Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Background
Here, in all the majesty of Brook's Leffler's Horizon swing lens panoramic camera, is the assembled KAPiCA group outside the Nautilus Room at Asilomar. The key below will help you associate names with faces. For those wanting a print the photograph is linked to a large jpg (around 1 Mb, photo by John Leffler).
Several conference participants have posted information from the conference:
|James and Susan Aber||The final KAPiCA Conference program (masterfully assembled by Peter Bults)|
|Peter Bults||Informal KAPiCA images, aerial shots by Peter|
|David Hunt||The KAPiCA group shot with a different key -- includes domiciles and absent participants|
|Andrea Casalboni||A gallery page with images Andrea took around Monterey -- including the prize winner!|
|Cary Clements||Two pages of digital shots from the conference|
|Christian Becot||Snapshots chronicling the KAPiCA event (with captions)|
Random notes from the conference
I never properly prepared for this conference. Perhaps it was because the event, held at Asilomar on California's Monterey peninsula, was only a three-hour drive from my house. More likely it was the press of daily work as I extract myself from the role of department administrator. In any event the eve of the conference found me somewhat wildly throwing KAP accoutrements into the back of the Cabriolet. My new Nikon Coolpix 5000 rig was nowhere near finished, I had only printed a fraction of the images I originally planned. C'est la vie. Unrealized too were some of my better intentions for the conference. I had imagined myself taking detailed photographs of the assembled KAP rigs for posting on this site but left the Nikon Coolpix behind in Berkeley. (In the 'note to self' category -- it would be nice to have a pair of copy lights and a photographic backdrop available to do quick 'studio shots' of the KAP rigs. There was much to learn from how folks went about building their gear.)
In any event, I left KAPiCA 2002 with warm
memories and relatively few photographs. Shared below are a few shots taken from
a group "fly" on the Asilomar beach (all taken with a Canon Digital
Elph S200 at 1600 x 1200 pixels).
the lower right clockwise we have Christian Becot of France (with an impish
smile), Ralf Beutnagel of Germany, Frank Louwers of Belgium, and a Carl Bigras
Wilson of Wisconsin with his new Maxi Dopero made by Peter Bultz. Craig took
delivery of the kite on the beach and it flew well. The wind was decidedly light
and only the lightest kites -- mainly Doperos and Rokkakus -- flew. There were
so many Doperos aloft that folks started saying it was D-Day. Craig's kite flew
well in the slight but steady breeze and carried his camera cradle aloft on its
first flight in Craig's hands. The bit of red fabric on the beach in the lower
left is the original proto-Dopero designed and sewn by Ralf Beutnagel.
more to come ...
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