KAP 2013-16 – Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick – April 22, 2013

Confederation Bridge at sunset. Aerial photograph at the New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

Confederation Bridge at sunset. Aerial photograph at the New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

The Confederation Bridge joins Prince Edward Island with New Brunswick.

I had pondered the idea of doing kite aerial photography at sunset at the Confederation Bridge during this whole trip out east. I was heading in the right direction during my previous session (see KAP 2013-15) a few kilometers down the coast. However, having had such a poor time the with lack of wind, I arrived at the bridge expecting to just do some tripod shots while scoping the site out for a potential future KAP session. As the sun was quickly disappearing and I was standing over my tripod-mounted SLR it suddenly hit me ….. literally! WIND! What was I doing with my tripod when I had ideal conditions for KAPping the bridge. Time was of the essence as I ran back to the car, grabbed my FLED kite and camera rig and dashed back to the west side of the bridge. The angle of the wind was perfect to send the kite diagonally away from the bridge and over the water.

Realizing that I had only 10 to 15 minutes of light I exercised poor judgement in assuming that the bright light reflecting from the bridge would require my normal daylight settings on the camera. In hindsight I should have taken a few extra seconds to check. I sent the camera quite high first and then brought it down for lower shots. With no video feedback (video downlink broken for this trip) I failed to realize that a) the exposure setting was too low and b) initially the high flying camera had spun itself around to the opposite direction. When I brought the camera down a bit to do some lower aspect shots I realized it was pointing the wrong way and corrected it. But by now I was underexposing my shots by more than two stops.

The results, after trying to improve exposure in photoshop, are very grainy images of the bridge. The images of the sunset are not too bad, but those were not my objective. Only a couple of the bridge shots are good enough to illustrate what a beautiful subject I was dealing with.

Live and learn!

Confederation Bridge at sunset. Aerial photograph at the New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

Confederation Bridge at sunset. Aerial photograph at the New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

Aerial photograph of the sunset from the vantage point of high above the Confederation Bridge. The New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

Aerial photograph of the sunset from the vantage point of high above the Confederation Bridge. The New Brunswick end of the Confederation Bridge.

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Visit my website gallery Confederation Bridge, New Brunswick – KAP 2013-16 – April 22, 2013 to see more images from this session.

Images from this session are available for licensing through Latitude Image, a stock photography agency specializing in aerial stock images. Click the website gallery link above for more information.

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KAP 2013-15 – Tidal Flats near Bayfield, New Brunswick – April 22, 2013

Aerial photograph. Tidal flats along the Northumberland Strait near Bayfield New Brunswick.

Aerial photograph. Tidal flats along the Northumberland Strait near Bayfield New Brunswick.

I had greater expectations for this session but nevertheless ended up with a couple of nice images.

When I arrived at this location the tidal flats extended for hundreds of meters. It was a patchwork of red sands and blue puddles, complemented by the light blue of the sky and a hint of the Confederation Bridge in the distance. The wind had been strong further along the coast but for some reason was dead here. I played around and teased my Levitation Light Delta kite into the air and attached my lowest weight rig, designed for autoKAP. The kite flew but the rig hovered just above ground level. After over an hour of time-wasting like this I decided to walk to middle of the sand bar, launch the gear there and then walk back towards my starting point. This achieved several minutes of lift in which I snapped a few dozen images before the gear drifted down to the ground. I repeated the exercise a couple of times. This way I did manage some nice images but with time having passed, the tide had risen considerably and most of the beautiful patchwork of sand and water was covered by the sea.

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial photograph. Confederation bridge and foreground tidal flats along the Northumberland Strait near Bayfield New Brunswick.

Aerial photograph. Confederation bridge and foreground tidal flats along the Northumberland Strait near Bayfield New Brunswick.

Visit my website gallery Tidal Flats near Bayfield, New Brunswick – KAP 2013-15 – April 22, 2013 to see more images from this session.

Images from this session are available for licensing through Latitude Image, a stock photography agency specializing in aerial stock images. Click the website gallery link above for more information.

