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Perkins Park, Pacific Grove.


Taken from the line of a Levitation-Light Delta kite in 12 mph SW wind using the gent360-LED controller.

Pacific Grove's favorite tourist attraction in springtime, Perkins Park is carpeted with mesembrianthemum from April into June.


Taken from the line of a Levitation-Light Delta kite in 12 mph SW wind using the gent360-LED controller.

On Day 2 of World Wide KAP Week I went to Roosevelt Island but could not find reliable wind. Looking east from the southern tip of the island I saw flags flying. There was plenty of steady wind right across the river, 350 yards away, in Queens. I had been meaning to explore that area anyway, so I packed up and rode over. When I got there I found a brand new public park that was still under construction and closed to the public. It promises to be quite a sight for the local high rise buildings.

This is the top of a 350m long incline that lowered stone down to the road 65m below. On the right can be seen the remains of the housing for the brake drum. Best viewed large.

Below this point is a canal tunnel and three railway tunnels. The canal tunnel is the earliest and was begun in 1794. For about 30 years this was the longest tunnel in the world. The railway tunnels were opened in 1848, 1871, and 1894. The structure in the foreground was an engine house used during tunnel construction. The incline to the right brought stone from Pule Hill Quarry down to the road. It has nothing to do with the tunnels.


Part of a set documenting the tunnels


This image features in A Different Perspective by Martin Roe

View towards Moss Landing from Fort Ord Dunes, California's newest state park. The dunes were part of one of the west coast's largest basic training bases, deactivated a decade ago.


A 52,000 sq ft enlisted men's club, Stilwell Hall, was built on this site in 1943, when the cliff edge was 1/4 mile from the water. The building was demolished in 2003 after part of the back terrace had fallen onto the beach.


The entrance steps were about where the upper fence line is in this picture.


Taken from the line of a Flow Form 16 kite in 12 mph westerly wind using the AuRiCo controller. Stitched from two images (top & bottom).

Rosario desde 30 metros de altura, mirando desde el Scalabrini Ortiz al Sureste


Rosario from the Sky.

The Golden Pools are an anchialine pond system on the Kona Coast of the Big Island of Hawai`i. Anchialine ponds are fresh or brackish ponds that have no surface connection to the ocean, but that rise and fall with the tides. Most of them contain rare species found only in the anchialine ponds thsemselves, and all are quite fragile.


The Golden Pools contain an orangeish plant that grows on the rocks in the pool, changing color as the water gets deeper. The pools also contain numerous species of fish. Some of the anchialine ponds are also home to a red shrimp that is only found in this environment, but so far I haven't been able to find any in the Golden Pools.


The wind was quite low, though when I first started setting up it was gusting. So I used a 6' rokkaku and #200 line. In the end the line was overkill, and I would have been better off using a lighter line. But using the big winder was handy since there were times when I had to take in line quickly, and hand-over-handing line onto sharp lava rock is usually detrimental to the line.


There was one other shot I did a little lower than this, with the camera almost below the level of the grass clump in the foreground. This put the rig well under the altitude of conventional tripod photography, but with the rig out in the middle of the pond, it was still territory I would rather use KAP for. Placing a tripod in the middle of the pond would've been wet, and would've damaged the plants growing in the water.

Contraluz desde unos 30 metros de altura tomada en el Parque Scalabrini Ortiz, Mientra haciamos KAP.

Day 1 of World Wide Kite Aerial Photography Week brought warm sunny weather and a light breeze to Manhattan. Winds came from the east and should have been rendered useless by the time they reached the Hudson river. But I was lucky and found enough left over to give my Dopero kite what it needed to lift my G9.

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Coal Clough Wind Farm, Worsthorne Moor photographed from a kite.


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This image features in A Different Perspective by Martin Roe

Green Sand Beach on the Big Island of Hawai`i has sand that is largely composed of olivine crystals. It really is green.


The outcropping that provides the olivine-rich sand is out of view to the left. Erosion has formed a bowl-shaped bay with the beach at the bottom.

