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.

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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.

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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.

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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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KAP 2013-6 – Hervey Bay Boat Club, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia

Aerial photograph, Hervey Bay Boat Club, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Aerial photograph, Hervey Bay Boat Club, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

A recent four week trip to Australia provided several opportunities for kite aerial photography. Hervey Bay was the town where we stayed to enable a day trip to Fraser Island. Hervey Bay itself is quite a nice place and would have merited a longer stay. I did get time to have a KAP session at the Hervey Bay Boat Club before leaving. The boat club is in Urangan Harbour. This was my 5th kite aerial photography session of this trip to Australia.

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

Aerial photograph, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Aerial photograph, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Aerial photograph, Hervey Bay Boat Club, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Aerial photograph, Hervey Bay Boat Club, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Visit my website gallery KAP 2013-6 – Hervey Bay Boat Club, Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia to see more images from this session.

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KAP 2013-5 – Tallow Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia

Tallow Beach near Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Tallow Beach near Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

A recent four week trip to Australia provided several opportunities for kite aerial photography. Byron Bay is one place we stayed for a few days. It is a community that seems to attract hippie wannabees, both young and old. It’s a nice place to visit but for us the weather was, shall we say, mixed.

My fourth Australian KAP session was at Tallow Beach, not far from Byron Bay but on the opposite side of Cape Byron and the Byron Lighthouse. Cape Byron, by the way, is the easternmost point in Australia. I went to Tallow Beach with the hope of getting beach landscapes as well as views of the cape and lighthouse. With weather continuing to be “iffy” I spent a fair amount of time with the kite on the ground. The rain stayed away but I was sensing that I might be allergic to lightning so I was being cautious. I didn’t see any lightning but there were some pretty dark clouds and you are only allowed one chance of getting it wrong. The worst clouds were nearest the cape so I didn’t venture close for very long and I didn’t fly too high. Consequently I didn’t get the type of lighthouse shots I had been planning for. Distant shots of the cape suffered from the poor lighting under the grey conditions. I spent much time trying to capture beach aerials of people walking and jogging by. It was easier to judge the lighting conditions in the area immediate around me and I was keeping the gear low.

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

Couple and shadows on beach viewed from directly above. Tallow Beach near Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Couple and shadows on beach viewed from directly above. Tallow Beach near Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Straight down aerial image of the beach and surf. Tallow Beach near Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Straight down aerial image of the beach and surf. Tallow Beach near Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia.

Visit my website gallery KAP 2013-5 – Tallow Beach, Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia to see more images from this session.

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KAP 2013-4 – New Farm Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Aerial skyline view of the city of Brisbane taken from New Farm Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Aerial skyline view of the city of Brisbane taken from New Farm Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

A recent four week trip to Australia provided several opportunities for kite aerial photography. Brisbane was one of our stopovers as this is where one of our daughters is living. If you live in Brisbane and you like to travel, check out the Flight Centre, Ascot for all your travel needs (plug for my daughter who is a sales consultant there).

This third Australian KAP session was at New Farm Park in Brisbane. The location provide good cityscapes of the Brisbane skyline, plus an opportunity to look for graphic designs and abstracts in the garden bed arrangements. The were frequent overcast periods which was a limitation as I was not always certain of scenes in the distance being well exposed or not. Nevertheless, I’m pleased with the images obtained.

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

Aerial straight-down view of part of the gardens at New Farm Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Aerial straight-down view of part of the gardens at New Farm Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Aerial photograph of the gardens at New Farm Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Aerial photograph of the gardens at New Farm Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Visit my website gallery New Farm Park, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia – KAP 2013-4 to see more images from this session.

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KAP 2013-3 – Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia

Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia .

Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia .

A recent four week trip to Australia provided several opportunities for kite aerial photography. This second session was in on Cape Woolamai Beach on Phillip Island. We were en route to watch the Penguin Parade where every evening hundreds of the smallest penguins in the world, Little Blue Penguins (aka Fairy Penguins) come out of the water and head for burrows on shore.

