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.

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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 2013-3 – 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 2012-4 & KAP 2012-5 – Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Offshore islands. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Offshore islands. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

I did two kite aerial photography sessions several days apart at opposite ends of the beach named Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico. Playa El Palmar is the nearest beach to Casa Candiles, the Bed and Breakfast where we stayed during our vacation. The B&B is about 10 minutes walk from the public access near the south end of the beach (beside the Barcelo Hotel). There are no small hotels or B&Bs on the beach as you will see from the photographs. The buildings are large hotels and condominium complexes.

These images were obtained using a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP). Each of the two sessions was with autoKAP, whereby the camera was triggered every 8 to 10 seconds while making a stepwise slow 360 degree rotation. The wind was not strong enough to lift my fully remote-controlled rig.

During the first session on February 16, 2012, I explored the southern end of the beach with my aerial camera. Photos from that session can be viewed in the KAP 2012-4 Gallery.

The second session was on February 22, 2010 and I explored the northern end of the beach, including Marina Ixtapa which is somewhat inland and connected to the Pacific Ocean by a channel. Photos from the second session can be viewed in the KAP 2012-5 Gallery.

In this posting I have included a mix of photos from the two sessions. All of these images are in an around Playa El Palmar.

Hotel Barcelo. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Hotel Barcelo. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Marina Ixtapa. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Marina Ixtapa. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Photographer on the beach. Yours truly, just a speck on the beach. Kite line is visible in this image. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

Photographer on the beach. Yours truly, just a speck on the beach. Kite line is visible in this image. Low-level aerial photograph. Playa El Palmar, Ixtapa, Mexico.

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Aerial Photograph of Playa Tejoncito and Residencial Conejos, Huatulco, Mexico.

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Playa Tejoncito and Residencial Conejos in Huatulco, Mexico. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP). The kite line and photographer (me) are visible in the photograph. This is a 2008 photograph which has been recently accepted into the Getty Images catalogue.

Playa Tejoncito, Huatulco, Mexico. Residencial Conejos in the background - kite aerial photograph.

Playa Tejoncito, Huatulco, Mexico. Residencial Conejos in the background - kite aerial photograph.

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KAP 2012-3 – Barra de Potosi, Mexico

Aerial photograph of Mexico's Pacific Coast at Barra de Potosi.

Aerial photograph of Mexico's Pacific Coast at Barra de Potosi.

While on vacation in Ixtapa, Mexico, the owner of our Bed & Breakfast, Casa Candiles, took us on a couple of field trips. One of these was to Barra de Potosi, about a 1/2 hour’s drive south along the Pacific Coast from Ixtapa – Zihuatanejo. We planned to have a few hours there doing beach stuff and having lunch at one of the many beachside restaurants. It gave me time to fly kites as well as explore with my SLR. I did the terrestrial camera work first because I wanted to check out where would be best for catching the breeze for my aerial photography later. The exploration also gave me an idea of what I might target on once the camera gear was in the air. As the breeze was minimal, I was limited to autoKAP, meaning that I did not have remote control over the aerial camera equipment. Instead the camera shoots by itself periodically while making small rotations to change the view.

This is an assortment of images that were taken either with my earthbound SLR or with my kite aerial photography equipment. More images from the kite aerial photography session can be viewed in my KAP 2012-3 – Barra de Potosi, Mexico Gallery. More images from the terrestrial walk-about can be seen in the Barra de Potosi Gallery in the main Mexico section on my website.

The aerial images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial photograph. Beached boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Aerial photograph. Beached boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Aerial photograph. The lagoon at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Aerial photograph. The lagoon at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

White heron standing on the gunwale of a fishing boat at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

White heron standing on the gunwale of a fishing boat at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Detail of two small boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

Detail of two small boats at Barra de Potosi, Mexico.

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Playa Tejoncito, Huatulco, Mexico

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Playa Tejoncito, Huatulco, Mexico

These pictures were taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Playa Tejoncito, Huatulco, Mexico

Playa Tejoncito, Huatulco, Mexico

Playa Tejoncito, Huatulco, Mexico

Playa Tejoncito, Huatulco, Mexico

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KAP self portraits on the beach

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Aerial view of couple and their shadows on a beach in Mexico.
Self portraits of Jayne and myself. Playa Arena, Huatulco, Mexico. This was taken in January 2008 and I have reworked the image to exclude the kite line.
This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).
KAP self portraits on the beach - Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)

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Displaying Photograph at WestFest

The annual celebration of WestFest in the Westboro community of Ottawa where I live takes place this weekend (June 11, 12 & 13, 2010). Among many other things, WestFest includes a small gallery with 1 art piece by each of the members of the West End Studio Tour (W.E.S.T.).

The West End Studio Tour takes place in September every year and promotes itself in advance during WestFest. Besides the gallery, there is a display tent to encourage art with children with face painting, caricature drawing and art trading cards.

This will be the first year that I will be participating as an artist in the tour. Thus I have place a piece in the WestFest Gallery located in the chapel of All Saints Anglican Church at 347 Richmond Road.

A 16″ x 20″ framed and matted print of the following image of mine can be viewed there:

A Walk on the Beach - Lines in the Sand.

It is an overhead shot of beach and ocean with a couple walking beside their shadows. Playa Arena, Huatulco, Mexico. This picture was taken from a camera rig suspended below a kite (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

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