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KAP 2013-14 – Pugwash, Nova Scotia – April 22, 2013

Aerial photograph. Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Pugwash is a small village on the Northumberland Strait shore of Nova Scotia. Many years ago our family had a short holiday at a friend’s cottage not too far from Pugwash and this town was the local hub for essential supplies. It is also the home of one of the Windsor Salt salt mines.

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial photograph. Salt mine of Windsor Salt. Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Salt mine of Windsor Salt. Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash Basin and Pugwash Harbour - Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash Basin and Pugwash Harbour – Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash Basin - Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph. Pugwash Basin – Pugwash, Nova Scotia

Visit my website gallery Pugwash, Nova Scotia – KAP 2013-14 – April 22, 2013 to see more images from this session.

Images from this session are available for licensing through Latitude Image, a stock photography agency specializing in aerial stock images. Click the website gallery link above for more information.

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KAP 2013-13 – Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia – April 22, 2013

Aerial view of the town of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia alongside the Waugh River.

Aerial view of the town of Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia alongside the Waugh River.

Tatamagouche is a small town where the Waugh River and the French River empty into Tatamagouche Bay on the Northumberland Strait shore of Nova Scotia. For this session I was in a small rest area alongside highway 6 just to the east of town with a hillside cemetery with trees obstructing the view of the village from my location. I knew the town was there; it was just a question of having the camera pointing in the right direction and lifting it higher than tree level.

One of the things that I’ve appreciated about Atlantic Canada in the spring is the colourful glow of new growth on the trees. In some parts the appearance is almost patchwork in nature with groupings of trees of the same species making colour blotches over the countryside. You can see this when driving on the Trans-Canada highway through parts of Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. It is not unique to this region, but it has made a big impression on me in the maritimes. Some of the images in this gallery give a mere hint of what I’m talking about. With it being a long winter I think I was about a week or two early for good colour. Also, I haven’t quite figured out how to best capture this type of abstract view from a kite-lifted camera. Once you have spotted an interesting effect from afar, when you try to drive there you can no longer see the effect to know if you are in the right place because you are in among the trees. Also, most of the time the trees themselves make it difficult to find a place to fly a kite and most country roads have telephone lines on one side of the road which is another kiting hazard. I purposely try to chase aerial tree patterns later on this trip (KAP 2013-19 – to follow) and fail miserably. Anyway, no-one said this should be easy.

Aerial view of a road through the countryside near Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

Aerial view of a road through the countryside near Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

Red asphalt on Highway 6 heading east from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

Red asphalt on Highway 6 heading east from Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

Aerial photograph of a barn in the countryside near Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. The Waugh River is in the background.

Aerial photograph of a barn in the countryside near Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia. The Waugh River is in the background.

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Visit my website gallery Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia – KAP 2013-13 – April 22, 2013 to see more images from this session.

Images from this session are available for licensing through Latitude Image, a stock photography agency specializing in aerial stock images. Click the website gallery link above for more information.

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KAP 2013-9 – Prospect, Nova Scotia – April 1, 2013

Aerial photograph of Prospect, Nova Scotia

Aerial photograph of Prospect, Nova Scotia

I love the setting of this village. Winter has just left the area making the much of the terrain look dead. I’m sure a much different picture can be obtained in the summer and the winter. I hope to return at other times of year.

A big thank-you goes out to Bill Wilson, a Halifax area Flickr contact, for helping me resolve equipment issues in order to get this session done. Two days earlier I had been to Peggy’s Cove and here to Prospect. The winds were very strong that day but with the attitude “You don’t get if you don’t try” I boldly set up to fly at both places. At Peggy’s Cove I regretted the move in having a major fight to bring the kite back down. Later, at Prospect, thinking the wind had dropped a bit, I proceeded to snap the horizontal spar of my FLED while in the process of setting up when a gust set the kite out of control with only a metre of line out. I almost always carry spare spars when travelling, but not on this occasion when I was only in Halifax for a few days. Bill responded to my pleas and helped me out with what I needed. Thus, here I was back at Prospect with a repaired kite and ideal KAP conditions.