The second half of WWKW 2009 Day Three found me down at the Mauna Kea Beach with just enough wind to fly a Fled, but not enough to lift a rig. So I flew the Fled and kicked back.


And decided to play with a camera anyway!


With apologies to all the KAPers who are still going through winter weather. Rest assured later in the week I plan to be standing in snow at the summit of a mountain, freezing my toes off. But for now, sand and sunshine.


(Sorry, Brooks, no gloves on this one. Or would that mean wearing socks?)

I spent the greater part of World Wide Kite Aerial Photography week in Houston where I was traveling on business. My flight arrived early enough on Sunday to allow me to spend some time on the edges of downtown Houston. Winds blew parallel to the freeway and I found two grassy mosquito infested lots that allowed me to fly from over one block away.

Wind speeds were high so I flew the Trooper and found it had just enough power to lift my A570is.

95% of the kite aerial photography I do is far from my car, often miles in on a trail. More often than not there's no trail at all. A lot of the terrain around here involves razor-sharp rocks, trees with thorns, and other hazards that make carrying gear in-hand less than ideal.


Because of this, everything you see here fits into my KAP bag. When I bring framed kites, I've begun strapping them to the outside of my pack so my hands are still free. If I need lighter line, I also include a hoop winder with #100 line on it that straps to the outside of my pack.


This photo was made during Worldwide KAP Week 2009, and reflected the state of my kite aerial photography bag at the time. WWKW 2010 is coming up in September, 2010, and as the contents of my bag have changed somewhat, I'm planning on making a new photograph to reflect this.

Lake Moran at Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz

The rose garden Middleton Park, Leeds. But not the season for roses yet!

Volunteers excavating a trench to locate the foundations of Middleton Lodge, Middleton Park, Leeds. Photographed from a kite. As it came from the camera. No editing or cropping.

Looking down a 350m long incline that lowered stone down to the road 65m below. Below are two air shafts from the Standedge railway and canal tunnels. Note the condensation coming out of one shaft caused by cold air being forced upwards when a train passes below. On the left me accidently in shot.


Part of a set documenting the tunnels

Kasbah of the Udayas, El-Atika mosque and old graves.

During WWKW2009, I was in Rabat, Morocco for professional purpose. I managed to fly once, from the beach in front of the city walls and the Kasbah of the Udayas, built by Moulay Yacoub during the 12th century. For travel purpose, I gathered selected gears in a small backpack and I used my Deltavapeur with its special home maid keel, and a Canon PS S70 triggered by Gentled Auto from a very simple pendulum. Too short, but a magic break, anyway!

One of these flew straight for my kite, rig and line during my KAP session today in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA. The kite was at ~ 200 feet, the KAP rig was at ~ 100 feet, the helicopter was at about ~150 feet (it filled the sky, this is a big sucker!). The pilot saw the kite at the last moment and did a bank to the right. The helicopter popped up right next to the Philadelphia Art Museum ! and flew straignt for my kite. Total time from first sound to the fly by was less than 60 seconds! No time to react....even if I had more time....not certain what to do (could not move right (highway) or left (river), cut line or pull in ....none would work with this beast coming straight for me....all safe in the end....I am getting a bit weary of dogging these low flying machines!


My KAP rig did not take this shot (camera was pointing the otherway).




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Fire Island Lighthouse, NY. Photo taken with camera suspended from a kite. Taken during World Wide KAP Week 2009.


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Miracle-Gro Capital Scholars - 4,118 Pinweels on the lawn infront of COSI, Columbus, Ohio

The second half of WWKW 2009 Day Three found me down at the Mauna Kea Beach with just enough wind to fly a Fled, but not enough to lift a rig. So I flew the Fled and kicked back.


And decided to play with a camera anyway!


This really was the view I had while I was flying the Fled. Through half-closed eyelids, anyway. The first half of WWKW 2009 Day Three wore me out. It was all I could do to stay awake and keep flying the kite.

This is one of them ride 'em kites that are attached like a parachute, and then you jump off a cliff. The guy ( I never did get his name ) is flying this thing facing the kite. He then must turn around and move into the wind to get flying. Picture taken with camera hung from kite string, Oxnard California


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