Aerial photograph in front of the Canada Post Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Aerial photograph in front of the Canada Post Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario. It is the intersection of Heron Road and Riverside Drive from the viewpoint of over Vincent Massey Park.

This photo was taken from a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography).

Aerial photograph in front of the Canada Post Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario.

Aerial photograph in front of the Canada Post Headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario.

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KAP 2011-12 – Huron Lookout, Gatineau Park

It was time to try the autumn colours of the famous Gatineau Park. However, the colours were not up to their standards this year, or perhaps I was still too early. I’m wondering if the current warm spell and lack of cold nights has prolonged autumn and fooled the trees into abnormal behaviour. It seems the same thing happened last year and the Gatineau colours were not up to par. Hopefully they will still come on strong but just a bit late.

I went early to try to beat the swarms of tourists that usually appear. I had kite in the air but not the camera gear when two busloads arrived. I decided to wait and hope for a quieter time to finish putting the gear into action and instead concentrated on answering questions. Eventually the time came and these are the results. It wasn’t as rewarding a session as I had anticipated.

I suspect that Champlain Lookout just down the road and the favourite outlook in the park would have more visual appeal when viewed from the air. However the crowds there are generally worse plus it faces a bit more to the west and morning light is not quite as favourable. Maybe another day I’ll try at Champlain.

These low-level aerial images were taken from a camera suspended below a kite line (Kite Aerial Photography – KAP).

Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout - Gatineau Park.

Aerial photograph of the Gatineau Hills and the Gatineau Parkway going from Huron Lookout to Champlain Lookout. The Ottawa River and the Ottawa River Valley are in the distance. This is in Quebec and Ontario is on the far side of the river.

Aerial photograph of the Gatineau Hills and the Gatineau Parkway going from Huron Lookout to Champlain Lookout. The Ottawa River and the Ottawa River Valley are in the distance. This is in Quebec and Ontario is on the far side of the river.

Can you read the sign? It has a map of the great lakes that can be seen. Straight down. Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout parking area - Gatineau Park.

Can you read the sign? It has a map of the great lakes that can be seen. Straight down. Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout parking area - Gatineau Park.

Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout - Gatineau Park.

Aerial photograph of Huron Lookout - Gatineau Park.

You can see additional pictures in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery – Huron Lookout, Gatineau Park – October 5, 2011.

© Rob Huntley

KAP 2008-40: The Badlands, South Dakota. July 23, 2008

Wall, South Dakota was our stop-over for a couple of nights while we took the opportunity to make several visits to the Badlands. After an evening taking in some driving and bison viewing, we set off the next morning to do some hiking. KAP gear was always at the ready and in the trunk of the car, but there was no wind. Considering the day before I had been doing Kite Aerial Photography in town at Dakota Mill & Grain (see previous blog entry) and almost been unable to bring down the kite due to the ferocity of the wind, this was a total turn-around. Anyway, the plan this morning had been to hike and so it was shoulder level photography for the outing. We were quite exhausted with the heat and the hiking and we headed back to town looking forward to a dip in the motel pool. Wouldn’t you know it, the wind looked like it was picking up. I restocked my water, and headed back alone to the Bigfoot Viewpoint and managed to overcome the tentative winds to capture some of my favourite KAP shots of the holiday. Here is a sampling of them.

Self-portrait and aerial shot of the Badlands in South Dakota taken from Bigfoot Viewpoint. I'm standing on the platform at the end of the boardwalk.
Self-portrait and aerial shot of the Badlands in South Dakota taken from Bigfoot Viewpoint. I’m standing on the platform at the end of the boardwalk.

The main park road runs along the top of the image. The view from a kite line above Bigfoot Viewpoint in the South Dakota Badlands.
The main park road runs along the top of the image. The view from a kite line above Bigfoot Viewpoint in the South Dakota Badlands.

The parking lot at Bigfoot Viewpoint in the SD Badlands, with a blue Hyundai Sonata belonging to the lone kite flier.
The parking lot at Bigfoot Viewpoint in the SD Badlands, with a blue Hyundai Sonata belonging to the lone kite flier.

One of the many bizarre looking abstracts I obtained from shooting straight down from overhead into the hills of the Badlands in South Dakota.
One of the many bizarre looking abstracts I obtained from shooting straight down from overhead into the hills of the Badlands in South Dakota.

The sun had set behind a cloud draining some of the colour from this shot but it still gives a good broader view of the badlands. You get a good view from the lookout, but an even better one from 400 or so feet above that.
The sun had set behind a cloud draining some of the colour from this shot but it still gives a good broader view of the badlands. You get a good view from the lookout, but an even better one from 400 or so feet above that.

For this session I was using FLED kite, 100 lb. line, Powershot A570IS camera.

You can see additional pictures from my KAP 2008-40 outing in the Kite Aerial Photography Gallery on my website.