I was on Prince Edward Island flying at the Summerside Lobster Carnival this week. While the kite fest was rained out on Thursday Scott Ferguson and I had a great day of Kite Aerial Photography on Friday. Driving along the highway from Badeque to Summerside I spotted this beautiful field. I later found out it is a Yellow Mustard flower crop. Scott and I made a point of coming back on Friday to get some shots. Our first attempt failed due to the lack of wind, but our second attempt later in the day proved to be successful. 3 minutes in the air was all the time we had, but we managaed to get a great shot.
I will add more shots to my gallery later today.
Over at the Kite Aerial Photography blog Brooks Leffler has posted about the world wide Panorama that’s taking place over the summer solstice. If I can figure out how to take a panorama using my kap gear I will give it a shot.
The theme this year is Water, so it should be pretty easy getting some shots with water in them around here
Brooks Leffler has some amazing kap panoramas on his site Brooxes.com
This is really cool…
I’ve heard about flickr before but I didn’t realise that it’s tagging features were so awesome.
Basically Flickr is an photo sharing site (like webshots, etc) but it’s built around communities. It allows you to upload photos to your own albums and then share them in other groups ,etc. Flickr also allows you to add tags to your photos that can be searched on. For example if I wanted to see pictures of Halifax I would do something like this. http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/halifax/
Anyway there is another neat thing that the folks at GeoBloggers.com did. They took the cool maps.google.com and the flickr image community and merged it together. You can add the latitude and longitude as a tag to your images and then you can see where in the world they were taken… Really really cool.. especially for KAP.
click on the picture and then select the geotagged link in the description under the picture
Sunday was a gorgeous day, 15 degrees, sunny and NO WIND… well at least in the morning. Around 1:00 O’Clock however the wind picked up and it was perfect for a KAP session. I headed to the Dartmouth waterfront near the ferry terminal. My goal was to get some low altitude shots of the ferry’s heading in and out of the terminal, however the wind was not in my favour. I headed further down the board walk towards a small marina. The marina was empty and I thought it would make for some interesting shots. This was a pretty big thing for me as I haven’t had my rig out over open water before and I was a little nervous. All went well and I managed to get some pretty cool shots!
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The wind has finally started to cooperate so I got a chance to take some more aerial photos. My wife and I are building a new house and we wanted to get some aerial shots of our building lot as the construction progresses. This gallery from March 26th shows the lot with the trees cleared and the surrounding lakes.
Today Scott and I wanted to try again as the weather improved and the sun came out, however the wind wasn’t that great so we only got a few of the building site. We figured that a drive down the coast may improve our chances of getting decent wind. We ended up in prospect village and had some nice steady winds.
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Managed to get a few minutes of flying with the rig today… Very cold and the winds were gusty…
I am very happy with my first attempt.. it was only about 10-15 minutes and I didn’t have a very good setup. i.e. nothing to stake the kite with etc, but overall I am happy!
Today I started working on the assembly of Brooxes Finest Kap Kit (BFKK), and about 7 hours later I was done. Wow this rig was a breeze to build. I hope to take it out this week to get some real photos
Here is the rig completed..
Here is a short video demonstrating pan, tilt, and shutter abilities.
more photos here
I decided to take a break from the double star to attempt the electronics portion of the BFKK kit. Specifically the task involves modifiying a stock Futaba S3004 servo to provide 360 degree rotation. The regular servos have three things that prevent endless rotation. There are plastic tabs on the inner lid of the servo and a plastic block on the main drive gear, and finally the trim pot used will not support full rotation. Continue reading
A good friend of mine and I decided to take a closer look at the picavet that comes with the BFKK. The PeKabe blocks are extremely small and smooth. After a few minutes we had the PeKabe blocks attached and the line threaded properly through the hangups. Continue reading
Well, I decided to take the plunge and try my hand at KAP. After researching KAP rigs on the net, I figured the best way to get up and running was to use a kit. Luckily Brooks Leffler provides such a kit. Continue reading