Aerial photograph of a lobster fisherman checking traps at Prospect, Nova Scotia.

Aerial photograph of a lobster fisherman checking traps at Prospect, Nova Scotia.

Aerial view of a lobster boat at Prospect, Nova Scotia

Aerial view of a lobster boat at Prospect, Nova Scotia

Aerial photographh of the rocky shoreline at Prospect, Nova Scotia

Aerial photographh of the rocky shoreline at Prospect, Nova Scotia

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Visit my website gallery Prospect, Nova Scotia – KAP 2013-9 – April 1, 2013 to see more images from this session.

Images from this session are available for licensing through Latitude Image, a stock photography agency specializing in aerial stock images. Click the website gallery link above for more information.

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KAP 2013-12 – Hector Heritage Quay, Pictou, Nova Scotia

The Hector at Hector Heritage Quay, Pictou, Nova Scotia

The Hector at Hector Heritage Quay, Pictou, Nova Scotia

The Hector is the tall ship at Hector Heritage Quay in Pictou, Nova Scotia. The body of water is the convergence of the West River of Pictou, the Middle River of Pictou and the East River of Pictou as they join at Pictou Harbour and dump into the Northumberland Strait, between Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

This and other photographs from this session were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Visit my website gallery KAP 2013-12 – Hector Heritage Quay to see more images from this session.

Images from this session are available for licensing through Latitude Image, a stock photography agency specializing in aerial stock images. Click the website gallery link above for more information.

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Kite Aerial Photography of Alma, New Brunswick – KAP 2013-10

The village of Alma, New Brunswick at the eastern end of Fundy National Park. It is located at the delta of the Upper Salmon River which runs into the Bay of Fundy.

The village of Alma, New Brunswick at the eastern end of Fundy National Park. It is located at the delta of the Upper Salmon River which runs into the Bay of Fundy.

Alma, New Brunswick is a small village at the mouth of the Upper Salmon River which empties into the Bay of Fundy in the Atlantic Ocean. Alma is found at the eastern entrance to the Fundy National Park. This session took place on April 13, 2010 as I passed through New Brunswick en route to Halifax, Nova Scotia.

I discovered at the outset of this trip that the video component of my aerial transmitter was broken. Consequently I had to shoot this session blind, just estimating the angle and direction of the camera and taking additional shots to increase the likelihood of getting the compositions I aim for. This is how I KAPped for the first two years (2008 – 2009) but now I have grown accustomed to the luxury of video feedback. Video feedback gives you the ability to adjust your aim and thus increase the likelihood of success. With this in mind, I consider this one of those sessions where things went rather well and I was happy with the images. Of course it is early spring (with a late winter storm behind my back as I travel east towards Halifax, Nova Scotia). Consequently the grass is brown and drab looking. It might be nice to return when things are greener, but when you KAP while travelling you do the best with what you’ve got. Besides, from a documentary standpoint there’s merit in seeing what a place looks like from the air in mid-April; like it or not. It would also be interesting to return at low tide as the tides in the Bay of Fundy are very significant and the views of the river and coastline from the air should be quite different.

These photographs were taken using a remote-controlled camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

An aerial view into the Bay of Fundy National Park from high over Alma, New Brunswick. The village is at the eastern end of Fundy National Park. It is located at the delta of the Upper Salmon River which runs into the Bay of Fundy.

An aerial view into the Bay of Fundy National Park from high over Alma, New Brunswick. The village is at the eastern end of Fundy National Park. It is located at the delta of the Upper Salmon River which runs into the Bay of Fundy.

Aerial photograph of the Upper Salmon River as it enters the Bay of Fundy between the village of Alma, New Brunswick on the right and Fundy National Park on the left.

Aerial photograph of the Upper Salmon River as it enters the Bay of Fundy between the village of Alma, New Brunswick on the right and Fundy National Park on the left.

Visit my website gallery Alma, New Brunswick – KAP2013-10 Gallery to see more images from this session.

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