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|Description ||Badbury Rings October 2005. Aerial photograph taken from a kite. View looking approximately south at the south west corner of the rings.|
|Great idea and cheaper than chartering a 'plane! Well done!|
|I'd always wondered about attaching a camera to a kite. Do you have only 10 seconds to get airborne, or do you have a ridiculously long cable release? Or a fancy infra-red remote control?|
|Andy B |
|Same here, I'd also like some tips. The thing that would worry me is my kite landings are rather bumpy!|
|The camera I used for these photos is a Pentax 33WR digital camera. Many pentax digital cameras have a mode where they take a photo every X seconds. So in this case I take a photo every 20 seconds. Since it was a fairly dull day 80% of my photos came out blurry. Its not ideal, but good for entry level. The added bonus of this particular camera is that is water resitant and has a rugged case.
The camera hangs from a special device called a Picavet. This allows you to point the camera in a specific direction and helps to keep the camera steady. I made my own picavet.
Landings and take off are no worries. The camera is attached about 100ft down the line from the kite. This means to "land" the camera you simply walk towards the kite pulling the line down, whilst leaving the end of the line firmly staked in to the ground. When you reach the camera the kite is still very stable in the air. This also means you don't have to wind in the line everytime you want to change the angle of the camera.
The kite is a premier 160cm X 102cm Power Sled. Most kite photographers use something much larger as far as I know. But the big kites can get quite expensive. I also use a fuzzy kite tail which makes the kite more stable. A kite this small means it has to be reasonable windy, and the site has to have clean air.
I'd be happy to answer any more questions you have.|
|I think its a great idea, thanks for the details - I've now been able to find details elsewhere on the web. Is the picture a very distant self-portrait then?|
|yeah it is me!! There are a few really detailled websites. For anyone else kit photography is generally referred to as KAP. Kite Aerial Photography. |
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