Notes on Kite Aerial Photography: Photo Gallery
A sweep of the horizon from around 250 feet up (22K jpg left, 17K jpg center and 30K jpg right, Canon 15-mm, May 1997).
On Mother's Day 1997 we packed a picnic lunch for a afternoon out. It was foggy toward the coast so we headed south to the Coyote Hills Regional Park. You may recall this setting from early gallery pages with pictures of a dry mud bed. On this occasion the park's wetlands were still quite wet and the hills were in transition from spring greens to summer tawns.
The three imaegs above sweep the horizon from south to north using the 15-mm lens. This lens sees such a large area that the kite supporting the camera - my trusty Sutton 30 -- is visible in the lefthand image. The water covered area visible in the righthand image is the location of the dry mudbed shots mentioned earlier.
The launch crew at our flying site (25K jpg, Canon 15-mm, May 1997).
This ground-level view shows the
seasonal wetland as seen from our rocky launching point. Claudia
is serving as a temporary kite anchor while I prepare the camera
The wetlands from low altitude (left: 40K jpg, Canon 15-mm, May 1997 and right: 38K jpg, Yashica T4, August 1996).
On the left you can see the rocky
outcrop that served as our temporary base. Also visible are the
hiking trails and the wetlands. San Francisco Bay is on the other
side of the hills.
outcrop is also visible in the righthand image which was taken
toward the end of summer in 1996. In this case Charlie and I are
flying from the exposed mudbeds in the late afternoon.
Fisheye views of the leeward wetlands (32K jpg left and 32K jpg right, Canon 15-mm, May 1997).
The lefthand view shows tall, dark green grasses growing in the shallow waters. As one moves away from the shoreline the grassy hills quickly turn to a dry brown.
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