roughly equivalent original images from our archives.

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

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

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

Strong ...
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

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