Cape Woolamai Beach was mainly a sand beach but there was some rocky shoreline interspersed as one approached the end of the cape. There were also sand dunes that evolved into cliffs the further you went towards the end of the cape. This was one of my favourite KAP sessions from the holiday and I was really happy with the landscapes and the straight down aerial abstracts that I was fortunate to obtain in the camera.

Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract straight down aerial view where sandy beach meets rocky shore at Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract straight down aerial view where sandy beach meets rocky shore at Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.

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

Visit my website gallery Cape Woolamai Beach, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia – KAP 2013-3 – February 10, 2013 to see more images from this session.

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KAP 2013-2 – Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Albert Park and the Melbourne skyline. Melbourne, Australia.

Albert Park and the Melbourne skyline. Melbourne, Australia.

A recent four week trip to Australia provided several opportunities for kite aerial photography. This first session was in Melbourne at Albert Park near the St. Kilda area of the city. I chose the location because it was near our hotel in St. Kilda and I anticipated skyline shots of the City of Melbourne with the large pond in the foreground. Unknown to me at the time is that fact that this park is periodically the site of Formula 1 racing, the Australian Grand Prix. Organizers were in the process of setting up the “Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit” and I was able to shoot some of the fixtures while I was there. Albert Park is also the site of several cricket pitches and soccer fields as well as a golf course.

Formula 1 Preparations. Kite aerial photograph - Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit is being set up for the opening round of the 2013 Formula One World Championship. The race takes place March 14-17, 2013. Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.

Formula 1 Preparations. Kite aerial photograph – Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit is being set up for the opening round of the 2013 Formula One World Championship. The race takes place March 14-17, 2013. Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.

Visit my website gallery Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia – KAP 2013-2 – February 9, 2013 to see more images from this session.

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KAP 2013-1 Prince of Wales Bridge and the Ottawa/Gatineau Skyline in Winter

Aerial photograph of the city skylines of Ottawa on the right and Gatineau on the left. The frozen Ottawa River passes between.

Aerial photograph of the city skylines of Ottawa on the right and Gatineau on the left. The frozen Ottawa River passes between.

This Kite Aerial Photography session took place on the Ottawa River shoreline where the Prince of Wales Railway Bridge lands on the Quebec side in the city of Gatineau. Most of the images point towards the Ontario side as they are pictures of the bridge, Lemieux Island and the city of Ottawa skyline. Chaudiere falls is in the middle of the river in the foreground of the aerial skyline photographs of Ottawa/Gatineau.

The Prince of Wales Bridge is not currently in use, and you can see that by the snow on the tracks where only people and dogs have traversed. The bridge is a part of the focus of ongoing discussions regarding rapid transit in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. It has been proposed to operate light rail commuter transit over the bridge.

Actually, one is not supposed to trespass on the bridge as it can be dangerous and accessibility on the Ontario side is difficult due to construction. Despite this, the bridge is often used in model shoots by professional, and not so professional, photographers. Actually, in the picture below, I’m already beyond the sign but hardly in a dangerous location.

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Prince of Wales Railway Bridge meets the Quebec shoreline of the Ottawa river. That's me down there, the kite aerial photographer, with the kite line washed out in PhotoShop.

Prince of Wales Railway Bridge meets the Quebec shoreline of the Ottawa river. That’s me down there, the kite aerial photographer, with the kite line washed out in PhotoShop.

Prince of Wales Bridge runs from the Quebec side in Gatineau, where I am currently flying my kite, across Lemieux Island where there is a filtration plant, and then the bridge continues to the Ontario side in Ottawa.

Prince of Wales Bridge runs from the Quebec side in Gatineau, where I am currently flying my kite, across Lemieux Island where there is a filtration plant, and then the bridge continues to the Ontario side in Ottawa.

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